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Medical Toxicology (Taught)

Cardiff University
1-2 Years
Full time/part time
Graduate diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
Online / Distance
27 September 2021

Program description

Medical Toxicology (Taught)

This Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Toxicology is a one year full-time distance learning course for medical personnel.

This Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Toxicology is a two year 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.

The course aims to:

  • Introduce you to the broad principles underlying medical toxicology.
  • Seek to integrate an understanding of the mechanisms by which drugs and other chemicals produce toxic effects and how these can be predicted, treated and whenever possible, prevented.

A key aim of the teaching program is to encourage critical thinking, as we aim to equip you with practical and factual knowledge and also provide a basic approach to toxicological problems, encouraging attitudes and abilities which will be of lasting value in the future.

Distinctive features

This is a distance learning course delivered entirely online so students can choose when and where to study. Case studies will provide opportunities to apply the theoretical knowledge in solving problems. This course is designed to give skills to candidates working or planning to work in various toxicological fields which include clinical, laboratory, environmental and occupational and also in an advisory capacity.

The modules are the same as for the part-time distance learning Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Toxicology but are taken over a single year rather than two years. It is therefore a more intensive version and applicants will need to be confident they can commit the requisite amount of time to completing their studies before commencing.

This course is also available in Post Graduate Cerfificate (Part time distance learning) over a period of 1 Year.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September.

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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 visit the university website

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Program content

  • Diagnosis and Management in Poisoning
  • Poisoning by Commonly Used Pharmaceuticals
  • Poisoning by Non-Pharmaceuticals
  • Mechanisms of Toxicity
  • Preventive and Regulatory Toxicology
  • Environmental and Industrial Toxicology

Scholarships & funding

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

Tuition fees

Full-Time Tuition Fees

  • UK and EU students: £9,700
  • Students from outside the EU: £14,650

Part-Time Tuition Fees

  • UK and EU students: £4,850
  • Students from outside the EU: £7,850


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 and to advising the industry and environmental agencies in managing and preventing toxicological accidents.

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 and the library facilities for distance-learning students.

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

  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of common poisons and their antidotes, 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.
  • Critically appraise relevant aspects of current approaches to drug development and drug safety.
  • Explain the processes resulting in chemical carcinogenesis, evaluating the evidence base for our understanding of these processes.
  • Design methods for risk assessment, risk management, prevention of poisoning and improvement of practice in relation to preventative and regulatory toxicology, toxicological incidents and the role of analytical toxicology.
  • Critically assess the toxicology of the living and working environment and the roles of key regional, national and international mechanisms for managing risk and dealing with incidents.
  • 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.
  • Take responsibility for your use of the diagnostic tools and management methods for the diagnosis and management of poisoned patients and in formulating plans for the improvement of your current practice in relation to management of poisoning.
  • Translate your knowledge of Medical Toxicology and the principles of diagnosis and management into your clinical arena.

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