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The Gastroenterology MSc provides a progression route for the Postgraduate Diploma in Gastroenterology offered by the University of South Wales. 

Course Information

Diploma MSc is a collaborative partner of the University of South Wales. On successful completion of this course, you will receive a Gastroenterology MSc.

The Gastroenterology Master's course provides a progression route from the Postgraduate Diploma course in Gastroenterology.

The MSc in Gastroenterology runs over one calendar year. Starting with an initial 12-week online module to develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies, students then complete the professional project module, which consists of a 1,200 word proposal and 10,500 word professional.

On completion of the Master's in Gastroenterology, you will be able to:

  • Critically apply gastroenterology research to clinical practice
  • Articulate professional decisions, incorporating evidence-based rationale, in a variety of diverse and complex situations relating to gastroenterology
  • Apply life-long learning and advanced problem solving skills to clinical practice
  • Lead in the delivery and advancement of gastroenterology related care
  • Lead teams in multi-agency, multi-cultural and/or international contexts
  • Evaluate skills in the delivery of care to patients

Course Structure

Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal

Aims of the module:

  • This module is designed to help students recognise, understand, interpret and apply methods used in healthcare research and critically appraise the various methodologies specific to Gastroenterology research.

Synopsis of the module content:

  • Terminology used in epidemiology and research studies such as prevalence, incidence, sensitivity, specificity, false positive and false negatives.
  • Interpreting graphical representation of epidemiological and statistical data such as Kaplan-Meier Curves, Forrest Plots and Meta-analyses.
  • Calculations used in the assessment of research data such as relative risk, absolute risk, number needed to treat.
  • Statistical tests and their applications including t-Tests, ANOVA, Chi-Square.
  • Qualitative research methods.
  • Fundamentals of evidence based practice and its application into the clinical setting.
  • Principles of health economics, audit and quality improvement / assurance systems.
  • Establishing patient registers and the value of disease specific registers.
  • Research into educational principles for both health care practitioner and patient.
  • Understanding what may work for the patient as well as the educator.

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Analyse and interpret research in gastroenterology medicine.
  • Display a critical understanding of the clinical implications of research and its impact upon healthcare delivery and service development.

Module 2 - Professional Project

Aims of the module:

  • To develop an ability to critically evaluate areas of professional practice.
  • To critically appraise specific areas of clinical, research and organisational practice.
  • To develop skills in independent research and study.
  • To develop skills relevant to scientific publications.

Synopsis of the module:

The module will depend on the creation of a piece of work based upon a specific clinically related project relevant to the student’s practice.

This project may comprise:

  • Literature review and appraisal of the evidence.
  • Audit of practice including organisational or clinical.
  • Review and implementation of evidence-based practice.
  • Qualitative or quantitative research (formal research involving human subjects is not anticipated).
  • Case(s)-based and quality of service review with critical appraisal.
  • Case report, review of literature and organisational assessment.

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Design and undertake research and development in order to produce an extensive piece of literature which may be suitable for peer-reviewed publication.
  • Critically evaluate practice and suggest improvements or change.
  • Incorporate knowledge of the research process in developing services appropriately.

Teaching Methods

Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal

MSc teaching methods for this module are similar to the Postgraduate 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 1,200 words).

Once the proposal has been approved, the professional project (10,500 words) itself is then completed through online guidance and supervision offered by the tutor. The student and tutor will interact regularly (weekly) on the dedicated students/tutor discussion area or through any other means of communication deemed appropriate by both parties (telephone/SKYPE/email). Note of any verbal communication with the tutor is recorded in the student's journal by the student.

Entry Requirements

Entry to the one year MSc programme will require the successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in (120 credits) either from the University of South Wales or from another UK University.

Students may apply for the Master's in as a two-year course consisting of eight modules (180 credits), the first 120 credits of which being the Postgraduate Diploma.

Applicants will also be expected to meet the below criteria:

  • Qualification certificates
  • One written reference

Further Information

Download the course prospectus for further details.


Visit the Gastroenterology - MSc page on the Diploma MSc website for more details!

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