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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

The course is an introduction to general principles in toxicological risk assessment, both ecotoxicology and human toxicology. The practical use of these principles for protection of the environment and humans will be in focus. The risk assessment principles are well standardized internationally, and in the course, the OECD test protocols and EU´s technical guidance system will be elucidated. In addition to lectures on the interaction between toxicology and the society, the students will do practical data exercises of risk assessment, and will present this and project to the other students.

Learning outcome

After finishing the course, you will:

  • have knowledge on general principles for risk assessment in both human and ecotoxicology.
  • have knowledge on national and international principles for the assessment, test protocols and legislation
  • have knowledge on data bases for data used in the risk assessment and how these are used
  • be able to gather information on toxicological risk assessment and communicate to fellow students

Admission to the course

The course is a part of the Master Degree in toxicology. It is also relevant for those using, or planning to use, toxicological risk assessment in their work, who already have a basic level of toxicological knowledge.

BIO4500 – General Toxicology

Overlapping courses


First lecture is mandatory. If you can not attend the first lecture, please send a note to, before the first lecture.

The teaching consists of Lectures (not mandatory), mandatory data lab, mandatory presentation of data lab report, mandatory group project presentation and discussion group (not mandatory).


All mandatory tasks must be approved before you can take the exam. Final written exam (4 hours).

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: BIO4530 – Regulatory Toxicology (discontinued), BIO9530 – Regulatory Toxicology (discontinued), BIOS9410 – Regulatory Toxicology.          

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Oct. 21, 2020 6:13:43 PM

Facts about this course

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)