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Undergraduate course

Food Toxicology

  • ECTS credits5
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeBIO209A
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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ECTS Credits

5 studiepoeng

Level of Study

Advanced bachelor students and master students. Students in the Bachelor's programme in Human Nutrition will be prioritised. www.uib.no/studier/BAMD-NUHUM

Teaching semester


This course has a limited capacity, enrolment is based on application. The application deadline is Wednesday in week 2 for the spring semester. Please see this page for more information. You will receive confirmation of whether you received a seat in Studentweb no later than Monday the week after the deadline.

It is compulsory to attend the first lecture/orientation meeting, or you risk losing your seat. If you are unable to attend the first lecture, you must contact the Study Section (<email>studie.bio@uib.no</email>). The time of the first lecture/orientation meeting can be found in the schedule on the course website or on Mitt UiB.

Please note: BIO209A Food Toxicology (5 ECTS) is the "short version" of BIO209 Food Toxicology (10 ECTS), and both courses follow the same schedule. In BIO209, the assessment form is a written assignment w/presentation (50%) and an oral examination (50%). The work with the assignment gives the student a deeper understanding and knowledge of the subject area. In BIO209A, the assessment form is only an oral examination (100%).

Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The course gives an introduction to possible toxic effects of food additives and naturally occurring environmental toxins in food.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the student should have the following learning outcomes:


The student:

  • should be able to define toxicology
  • should be able to define the most important contaminants in food, the toxicology of various additives and environmental toxins, as well as their sources
  • should be able to explain what food safety is and wich substances areof relevance for food safety
  • should be able to explain what risk analysis, assessment and management in relation to food safety is, and know which organizations are involved in this type of work nationally and internationally


The student:

  • should be able to apply the knowledge of additives and environmental toxins within other areas in the fields of nutrition or biology
  • should be able to master terminology related to food toxicology (concepts within toxicology, toxicokinetics (turnover of contaminants) and toxicodynamics (the effect of contaminants))

General competence

The student:

  • should be able to interpret scientific texts, such as articles on toxicology

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

There is 5 ECTS overlap with BIO209 Food Toxciology (10 ECTS), which is the "in-depth version" of BIO209A Food Toxciology (5 ECTS). (The course changed course code in spring 2023, so therefore it also overlaps completely with BIO307A Food Toxicology (5 ECTS)).

Access to the Course

In order to be admitted to the course, you must be admitted to a study programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences or the Faculty of Medicine, and fulfill required previous knowledge. Students in the Bachelor's programme in Human Nutrition will be prioritised.

Teaching and learning methods


Compulsory Assignments and Attendance


Forms of Assessment

  • Oral exam, accounts for 100% of final grade.

Examination Support Material


Grading Scale

Grading scale A-F, where grade A is the highest passing grade, and grade F is a fail.

Assessment Semester

The oral exam is held in both semesters. In semesters with no teaching, the oral exam is held early in the semester.

Reading List

The literature list will be available by June 1st for the autumn semester and December 1st for the spring semester.

Course Evaluation

Students will evaluate the course in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the Department. You can find course evaluations in the Quality Assirance reports.

Programme Committee

The Programme Board is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the course.

Course Administrator

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences by the Department of Biological Sciences has the administrative responsibility for the course.


Contact the Study Section at the Department of Biological Sciences (studie.bio@uib.no).

Exam information