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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    3 years part-time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    Please visit our website for more information.

  • Last Updated

    18 January 2019

Course content

This innovative part-time Clinical Medicine course has been developed to train future leaders in the competitive and challenging environment of clinical medicine. 

It is recognised that demand for services will increase because of the increasing population age and prevalence of people living with long-term and chronic conditions with high and rising costs of treatment and care. The Clinical Medicine course aims to support healthcare professionals, particularly those working in general practice, in developing their clinical leadership and management skills to become empowered, well-developed clinicians who are prepared for the impact of these pressures upon the NHS while continuing to maintain and improve patient care - directly via clinical provision or indirectly via mentorship of colleagues and medical students.

Key Features of the Clinical Medicine Programme

With clinicians directly responsible for the delivery of care, they are best placed to deliver, critically appraise and evaluate health services. The aim of the Clinical Medicine programme is to prepare medical practitioners to be able to be creative, flexible and innovative in their practice in order to adapt to ever changing demands being placed upon them in response to the changing dynamics of healthcare provision as well as its integration with Social Care.  

The Clinical Medicine programme is a unique interprofessional, multi-level, leadership and practice informed development programme leading to a postgraduate qualification for practising clinicians at all stages who wish to develop their understanding, skills and behaviours in leading and managing in the health professions’ context. Using this experience, they can become innovators and leaders to improve patient care, particularly during times of organisational reorganisation and increased service demand. 

  • Clinical Medicine is the first programme of its kind in postgraduate clinical training 
  • Delivered by a team of specialist and family doctors and leading academics 
  • A flexible programme designed for busy full time health professionals
  • An emphasis on developing practitioners who couple specialist knowledge in a certain speciality with quality and service improvement methodologies and leadership and management skills
  • Opportunity to contribute to service developments and improvements leading to the best, efficient services for patients, families and communities 
  • Opportunities for engaging in primary research in the field provided by the final year dissertation

Clinical Medicine Course Content

This part-time course in Clinical Medicine has been specifically structured to appeal to those in full-time clinical employment who wish to develop clinical leadership skills around full-time employment, with annual exit qualifications:

1 Year: Postgraduate Certificate

2 Years: Postgraduate Diploma

3 Years: MSc

The broad aims of the first year are to allow each student to develop advanced clinical knowledge about their evidence and policy informed practice. Furthermore, it aims to encourage the student towards developing an understanding of leadership theory, styles and strategic thinking and how to engage with healthcare and medical practice by understanding and reflecting on their own abilities and areas for development. 

The second year of the programme aims to develop students’ knowledge, skills and behaviours through enabling a deepening understanding of a range of processes that a clinical leader might utilise to affect change by influencing and modifying their environment. Reflecting the structure and approach of the first three modules, students look in more depth at the internal and external factors that affect medical practice.

Modules on the Clinical Medicine programme are delivered as six intense learning weeks over the two years. Comprising face to face teaching and small group work, modules will cover both clinical and organisational material on a range of specialist topics such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Microbiology
  • Leadership
  • Systems and Organisations
  • Critical Analysis and Appraisal

The final year will be dedicated to a clinical portfolio or research dissertation. Reflective of the educational and professional needs of the student, there are optional choices as to the type of dissertation available, such as to explore in detail an aspect of practice or area of specialist interest. 

Visit the Clinical Medicine MSc page on the Swansea University website for more details!




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