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Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Toxicology​​

Medical Toxicology is a field of medicine dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of poisoned and envenoming patients. It is a scientific area with a growing demand in academia as well as the private and public health sector.

The Division of Clinical Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University successfully developed and launch the first Post Graduate Diploma in Medical Toxicology on the African continent. This programme in toxicology cater for a training need for the country as a whole and also for Africa in general. Currently there is a shortage of trained staff with knowledge of poisonings, especially of poisoning with chemicals that is unique to the African continent. 

Programme Details

The Postgraduate Diploma programme in Medical Toxicology aims to train you, as an appropriately qualified scientist, in the field of medical toxicology. The curriculum covers the most important areas of medical toxicology and will help broaden your knowledge as a health care professional. After completing the course, you will:

  • Have the practical skills to diagnose and manage patients exposed to poisonous chemicals;
  • Be able to work in medical facilities where you can assist in managing poisoned patients; and
  • Be able to advise other health care professionals on the diagnosis and management of poisoned patient.

Duration: The programme extends over two years

Presentation of the programme: The programme is offered by means of blended learning and includes e-learning guided self-study, assignments, homework and e-portfolios for integrated reflection, as well as two formal face-to-face lecture weeks.

Programme content:   You must complete all five modules listed below:

Introduction to Toxicology 775(24)
Poisoning Management and Prevention 775(24)
Poisoning with Biological Toxins 775(24)
Poisoning with Non-drug Chemicals 775(24)
Poisoning with Pharmaceuticals 775(24)

Assessment and examination:

  • To obtain the PG Dip (Medical Toxicology) you must:
    • Show satisfactory attendance of classes and satisfactory participation in e-learning activities; and
    • Pass with a final mark of at least 50%.
  • The final mark is calculated as follows:
    • Section 1: written assignments and online quizzes (25%)
    • Section 2: e-portfolios for integrated reflection (15%)
    • Section 3: discussions of case studies (24%)
    • Section 4: a three-hour written examination (36%)
  • To pass the programme with distinction you must obtain a mark of 75%.

Admission and Selection requirements

Specific admission requirements

  • A bachelor's degree (e.g. MBChB, BPharm or BNurs) or another relevant qualification on at least NQF level 7
  • If you are an international student who did not use English as medium of instruction for your undergraduate studies, you may be required to provide evidence of your oral and academic writing proficiency in English.
    • an MBChB or equivalent degree;
    • a four-year professional bachelor's degree in a health-related discipline;
    • a BScHons degree of this University or another recognised university; or
    • an equivalent qualification as approved by Senate.
  • International candidates must provide proof of the equivalence of qualifications obtained from a non-South African Institute.

​Important Notice: Submitting your completed application form and meeting the admission requirements does not guarantee admission.

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PG Dip Medical Toxicology
Carine Marks 
Mrs Carine Marks
PG Dip Medical Toxicology
Programme administrator
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Mrs Mandy Harck​​