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This award has been designed to facilitate the learning of the generic skills and knowledge essential to successful higher clinical practice. The emphasis is on stroke care, but also covers areas such as an understanding of Leadership for Health Professionals, Evidence Based Medicine, Healthcare Ethics and Clinical Research.


Each module consists of a mixture of different types of delivery, with some on line learning and face to face teaching, utilising a mixture of seminars, group work or short lectures.

There are a number of CORE modules and then a wide range of other generic 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.


The aim of the MMedSci (Stroke) is to provide clinicians in the field of stroke with the knowledge and skills necessary to become leaders in their field and to contribute to delivering excellence in treatment and care.  


The course is divided into modules, and each module is given a credit rating within the national Masters framework. Some of the modules are taught face to face whilst others are partly online or portfolio based. The portfolio-based modules include tutored supervision to guide the student's work. The Masters Degree must be completed within five years of registration, the Diploma within four years and the Certificate within three years.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Science (Stroke) (60 credits) includes the following modules:

Upon completion of these modules, students may then progress to complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Science (Stroke) (120 credits). This includes one core module:

And a choice of 45 credits from the following modules (subject to availability):

There are also a number of optional modules within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences for students to take, details of which are available on the postgraduate courses web page

The decision as to what module would be most appropriate is undertaken in discussion with the course tutor and tailored to the learning needs of the student. 

Students wishing to achieve the full Masters in Medical Science (Stroke) (180 credits) would then go on to complete a 60-credit research dissertation:

This would typically be based on a subject related to the individual’s specialty, or a practice-based project, such as evaluation of changes implemented in a clinical setting, educational projects, or exploration of ethical dilemmas in policy and/or practice. It is expected to be a significant piece of work, and we encourage all students to consider aiming for publication of their findings. Candidates are usually expected to have a local supervisor for their project, but in addition, some educational supervision will also be provided by the award team (who will also be on hand to guide candidates through each step of the process). 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. For some this may be a first step to an MD/DM/PhD and a life dedicated to research.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.


Each module consists of a mixture of different types of delivery, with some on line learning and face to face teaching, utilising a mixture of seminars, group work or short lectures.


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.

Visit the Medical Science (Stroke) MMedSci/PGDip/PGCert page on the Keele University website for more details!




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