The Postgraduate Education in Toxicology (PET) is a modular training programme, which builds upon toxicological skills and competences attained at MSc level. The coherent set of modules provides the theoretical knowledge required for recognition and registration as a professional expert in toxicology by the Netherlands Society of Toxicology (NVT) and the European Society of Toxicology (EUROTOX – European Registered Toxicologist, ERT). Details on these requirements and on the registers of experts can be found on the respective websites. The modules of the PET programme also form stand-alone courses in specific areas of toxicology, which are highly suited to provide in-depth knowledge for professionals from the private as well as the public sector and for PhD students with a background in toxicology.
For details on enrolment in the PET programme please look under Application.

PET programme modules focus on: 

  •  toxicological mechanisms at different levels of biological integration, from molecule to ecosystem;
  •  application of toxicological principles in different areas (e.g., food, occupation, environment) and in risk assessment and risk communication;
  •  different technological approaches (pathobiology, mutagenicity and carcinogenicity research, toxicogenomics, laboratory animal science). 

Below is a schematic overview of the entire PET curriculum.
For course details, please click the icons in the diagram.

The objective of the PET programme as a whole is to allow a candidate to:

  • have knowledge of the toxicology of chemical substances in terms of their primary mechanisms and the concomitant resulting modes of action at the different levels of biological integration;
  • have insight in the different aspects of toxicology related to its application in the toxicological risk analysis process;
  • have appropriate insight in the skills needed to 1) do toxicological research and 2) apply this in the different areas of toxicology (viz., specific areas of applied chemical toxicology as well as the risk analysis process);
  • be able to ethically apply the science of toxicology and communicate with fellow toxicologists and non-experts.
Language: the entire PET programme is taught in English.

Scheduling: Courses are scheduled annually or at least once every two years. For details see the Course schedule

Organization: Each module is organised locally by a department of one of the participating universities under the educational and organisational responsibility of that department. For details see the organisation of the PET.

Last updated: 17-Mar-17