Syllabus for Toxicology



  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 3FX208
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Pharmaceutical Sciences G1F

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2016-05-26
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2019-04-25
  • Revised by: The Educational Board of Pharmacy
  • Applies from: Autumn 2019
  • Entry requirements:

    30 credits in bioscience (e.g. biochemistry, cell biology, physiology, pharmacology, molecular biology, microbiology).

  • Responsible department: Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences

Decisions and guidelines

Substituties and corresponds 3FX009 or 3FX800, Toxicology B.

Learning outcomes

After the course, the students should be familiar with different modes of action behind the potential toxic, carcinogenic, teratogenic and reproduction toxicological effects of drugs and other chemicals. The students should also have good awareness of how toxicological risk assessment and safety assessment is practised and be able to utilise this knowledge to assess reported clinical adverse drug reactions and environmental related health risks in man. On completion of the course, the student should have obtained a general knowledge about applied toxicology.


The course will mainly treat basic toxicology and toxicological risk assessment/safety assessment. The following parts will then be included: Toxicological fundamental concepts; Toxicological aspects on absorption, distribution and metabolism; Mechanisms for substances adverse effects in larger organ systems; Genetic toxicology; Chemical carcinogenesis; Reproduction toxicity; Embryotoxicity/teratogenicity; Immunotoxicity; Toxicological risk assessment/safety assessment.


Teaching is given as lectures and seminars. Compulsory parts of the course: participating in seminars and advanced assignment and presentation.


Examination (individual written examination) takes place at the end of the course. To pass the course is required, apart from passed examination (examination code), passed results of compulsory parts (examination code). Possibility to supplement failed compulsory part can be given at the earliest at next course and only in case of a vacancy.

Syllabus Revisions

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Spring 2023

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Klaassen, Curtis D.; Watkins, John B. Casarett & Doull's essentials of toxicology

    Fourth edition: New York, NY: McGraw Hill, [2021]

    Find in the library

Reading list revisions