Umm Al-Qura University

Umm Al-Qura University

Master's Program


- 2019/03/17

Postgraduate studies program at the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Master's in Clinical Toxicology

  • This program grants a master's degree in clinical toxicology.
  • Requirements to join this program: the student should be a graduate of the College of Medicine, College of Pharmacy, or another health college.
  • The 40 educational units in this program are distributed over four semesters.
  • The research project or the thesis is carried out during the fourth semester.
  • The program consists of 53 credit hours.
  • Fifty students are expected to be admitted to the program during the coming five years
  • Plans have been made for twenty academic staff to join the program during the coming five years.

Program mission:

  • Qualifying and graduating medical cadres who will treat cases of poison with high efficient quality, and will be able to conduct scientific research, continuing their study to obtain a higher academic degree (doctorate).
  • Meeting the needs of national cadres in emergency departments at governmental and private hospitals and poison centers.
  • Cultivating proficiency and quickness in treating the increasing number of cases of poisoning, which has led to an increase in the mortality rate because of misdiagnosis and delay in treatment. This problem is ascribed to a lack in the number of specialists in this field.
  • Promoting and encouraging internal scholarships.

General description of program:

Courses are distributed over four semesters. During the first semester, a group of qualifying courses dealing with pharmacology, patho-physiology, medical chemistry, biological research methods and statistics on clinical toxicology are offered, adding up to 195 training hours and 15 credit hours. During the second semester, the first part of clinical toxicology is offered in 78 learning hours and 6 credit hours. During the third semester, the courses cover the second part of clinical toxicology, covering 80 teaching hours and 8 credit hours. The fourth semester is dedicated to the performance of the complementary research, and writing and submitting the thesis. This is equivalent to 24 credit hours.

Learners are trained and given a chance to gain practical skills on how to deal with, prevent, diagnose, and treat different cases of poisoning at specialized centers and hospitals.

Employment opportunities for the graduates of this program:

Graduates work as toxicologists at emergency departments in governmental and private hospitals and poison centers. The graduate will be well-versed in the symptoms of poisoning due to chemical materials, such as pharmaceuticals, drugs, insecticides, etc. Graduates will also be acquainted with the technique of diagnosing and treatment.

Graduates will also be able to perform first aid in cases of biological or chemical poisoning. They will also be able to participate in medical evacuation in cases of environmental disasters, especially biological and chemical ones.

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