Master of Science in Medical Toxicology and Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Toxicology

MSc(Med.Tox) / PGDip (Med. Tox.)


Poisoning and snakebites are major clinical problems. In some countries, the field of medical toxicology has developed into a sub specialty but in most countries the training is limited to few lectures at undergraduate level. Medical toxicology is a rapidly evolving field of science which epitomizes the need to continuously update the knowledge of practicing doctors in these countries.

Sri Lanka has an established strong international research reputation in the field of clinical toxicology which has attracted a number of international collaborative projects. It also has had a strong track record of translating research evidence into policy.

Although medical toxicology and toxinology have developed into a specialty within the medical sciences in some developed countries, undergraduate curricula do not place much emphasis on medical toxicology. This has led to less than optimal knowledge on toxicology related matters among medical professionals and has a negative impact on patient care and on the quality of research output in relation to toxicology.

Thus, the Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Toxicology was developed with the aim of briding the gap between undergraduate training and practicing of evidence-based medicine in matters related to toxicology and toxinology. The PGIM commenced this training programme first in 2010, under the Specialty Board in Medical Toxicology which functions under the purview of the PGIM’s Board of Study in Multidisciplinary Study Courses.

Course objectives

At the end of this course, you will be able to;

  • explain the mechanisms of toxicity
  • manage specific conditions related to toxicology and toxinology and instruct others in the same. 
  • discuss the broader social and regulatory context in relation to toxicology 
  • critically appraise medical literature and evidence in the practice of toxicology and toxinology.
  • demonstrate basic knowledge in order to facilitate further learning in the field of clinical toxicology.
  • engage in self-directed learning and evidence-based practice.

Program outline

Teaching learning activities

The online training would make use of reading materials, video demonstrations, pod casts, online presentations, discussion boards, assignments and quizzes. Each module will have several topics of designated duration (one week, in most cases) that require the trainees to actively participate and contribute. During the programme, trainees will be grouped for each topic.

You are invited to join this familiarization session from 16th January 2017 to 22nd January 2017. The session will provide you with a basic guide as to have you should follow this program and the important tools that you would be using during the training. You will also be able to introduce yourself to other participants of the program and chat with them using the Moodle chat tool.