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Internal Medicine (MSc/Dip/Cert)

Course Description

This online programme will give you a comprehensive understanding of the processes, investigation procedures and treatment options for common diseases you encounter in general medical practice.

The programme is mostly for early postgraduate doctors.
 It complements the learning you need to achieve membership of the Royal College of Physicians and it may also be suitable for doctors in other specialties, or nurse consultants and other paramedical specialists with extensive clinical experience.

Programme description

We cover basic physiology, pathophysiology, therapy and clinical management, as well as clinical skills, generic skills (including writing and research methods) law, ethics and prescribing ability.

Problem-based learning through clinical case scenarios will be used to enhance knowledge and clinical decision-making. We use a variety of e-learning resources and platforms, including a virtual classroom with online tutorials and lectures, online interactive resources and virtual patients.

Programme structure

This programme is made up of compulsory and optional courses.

Compulsory courses

Clinical Pharmacology
Science of Medicine
Laboratory Medicine
Imaging in Medicine
Acute Medicine and Clinical Decision-Making
Clinical Skills (Communication, Examination and Medical Procedures)
Introductory Skills (IT Skills, Research/Literature Evaluation and Writing Skills)
Research Methods

Optional courses

Clinical Genetics
Translational Medicine
Clinical Education and Teaching
Medical Ethics
Palliative Care and Pain Management

Online learning

Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace. Students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Career opportunities

This programme is designed to help medical professionals gain the next step in their medical career, with a highly regarded qualification and first-rate expertise.


The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh is offering some scholarships to enable talented doctors to undertake this programme. Further info: http://www.rcpe.ac.uk/education-support/rcpe-uk-and-international-scholarships

Visit the Internal Medicine (MSc/Dip/Cert) page on the University of Edinburgh web site for more details!

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a UK 2:1 undergraduate degree, or its international equivalent, in medicine or a clinically relevant subject, plus work experience in a clinical context. Applicants who fall below these requirements but have relevant work experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis. You may be admitted to Certificate level only in the first instance. The deadline for applications for 2015 entry is 24 August 2015.

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