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Overview. Increasing demand for consultants so job prospects are excellent. An opportunity to be involved with and help shape the future of this rapidly evolving specialty. Read more

Overview

  • Increasing demand for consultants so job prospects are excellent
  • An opportunity to be involved with and help shape the future of this rapidly evolving specialty
  • An exciting and varied workload with fantastic opportunities for lifelong learning

Our online Acute Medicine courses are offered in partnership with the University of South Wales, who have a strong reputation for delivering innovative learning. You will receive your transcript from the University of South Wales.

Acute medicine is a rapidly evolving specialty and as many generalist healthcare professionals undertake acute medicine as part of their daily routines, there is a demand for tailored education, particularly at Masters level. 

You will develop a systematic understanding of evidence-based, protocol delivered practice, which is crucial in optimising acute care.

Like other specialties, acute medicine is multi-disciplinary, particularly with the event of physician assistants and specialist nurse practitioners. This course is therefore aimed at the multi-disciplinary team, covering the major spectrum of disease areas that would present acutely. 

This is a theoretical course that aims to supplement the education of existing healthcare professionals, as opposed to a practical course in acute medicine.

A distinctive aspect of our courses is that they allow you to study at post-graduate level without release from work. With no lectures or webinars at set times, you can fit your studies flexibly around your personal and professional commitments.

Who are our acute medicine courses for?

You will typically be a doctor, nurse, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, pharmacist or radiographer. On completion you will be able to progress in your career as well as directly improve patient care.

You may apply for the MSc in Acute Medicine as a two-year course, firstly completing the Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits), followed by the MSc (60 credits).

Postgraduate Diploma in Acute Medicine

Why do the course?

On completion of the acute medicine postgraduate course, you will have: 

  • A systematic understanding of acute medicine, skills in critical appraisal and application of knowledge for direct patient benefit/service development and future study
  • Life-long learning and advanced problem-solving skills that can be applied to clinical practice in acute medicine
  • The ability to lead complex tasks and processes in the delivery and advancement of acute medical specialty-related care
  • The ability to deliver leadership to teams in multi-agency, multi-cultural and/or international contexts
  • The skills to critically evaluate the delivery of care to patients
  • A systematic understanding of evidence based medicine in relation to the acutely ill patient
  • The ability to use relevant understanding, methodologies and approaches to address complex issues of patient management across the spectrum of medical specialties that comprise acute medicine
  • The ability to critically evaluate evidence and guidance across acute medical specialties and implement best practice and innovation in complex patient scenarios
  • A University of South Wales Postgraduate Diploma

Why study with Diploma MSc?

  • Time: You'll complete your Postgraduate Diploma in 1 calendar year as opposed to 2 years for others. Plus, to our knowledge, we are the least expensive postgraduate diploma in the UK.
  • Quality: Our award winning courses delivered with the University of South Wales are also accredited by the Royal College of GPs, plus our faculty are key opinion leaders both nationally and internationally.
  • Career progression: Our courses have helped over 1500 alumni progress their careers and salary, as well as their academic credentials. 22 peer review publications have emanated from the course and our course directors are there to help people publish.
  • Customer service: Our group sizes are small and unlike other universities where you are just a uni number, to us you are a valued customer who we are lucky to have on our course.

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 and Cardiovascular Emergencies

Module 2 - Diabetes and Endocrine Emergencies

Module 3 - Gastroenterological Emergencies

Module 4 - Acute Presentations with Infection and Sepsis

Module 5 - Acute Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Module 6 - Acute Renal, Metabolic and Toxicological Emergencies

MSc in Acute Medicine

The Acute Medicine MSc course provides a progression route for the Postgraduate Diploma course in Acute Medicine.

The MSc in Acute Medicine runs over 1 calendar year. Starting with an initial 12-week online module to develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies, you will produce a 1,500 word proposal. This will inform your subsequent 10,500 word professional project.

Home based students have the option to do an Independent Prescribing module, enabling eligible nurses and pharmacists to become an Independent Prescriber as part of their Acute Medicine MSc.

On completion of the Acute Medicine Masters, you will have:

  • A systematic understanding of acute medicine, skills in critical appraisal and application of knowledge for direct patient benefit/service development and future study
  • Life-long learning and advanced problem-solving skills that you can apply to clinical practice in acute medicine
  • The ability to lead complex tasks and processes in the delivery and advancement of acute medical 
  • specialty-related care
  • The ability to deliver leadership to teams in multi-agency, multi-cultural and/or international contexts
  • The ability to critically evaluate the delivery of care to patients
  • A systematic understanding of evidence based medicine in relation to the acutely ill patient
  • The ability to use relevant understanding, methodologies and approaches to address complex issues of patient management across the spectrum of medical specialties that comprise acute medicine
  • The ability to critically evaluate evidence and guidance across acute medical specialties and implement best practice and innovation in complex patient scenarios
  • The knowledge of research methods and application to practice at MSc level
  • An extended scope of practice by either; Independent prescribing OR Exploring a professional subject area in more depth utilising knowledge gained in the previous modules
  • A University of South Wales MSc 

Course structure

Module 1 - Research Methods and Critical Appraisal in Acute Medicine: Acute Medicine

Module 2 - Professional Project

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In both programmes you study the central aspects of evidence based medicine and research and to apply these to your specific area of practice or clinical speciality with the aim of enhancing the quality of your individual clinical practice and broader service delivery. Read more

In both programmes you study the central aspects of evidence based medicine and research and to apply these to your specific area of practice or clinical speciality with the aim of enhancing the quality of your individual clinical practice and broader service delivery. You study three core modules. A number of modules are shared with other master’s level programmes giving you many opportunities for you to mix with students on other programmes and share experiences (both academic and professional). The emphasis is on the integration of theory and clinical practice within a multi-professional working and learning environment.

Course details

The programmes offer a structured and logical progression to learning, with a firm link to your specialist area of practice. You may be employed in speciality training posts, so a flexible approach to the programme delivery has been used. You develop an ability to understand how evidence is generated, retrieved, evaluated and importantly, employed within practice.

The programme enhances inter-professional learning and directs the focus of learning toward evidence-based clinical decision making. This is in line with the Government’s policy visions to develop evidence based driven professional practice. Following the completion of your PgDip you can apply for entry to the third year of the MSc Evidence-based Medicine within five years of completing your PgDip.

What you study

You study three modules, one focusing on evidence based medicine, one on statistics and one on research design.

Course structure

Core modules

  • Designing Research Projects
  • Evidence-based Practice
  • Practical Statistics
  • Quality Improvement in Evidence-based Healthcare
  • Research Project Management

MSc only

  • Dissertation

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

Where you study

Main campus for attending students, at home for distance learners.

How you learn

The learning and teaching strategy is as flexible as possible. You can choose to study by attending classes by distance learning or flexible learning (a combination of attendance and distance learning). 

For attending students, learning and teaching methods include key lectures, seminars involving group discussions and structured learning activities, practical computer lab classes and tutorial support. For distance learners the virtual learning environment provides you with interactive structured learning materials such as written learning materials, narrated PowerPoint presentations, and structured learning materials and activities. Alongside this you can access a range of forums – discussion boards, wikis and blogs to support your discussion with module tutors and other students. Tutorial support is provided by email, phone or Skype if you are undertaking distance-learning options. If you are a flexible learner you can use these two approaches flexibly throughout each module depending on your personal needs and work commitments. Our learning and teaching strategy, and opportunities for feedback for flexible learners include aspects of the attendance and distance learning strategies.

How you are assessed

We use a variety of assessment strategies throughout. Formative assessment supports your learning in some modules. Each module is summatively assessed through a written report, seen exam, data analysis project, research proposal, quality improvement proposal, critical commentary and dissertation (dissertation is for MSc only).

Employability

These programmes offer a structured and logical progression to learning, with a firm link to your specialist area of practice. Most graduates are employed in specialty training posts. These programmes can support your career progression to consultant level.



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The MSc Clinical Medicine (Evidence Based Practice) has been developed by practicing NHS Consultants and Health Academics in consultation with NHS Trust Partners. Read more

The MSc Clinical Medicine (Evidence Based Practice) has been developed by practicing NHS Consultants and Health Academics in consultation with NHS Trust Partners. The course is designed for practicing Medical Doctors and other Healthcare Professionals who are looking to develop and refine their clinical, leadership and research skills and develop understanding of effective teamwork and best practice. The MSc Clinical Medicine (Evidence Based Practice) aims to enhance innovation, leadership, teaching, learning, and research skills, thereby facilitating personal and professional development and strengthening participants’ ability to bring about positive change, solve problems effectively, and ensure patient safety.

The Evidence Based Practice Masters will be differentiated from the other Masters routes by its structure, by the demonstration of a deepening understanding of Evidence Based Practice through 7WB001 (Work Based Learning) and 7WH109 (Clinical Governance) and their application to clinical practice within 7HW015 (the Masters dissertation module).

This course has a strong emphasis on the evaluation and development of both clinical practice and research, and encourages participants to reflect critically on workplace experiences in primary and/or secondary care. For participants, the course aims to provide a clear framework which supports CPD, recognition of prior learning and work based learning.

The course aims to provide a route that is also ideal for Doctors who wish to take a different speciality, to change medical career routes and for doctors seeking further accreditation of subspecialty expertise.

What skills will you gain?

Postgraduate Certificate

At the end of 60 credits at level 7 you, the student, will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of your academic discipline, field of study or area of professional practice

with a conceptual understanding that enables the student:

  • to critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship in Evidence Based Practice
  • to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses in Evidence Based Practice

2. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to your own research or advanced scholarship and ability to continue to advance your knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level.

3. Demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline.

4. Ability to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate your conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

5. Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level.

6. Demonstrate the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring:

  • the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility
  • decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations
  • the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.

Postgraduate Diploma

At the end of 120 credits at level 7 you, the student, will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of your academic discipline, field of study or area of professional practice

with a conceptual understanding that enables the student:

  • to critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship in Evidence Based Practice
  • to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate,to propose new hypotheses.

2. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to your own research or advanced scholarship and ability to continue to advance your knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level.

3. Demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in Evidence Based Practice.

4. Ability to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate your conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

5. Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level.

6. Demonstrate the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring:

  • the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility
  • decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations
  • the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.

Master’s Degree

At the end of 180 credits at level 7 you, the student, will be able to:

1. Critically apply knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to a professional clinical role within the NHS context.

2. Critically debate the key concepts and theoretical positions that have been developed or are developing with a focus relevant to Evidence Based Practice.

3. Critically reflect on the academic and practical application of theories and practices in the NHS context with a focus relevant to Evidence Based Practice.

4. Analyse theory and context, delivering findings through effective presentation media, to become a confident, digitally literate and innovative clinical professional utilising the skills derived from the learning within Evidence Based Practice.

5. Critically appraise professional standards within the health sector and recognise obligations to stakeholders, the profession and society professional utilising the skills derived from the learning within Evidence Based Practice.

6. Synthesise relevant critical thinking through academic research completing an independent research project/dissertation at master’s level within Evidence Based Practice.



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The PgDip and MSc Evidence-based Medicine (Anaesthesia, Perioperative Medicine and Pain) programmes provide a modular postgraduate education to meet your needs. Read more

The PgDip and MSc Evidence-based Medicine (Anaesthesia, Perioperative Medicine and Pain) programmes provide a modular postgraduate education to meet your needs. The programmes offer specialty training within this area and will enhance your career progression towards a consultant post.

Course details

The programmes are flexible and modular, covering a range of subject matters relevant to anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and pain. Credits from the component modules can be combined to provide a postgraduate certificate, diploma or master’s-level qualification. You study the central aspects of evidence-based medicine and research, and how to apply these to your anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and pain practice to enhance the quality of your individual clinical practice and broader service delivery. You share a number of modules with other master’s-level programmes giving you many opportunities to mix with other students and share academic and professional experiences. The emphasis is on integrating theory and clinical practice in a multi-professional working and learning environment.

You develop an ability to understand how evidence is generated, retrieved, evaluated and importantly, employed in practice. The programmes enhance inter-professional learning and direct the focus of learning toward evidence based clinical decision making and quality improvement to enhance service delivery. This is in line with the Government’s policy visions to develop evidence based, quality improvement driven professional practice.The programmes offer a structured and logical progression to learning, with a firm link to your anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and pain practice. As the majority of students are employed in specialty training posts we use a flexible approach to programme delivery.

What you study

Course structure

Core modules

  • Designing Research Projects
  • Evidence-based Practice
  • Practical Statistics
  • Quality Improvement in Evidence-based Anaesthesia, Perioperative Medicine and Pain
  • Research Project Management

MSc only

  • Dissertation

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

Where you study

Main campus for attending students, at home for distance learners.

How you learn

The learning and teaching strategy is as flexible as possible. You can choose to study by attending classes, by distance learning or flexible learning (a combination of attendance and distance learning). 

For attending students, learning and teaching methods include key lectures, seminars involving group discussions and structured learning activities, practical computer lab classes and tutorial support.

For distance learners our virtual learning environment provides you with interactive structured learning materials such as written learning materials, narrated PowerPoint presentations, and structured learning materials and activities. Alongside this you can access a range of forums – discussion boards, wikis and blogs to support your discussion with module tutors and other students. Tutorial support is provided by email, phone or Skype. 

If you are a flexible learner you can use these two approaches flexibly throughout each module depending on your personal needs and work commitments. Our learning and teaching strategy, and opportunities for feedback for flexible learners includes aspects of the attendance and distance learning strategies.

How you are assessed

We use a variety of assessment strategies. Formative assessment supports your learning in some modules. Each module is summatively assessed through a written report, seen exam, data analysis project, research proposal, quality improvement proposal, critical commentary and – for the MSc only – a dissertation.

Employability

These programmes offer a structured and logical progression to learning with a firm link to your specialist area of practice. Most graduates are employed in specialty training posts and these programmes can support your career progression to consultant level.



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The MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care is run jointly between the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences (in collaboration with the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine) and the Department for Continuing Education. Read more
The MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care is run jointly between the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences (in collaboration with the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine) and the Department for Continuing Education. The teachers and contributors are internationally recognised leaders in the field of evidence-based practice and teaching. The flexible structure of the course has been devised to fit with the structure of specialist training and to accommodate student choice.

Programme details

Students are required to complete two compulsory introductory modules; and then choose four modules to match their learning needs. Students are assessed for each module using coursework designed to integrate new learning with current practice. Students are encouraged to deepen their learning through online learning activities and asynchronous discussion groups.

Students are also required to submit a dissertation which is a major piece of independent work that investigates in depth an aspect of evidence-based practice. Students are encouraged to choose their own topic, in an area that has direct relevance to their professional work.

Visit the website https://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/about/msc-in-evidence-based-health-care

Compulsory Modules

• The Practice of Evidence-Based Health Care
• Introduction to Study Design and Research Methods

Optional Modules (four must be chosen)

• Clinical Trial Management
• Ethics for Biosciences (online)
• Mixed Methods in Health Research
• Knowledge into Action
• Evidence-Based Diagnosis and Screening
• Introduction to Statistics for Health Researchers (online)
• Systematic Reviews
• Randomized Controlled Trials
• Qualitative Research Methods
• Essential Medical Statistics
• History and Philosophy of Evidence-Based Health Care
• Teaching Evidence-Based Practice

Course Aims

The aim of the MSc programme is to help health professionals base their clinical and health management decisions on valid, reliable and relevant evidence, determined by sound scientific research and evaluation.

By the end of the programme students are expected to be able to:
• Find and appraise quantitative and qualitative research evidence critically and efficiently and understand what the results mean in different contexts and for different healthcare decisions.
• Integrate and synthesise different sorts of information, from diverse sources, when making both individual patient and health policy decisions in a wide range of situations.
• Be familiar with key issues for evidence-based practice in their own professional area or specialty.
• Work comfortably in situations of uncertainty and make sound judgements in the absence of definitive evidence.
• Work comfortably in unpredictable situations and deal with complex issues systematically and creatively.
• Have an understanding of ethical frameworks in health care and be able to apply ethical principles to practical issues.
• Understand health care organisations, their management and the changing context in which they operate
• Be pro-active in recognising the need for change and have the ability to manage change.
• Understand how to work with colleagues to make informed decisions based on evidence and operate effectively in a variety of team roles.
• Provide leadership for evidence-based practice and research.
• Manage projects, people, time and change effectively and efficiently.
• Present and communicate information about research evidence and evidence-based practice clearly in written, electronic and oral forms to a range of audiences.
• Be able to produce a robust research protocol, for a variety of different types of research question, in a format that can be submitted as an application for research funding.
• Be able to play a lead role in the conduct and presentation of research.
• Have an understanding of the ethical issues in health research and research governance.
• Routinely use the principles of reflective practice.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/applying-to-oxford

Visit the MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care page on the University of Oxford web site for more details!

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The course will equip experienced health care practitioners with the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges that beset the modern health care system. Read more

The course will equip experienced health care practitioners with the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges that beset the modern health care system. It will provide them with an academic framework within which to develop a range of advanced problem-solving and decision making skills to achieve best practice health outcomes for patients and clients.

Emergency Medicine

This specialisation is designed for experienced medical practitioners/clinicians seeking a globally recognised specialist post-graduate qualification in Emergency Medicine. The specialisation prepares graduates for senior clinical and operational leadership roles in Emergency Medicine. Graduates complete academic coursework at Monash University and supplement this with a clinical specialisation offered by The Alfred Hospital Emergency & Trauma Centre. The specialist units explore the importance of and provide skills in: the practice of evidence based medicine, undertaking emergency research, emergency medicine leadership and system/service development, and the development of advanced specialised clinical skills. Graduates are provided a unique opportunity to undertake a clinical placement in a major modern metropolitan emergency department with a level one trauma centre.

Trauma Medicine

This specialisation is designed for experienced medical practitioners/ clinicians seeking a globally recognised specialist post-graduate qualification in Trauma Medicine. The specialisation prepares graduates for senior clinical and operational leadership roles in the management of trauma. Graduates complete academic coursework at Monash University and supplement this with a clinical specialisation offered by The Alfred Hospital Emergency & Trauma Centre and The Alfred Hospital Trauma Service. The specialist units explore the importance of and provide skills in: the practice of evidence based medicine, undertaking trauma research, trauma leadership and system/service development, and the development of advanced specialised clinical skills. Graduates are provided a unique opportunity to undertake a clinical placement in a major modern metropolitan emergency department with a level one trauma centre.

Critical Care

This specialisation is designed for consultants or registrars to develop knowledge across key areas of critical care practice. Core modules will cover essentials of communication, conflict management and leadership, ethics, medico-legal principles, evidence-based medicine, clinical and practice guidelines, systematic reviews, quality improvement, benchmarking, patient safety and risk management. Electives will include clinical research methods, health systems management and leadership and quality improvement. Critical Care skill sets will be offered in extracorporeal support, including ECMO, echocardiography and ultrasound and airway and ventilator management including bronchoscopy.



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Cosmetic Medicine Courses Online. Taught completely online, our Cosmetic Medicine courses have been developed with the express purpose of promoting and enhancing the professional knowledge underpinning practice in cosmetic medicine. Read more

Cosmetic Medicine Courses Online

Taught completely online, our Cosmetic Medicine courses have been developed with the express purpose of promoting and enhancing the professional knowledge underpinning practice in cosmetic medicine. The courses are designed to complement practice based Recognise Prior Learning (RPL) awards, which are being developed for cosmetic medicine practitioners.

With Health Education England (HEE) adopting increasing regulatory requirements for aesthetic practice, individuals undertaking aesthetic procedures should have a formal postgraduate qualification. Therefore, these qualifications from our Cosmetic Medicine courses would be an important milestone in the healthcare practitioner's journey to be an aesthetic practitioner. Such qualifications are also regarded as integral by the individuals' regulatory authorities, such as the GDC, GMC and NMC.

The Postgraduate Diploma and MSc course is aimed at doctors, dentists and nurses with independent prescriber status. These roles are evolving with increasing demand amongst these specialists for a postgraduate qualification to help support their professional learning and clinical development.

Students may apply for the MSc in Cosmetic Medicine as a two year course, firstly by completing the Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits), followed by the MSc (60 credits).

Postgraduate Diploma in Cosmetic Medicine

The Diploma in Cosmetic Medicine course has been specifically designed to promote and enhance working professional’s knowledge underpinning practice in cosmetic medicine. It is designed to complement separate practice based recognised prior learning (RPL) awards that are being developed for cosmetic medicine practitioners.

The aims and aspired outcomes of the course upon completion are to:

  • Develop analytical and critical appraisal skills in both theory and research related to cosmetic medicine.
  • Demonstrate critical application of research to cosmetic medicine practice.
  • Professional decision making: incorporating evidence based rationale in a variety of diverse and complex situations related to cosmetic medicine.
  • To be able to apply advanced problem-solving skills in clinical practice.
  • Demonstrate leadership in the delivery and advancement of cosmetic medicine.
  • Demonstrate leadership of teams in multi-agency, multi-cultural and/or international contexts.
  • Demonstrate evaluation skills in the delivery of care to patients.

Applicants would typically be doctors, dentists or nurses with independent prescriber status.

These roles are evolving with increasing demand amongst these specialists for a postgraduate qualification to help support their professional learning and clinical development.

Course Structure

The online Cosmetic Medicine Diploma 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 - Anatomy, Physiology and Professional Issues Overview

Module 2 - Facial Muscle Treatment

Module 3 - Facial Fat Pads

Module 4 - Skin

Module 5 - Hair

Module 6 - Other Aesthetic Approaches

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 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%

Teaching Methods

Each module has the same format. Using an online platform and one tutor per 10-15 students, the self-directed distance learning is guided by tutor stimulated discussion based on clinically rich case scenarios. Group projects are undertaken alongside independent projects. Reflective practice is recorded in a reflective portfolio to help students consider how the learning can be translated into everyday work and practice.

Teaching starts with 1 day of introductory lectures. Students may attend these lectures in the UK (Glyntaff campus, University of South Wales)

The lecture series are delivered by the faculty and tutors, they are a pre-course organiser, giving students the tools required to undertake the online course such as:

  • Scientific writing
  • Levels of evidence
  • Harvard referencing
  • Reflective writing

The lectures series give an opportunity to meet face to face with tutors/other students prior to the online course.

Students are not required to attend the lectures however those who attend do benefit as they get a "jump start" to the course. Students who are not able to attend, should request a skype/telephone call to orientate them onto the course and are advised to review the lecture slides.

MSc in Cosmetic Medicine

The Cosmetic Medicine MSc has been specifically designed to promote and enhance working professional’s knowledge underpinning practice in cosmetic medicine. It is designed to complement separate practice based recognised prior learning (RPL) awards that are being developed for cosmetic medicine practitioners.

The Masters in Cosmetic Medicine provides a progression route for the Postgraduate Diploma in Cosmetic Medicine offered by the University.

The Cosmetic Medicine Masters of Science runs over 1 calendar year. Students undertake an initial 12 week online module to develop their skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies. Thereafter they are able to select a 1,500 word proposal and 10,500 word professional project.

Course Structure

Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal: Cosmetic Medicine

Module 2 - Professional Project: Cosmetic Medicine

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.



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This is a part-time, modular based programme for health professionals who want to gain an understanding of the importance of systematic reviews in health care as well as the practical skills to conduct them. Read more
This is a part-time, modular based programme for health professionals who want to gain an understanding of the importance of systematic reviews in health care as well as the practical skills to conduct them.

Students will gain the confidence in carrying out the methods that are widely used in medical statistics, and interpreting the results for the practice of evidence-based health care. The flexible modular structure has been devised for busy professionals and to fit with the structure of specialist training. The regulations allow students to take up to four years to complete the MSc.

This is a joint programme between the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences and the Department for Continuing Education's Continuing Professional Development Centre. The Programme works in collaboration with the renowned Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine in Oxford.

Students will be provided with training in the fundamental principles of evidence-based health care and research design as well as more specific training in the conduct of basic and more complex systematic reviews.

This course is designed for health care professionals and researchers seeking to consolidate their understanding and ability in contextualising, carrying out, and applying systematic reviews appropriately in health care settings. Core modules will introduce the students to the principles of evidence-based health care, as well as the core skills and methods needed for research design and conduct. Further modules will provide students with specific skills in conducting basic systematic reviews, meta-analysis, rapid reviews, and more complex reviews, such as realist reviews, reviews of clinical study reports and diagnostic accuracy reviews. Teaching is tailored to those with a minimal prior knowledge of systematic reviews and delivered by an experienced team of tutors from the University of Oxford, who actively work to advance the practice of evidence-based health care through the conduct and dissemination of systematic reviews.

This programme supports students through a training programme that includes core teaching modules and a dissertation, leading to an MSc qualification in EBHC Systematic Reviews.

Compared with the MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care, this degree will suit those with a particular interest in and requirement for training in the conduct of systematic reviews relevant to evidence-based health care.

Visit the website https://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/about/msc-in-ebhc-systematic-reviews

Course aims

The course aims to provide health-care professionals with a structured training in designing, conducting, and interpreting high-quality systematic reviews in health care. Students will develop sufficient skills to conduct systematic reviews independently.

• To introduce the basic concepts and skills of evidence-based health care, including how to formulate a clinical research question, search for evidence; critically appraise evidence for sources of bias, and apply evidence to health care settings.
• To describe in detail different types of research methods and identify the strengths and weaknesses of different study designs.
• To learn how to design a systematic review research protocol.
• To gain a more detailed understanding of the process involved in conducting a systematic review.
• To develop the skills to conduct, report, and update a systematic review.
• To gain a familiarity with basic and advanced techniques for the analysis of quantitative systematic review data: meta-analysis, meta-regression, network meta-analysis, diagnostic meta-analysis, individual patient data meta-analysis.
• To gain an understanding of and reasons for more complex systematic reviews in health care, such as realist reviews, reviews of clinical study reports, prognostic reviews, and reviews of complex interventions.
• To explore new paradigms in systematic reviews and evidence synthesis.
• To gain sufficient training to conduct systematic reviews independently.

Programme details

The MSc in EBHC Systematic Reviews is a part-time course.

There are six compulsory modules and a dissertation, which will take the form of a systematic review.

Compulsory Modules

• The Practice of Evidence-Based Health Care
• Introduction to Study Design and Research Methods
• Systematic Reviews
• Realist Reviews and Realist Evaluation
• Complex Reviews
• Meta-analysis

A module is run over an eight-week cycle where the first week is spent working on introductory activities using a Virtual Learning Environment, the second week is spent in Oxford for the face-to-face teaching week, there are then four Post-Oxford activities (delivered through the VLE) which are designed to help you write your assignment. You then have a week of personal study and you will be required to submit your assignment electronically the following week.

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The Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) calls family doctors "our rising stars of the future". This reflects WHO’s renewed commitment to build family medicine as a specialty across all regions. Read more

The Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) calls family doctors "our rising stars of the future". This reflects WHO’s renewed commitment to build family medicine as a specialty across all regions. Strengthening family medicine has been recognized as a key component of achieving Universal Health Coverage as part of the Sustainable Development Goals to which every country committed at the last United Nations General Assembly. This degree aims to build on this momentum for strengthening primary care by developing competent family physicians who are empowered to become leaders and advocates for the future of the profession.

The University of Edinburgh provides high quality postgraduate medical education in through an online distance learning format. Students are from a variety of countries across the world, each bringing their unique experiences to create a vibrant global learning community. The programme will give doctors the essential medical knowledge and management skills for the common presenting health issues and explore management within the context of the principles, processes, and practices of family medicine. The programme will equip students with the skills to become expert family physicians whose approach will provide continuous, coordinated, comprehensive and cost effective care build around an understanding of the patient in the context of the family and the community.

The degree is awarded by the University of Edinburgh and is taught in partnership with the Christian Medical College, Vellore, India. Experienced members of the International Christian Medical and Dental Association (ICMDA) are also involved in delivering teaching and supervising students.

Online learning

This blended distance learning programme is delivered via the Moodle platform with the support of our partner institution CMC Vellore, India. Students have access to comprehensive learning materials as well as the University of Edinburgh’s library resources. Online tutorials are delivered regularly by experts in the field.

Programme structure

There are seven compulsory courses and a dissertation. Courses cover:

  • Family Medicine 1: Introduction to Family Medicine
  • Family Medicine 2: Non-communicable disease
  • Family Medicine 3: Child and Maternal Health
  • Family Medicine 4: Special groups of patients (including mental health, geriatrics and palliative care)
  • Principles and Practice 1: Professionalism and Roles and Responsibilities of the Family Physician
  • Principles and Practice 2: Communication/consultation skills, Health Informatics, Ethics, Leadership and Quality Improvement.
  • Evidence Based Medicine

The dissertation provides the opportunity for the student to undertake an extended piece of scholarship in an area of personal interest and is undertaken in the last few months of the programme.

The online teaching is complemented by a two week period of face-to-face teaching each year. This builds on the online content and provides practical clinical training. This teaching is currently delivered in four sites across the world: India, Nigeria, Uganda and Egypt. Attendance provides the unique opportunity to travel and view the practice of Family Medicine in other countries whilst meeting and learning from fellow students.

In addition there is the opportunity to participate in a 30 days clinical internship following completion of the Masters qualification. This is an optional activity aimed at providing additional clinical experience to those who have completed the course.

Career opportunities

The programme is aimed to provide doctors with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to become effective Family Physicians. It is relevant to doctors of all backgrounds and experience from early career doctors to those established in other specialities.

The programme provides a high quality Masters level qualification in Family Medicine and builds on the skills already gained by the student in their post graduate clinical training. It is not a recognised vocational training course and cannot be used for direct entry to clinical practice as a Family Physician.



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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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As a doctor this postgraduate award develops your knowledge and skills in evidence-based medicine and clinical research. Course details. Read more

As a doctor this postgraduate award develops your knowledge and skills in evidence-based medicine and clinical research.

Course details

This award develops the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to perform evidence-based medicine and clinical research and is relevant to all specialist areas of practice. It also enhances your commitment to lifelong learning, encouraging you to develop an inquisitive approach to clinical practice.

You study three core modules in evidence-based practice, research design and statistics. We take a flexible approach to course delivery. You can take this one-year course either by attending classes, by distance learning (no attendance required) or by flexible learning (a combination of some attendance and some distance learning). On successful completion of this award you can choose to progress onto a PgDip or MSc.

What you study

You study three modules throughout this award to develop your knowledge and skills in evidence-based medicine, research methods and statistics. You are encouraged to apply this to your own specialist area of practice.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

  • Designing Research Projects
  • Evidence-based Practice
  • Practical Statistics

 Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

How you learn

You can choose to study all modules by attending classes, distance learning or a combination of both. Attendance learning includes key lectures, group discussions group seminars, practical activities, computer lab work and individual tutorial support. Distance learning is supported electronically through the virtual learning environment and includes written learning materials, narrated PowerPoint presentations, interactive learning materials, electronic discussion forms and email or Skype tutorial support. You can choose to combine these two learning methods by attending some sessions and taking others by distance learning.

How you are assessed

We use a range of learning and teaching methods throughout including a written report, statistical analysis and a research proposal.

Employability

This award supports your career progression by giving you the knowledge and skills to undertake research and to become an evidence-based practitioner.



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This multidisciplinary programme is designed for healthcare professionals wishing to advance their knowledge of the management of patients with non-curable and terminal illness. Read more

This multidisciplinary programme is designed for healthcare professionals wishing to advance their knowledge of the management of patients with non-curable and terminal illness.

Overview

The MSc in Palliative Medicine for Health Care Professionals provides high quality distance education for clinicians working with neonates, children and adults in many different settings in all parts of the world. At the core of its design and delivery is the desire to improve patient outcomes wherever palliative care is practiced by its students and to enhance the quality of palliative care through research and quality improvement. 

Using the palliative care approach as defined by the World Health Assembly in 2014 (WHO 2014) is an increasingly important imperative for health care professionals throughout the world in order to meet the palliative care needs of their populations. Although cancer as a burden of disease remains an issue globally, there are rising numbers of patients, including neonates and children, with palliative care needs from other conditions. These include learning disability, dementia, frailty and elderly people with multiple co-morbidities.  

The vision of the course is to improve patient care by delivering accessible education through which we aim to support health-care professionals to develop, share and extend their knowledge, understanding and application of evidence based medicine, best practice and governance frameworks in palliative care appropriate to their own professional settings.  

The taught stages (years 1 and 2) cover the core understanding, frameworks, challenges and research evidence relevant to optimising and developing the practice of palliative medicine and palliative care. The MSc (year 3) provides the opportunity for students to identify an issue of importance in their own practice and carry out an evidence based project intended to contribute to knowledge and practice in palliative medicine and palliative care. 

Distinctive features

The course covers the palliative care needs of patients regardless of diagnosis, recognising the global need for palliative care knowledge and skills.

Our online course materials include interactive quizzes, reading materials, audio podcasts and short video clips to widen access to learning and make it more engaging. The course work offers a variety of assessments enabling you to demonstrate the application of knowledge gained into your own practice and particular work setting. 

Since 1989 we have aimed to recruit and deliver education to the global palliative care community. Alumni of the course have held such positions as the National Clinical Director for End of Life Care for NHS England, the CEO of Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance and have developed and lead palliative care globally (for example, Bosnia, South Africa, India, Singapore, Hong Kong and Nepal). The international conference held in Cardiff in 2014 (‘Cardiff 25’) marked these achievements.

Learning and assessment

This is a blended learning programme incorporating short face-to-face components but is predominantly delivered though distance-learning via Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), where students will find course materials, links to related resources and assessments.

Each taught module will be delivered by distance learning over a period of normally 12 weeks. Online teaching and support is also available during the MSc stage. Learning materials relating to the syllabus will be available for students to study in preparation for completing assessments designed to enable students to demonstrate they have met the learning outcomes of the module.

At the beginning of each academic year on the programme, there will be a face-to-face interactive course of normally up to 5 working days. All students are required to attend this component each year. Whilst students enrolled on the Cardiff University MSc in Palliative Medicine for Health Professionals are not charged an attendance fee for the face-to-face component, students are expected to fund all other costs of attending including their own travel, accommodation, subsistence and any other personal expenses. The face to face component will take place in Cardiff, UK unless otherwise published. The face to face components provide an opportunity to meet the staff and other students and are designed to support learning through various means including talks, workshops/exercises and peer discussion. They are a valuable aspect of the programme encouraging group and peer support for learning so as to enhance the learning experience.

Throughout the taught stages there are opportunities to acquire knowledge and understanding through a variety of means including independent study, reflective practice, peer discussion, workshops and tasks/exercises, communication skills practice and self-assessment, reviewing learning materials and lectures (podcasts). 

During the face-to-face component we take the opportunity to introduce concepts that are not easily taught through a VLE, including communication skills sessions facilitated by experienced tutors in small groups, offering a chance to practice these skills.

Each module has its own learning outcomes. Students have the opportunity to demonstrate they have met these learning outcomes via the formative and summative assessments contained within each module. The teaching and learning material presented in the online and face-to-face components is aligned with the learning outcomes to support students’ learning. 

Career prospects

This programme is suitable for those who wish to increase their knowledge of palliative medicine in order to help improve patient care.

This Masters programme enables you to demonstrate you are taking the opportunity to develop your abilities in critical analysis, problem-solving, decision-making, finding and using evidence and in dealing with complex issues. Whilst we do not formally assess clinical skills or competencies in a face-to-face context (so the programme is not a substitute for a formal specialty training programme), studying at this level should help successful students demonstrate numerous academic skills that should be highly regarded in relation to their career development and progression. In particular, the programme offers opportunities to demonstrate the development of knowledge and skills in relation to the application of evidence-based medicine and the potential enhancement of services and governance frameworks. As such, it should provide evidence of commitment and potential that may assist you in relation to taking on greater responsibilities or perhaps seeking management, research, scholarship, or leadership roles.



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Diploma MSc is an award-winning provider of online medical education for Postgraduate Diploma and Masters courses. We are now pleased to add the Sexual and Reproductive Medicine Postgraduate Diploma and Masters online courses to our growing range. Read more
Diploma MSc is an award-winning provider of online medical education for Postgraduate Diploma and Masters courses. We are now pleased to add the Sexual and Reproductive Medicine Postgraduate Diploma and Masters online courses to our growing range. Our Health Economics courses are offered in conjunction with our partner, the University of South Wales, who have developed a strong reputation for delivering innovative learning.

With a dramatic increase in the demand for fertility services and IVF treatment in the hands of the specialist, there is an increasing need for knowledge in the treatment and management of fertility issues at primary care level. This includes conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, which has a prevalence of 10% amongst females as well as low testosterone and erectile dysfunction amongst men. Similarly, with 10% of couples presenting to primary care with issues relating to fertility, this is a common primary care problem yet it is not covered adequately in training.

Our courses in sexual and reproduction medicine are applicable to GPs, doctors, nurses, physicians and pharmacists with an interest in sexual and reproduction medicine.

Postgraduate Diploma in Sexual and Reproductive Medicine

Our online 1 year Postgraduate Diploma in Sexual and Reproductive Medicine will focus on direct application to current topics, case studies and processes relevant to the student’s own remit and country of practice. The course is worth 120 credits and comprises 6 modules of 20 credits each.

On completion of the Sexual and Reproductive Medicine Diploma, you will be able to demonstrate:
An understanding of the care of patients in sexual and reproductive medicine.
A critical awareness of current issues affecting the care of patients undertaking treatments in sexual and reproductive medicine.
Advanced knowledge of sexual and reproductive medicine 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 healthcare systems.

Course Structure

Our 1 year course consists of 6 modules per year, each of 6 weeks duration.

Module 1 - The Reproductive System, Fertility and Pregnancy
Module 2 - Sexual Function
Module 3 - Male Subfertility and Infertility
Module 4 - Female Subfertility and Infertility
Module 5 - Initial Management of the Infertile Couple
Module 6 - Assisted Reproduction and Ethics

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 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%

Teaching Methods

Each module has the same format. Using an online platform and one tutor per 10-15 students, the self-directed distance learning is guided by tutor stimulated discussion based on clinically rich case scenarios. Group projects are undertaken alongside independent projects. Reflective practice is recorded in a reflective portfolio to help students consider how the learning can be translated into everyday work and practice. Teaching starts with 1 day of introductory lectures. Students may attend these lectures in the UK (Glyntaff campus, University of South Wales). The lecture series are delivered by the faculty and tutors, they are a pre-course organiser, giving students the tools required to undertake the online course such as:

Scientific writing.
Levels of evidence.
Harvard referencing.
Reflective writing.

The lectures series give an opportunity to meet face to face with tutors/other students prior to the online course.

MSc Sexual and Reproductive Medicine

The Sexual and Reproductive Medicine MSc course provides a progression route for the Postgraduate Diploma in Sexual and Reproductive Medicine course offered by the University, and has been developed for GPs, doctors, nurses, physicians, pharmacists, and other suitably qualified individuals with an interest in sexual and reproduction medicine.

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

Our 1 year Sexual and Reproductive Medicine MSc is the shortest route to MSc certificate available and is delivered online. You will be able to learn around existing work commitments.

On completion of the Sexual and Reproductive Medicine MSc, you will be able to demonstrate mastery and autonomous working in an extended area of sexual and reproductive medicine practice.

Course Structure

Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal in Sexual and Reproductive Medicine.
Professional Project: Sexual and Reproductive Medicine.

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.

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The Evidence Based Healthcare MSc is designed to facilitate optimal patient care. Students create and compile the best available evidence for individual aspects of patient care, and on completion of the programme will independently be able to carry out systematic reviews to determine best practice. Read more

The Evidence Based Healthcare MSc is designed to facilitate optimal patient care. Students create and compile the best available evidence for individual aspects of patient care, and on completion of the programme will independently be able to carry out systematic reviews to determine best practice.

About this degree

Delivered entirely online, students develop the ability to understand the different types of study designs, locate healthcare information and determine its importance, detect and quantify errors in research, systematically review interventions through identification and analysis of all prior research, analyse the reliability of diagnostic tests and disease prognosis, and understand the basic principles of cost-effectiveness analysis.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme comprises four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits comprising four core and four optional modules) is offered.

A PG Cert is available in Flexible/Modular mode only, and for a maximum duration of two years. This programme is 60 credits in total (three core modules and one optional module).

Core modules

  • Evaluating the Quality of Evidence-Based Healthcare*
  • Introduction to Evidence-Based Healthcare*
  • Performing Systematic Reviews of Interventions (Part 1)*
  • Performing Systematic Reviews of Interventions (Part 2)

*PG Cert students take modules indicated above as core and in addition choose one of the optional modules below.

Optional modules include

  • Application of Evidence in Clinical Practice
  • Evidence Based Pre-Clinical Research
  • Musculoskeletal Research Methodology (Part 1)
  • Performing Systematic Reviews of Diagnostic Accuracy Studies
  • Randomised Controlled Trials: Design & Conduct

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an independent research project, in the form of a systematic review or a cost-effectiveness analysis, which culminates in a substantial dissertation and oral presentation.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of online lectures, seminars, class discussions, workshops, tutorials, and practical work. Assessment is through written examination, essays and the research project.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Evidence-Based Healthcare MSc

Careers

This MSc is ideally suited for medical staff and students, nurses, nurse specialists and physiotherapists and healthcare professionals who want to practice evidence-based healthcare and contribute to local, national, or international guidelines.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This programme is delivered online and contains plenty of practical examples. The written material is supplemented by videos and live online discussions where students will be able to participate interactively. Assessments are mostly practical exercises covering different aspects of evidence-based healthcare. At the end of this programme students will be able to write systematic reviews, formulate guidelines, and have a very good knowledge of clinical research. Students benefit from a world-class research environment at UCL which is one of the top ten universities in the world.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Division of Surgery & Interventional Science

80%: Clinical Medicine subjects; 95%: General Engineering subjects rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

Application and next steps



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The part-time DPhil Programme considers applications from those who have already been awarded the MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care. Read more
The part-time DPhil Programme considers applications from those who have already been awarded the MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care. Applications may also be considered from students with a Master's in a related subject. Supervision is arranged to suit the DPhil topic and may involve staff from within the Medical Sciences Division as well as co-supervision with members of the Evidence-Based network.

Visit the website https://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/about/dphil-in-evidence-based-health-care

Description

The part-time DPhil is part of the Evidence-Based Health Care Programme, which is jointly run with the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine in the Nuffield Department of Primary Health Care Sciences. The programme also works closely with the Centres of Evidence-Based Nursing, Evidence-Based Mental Health, and Evidence-Based Dentistry. The Department's graduate students have access to the full range of Oxford's library and computing facilities.

The part-time DPhil regulations normally require a minimum of six years' part-time study (equivalent to two years' full-time) up to a maximum of eight years part-time study. Research students may be required to undertake appropriate research training provided within the Department. In addition, they will be strongly encouraged to participate in seminars and informal meetings with staff and other researchers. The major commitment of time will be to individual study and research.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/applying-to-oxford

Visit the DPhil in Evidence-Based Health Care page on the University of Oxford web site for more details!

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