Toxicology is an applied science which has inputs from many scientific disciplines e.g. molecular biology, chemistry, anatomy, physiology and epidemiology. The programme in general toxicology provides its students with the basic scientific knowledge and professional skills to carry out human chemical risk assessment. There is a great demand for toxicologists because so many chemicals and products of the biotechnology industry are awaiting risk assessments. The programme also provides a solid background for any student wishing to pursue PhD studies in toxicology and related sciences.
There is a clear shortage of toxicologists capable of making chemical risk assessments in humans, and our program aims to partly answer this need. The program has been planned to allow its graduates to become competent human chemical risk assessors. The program clarifies the EU directives which are the basis for toxicological risk assessment as well as acknowledging the recent attempts at global harmonization of the categorization of all chemicals (new chemicals, medicines, cosmetics).
Teaching in our program is based on the very latest scientific knowledge in human toxicology and the scientific consensus about what kind of knowledge is needed for human risk assessment in the drug and chemical fields. In addition, Finnish national and EU-level legislation and regulations in risk assessment are taken into account in the curriculum.
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There is a great need of toxicologists capable of chemical risk assessment in humans, and our program aims to partly answer this need. The program has been planned for human chemical risk assessment. It takes into account that the EU directives determine the need for toxicological risk assessment and that global harmonization of the categorization of all chemicals (new chemicals, medicines, cosmetics) has been approved.
Teaching in our program is based on the current scientific knowledge of human toxicology, and the scientific consensus about what kind of knowledge is needed for human risk assessment in drug and chemical fields. EU-level legislation and regulations in risk assessment are taken into account in the teaching.
There is no entrance exam. Students will be accepted to the program based on their previous studies and motivation letter.
Applicants should have Bachelor’s or higher degree from a recognized University in an applicable field. Suitable background studies are for example medicine, biology, biosciences, veterinary medicine, dentistry, environmental sciences, animal physiology, pharmacy, biochemistry, chemistry corresponding to at least 3 years’ of full‐time academic studies (equivalent of 180 ECTS credit units in the Finnish university system) obtained at an internationally recognised and accredited university or higher education institution (excluding Bachelor`s degree from either the University of Applied Science or Polytechnic). Basic studies in human anatomy and physiology as well as in pharmacology and toxicology are prerequisites for acceptance.
The admission is conditional if the degree is not completed by 22nd January 2020. The applicant informs the estimated graduation date in the application form. The final deadline to submit the officially certified copy of the Bachelor´s degree certificate (in original language and as translations, if applicable) to the University of Eastern Finland is 9th August 2020. The proof of the completed degree can be submitted together with the confirmation on accepting the offered study placement. If the copy of the official degree certificate does not reach the University of Eastern Finland by the deadline, admission to the Master’s programme will be cancelled.
Publication of selection results
Selection results will be published by 27th March 2020. The applicant outside of EU/EEAmust accept the offered study place by 4thMay 2020. The applicants from EU/EEA member states must accept the offered study place by 10th July 2020.The results will be sent to the applicants only via email.
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