This award has been designed to facilitate the learning of the generic skills and knowledge essential to successful higher clinical practice. These areas include an understanding of medical education, ability to appraise research and assess clinical effectiveness, an appreciation of medical ethics and management and leadership skills in the health care setting.
Each module consists of a mixture of types of delivery, some online learning and some face-to-face blocks of teaching, utilising a mixture of seminars, group work and short lectures.
There are a number of core modules and then a wide range of modules that are optional. We have designed the award to be as flexible as possible, including enabling students to study some modules from other Keele awards. This award has been mapped against the revised Good Medical Practice from the General Medical Council and can help you demonstrate your commitment to maintaining your fitness to practice for when recertification is introduced as part of medical relicensing.
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.
- 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.)
Clinical Geriatric Medicine 1
Clinical Geriatric Medicine 2
Communication Skills for Health Professionals in Clinical Practice
Contemporary Challenges in Healthcare Ethics and Law
Contemporary Mental Health Issues in Primary Care
Evidence Based Medicine
Following the Money: Finance in the National Health Service
Governance and Assurance in Healthcare
Independent Practice Based Study
Leadership and Management for Healthcare Professionals
Leadership for Patient Safety
Managing Change & Quality Improvement
Research Methods in Health
Statistics and Epidemiology
Strategic Management of Frailty as a Long Term Condition
The award of an MMedSci follows successful completion of the taught modules which make up the Diploma in Medical Science and submission of a further 60 credits worth of learning. This latter may be a research dissertation in a subject related to the individual’s speciality, in which case all candidates will also be expected to have completed the Research Methods and usually the Statistics and Epidemiology modules. A practice-based project is another possibility such as evaluation of changes implemented in a clinical setting, educational projects, or exploration of ethical dilemmas. It is expected to be a significant piece of work and we encourage all students to consider aiming for publication of their findings.
All candidates will be expected to have a local clinical supervisor for their project and educational supervision will continue to be provided by the award team. Previous experience has shown us that this is an extremely popular component of the Degree. Candidates have often published or presented their dissertation at Regional and National meetings.
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.
The focus of this MRes is on a biomedical/medical research project in your chosen discipline. This course provides ideal training for students who wish to move onto a PhD programme, or who simply wish to undertake a significant research project.
You will take two taught modules before moving to the research component. You will be able to choose your main discipline before joining the course, and this might include one from: cancer biology, cardiovascular disease, dementia, diabetes, gastroenterology, immunology, oncology, stem cell biology or psychological medicine. You will also join a research team at the Chester Medical School and the medical staff at one of our partner hospital trusts.
Successful completion of the MRes will allow you to directly register onto PhD study and join our team of researchers at the Chester Medical School.
The two taught modules cover the research skills essential in any clinical or medical research project. You will also have access to any of the Institute’s portfolio of Master’s modules. During these modules, you will develop a research proposal with your supervisor, to ensure an early start on the research work.
Your research project will be within a research group at the forefront of the field.
Taught modules are delivered as three-day intensive courses to facilitate attendance from students in employment, both nationwide and internationally.
Weekly support sessions and journal club supplement learning are held in our modern facilities in Bache Hall.
Assessment is entirely through coursework. This culminates in the Research Dissertation, which is assessed by the production of a substantial review paper and an academic research article suitable for publication in an appropriate research journal.