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The MSc Clinical Medicine (Speciality Medicine) has been developed by practicing NHS Consultants and Health Academics in consultation with NHS Trust Partners. The course is designed for 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 (Speciality Medicine) 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 Speciality Masters will be differentiated from the other Masters routes by its structure, by the advanced declaration of the chosen speciality, a demonstration of a deepening understanding of subspecialty medicine within modules 7HW068 (Specialist Practise 1) and 7HW069 (Specialist Practise 2) and a deeper focus on a specific aspect of the declared speciality within the Masters dissertation in module 7HW015. The title of the award will be determined by the sub-speciality area of medicine chosen to explore within modules 7HW068 and 7HW069. This will be negotiated with the student at the outset of the course by completion of module 7WB005.

This course has a strong emphasis on the evaluation and development of both clinical practice, research, and encourages participants to reflect critically on workplace experiences and learning. 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 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 Speciality Medicine.
  • to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate,
  • to propose new hypotheses in Speciality Medicine.

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 Speciality Medicine.
  • 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 Speciality Medicine.

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 their negotiated pathway (Speciality Medicine).

3. Critically reflect on the academic and practical application of theories and practices in the NHS context with a focus relevant to their negotiated pathway (Speciality Medicine).

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 their negotiated pathway (Speciality

Medicine).

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 their negotiated pathway (Speciality Medicine).

6. Synthesise relevant critical thinking through academic research completing an independent research project/dissertation at master’s level within their negotiated pathway (Speciality Medicine).


Visit the Clinical Medicine (Speciality Medicine) - MSc page on the University of Wolverhampton website for more details!

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