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Postgraduate Diploma / MSc Programme. Endocrinology and Diabetes Mellitus. An exciting programme offered by. The William Harvey Research Institute. Read more
Postgraduate Diploma / MSc Programme
Endocrinology and Diabetes Mellitus

An exciting programme offered by:

The William Harvey Research Institute

Barts and the London School of Medicine

Designed for Higher Medical Trainees in Endocrinology and Diabetes Mellitus, in the UK and abroad

* Part-time Distance Learning Programme
* Novel and Flexible Learning Activities
* A taught course (leading to Postgraduate Diploma from the University of London)
* An optional independent research project (leading to an MSc from the University of London)
* The programme is compatible with the JRCPTB (Joint Royal College of Physicians Training Board) syllabus in Endocrinology and Diabetes Mellitus, in particular the aspects covered by the 'knowledge-based examination' although completion of the course does not itself form any part of the specialist accreditation process

The Postgraduate Diploma is designed as a complete curriculum in endocrinology and diabetes, both for new entrants to these fields, as well as an update and extension for those already familiar with them. The programme provides clinicians with theoretical and clinically applied aspects of their discipline, and incorporates elements of the UK specialty training curriculum for endocrinology and diabetes mellitus. It also includes aspects of the knowledge-based examination required for Royal College Certification. There is a focus on up to date developments in the field with expert opinions and presentations.

In addition, students taking the MSc complete a project on a topic to be approved by the programme organiser which is conducted at the candidate’s home institution. The project is examined in the form of written dissertation of approximately 10,000 words and a viva.

Programme outline

You will take the following modules:

* Hypothalamus and pituitary
* Thyroid, parathyroids and bone
* Reproduction, pregnancy and paediatric endocrinology
* Appetite, weight, energy metabolism, lipid metabolism
* Adrenals (medulla and cortex)
* Genetics, endocrine oncology, neuroendocrinology
* Diabetes mellitus
* MSc Project

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This exciting, contemporary and new Faculty-based flexible programme focuses on higher academic study underpinning a higher level of professional practice in healthcare. Read more

Overview

This exciting, contemporary and new Faculty-based flexible programme focuses on higher academic study underpinning a higher level of professional practice in healthcare. It is designed to provide the health and social care practitioner a stimulating and rigorous analysis of health care practice. It will have an interdisciplinary and interprofessional focus and aim to prepare practitioners to lead and manage change in a global health care environment.

It will combine conceptual, theoretical and practical work-based learning approaches to the study of health and social care practice and provide the opportunity for the practitioner to develop skills and expertise to an advanced level. The student will be able to map out a series of learning outcomes based on learning opportunities available in the workplace which represents an exploration of work focused and work related issues complemented by taught modules.

Within the MSc Advancing Professional Practice, there are five possible pathways for you to choose from. Each one is based upon contemporary clinical practice.

The five pathways are;
- End of Life Care
- Paediatric Endocrinology
- Nursing
- Midwifery
- Generic

One of the significant values which informs each route is work-based learning, which is incorporated in a stimulating and challenging way. It creates a distinctive, individual approach as it centres on the application of learning in the workplace and evidence-based assessment of practice and achievement.

See the website https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/advancingprofessionalpracticenursing/

Course Aims

Broad educational aims of the programme are to:

- Demonstrate the capacity for critical enquiry, analysis, and application of knowledge in their practice and to support innovations in health and social care

- Demonstrate effective self-management and leadership skills to effect change in health and social care

- Engage within a work-based learning programme consolidating and extending theoretical knowledge and practice skills relevant to their own discipline, facilitating academic and professional development to enhance the delivery of quality care

- Promote and enhance their skills in critical reflection, evaluation, professional decision making and leadership to inform best practice

- Promote effective collaboration, interdisciplinary and interagency working practices

- Engage with work-based learning to support the development and implementation of evidence-based practice; establish and lead projects in their practice setting

Entry Requirements

Potential/prospective students will normally:
- Hold current first level Professional Registration with a relevant regulatory body e.g. Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC); Health
Professional Council (HPC); General Social Care Council (GSCC).

- Have an identified work-based facilitator within their practice area, who will support and guide their development throughout the phases of the programme.

- Be working in clinical practice. Some potential/prospective student’s maybe managers/ educators within the Healthcare arena.

- Hold an undergraduate degree ideally 2.2 or higher in a related subject with a period of two years time in professional practice.

- Practitioners with extensive practice experience and no formal undergraduate degree will be considered by evidence presented within their professional portfolio and discussion at interview.

Course Content

The most important value which informs this programme is work-based learning which will be incorporated as a stimulating and challenging approach to programme delivery. This programme is distinctive because it will centre on the application of learning in the workplace and evidence-based assessment of practice and achievement, in order to relate the programme of study to the individual’s role of the practitioner.

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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Our MSc in Clinical Biochemistry will give you a thorough grounding in a discipline that deals with the clinical analysis of body fluids and other biological material to aid the diagnosis, therapy and monitoring of diseases. Read more

Our MSc in Clinical Biochemistry will give you a thorough grounding in a discipline that deals with the clinical analysis of body fluids and other biological material to aid the diagnosis, therapy and monitoring of diseases.

Clinical biochemists are typically clinical scientists who work in hospital laboratories providing advice and interpretation of analytical results to other healthcare professionals such as clinicians, general practitioners and nurses.

They are also involved in the development of new analytical methods and improvement of clinical services, including quality assurance and audit. 

Through this MSc, you will gain a core knowledge and understanding of the normal physiology and pathophysiology of the major organs and endocrine systems, as well as more specialist areas such as paediatric biochemistry and drug monitoring.

You will also develop a core knowledge and understanding of clinical disorders and how biochemical parameters and laboratory methods are used for the investigation, diagnosis and management of patients.

Aims

We aim to give you:

  • an advanced understanding and applied knowledge of the theory and practice of clinical biochemistry;
  • a critical understanding of how biochemical investigations are employed to develop a clinical diagnosis;
  • the necessary professional and research skills to promote lifelong learning and career development.

Special features

Innovative teaching

We utilise mobile technology in our teaching by providing you with an iPad for you to use throughout your studies. You will benefit from interactive teaching environments that simulate the clinical laboratory where you will apply your theoretical knowledge to solve real-life clinical case scenarios.

Laboratory research experience

You have the option to spend 10 weeks in the laboratory conducting research to present in your dissertation.

Professional teaching and learning

Most of the course is taught by NHS professionals working in the field of clinical biochemistry. You will also learn alongside students from a variety of health science backgrounds within pathology, helping you to integrate within a health service laboratory team in the future.

Teaching and learning

We use a range of teaching and learning methodologies throughout the course, including lectures, tutorials, workshops and interactive clinical case tutorials using mobile technology and iPads. Some of these will be delivered online.

Find out more by visiting the postgraduate teaching and learning page.

Coursework and assessment

We will assess your progress using a range of formative and summative assessments, such as MCQs, ECQs, written and verbal presentations.

The assessments will be constructed to assess your knowledge and understanding while at the same time refining and expanding your intellectual and transferable skills.

Course unit details

The units that form part of the MSc are listed in the Course unit list further down the page.

There are also two PGCert pathways available, each comprising the following units:

PGCert Clinical Biochemistry (Foundation)

  • Analytical Methods (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Clinical Biochemistry (15 credits)
  • Major Organs (15 credits)
  • Endocrinology (15 credits)

PGCert Clinical Biochemistry (Advanced)

  • Diseases of Major Organs (15 credits)
  • Endocrinology (15 credits)
  • Nutrition and Drug Monitoring (15 credits)
  • Paediatric Biochemistry (15 credits)

Facilities

You will be able to access a range of facilities throughout the University.

You will undertake your theoretical learning on the main University campus.

Your research project may be carried out in a laboratory within the University or at teaching hospitals in Greater Manchester.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .

CPD opportunities

Individual units from this MSc can be taken as standalone courses for continuing professional development .

Career opportunities

Our course attracts a wide range of students from a bioscience and medical background from home and abroad.

Many students study this course as a springboard for further academic research or as a stepping stone before applying for the NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP).

The course may also help individuals with their own career progression if they are already working within a clinical laboratory. The course also attracts intercalating medical students and professionals who may wish to specialise in clinical biochemistry/chemical pathology.

Accrediting organisations

This course is approved by the Association for Clinical Biochemistry.



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This MSc programme in Clinical Chemistry is offered on a part-time basis over two years. Candidates who are employed as medical scientists, clinical biochemists or medical doctors and who wish to develop a special interest in Clinical Biochemistry are particularly invited to apply. Read more
This MSc programme in Clinical Chemistry is offered on a part-time basis over two years. Candidates who are employed as medical scientists, clinical biochemists or medical doctors and who wish to develop a special interest in Clinical Biochemistry are particularly invited to apply. All students regardless of background will gain a comprehensive understanding of the principles of Clinical Biochemistry to an advanced level, including clinical and research aspects and with special attention to current developments in the discipline.

A comprehensive lecture programme will be delivered on Fridays over four terms. This will consist of five Modules (Clinical Chemistry, Clinical Chemistry and General Paediatric Biochemistry, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Endocrinology, Metabolism and Inborn Errors of Metabolism and Quality Assurance and Laboratory Management). There will be a revision sessions prior to examinations. Each module will include Techniques Workshops: these will focus on developing practical skills through demonstrations and assignments in the candidates' base laboratory. A series of Clinical Laboratory Interface Workshops will foster clinical reasoning and data presentation skills. A research dissertation conducted in the candidates' base laboratory will also form part of the course. Instruction on research methods will be included.

The course is assessed by means of course work, an examination at the end of each year consisting of a written paper and a practical assessment consisting of a series of short cases and laboratory data; and, a viva voce at the end of the final year. The writing of a dissertation based on a research project is also a requirement for the MSc.

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This multidisciplinary MRes is ideal for recent graduates seeking to embark on a research career in biomedicine. The programme is focused on developing research and laboratory techniques, providing an opportunity to draw on the knowledge and expertise of the Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital. Read more
This multidisciplinary MRes is ideal for recent graduates seeking to embark on a research career in biomedicine. The programme is focused on developing research and laboratory techniques, providing an opportunity to draw on the knowledge and expertise of the Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Degree information

The programme provides key knowledge, skills and techniques essential for a career in all fields of research in biomedicine, including professions allied to medicine. Practical research constitutes 75% of the programme. Students conduct one 10-week and one 20-week project under supervised conditions within highly-rated research programmes with an excellent track record of cutting-edge, high impact research.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. There are no optional modules for this programme.

The programme consists of three core modules (45 credits), a mini research project (45 credits) and a maxi research project (90 credits).

Core modules
-Understanding Research and Critical Appraisal: Biomedicine
-Research Methodology and Statistics
-Foundations of Biomedical Sciences

Dissertation/report
Students undertake two research projects, culminating in one dissertation of 6,000 words (mini project), and one dissertation of 12,000 words and an oral examination (maxi project).

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, taught modules, workshops, tutorials, portfolio development, self-directed learning, research workshops, specialised research allocation, and laboratory meetings. Assessment is through assignments, online examinations, presentations, portfolio, reflective report, an essay, the mini and maxi research projects, and a viva examination.

Careers

The majority of our graduates have gone on to secure PhD places. First destinations of recent graduates include: Biomedicine PhD, Endocrinology PhD, Laboratory Assistant and Research Assistant.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Research Assistant, Imperial College London
-Laboratory Technician, University College London (UCL)
-Biomedical Researcher, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (NHS)
-PhD Biological Sciences, UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles)
-PhD Biomedicine, University College London (UCL)

Employability
The Biomedicine MRes is a comprehensive, one-year laboratory research-oriented programme designed to train and equip students prior to entering PhD or higher degree training. It allows clinicians to explore biomedical research before deciding whether to embark on a research-based career. It draws on the wealth of cutting-edge research conducted within UCL Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital. The programme is designed to allow students to explore other areas of biomedicine they may not have previously considered.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Institute of Child Health (ICH), together with its clinical partner Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), is the largest centre in Europe devoted to clinical and basic research postgraduate education in children's health. Our research and educational portfolio cover a broad range of paediatric issues, from molecular genetics to ovulation health sciences, and encourages interdisciplinary work and the development of new areas of investigation.

MRes Biomedicine students have the opportunity to draw on the extensive expertise and knowledge of both ICH and GOSH and benefit from excellent state-of-the-art facilities in both laboratory and non-laboratory subjects.

There is also the option to apply for a combined MRes + PhD four year programme.This option may be of interest for those who are able to obtain 4 years of funding and wish to go on to study for an MPhil/PhD at ICH/GOSH directly after completing the MRes degree.

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