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Overview. Respiratory illnesses affect all children. Almost every child in the UK attends their GP in the first 5 years of life with a respiratory infection. Read more

Overview

Respiratory illnesses affect all children. Almost every child in the UK attends their GP in the first 5 years of life with a respiratory infection. 1 in 10 children have some chronic respiratory condition of which asthma is the most common. Despite the commonness of respiratory disorders, the presence of good evidenced-based guidelines care and outcomes vary widely. Provision of care is even more varied for rarer conditions and where there have been recent important advances in technology. There is a pressing need to facilitate training in primary, secondary and tertiary care to ensure that children achieve the best possible health outcomes.

This course allows students to learn how to provide optimum care for children with acute and chronic respiratory diseases. Each of the four modules has been designed to complement clinical experience and accelerate learning and professional development. The modules tackle asthma and allergy, cystic fibrosis, infection and immunity and non-invasive ventilation and sleep. Taken in combination they cover the breadth of knowledge required to deliver secondary care services for children and they complement the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Special Interest module in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine. Delivered by an experienced local faculty with an enthusiasm for teaching and national and international reputation for paediatric respiratory medicine this course offers a combination of self-directed, interactive and practical learning. 

Course Aims

The aim of the course is to help clinicians in primary and secondary care settings to develop their knowledge base, enhance their skills and motivate and empower them to act as effective leaders in the delivery of respiratory healthcare for children. 

Career Development

This course recognises that clinicians require a combination of knowledge, skills and experience to support the delivery of optimal healthcare for children. Whilst completion of all four modules will be particularly helpful to secondary care paediatricians with a stated special interest in paediatric respiratory medicine individual modules are likely to be of particular interest to those working in specific environments. For instance, doctors and nurses working in primary care are likely to find the module on asthma and allergy particularly helpful. Similarly, the module on non-invasive ventilation and sleep may be particularly valuable to clinicians working on high dependency units or those who support community teams who look after technology-dependent children.

Course Content

Each module is given a credit rating within the national Masters framework. These may be transferable from or to other institutions where the learning outcomes are comparable. Undertaking all four currently available modules will lead to the award of a postgraduate certificate in Medical Science. Individuals who wish to proceed to higher degrees may choose to undertake further credits as part of other Masters programmes.

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Science: 60 credits 
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Science: 120 credits
  • Masters in Medical Science: total 180 credits

(The Masters Degree must be completed within five years of registration, the Diploma within four years and the Certificate within three years. It will be possible to complete a Masters Degree in Medical Science in two years.)

It is not necessary to carry out a piece of original research to complete the award. The final 60 credits can be for a practice-based project, a teaching project such as robust evaluation of a programme you might be running, or it may be possible to accumulate credits from independent studies or a reflective portfolio. Individual programmes will be constructed for you at this stage through negotiation with the award leader.

Course Modules

Teaching & Assessment

This is a modular part-time programme, designed to meet the needs of full-time health professionals, able to take study leave in short blocks (2-days face-to-face teaching for each module) and augmented by background reading and independent study. The modules are offered on a regular basis throughout the year, usually repeated annually, and students can join the programme at any stage. It is possible to complete the PG Certificate within one year, though up to three years are allowed.

Most teaching is based on interactive small group methods, interspersed with practical tasks and supplemented with background reading and materials developed by the course faculty. A variety of assessment methods are used, including essays skills and completion of a portfolio.

Additional Costs

Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines we do not anticipate any additional costs for this postgraduate programme.

Find information on Scholarships here - http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/



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Allergy affects around one fifth of the world’s population. With allergic diseases and asthma on the rise, the complexity and severity of these conditions is also increasing. Read more

Allergy affects around one fifth of the world’s population. With allergic diseases and asthma on the rise, the complexity and severity of these conditions is also increasing. Children and young adults are particularly affected and are bearing the greatest burden of these trends. Yet allergy, even as it relates to asthma, is often trivialised and clinical services to help patients with such diseases are often either non-existent or limited and lacking in cost-effective solutions.

Why study MSc Allergy?

Our MSc Allergy programme is designed to help healthcare professionals to gain a greater understanding of allergic diseases and to be able to translate this knowledge into their everyday practice. Offered by a World Allergy Organisation Centre of Excellence, our programme draws on the clinical, research and education strengths at Southampton, and will help you develop better treatment for patients. Our programme will bring you up to date with current best practice, allowing you to improve management of patients with allergies. It will also give you the skills to share your allergy knowledge with colleagues and patients.

What does our MSc provide?

You will be enabled to support adults, children and young people more effectively; develop and improve your healthcare provision through passing on expertise; and develop scientific understanding, clinical knowledge, practical skills and critical thinking qualities.

Who should study?

The multi-disciplinary nature of our programme means that it is suitable for GPs, hospital based doctors, nurses, dietitians and scientists involved with both adult and paediatric patients.

Flexible learning

Our part-time (2-5 years) and full-time (1 year) modular Masters programme provides the flexibility to study alongside other commitments. Typically modules are offered in blocks of three to five days to cater students living outside the area and internationally. The programme also accommodates a ‘step on step off’ structure allowing you single modules (see module tab for full details), the Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma in Allergy as well as the full MSc.

Introducing your degree

We provide an integrated programme for both adult and paediatric disease with a balanced clinical and scientific curriculum. The programme aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the mechanisms and management of allergic disease and offers practical training in methods used to diagnose them. Our course is supported by internationally renowned specialists, and we provide a high level of support, be it hospital based or distance learning. Our interprofessional approach enables students from different disciplines and professions to interact and learn from each other and will teach you how to build and work successfully in allergy teams.

Overview

This postgraduate programme is designed to help you treat your patients better; we provide health care professionals with effective education and training in the mechanisms, diagnosis, treatment and management of allergic disease. Our course will enable you to manage both adults and children with allergy more effectively.

Through the knowledge and understanding you will gain with us, you will also be able to develop and improve your health care provision, through your ability to cascade education to your colleagues, and adult and paediatric patients and their families.

Tailored content

Course content can be tailored to best meet individual career aspirations and organisational needs, allowing you to plan your specific programme route at the start of your studies with us, and providing an opportunity to gain important skills for meeting current best practice guidelines.

Modules

Our core modules are the Foundations of Allergic Disease, Clinical Research Skills and a Dissertation. We also offer three specialist allergy modules (i) Eczema, Urticaria and Anaphylaxis, (ii) Food Allergy, (iii) Allergic Airways Disease, the Work Based Learning module where you will translate your new knowledge into practice and the Teaching the Teachers to Teach module where you will gain skills for teaching or training students, collegaues and peers. Other modules from around the University, In addition to the allergy modules on offer, students are also able to take a module from around the University (please visit the Modules tab for details).

Research training

All MSc students receive training in research skills and statistics in preparation for their dissertation in the form of our core Clinical Research Skills module.

Teaching

To help you develop the required skills you will be exposed to a variety of teaching and learning methods including seminars, tutorials, discussions, practical’s, problem-solving activities and formal lectures. You will also be able to access our unique online educational and multimedia learning resources.

Our teaching methods also help enhance your written and oral presentation skills, giving you the opportunity to develop your transferable skills.

Each of our modules involves discussion of key issues; practice in applying concepts, both orally and in writing, including analysis and interpretation of material; and feedback on work produced.

By studying this programme you will:

  • Enhance your educational and professional expertise in all core areas of allergy, having developed appropriate knowledge, understanding and professional skills to improve your practice.
  • Develop your ability to integrate research evidence into all aspects of decision making and to apply knowledge, analytical and critical thinking skills to make sound judgements about data applicable to the care of patients with allergy.
  • Enable you to demonstrate leadership in clinical allergy and allergy-related issues.
  • Evaluate the psychological impact of living with allergy so that through empathy, the diagnosis, management and eventual compliance of patients can be improved.
  • Develop your approach to solving problems, building on a logical and hierarchical approach that allows you to justify personal and professional decisions through critical evaluation and synthesis of relevant theories, empirical evidence and experience to best optimise professional practice.
  • Develop strategies for your continuing professional development and lifelong learning in relevant aspects of allergy.
  • Apply an evidence based approach to critically evaluate the current literature, and develop the skills needed to successfully complete a dissertation project.

Visit the programme specification document for this course



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This online course enables you to match your educational needs with your professional practice. You will gain the knowledge and skills needed for optimal clinical evaluation of the allergic patient. Read more
This online course enables you to match your educational needs with your professional practice. You will gain the knowledge and skills needed for optimal clinical evaluation of the allergic patient. You will also learn how to manage common allergic conditions, such as eczema, food allergy, asthma and drug allergy.

This course has been developed for clinicians, nurses and other allied health professionals who have a particular interest in clinical allergy. The focus is clinical, drawing on the latest research. The course is suitable for those working in primary or secondary care settings with adults or children. If you commonly see patients with allergic conditions and want to develop your clinical skills in this area, then this course is for you.

You will study our compulsory allergy module alongside a range of optional modules. The allergy module is accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and covers:
-Basic immunology for clinical allergy practice
-Clinical evaluation of the allergic patient, including diagnostic options and management approaches
-Anaphylaxis
-Asthma
-Allergic skin disease, including eczema, urticaria and angioedema
-Drug allergy
-Food allergy (both lgE mediated disease and non IgE mediated disease)
-'Hot topics' in allergy

Delivery

The modules are taught online, so you can choose to study anytime, anywhere. This flexibility means that you can fit your studies around your other commitments and develop your online literacy as a transferable skill. You can select from over 30modules in a diverse range of subjects to create your own bespoke course of study.

Alternatively, you can choose to complete the allergy module as a standalone course for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). The allergy module runs over 14 weeks starting in April 2017. You will cover important areas in the field of allergy, with an emphasis on interaction and case discussion. During the module you will take three online assessments that examine your abilities in:
-Critical appraisal
-Wider understanding of the subject
-Clinical evaluation skills

The format of the allergy module draws on clinical cases and uses a variety of interactive tools to enhance learning.

Accreditation

Our allergy module is of high value to those working in primary care. As such we have been awarded Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) accreditation.

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This course will be held at the Medway Campus. - https://www.kent.ac.uk/locations/medway/. Course detail. This programme equips you to work in the field of Sport Science and provides the opportunity to gain real-life experience with athletes. Read more

This course will be held at the Medway Campus

- https://www.kent.ac.uk/locations/medway/

Course detail

This programme equips you to work in the field of Sport Science and provides the opportunity to gain real-life experience with athletes. Graduates become experienced Sports Scientists able to work effectively in academia or professional sport.

Visit the website: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/147/sport-science-for-optimal-performance

and find out more at the Sports Science website: https://www.kent.ac.uk/sportsciences/postgraduate/

How to apply: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/


Overview

This programme advances your specialist knowledge and understanding of the scientific principles underpinning optimal performance in sport and exercise and provides opportunities to develop professional skills, including monitoring, analysing, evaluating and prescribing interventions for the optimisation of performance. Drawing on the expertise of Kent’s staff, many of whom are at the forefront of their fields, you have the opportunity to apply these skills in a real-world context by working with athletes.

The programme is designed to develop the professional and academic skills of graduate sport scientists. Health and sport professionals who want to take modules on a stand-alone basis for continuing professional development are welcome to contact us.

Format band assessment

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year:

- Dissertation (60 credits)

- Assessment and Training for Optimal Performance (20 credits)

- Research Methods (40 credits)

- Contemporary Perspectives in Sport Research (20 credits)

- Psychology for Injury and Rehabilitation (20 credits)

- Sport and Exercise Nutrition for the High Performance Athlete (20 credits)

- Applied Athlete Support (20 credits)

Assessment is typically by coursework and the final dissertation research project.

Careers

The programme has been developed and designed to provide the required knowledge and skills for you to work autonomously in the field of sport science. Importantly, there are significant opportunities for you to gain real-life experience of working with athletes; both as part of the programme and also through the School’s work with professional teams and elite athletes. Many of our graduates have gone on to further study such as a PhD, work in high level professional sport or as applied sports scientists. 

Why study at The University of Kent?

- Kent was awarded gold, the highest rating, in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework

- Shortlisted for University of the Year 2015

- In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Kent was ranked 17th* for research output and research intensity, in the Times Higher Education, outperforming 11 of the 24 Russell Group universities

- Over 96% of our postgraduate students who graduated in 2014 found a job or further study opportunity within six months.

Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/why/

Cutting-edge research

Our staff regularly publish world-leading research, giving you the chance to study with some of the most influential researchers in this field. We have worked with organisations such as the Medway Community health care, Asthma UK, SmartLife inc and Sport England. Our areas of research are wide ranging, including sports training, performance, fatigue, nutrition, hamstring injuries, sport psychology, cardiac rehabilitation.

First-class sports facilities and State-of-the-art equipment

The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences has excellent purpose-built facilities. For exercise testing, the School has everything you would expect and more, including state-of-the-art treadmills, cycle and rowing ergometers, an isokinetic dynamometer, brain and muscle stimulators, and blood testing and gas analysis equipment, sport and exercise science laboratories, teaching and student clinics, multiple physiology laboratories, a biomechanics laboratory which is equipped with 3D motion capture cameras and force plates, two large therapy clinics and two rehabilitation gyms, a psychobiology laboratory and a respiratory clinic. We were the first university in the UK to install an anti-gravity treadmill in our rehabilitation gym. Using NASA technology, this treadmill is a valuable resource for professional athletes as they look to speed up their return to fitness. Within our neuromuscular laboratory, we have equipment for transcranial magnetic and direct current stimulation and peripheral muscle and nerve stimulation. These devices allow us to manipulate and test areas of the muscle and brain before and during exercise. Only a handful of universities in the UK have access to such state-of-the-art equipment.

We have a heat and altitude environmental chamber that can create various environmental conditions to stimulate the most extreme conditions found around the world. 

The facilities at Medway Park were specified to the highest standards in order to support athletes at pre-Olympic training camps and to enable world-leading research.

Excellent study resources

The general resources on campus are first class. The well-stocked Drill Hall Library has:

·      around 130,000 items including books, journals, CDs and DVDs

·      online resources and journal subscriptions

·      more than 400 student PCs and laptops

·      free high-speed internet access

·      zoned areas for group work; quiet study; and silent study

·      The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences recently increased its library resources by investing an extra £50,000 in new books.

Accessible location

Our award-winning Medway campus near Chatham Historic Dockyard was built at the start of the 20th century. You can get advice, study, socialise, or grab a bite to eat at our newly-refurbished Student Hub, or meet friends for a drink or food at a range of cafes and restaurants across campus.

Five minutes’ walk from campus, the Dockside retail outlet offers a wide range of shops and restaurants. Nearby is the town of Rochester with its historic castle and stunning cathedral, which is one of the venues for Kent’s degree congregations.

The Medway campus is quick and easy to reach from central London. Travel to London from the nearby stations of Gillingham and Chatham takes about 45 minutes.

Postgraduate scholarships and funding

We have a scholarship fund of over £9 million to support our taught and research students with their tuition fees and living costs. Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/postgraduate/

English language learning

If you need to improve your English before and during your postgraduate studies, Kent offers a range of modules and programmes in English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Find out more here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/international/english.html



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The Graduate Diploma in Managing Respiratory Disorders at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is based at our Hamilton and Ayr Campuses on a rotational basis. Read more
The Graduate Diploma in Managing Respiratory Disorders at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is based at our Hamilton and Ayr Campuses on a rotational basis. This programme is part-time and some modules will be delivered via e-learning. Progressively more people with long term conditions (including COPD & Asthma) are being cared for in the community. However, those hospitalised with respiratory disorders progressively require specialised, multidisciplinary interventional care.

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Medicines management describes a system of processes and behaviours that determines how medicines are used by patients and the NHS. Read more
Medicines management describes a system of processes and behaviours that determines how medicines are used by patients and the NHS. Effective medicines management places the patient as the primary focus of interventions by health care professionals and is a key driver for NHS modernisation in the UK.

The Medway School of Pharmacy's innovative postgraduate distance-learning programme in Medicines Management equips healthcare professionals with the skills and knowledge to contribute effectively to medicines management services and to individual drug therapy decisions in primary and secondary care.

The programme is delivered by flexible learning and is structured to enable the student to incorporate learning directly into the workplace. The material provided for self-study is designed for use by all health professionals involved in medicines management and reflects the most recent evidence and practice.

There are two main pathways to the qualification of MSc Medicines Management. Students can either take the PGCert Independent/Supplementary Prescribing and then continue with compulsory and optional courses reach Diploma level or they can complete optional and compulsory courses to reach achieve both Certificate and Diploma. A research project and dissertation is required to complete the MSc. Regardless of the pathway chosen, course options allow students to achieve personal goals within the credit totals for each stage of the degree. They can thus provide a valuable means of supporting continuing professional development or can be used as a training package to support service developments in primary or secondary care.

The aims of the programme are:

- To equip health care professionals with the skills and knowledge to contribute effectively to medicines management services and to individual drug therapy decisions in primary and secondary care

- To incorporate learning directly into the workplace and enable the student to rise to the challenges presented by the new, patient centred NHS.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/pha/medmgt

Pharmacy

We offer a wide range of postgraduate programmes and courses for pharmacists and other health-care professionals. Our Medway School of Pharmacy is a unique collaboration between the Universities of Greenwich and Kent. We have designed innovative patient focused programmes to address the needs of healthcare professionals. A significant investment in facilities and equipment has allowed us to embark on our objective of establishing an internationally recognised research reputation based on multidisciplinary team work.

What you'll study

Core:

Using Evidence Effectively (10 credits)
Medication Review in Practice (10 credits)
Medicines Management in Practice (10 credits)
Consultation and Communication in Practice: Patients as Partners (10 credits)
Research Project (60 credits)

Options:

Minor Ailments: Infections and Infestations (10 credits)
Minor Ailments: Pain (5 credits)
Asthma (5 credits)
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (5 credits)
Hypertension (5 credits)
Heart Failure (5 credits)
Ischaemic Heart Disease (5 credits)
Type 2 Diabetes (5 credits)
Type 1 Diabetes (5 credits)
Bipolar Affective Disorder (5 credits)
Depression (5 credits)
Dementia (5 credits)
Patient Monitoring in Practice (5 credits)
Advanced Patient Monitoring in Practice (5 credits)
Skills for Medicines Use Review (5 credits)
Engaging with Primary Care: Medicines Optimisation in Practice (30 credits)

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:
- Postgraduate finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/pg)
- International students' finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/international)

Assessment

Students are assessed through case study analysis, critical appraisal of literature, assignments, including short essays, and a research project.

Career options

Graduates from this programme can pursue opportunities for practitioners skilled in medicines management.

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

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This graduate entry master course enables science graduates to become registered pharmacists. It will provide you with a comprehensive theoretical base, including chemical, biological, physiological, pharmaceutical and pharmacotherapeutics studies. Read more
This graduate entry master course enables science graduates to become registered pharmacists. It will provide you with a comprehensive theoretical base, including chemical, biological, physiological, pharmaceutical and pharmacotherapeutics studies.

In this course you’ll complete two additional study periods over the summer period, as well as two usual semesters each year. The first study period is an intensive six-week training program involving 30 hours weekly contact and continuous assessment. In this period you’ll be introduced to important concepts in pharmaceutics, pharmaceutical chemistry and pharmaceutical practice.

The rest of your first year will focus on pharmaceutical science, pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmacology and pharmaceutical practice. At the end of your first year you’ll complete a community pharmacy placement under the supervision of a practicing pharmacist to develop skills in the clinical setting.

In your second year you’ll focus on pharmacotherapy and develop research skills. You’ll also complete a hospital placement to cement your practical skills.

Throughout this course you’ll use high quality laboratories and facilities designed to enhance teaching and provide you with essential practical skills. The school laboratories include a model dispensary, a manufacturing laboratory, an asepsis suite and laboratories for microbiological, chemical and pharmacological investigations.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council.

Graduates are required to complete a preregistration training period and register as a pharmacist before being able to commence practice in most areas of the profession. Graduates are able to register to practice in all states and territories in Australia and New Zealand.

This course provides a great stepping stone to registration in other countries throughout Asia and in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Some countries may require fulfilment of additional practical training programs.

Career opportunities

Graduates are both highly employable and sought after. As a graduate, you may seek a career in health care working in the fields of community, hospital or consult pharmacy.

The role of the pharmacist within community pharmacy has expanded to include assisting patients with the management of their chronic diseases, such as obesity, asthma and diabetes. In the future, pharmacists in the primary care setting are going to become increasingly involved in the care of patients through multidisciplinary teams. The setting of practice of pharmacy will expand from the community pharmacist to include medical clinics and the patient’s home. The role of pharmacists as prescribers is currently under investigation.

Within hospitals, pharmacists provide a diverse range of services from drug distribution and dispensing, provision of drug information and education, through to ward-based clinical pharmacy services where they participate in patient care as part of a team. Hospital pharmacists may also engage in quality assurance programs and clinical research.

Consultant pharmacists provide medication management review services. They work in collaboration with patients and their doctors to ensure the patient achieves the best outcomes from their drug therapy. Such pharmacists work in aged care facilities and/or patients’ homes.

Graduates may also develop a career in the pharmaceutical industry which employs pharmacists in a number of areas including research roles in the development of medicines, production of pharmaceuticals, quality assurance, regulatory services, marketing and drug information.

Graduates may also work for the State or Federal Government in regulatory and policy roles.

Credit for previous study

Applications for credit for recognised learning (CRL) are assessed on an individual basis.

2016 Curtin International Scholarships: Merit Scholarship

Curtin University is an inspiring, vibrant, international organisation, committed to making tomorrow better. It is a beacon for innovation, driving advances in technology through high-impact research and offering more than 100 practical, industry-aligned courses connecting to workplaces of tomorrow.

Ranked in the top two per cent of universities worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015, the University is also ranked 25th in the world for universities under the age of 50 in the QS World University Rankings 2015 Curtin also received an overall five-star excellence rating in the QS stars rating.

Curtin University strives to give high achieving international students the opportunity to gain an internationally recognised education through offering the Merit Scholarship. The Merit Scholarship will give you up to 25 per cent of your first year tuition fees and if you enrol in an ELB program at Curtin English before studying at Curtin, you will also receive a 10 per cent discount on your Curtin English fees.

For full details and terms and conditions of this scholarship, please visit: curtin.edu/int-scholarships and click on Merit.

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The Global Burden of Disease Study predicts that by 2020 the top ten leading causes of disability-adjusted life years has ischaemic heart disease at number 1, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at number 5, and lower respiratory tract infections at number 6. Read more
The Global Burden of Disease Study predicts that by 2020 the top ten leading causes of disability-adjusted life years has ischaemic heart disease at number 1, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at number 5, and lower respiratory tract infections at number 6. COPD is predicted to quickly rise ‘up the charts’ after 2020 because it is unique in being currently untreatable, with four people a minute worldwide dying of this condition.

Consequently, study of respiratory and cardiovascular science is essential to improving our future health prospects. To that end, the Respiratory and Cardiovascular Science (RCVS) stream combines lectures and journal clubs covering the physiology and pathophysiology of the heart and lungs to provide a solid grounding on how dysfunction in physiology can lead to pathophysiology and clinical manifestations of severe heart or lung disease. The RCVS stream covers the main areas of respiratory physiology and cellular and molecular biology, and introduces the major disease-causing conditions, giving you a broad base of understanding of the heart and lungs.

Laboratory-based research projects will be directly related to advancing our understanding of heart and lung function and/or dysfunction. Dedicated RCVS sessions on data interpretation are designed to facilitate and complement the project experience.

Most of the tutors on the RCVS stream work at the National Heart & Lung Institute, and represent the largest ‘critical mass’ of research-active, respiratory or cardiovascular science academics in Europe. For example, Professor Peter Barnes (FRS) is the most cited published author for COPD in the world. Consequently, students will be in a premier, cutting-edge environment of respiratory and cardiovascular teaching and research.

After completion of the RCVS stream the student will be able to:

-Describe the basic physiology of cardiac function
-Describe the pathophysiology of the major cardiovascular diseases (for example, cardiac ischaemia)
-Describe the pathophysiology of the major respiratory diseases, including asthma, COPD and cystic fibrosis
-Understand the advantages and limitations of animal models of respiratory and cardiovascular disease
-Understand the rationale behind the design of novel treatments for respiratory and cardiovascular disease
-Use library and other research sources effectively
-Design laboratory-based experiments to effectively test a specified hypothesis, incorporating use of appropriate controls
-Interpret data sets, depict data in an appropriate graphic format and apply appropriate statistical analysis
-Understand and be able to use bioinformatic approaches
-Be able to write a grant proposal for a research project
-Be able to present research project data in various formats, including as a poster, an oral presentation, a PhD-style write-up and a journal-based research paper write-up
-Be able to read, understand and critically evaluate research papers in peer-review journals

Please note that Postgraduate Diplomas and Certificates for part-completion are not available for this course.

A wide range of research projects is made available to students twice a year. The range of projects available to each student is determined by their stream. Students may have access to projects from other streams, but have priority only on projects offered by their own stream.

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Diploma MSc is an award-winning provider of online medical education for Postgraduate Diploma and Master’s courses. We are now pleased to add a Postgraduate Diploma and Masters course in Respiratory Medicine to our expanding range of courses. Read more

Respiratory Medicine Courses Online

Diploma MSc is an award-winning provider of online medical education for Postgraduate Diploma and Master’s courses. We are now pleased to add a Postgraduate Diploma and Masters course in Respiratory Medicine to our expanding range of courses. The respiratory medicine courses are offered in conjunction with our partner, the University of South Wales, who have built a strong reputation for delivering innovative learning.

Respiratory disease has a significant impact on the health of the population, and the use of health care resources both in the United Kingdom and in the world. Our respiratory medicine courses will enable more health care professionals to have the required knowledge to treat patients. It will develop problem solving and clinical skills together with preparing students to take a leadership role in Respiratory Medicine.

The course is developed by taking note of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Guidance on Respiratory Medicine, the curriculum subjects of the Specialty Certificate Exam of the Royal College of Physicians and that of the Royal College of General Practitioners (Respiratory) with an emphasis on the management of these conditions in both primary and secondary care in the UK and abroad.

The Postgraduate Diploma and MSc respiratory medicine courses will appeal to Doctors, GPs, Allied Health Professionals, Nurses and those with related undergraduate degrees (e.g. Pharmacists) or equivalent professional qualifications and background experience.

Diploma in Respiratory Medicine

Our online 1 year Postgraduate Diploma in Respiratory Medicine is designed to be practical and clinically focused. Our course will provide an integrated approach to Respiratory Medicine and focus on applying scientific principles to direct patient care. The Postgraduate Diploma in Respiratory Medicine course is worth 120 credits and comprises 6 modules of 20 credits each.

The course aims to equip graduates with critical knowledge and understanding of Respiratory Medicine. Graduates will be able to apply knowledge for direct clinical benefit and future study. Our course is the only one of its kind that is accessible online and is the fastest route to a PGDip/MSc.

Our Postgraduate Diploma in Respiratory Medicine has been designed for Doctors, GPs, Allied Health Professionals, Nurses and those with related undergraduate degrees (e.g. Pharmacists) or equivalent professional qualifications and background experience.

On completion of the course you will demonstrate:

A critical awareness of current issues affecting the care of patients undertaking Respiratory treatments.
An advanced knowledge of Respiratory Medicine and other associated conditions that will facilitate decision-making in unpredictable and/or complex situations.
An ability to use knowledge to adapt professional practice to meet the changing demands of health care systems.
An in-depth understanding of the scope and delivery of Respiratory treatments including horizon scanning of potential new treatments for the wider population.
Course Structure

The online course lasts one calendar year and is a part-time distance learning course. It consists of 6 modules per year, each of 6 weeks duration.

Module 1 - Respiratory Medicine – Symptoms, Signs and Investigations
Module 2 - Asthma and Allergy
Module 3 - Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Module 4 - Thoracic oncology and pleural disease
Module 5 - Respiratory infections; diagnoses and management
Module 6 - Other important respiratory conditions and diseases
Assessment

The course puts assessment at the heart of learning by using clinical scenarios to facilitate problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care. The scenarios act as both the focus for learning and assessment thus embedding assessment within the learning process.

Each of the 6 modules has the same assessment format. Due to the online nature of the course, students are expected to login and participate in the course regularly throughout the module (ideally on a daily basis).

Students are split into groups of 10-15 students and are assigned a dedicated expert tutor who:

Facilitates clinical case discussions with the group.
Monitors, assesses and marks each student throughout the module.
Students use the skills gained during the lectures to engage with the different activities (see below).
Clinical case scenarios with case based discussion - 40%
Individual learning portfolio - 10%
Group/individual activity - 20%
Case based examination - 30%

MSc in Respiratory Medicine

Entry to the 1 year Msc in Respiratory Medicine will require the successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Respiratory Medicine (120 credits) either from the University of South Wales or from another UK University.

Our Respiratory Medicine Masters of Science course has been developed for health professionals who are interested in a leadership role within Respiratory Medicine including GP’s, doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, pharmacists, and other suitably qualified and interested individuals.

The MSc Respiratory Medicine course is the only one of its title that is accessible online, and is not offered by any other institution. On completion of the course, you will be able to demonstrate:

An applied understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in an appropriate clinical setting.
An in-depth knowledge and understanding of the discipline informed by current scholarship and research.
Advanced level critical skills designed to deal with complex problems.
Advanced knowledge and competence in Respiratory Medicine.

Course Structure

Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal in Respiratory Medicine (compulsory module)
Module 2 - Professional Project: Respiratory Medicine or Independent Prescribing Module
Teaching Methods

Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal

MSc teaching methods for this module are similar to the PG Diploma course modules, however, it is run over 12 weeks.

Module 2 - Professional Project

To produce the professional project, students continue to use the online course however much of the work is self-directed.

Students are expected in the first 8 weeks to interact with their tutor on a weekly basis. Students select a specific project and submit a project summary/proposal (approximately 1500 words).

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Who is it for?

The course is for NMC registered nurses, who are currently working as practice nurses and wish to develop their skills and progress their career with a Postgraduate Diploma qualification.

Objectives

Throughout the world, the provision of preventive, treatment and rehabilitation services is rooted increasingly in primary care. City’s Primary Care (Practice Nursing) course supports students in developing new skills for use in the general practices in which they work. The course is focused on practice and practical application, and is relevant to the varied communities from which our students are drawn.

The Post Graduate Diploma (PgDip) consists of 120 credits. Three of the modules are core or compulsory, with 5 optional modules. The choice of optional modules from our Continuing Personal and Professional Development portfolio will allow you to choose modules that are relevant to your work as a practice nurse within the general practice environment.

Academic facilities

The Clinical Skills Centre at City offers excellent facilities for you to rehearse practical caring skills prior to your practice placement. You will have access to a simulated 6-bedded high dependency unit (HDU) with realistic equipment including piped oxygen, call bells, medicines and emergency equipment. In addition, medium fidelity simulators and laboratories, including a biology laboratory, allow students to rehearse skills in preparation for practice in a range of placements, including clinics and people's homes.

The School of Health Science is one of the first health schools in the UK to open a Technology Enabled Care Studio, City TECS. City TECS is specially designed studio flat at our Northampton Square campus, fully equipped with the latest telehelath and telecare technologies providing City students with the unique opportunity to learn how to use the latest and future healthcare technologies whilst they study.

Teaching and learning

The Programme Director and other members of the practice nursing team have considerable experience and expertise in the field of practice nursing and advanced practice.

Members of the team have published research, books, as well as peer reviewed professional journals relevant to practice nursing and advanced practice.

Assessments are designed to assess students ability to:
-Grasp taught theory and research.
-Analyse and interpret theory and research critically.
-Apply the theory and evidence base to the clinical setting.
-Present the relevant points clearly and concisely.

Both formative and summative assessments will be transparent throughout the practice nursing course. Formative feedback will be available on group/individual presentations and/or tutorial support.

Summative assessment will integrate a variety of assessments, which will be dependent on your choice of optional modules including:
-Essays
-Skills schedule, including a multiple choice questionnaire and problem based scenario
-Exams
-Case study
-Audit and supporting paper
-Protocol development and a supporting paper
-Poster development and supporting paper
-A research proposal

Modules

The course is made up of both core and optional modules, with the structure depending on whether students study on a full or part-time basis.

Core modules
-Key Concepts in Practice Nursing
-Research methods
-Health Policy and Politics

Elective modules - you can choose from a wide range of optional modules, including:
-Cervical Cytology
-An introduction to Long Term Conditions
-Key Concepts in Practice Nursing – Module 2
-Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
-Clinical assessment in Primary Care
-Contraception and sexual health - theory
-Diabetes care
-Supporting and assessing in clinical practice (mentorship module)

Students have the option of exiting with 60 credits to receive the award of Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert). In order to receive this award, students must have successfully completed 60 credits, which must include one of the core modules – Key Concepts in practice nursing and 3 other optional modules.

Career prospects

The PgDip Primary Care (Practice Nursing) will give you greater opportunities to deliver diverse services within general practice. The range of services can be tailored to your individual practice needs due to the selection of modules that can be taken as part of your continuing professional development.

Successful completion of the PgDip is achieved when you have completed 8 x 15 credit modules [120 credits]. Students also have the option of gaining a PgCert by completing 4 modules [60 credits} one of which includes the core module – Key Concepts of Practice Nursing.

You will graduate with a substantial understanding of the field of practice nursing, together with enhanced clinical and analytical skills. These attributes will enable you to make a substantial contribution within the general practice environment.

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The Master of Nursing Science (MNSc) is a professional masters degree that is exceptional preparation for your nursing career. It is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (formerly Nurses Board of Victoria). The MNSc recognises the nature of contemporary health care delivery in light of the impact of rapidly changing medical and information technologies, consumer demand and government economic and health policies. It offers graduates a higher level degree with enhanced learning outcomes while meeting the requirements for nursing registration.

Learning and teaching

We have developed the MNSc around four interrelated themes:

  1. Approaches to learning and teaching
  2. Research-based practice
  3. Clinical skill acquisition
  4. Contextualised, integrated health care delivery

Our curriculum emphasises significant contemporary health problems identified as National Health Priority Areas: cardiovascular health, cancer control, injury prevention and control, mental health, diabetes mellitus, and asthma.

We take a research-oriented approach to practice. This approach encourages systematic development of clinical skills using evidence-based learning, an understanding of the close links between theory and practice, and the ability to undertake self-directed life-long learning.

Our teaching is based on up-to-date research which allows you to apply the most relevant theory to your practice to ensure best practice and best patient outcomes. In the final semester, following your theoretical and clinical preparation, you will undertake a specialist elective subject in an area of interest to you and a capstone practice subject to consolidate your theoretical and practical knowledge.

Benefits

  • A masters degree in nursing is a portable qualification, whether you want to work locally, nationally or internationally.
  • The curriculum includes a greater ratio of clinical hours to theory than other entry-to-practice nursing degrees. This means that you will graduate with plenty of hands-on practice to prepare you for employment.
  • We offer the only integrated curriculum where you learn clinical skills and theory concurrently. Clinical and bioscience topics are coordinated to enhance your understanding of theory in practice. Students will participate in 6 to 8 weeks of intensive teaching each semester, followed by three or four weeks of professional experience placement with partner hospitals.
  • Our clinical placements are in the largest major metropolitan teaching hospitals ensuring best clinical practice opportunities and research collaborations.
  • We have state of the art clinical skills laboratories with up-to-date medical mannequins and equipment, and dedicated laboratory staff to guide your practical skill development. The clinical skills labs are used for classes and you can book them for self-directed learning.
  • Specific skill development in clinical research ensures you are confident in utilising current research to inform your practice and as preparation for research studies.
  • Our curriculum has a strong emphasis on contemporary health care and clinical governance, and prepares you for practice in a modern and complex nursing environment where nurses continue to take leadership roles.
  • You will undertake a specialist elective subject in the final semester, allowing you to further develop your areas of interest.
  • To consolidate your nursing practice you will undertake a capstone subject in the final semester. This will enable you to apply your knowledge and seek innovative solutions to real clinical problems.
  • The University offers excellent on-campus student facilities and a range of student services and opportunities. We are part of the most research-intensive medical faculty in Australia.
  • You will be part of a diverse and talented population of students at entry-to-practice, advanced practice and research levels. We employ internationally recognised nurse researchers with extensive affiliations with renowned research institutes and hospitals. As a nursing student you will have access to the best teachers and researchers with the most up to date practice knowledge.

At the completion of the Master of Nursing Science graduates are expected to:

  • meet the competencies identified by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council as necessary for practice as a registered nurse;
  • demonstrate a well developed understanding of health from global, population, community, family and individual perspectives;
  • integrate knowledge from a range of disciplines that contribute to health and disease management in the provision of nursing to people experiencing alterations in their health;
  • perform nursing assessment and intervention within legal and ethical parameters and demonstrating accountability for their own practice;
  • work effectively as a member of the multidisciplinary team;
  • demonstrate the ability to critically appraise research evidence relevant to common health problems and to translate this evidence into the development of nursing interventions to improve patient outcomes;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the Australian health care system in terms of policy and the organizational context of health service delivery;
  • practice effectively in health promotion and health education roles;
  • demonstrate the ability to identify knowledge gaps in the delivery of nursing care and to utilize research skills to address current gaps in practice in collaboration with researchers in nursing and allied disciplines.


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