Master of Science in Pharmacotoxicology

Master of Science in Pharmacotoxicology

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Course title Master of Science in Pharmacotoxicology
Course code PMSCPTXPET1
Postnominal M.Sc.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 6 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Evening
Total ECTS credits 90
Delivered by Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
This course consists of study-units which will establish foundations in pharmacology and toxicology, and provide the skills to manage and apply this information in the clinical, regulatory and pharmaceutical setting. The taught study-units will cover the fundamentals of the toxicology and pharmacology principles to provide the background for other study units. It will also provide molecular, cellular and pharmacokinetic aspects of Pharmacotoxicology and discuss the application of these principles in the management and treatment of poisoning of various pharmaceutical products. You will also be required to follow compulsory courses in research and statistical methodology. Other study units focus on delivering a sound knowledge of application of Pharmacotoxicology principles in the practical emergency and therapeutic fields. There will also be an overview of the forensic and regulatory aspects of Pharmacotoxicology, risk assessment and management, as well as Pharmacotoxicology in the environmental and occupational fields.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of:

(a) the degree of Doctor of Medicine and Surgery or

(b) the degree of Master of Dental Surgery, (or the degree of Bachelor of Dental Surgery obtained with at least Second Class Honours if awarded prior to July 2018) or

(c) the degree of Master of Pharmacy, (or the degree of Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) obtained with at least Second Class Honours if awarded prior to July 2012) or

(d) an Allied Health Sciences degree which includes a pharmacology component, obtained with at least Second Class Honours or

(e) a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Biochemistry, Pharmaceutical Science, Pharmacology, or any other area of study which includes a pharmacology component and is deemed suitable by the Board of Studies, obtained with at least Second Class Honours or Category II.

The Board shall recommend to Senate the number of applicants that may be allowed to register for the Course, depending on the availability of resources. The Board shall announce the number of available places at the time of the call for applications.

When the number of places is so limited and the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of places available, applicants shall be selected using the following criteria, the weighting of which shall be published at the time of the call for applications:

(a) degree class
(b) experience in the area of the proposed study and
(c) performance during an interview, if deemed necessary.

Interviews, if necessary, shall be conducted by a board composed of at least three members appointed for the purpose by the Board.

For the purpose of selection, applicants who fully satisfy the entry requirements by 31st August preceding the commencement of the Course shall be considered first.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2022.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

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After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 7,500
Fee per semester: Eur 1,250

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 13,400
Yr 1: Eur 6,700 - Yr 2: Eur 6,700 - Yr 3: NIL
By the end of the course, you will be able to:

• Explain various terms, principles and definitions used in Pharmacotoxicology.
• Discuss the basic concepts of health informatics.
• Interpret symptoms of poisoning with the identification of commonly used pharmaceuticals.
• Plan the appropriate clinical management of overdose of commonly used pharmaceuticals.
• Predict patterns of illicit drug abuse in local and international scenarios and in the ergogenic use of drugs in sports.
The course is intended if you are a medical practitioner, pharmacist, specialist nurse, other health care professional and related scientific practitioner, seeking to gain expertise in the clinical, regulatory and practical management of poisoning by pharmaceuticals and other toxins.
This course will allow students from a variety of clinical and scientific backgrounds to obtain new skills which will enable them to move into research and employment in the field of toxicology and related disciplines. This will include:

- Advising on the prevention and management of poisoning with common pharmaceutical products, natural toxins, pesticides and industrial chemicals.
- Contributing to the manufacturing pharmaceutical sector in Malta, in view of the regulatory requirements for expertise in toxicology and risk assessments in the manufacturing of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) and pharmaceutical formulations
- Participating in chemical incident preparedness and response activity at a national level
- Exerting active involvement in toxicovigilance and research in clinical toxicology in forensic and toxicology laboratories.
- Be employed in the national Pharmacotoxicology professional clinical and regulatory community such as Malta National Poisons Centre and the Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority
- Contributing to ongoing prevention education, training, and public awareness on the safe use of drugs and other chemical products.

Potential to continue studies at Ph.D. level at University.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2022/3.

Last Updated: 17 May 2022

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