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Course content

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 standardised internationally and in the course OECD test protocols and EU's technical guidance system will be elucidated. In the last part of the course the interaction between toxicology and the society will be discussed.

Learning outcome

The subject is a part of the Master's Degree in toxicology. It is relevant for persons working or planning to use toxicological risk assessment in their work.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

The courses BIO4530 and BIO9530 have common admission. Applicants are ranked by the following criteria:
1. PhD students and master students at the MN faculty who have the course as part of the approved curriculum.
2. Other PhD students and visiting PhD students.
3. Students with admission to single courses on master’s level and exchange students
4. Applicants are ranked by credits in each group; all applicants within 1st rank before applicants in 2nd etc. If admission is limited to a fixed number of participants, admission will be decided by drawing lots for students who are ranked equally


Recommended previous knowledge

BIO4500 – General Toxicology (continued) or equivalent knowledge.

Overlapping courses


The course is given as an intensive course in the first part of the spring semester. Many lectures will be given by national experts from research institutes.

First lecture is mandatory.

This subject uses Fronter.


The students will be divided in groups wich will prepare and present a lecture in a relevant theme in risk assessment. Final written exam (3 hours).

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.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

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

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.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.


If less than 10 students are registered we can not guarantee that the course will be held.

Facts about this course






From spring 2018 this course is replaced by BIOS5410


Every spring

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)