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Medical Toxicology (MSc/PgDip/PgCert)

n/a (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / 1 year full-time (PgDip), 1 year part-time (PgCert), 2 years part-time (PgDip), 3 years part-time (MSc) (distance / e-Learning)

Course Aims

The Department of Pharmacology, Therapeutics and Toxicology at Cardiff has a major commitment to teaching postgraduate and undergraduate students. A key aim of our teaching programmes is to encourage critical thinking, as we equip our students not only with practical and factual knowledge, but also provide a basic approach to toxicological problems, encouraging attitudes and abilities which will be of lasting value in the future.

Course Structure

Part-time candidates may register initially either for the PgCertificate (PgCert.) or for the PgDiploma (PgDip.).  Full-time candidates must register initially for the PgDip.

The part-time PgCert. programme takes one year to complete and consists of three 20-credit modules.

The PgDip. consists of a total of six 20-credit modules, including the three PgCert. modules.  The PgDip. can be taken either on a full-time basis (one year for all six modules) or part-time basis (two years for all six modules, including the three PgCert. modules).

Entry to the MSc (dissertation stage) is available to a selected number of candidates only, on a part-time basis only, and eligibility is dependent upon successful completion of the Cardiff University PgDiploma in Medical Toxicology to an acceptable standard.  The MSc takes one further year to complete (post-PgDiploma) and consists of a 60-credit dissertation.

Skills Acquired

Students successfully completing the PgCert. in Medical Toxicology will have the practical skills to diagnose and manage patients with common poisons. Students successfully completing the PgDip. in Medical Toxicology will have the practical skills to diagnose and manage patients with common poisons and will be able to advise the industry and environmental agencies in managing and preventing toxicological accidents. MSc graduates will additionally have gained the knowledge to assist them to improve the delivery of toxicological services available in their work place.

Career Prospects

The programmes will assist graduates to manage patients with poisoning, in an acute and emergency medicine environment, and to advise other health care professionals in the management of poisoned patients.  The programmes are suitable for people working in poisons information centres.

Entry Requirements

The programmes are 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.

In addition to satisfying the requirements of the Cardiff University General Entrance Requirement, candidates will normally possess a primary degree in any science speciality awarded by a recognised Institution.  The candidate’s 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.  At the discretion of the Board of Studies, non-graduates whose relative lack of formal qualifications is compensated for by their relevant work experience may also be accepted provided the candidate has held, for a minimum period of two years, a position of responsibility relevant to the programme.

Application for the MSc (dissertation stage) is available to a selected number of candidates only.  To be eligible to apply for entry to the MSc, candidates must have been awarded a CU PgDiploma in Medical Toxicology and have attained an acceptable level of performance during the PgDip. stage(s).  Eligible candidates must also submit an appropriate prospective project proposal.  This proposal and the candidate’s ranked performance in the PgDip. will be used as part of the MSc selection process.

Tuition Fees 2016/17

Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.

In addition to the course fees, students who choose to attend the optional annual study day(s) will be responsible for any travelling and accommodation costs.

  UK & EU International
Full-time PgCert: n/a
PgDip: £7,750
MSc: n/a
PgCert: n/a
PgDip: £11,250
MSc: n/a
Part-time PgCert: £3,875
PgDip: £3,875
MSc: £3,875
PgCert: £5,625
PgDip: £5,625
MSc: £5,625
Deposit Includes a £1,000 deposit. More information about our deposit policy. Includes a £1,000 deposit. More information about our deposit policy.

Next intake: October each year

School Contact

Name: Emma Scott OR Lynda Sullivan  

Telephone: +44 (0) 29 2074 2659 or +44 (0) 29 2074 6698 


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Important legal information

The programme information currently being published in Course Finder is under review and may be subject to change. The final programme information is due to be published by July 2016 and will be the definitive programme outline which the University intends to offer. Applicants are advised to check the definitive programme information after the update, to ensure that the programme meets their needs.


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