Toxicology (2022)

LocationGeneva, Lake Geneva region, Switzerland

CHF 11’000.- for the programme
CHF 1’100.- for those attending the practical part of Module 4

Special fee for individual modules

  • Provide specialized education and training in toxicological sciences and risk assessment with a focus on human toxicology, leading to a recognized academic qualification.
  • Fulfil the educational requirements of national and international professional bodies towards registration as a toxicologist.

Graduate employed in a toxicological field who wishes to obtain a recognized academic qualification in toxicology.
Graduate with a Master's degree in medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, biochemistry, chemistry, biology or a diploma deemed as equivalent.

  • Scientific understanding of the mechanisms and consequences of adverse effects in living organisms caused by chemical exposure.
  • Ability to ethically apply the science of toxicology in research, product development and safety assessment.


14 modules:

  • Basic Principles in Toxicology
  • Xenobiotic Metabolism and Toxicogenetics
  • Organ Toxicology
  • Analytical Toxicology
  • Biostatistics
  • Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis and Teratogenesis
  • Molecular Endocrinology
  • Risk Assessment and Regulatory Toxicology
  • Clinical Toxicology, Immunotoxicology
  • Epidemiology, Food and Industrial Toxicology
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Forensic Toxicology
  • Animal Experimentation
  • In Vitro Toxicology

Master Thesis

Swiss Centre for Applied Human Toxicology (SCAHT) o Universities of Basel, Lausanne and Zürich o Centre of Competence in Analytic Chemistry and Toxicology (CCCTA) o Swiss Society of Toxicology o Swiss Register of Toxicologists o Centre Ecotox, eawag/EPFL

The Master of Advanced Studies in Toxicology provides a comprehensive educational programme recognized by national and international professional bodies as a postgraduate academic qualification in toxicology. It is designed to fulfill the needs of recently graduated students who are already in employment and potential employers in industry, academia and regulatory bodies.

The assessment of the potential risk of chemicals and pharmaceuticals to which humans and the environment are exposed provides the necessary basis for protection measures. This increasingly complex process has created a demand for qualified scientists in industry, academia and regulatory bodies with the appropriate knowledge, experience and professional qualification.

The MAS in Toxicology was initiated in 2010 by the Swiss Centre for Applied Human Toxicology (SCAHT) as part of its mandate to promote education and continued professional development in this important discipline. The curriculum has been developed by the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the Universities of Geneva and Lausanne (Ecole de Pharmacie Genève-Lausanne). The master is part of an educational platform of collaboration with the Universities of Zürich and Basel, the Swiss Society of Toxicology, the Swiss Register of Toxicologists, the Centre of Competence in Analytic Chemistry and Toxicology (CCCTA), the Centre for Ecotoxicology (eawag/EPFL), regulatory authorities, and the pharmaceutical and chemical industry.

The curriculum is designed to comply with the regulations for toxicological training set by the Swiss Register of Toxicologists and EUROTOX. Successful completion of the course may be used towards fulfillment of the requirements for professional registration as a toxicologist. Please note that in order to achieve professional registration other conditions apply as well.

Master Thesis 30 ECTS Credits Prof. Martin Wilks The master thesis involves 14 weeks of research work in one of the areas of toxicology covered by the MAS programme.
This comprises carrying out the research itself (bibliographical research and practical work, which may or may not include an experimental part), writing up a report (thesis) and attending a viva voce (thesis oral defence) at the University of Geneva.
The thesis requires an original piece of work by the student which consists primarily of defining the topic, organizing the research, contributing new information or insights adding to the sum of knowledge in the chosen field, expressing a viewpoint and presenting a clearly written text.
The master thesis is carried out under the supervision of a director from a Swiss University appointed by the Board of Directors.
Admission to a master thesis project is open to students who have obtained sufficient credits to pass Module 1 (Basic principles in toxicology).
Attending the viva requires the successful completion of all course modules.

  • Master in Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biology or equivalent, or;
  • Bachelor in Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biology or equivalent + at least 3 years of professional experience in a field related to toxicology.

  • Prof. Gerrit Borchard, President of the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Faculty of Sciences, University of Geneva
  • Prof. Antoine Geissbuhler, Vice Rector of the University of Geneva, Faculty of Medicine
  • Prof. Serge Rudaz, Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Western Switzerland, Faculty of Sciences, University of Geneva
  • Prof. Caroline Samer, President of the Board, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Sciences, University of Geneva
  • Prof. Laura Suter-Dick, School of Life Sciences, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW); Vice President of the Swiss Society of Toxicology (SST)
  • Prof. Aurélien Thomas, Unit of Toxicology, University Center of Legal Medicine, Lausanne-Geneva; Faculty of Biology and Medicine, University of Lausanne
  • Prof. Martin Wilks, Director, Swiss Centre for Applied Human Toxicology (SCAHT)

  • Dr Marc Fathi, Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Western Switzerland, Faculty of Sciences, University of Geneva
  • Dr Hugo Kupferschmidt, Head of the Poisons Information Centre Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  • Prof. Alex Odermatt, Division of Molecular and System Toxicology, University of Basel
  • Prof. Michel Rossier, Head of Clinical Chemistry and Toxicology and Chief of Laboratories, Central Institute of Hospitals, Valais Hospital
  • Dr Jean Terrier, Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology, Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva

Module 1A CHF 750.- Basic Principles in toxicology A

Module 1B CHF 750.- Basic Principles in Toxicology B

Module 2 CHF 1’000.- Xenobiotic Metabolism, Toxicogenetics

Module 3 CHF 1’500.- Organ Toxicology

Module 4 CHF 500.- Analytical Toxicology

Module 5 CHF 600.- Biostatistics

Module 6 CHF 600.- Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis and Teratogenesis

Module 7 CHF 1’100.- Molecular Endocrinology

Module 8 CHF 750.- Risk Assessment and Regulatory Toxicology

Module 9 CHF 750.- Clinical Toxicology, Immunotoxicology

Module 10 CHF 750.- Epidemiology, Food and Industrial Toxicology

Module 11 CHF 750.- Ecotoxicology

Module 12 CHF 750.- Forensic Toxicology

Module 13[.]1 CHF 200.- Animal Experimentation (theory)

Module 13[.]2 CHF 1’100.- Animal Experimentation (practical)

Module 14 CHF 600.- Alternatives to Animal Experimentation

University of Basel, University of Lausanne, University of Zürich, Swiss Center for Applied Human Toxicology (SCAHT), Centre de Compétence en Chimie et Toxicologie Analytiques (CCCTA), Swiss Society of Toxicology, Swiss Register of Toxicologists, Centre Suisse d'Écotoxicologie Appliquée (Eawag-EPFL)

We are very proud to have been awarded the  ccCTA 2021 price for the promotion and development of postgraduate education in toxicology! This price aims to reward a project, a person, an initiative, or a scientific publication that has made a major contribution in the field of analytics and/or toxicology. 

Dr Marc Fathi and Dr Jean Terrier
Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Intensive Care
Faculty of Medicine / Geneva University

I applied for this MAS to gain a certification in Toxicology. The program was complete, which meant I gained a solid understanding from all the areas of toxicology. The teachers are world-class and are all well re-known researchers and experts, which make the discussions during the lectures passionate. Following this MAS enabled me to apply some new way of thinking when doing my job as a risk-assessor. What I enjoy the most now is being able to refer back to some learnings in order to help me with my daily work. Additionally, you get to meet great class-mates and colleagues which is great for open discussions and networking. (Jérémie GAFNER, MAS 2018-2020 student)

I am an emergency physician working in an academic emergency department and in the pre-hospital environment. Thanks to the different modules of the MAS in toxicology taught by skilled experts as well as the interactions with other students, I was able to get a wide transversal knowledge of toxicology. It permitted me to facilitate my understanding related to risk assessment and analytical issues, and better appreciate specific documents and their critical appreciation. These competencies are of great benefit in order to develop and the implementation of certain procedures and training in my department. (Dr Birgit GARTNER, MAS 2018-2020 student)

I applied for this MAS to better understand the toxicological impact of agriculture. This program was complete, allowing me to gain a solid understanding from all the areas of toxicology. The exchanges during the lectures are captivating, thanks to the world-class teachers, well re-known researchers and experts. When doing my job, following this MAS enabled me to understand how toxicity is approached in our society and to explain the concept of risk at policy makers, deputies, citizens, farmers, etc. Furthermore, risk management rules allow to reduce agricultural impact of some active substances (organic or synthetic) on the health (protective equipment, etc.) or the environment (pollinators, leaching, etc.). Now, what I enjoy the most is being able to refer back to some learnings in order to help me with my daily work. Finally, you get to meet great classmates or colleagues which is helpful for open discussions and networking. (Dr Dominique FLEURY, MAS 2018-2020 student)

I started the MAS in Toxicology of the University of Geneva, faculty of Sciences and faculty of Medicine, in 2018 and I was really pleased to see that the 14 modules proposed were covering so many interesting topics like endocrine disruptors, organ toxicity, cancer, food and forensic investigation, microbiology, analytical and clinical toxicology, xenobiotics & pharmacology interactions, environmental and occupational exposure, regulatory and risk assessments. We had great professors, really well educated in the field and we built a great network. Today as a European Registered Toxicologist, I would strongly recommend you follow this advanced course. (Gad Olivier AHARFI, MAS 2018-2020 student)

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