Medical Toxicology

Cardiff University
1 year
Part time
Graduate diploma / certificate
Scholarships available

About this program

Medical Toxicology

This program is designed for doctors, pharmacists and other scientists who wish to develop a broad understanding of the principles underlying medical toxicology.

This Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Toxicology is a part-time distance learning course for medical personnel.

It is particularly designed for clinical pharmacologists in training, specialist trainees in accident and emergency medicine or acute medicine and other disciplines, and those intending to enter or already working in the pharmaceutical industry.

It is also designed for those working in poisons centres, for health professionals, including hospital and community pharmacists and for those with a degree in Life Sciences or other individuals seeking a career in the government regulatory bodies or the pharmaceutical or chemical industry.

Admission requirements

Candidates will normally possess a primary degree in any science speciality awarded by a recognised institution. Your performance in previous academic courses and the relevance of the subject area and/or evidence of commitment to a career using toxicology will be used as part of the selection process.

Applicants holding differing qualifications but working in a relevant area will be considered provided they have a suitable initial qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelor’s Degree.

For more information about admission requirements, please check the university website.

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Program content

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2022/23 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.

Core modules for year one

  • Diagnosis and Management in Poisoning
  • Poisoning by Commonly Used Pharmaceuticals
  • Poisoning by Non-Pharmaceuticals

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.


  • Tuition fees for UK: £5,100 per year.
  • Tuition fees for International Students: £8,200 per year

For more information about tuition fee, please visit the university website.


What skills will I practise and develop?

By fully engaging in this course, you will have the opportunity to develop skills relevant to the diagnosis and management of patients in regard to common poisons.

You will also have the opportunity to practise and develop a number of skills which can be transferred to your daily working life, such as the ability to use the general medical literature and become more familiar with effective and efficient search strategies used to interrogate the commonly used databases of medical literature, and to make effective use of Cardiff University’s virtual learning environment (Learning Central™) and the library facilities for distance-learning students.

In addition, by fully engaging in this course, you should be able to

  • Demonstrate the skills required to make the diagnosis of poisoning, managing the patient and also the use of anti-dotes.
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of common poisons, routes of exposure, sites of action, drug metabolism, toxicokinetics and the epidemiology of poisoning incidents.
  • Analyse the toxicity effects, features of poisoning and toxicodynamics of commonly used pharmaceuticals.
  • Identify the adverse reactions, adverse effects, interactions and toxicity in relation to a range of non-pharmaceutical medications, products, animal and plant toxins.
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the mechanisms and risk factors relating to adverse drug reactions/interactions and design strategies to detect, manage and avoid them.
  • Demonstrate the effective use of relevant information technology to research, synthesise and communicate evidence based approaches to the diagnosis and management of poisoning by commonly used pharmaceuticals.
  • Investigate the various diagnostic tools and management methods available for the clinical management of poisoning, evaluating the evidence base for such tools and methods.

Continuing studies

The program is suitable for clinical pharmacologists in training, specialist registrars in other disciplines, those working in the pharmaceutical industry, those working in the National Poisons Information Services, pharmacists, nurses, and other life science graduates.

Career paths

This Masters program enables you to demonstrate you are taking the opportunity to develop your abilities in critical analysis, problem-solving, decision-making, finding and using evidence and in dealing with complex issues. Whilst we do not formally assess clinical skills or competencies in a face-to-face context (so the program is not a substitute for a formal specialty training program), studying at this level should help successful students demonstrate numerous academic skills that should be highly regarded in relation to their career development and progression. In particular, the program offers opportunities to demonstrate the development of knowledge and skills in relation to the application of evidence-based medicine and the potential enhancement of services and governance frameworks.As such, it should provide evidence of commitment and potential that may assist you in relation to taking on greater responsibilities or perhaps seeking management, research, scholarship, or leadership roles.

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