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PGDip / MSc in Obesity and Weight Management

Course Description

Our Diploma in Obesity & Weight Management course is accredited by the Royal College of General Practioners(RCGP).

The Postgraduate Diploma and Masters course in Obesity and Weight Management have been developed in conjunction with The Faculty of Life Sciences and Education at the University of South Wales, who have an established reputation for the delivery of innovative learning in Postgraduate education for health professionals.

Obesity is a growing epidemic worldwide. However, fewer than 1% of UK health professionals have received any specialised obesity training. Our team of course authors and tutors are recognised experts and opinion leaders in their specialty areas. Our MSc/ PGDip in Obesity and Weight Management will focus on the rapidly growing pandemic, expand your knowledge and enable you to effectively treat patients. This fact, in conjunction with our affordable prices, promises a truly accessible course of the highest standard.

The Obesity & Weight Management courses have been developed for health professionals who are interested in a leadership role within weight and obesity management including GP’s, doctors, nurses, physicians, surgeons, physiotherapists, dieticians, psychologists, and counsellors running clinics.

Both our Postgraduate Diploma and Masters course in Obesity & Weight Management can be completed online and are available 24/7, giving you the flexibility to learn at a time that suits your busy schedule.

Diploma Course Structure

The online course lasts one calendar year and is a part time distance learning course. It consists of 6 modules per year, each of 6 weeks duration.

Module 1 - The adipocyte, regulation of appetite and nutrition
Module 2 - Obesity: defining obesity, epidemiology and health risks
Module 3 - Causation of obesity and weight gain in relation to disease and genetics
Module 4 - Weight Management - Diet, exercise and changing behaviour
Module 5 - Weight Management - Medical treatments and emerging therapies
Module 6 - Surgical approaches to weight management

Online Diploma in Obesity and Weight Management

The course puts assessment at the heart of learning by using clinical scenarios to facilitate problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care. The scenarios act as both the focus for learning and assessment thus embedding assessment within the learning process.

Each of the 6 modules have the same assessment format. Due to the online nature of the course, students are expected to login and participate in the course regularly throughout the module (ideally on a daily basis).

Students are split into groups of 10-15 students and are assigned a dedicated expert tutor who:

Facilitates clinical case discussions with the group.
Monitors, assesses and marks each student throughout the module.
Students use the skills gained during the lectures to engage with the different activities (see below).
Clinical case scenarios with case based discussion - 40%
Individual learning portfolio - 10%
Group/individual activity - 20%
Case based examination - 30%

MSc Course Structure

Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal (compulsory module)
Module 2 - Professional Project or Independent Prescribing Module
Teaching Methods

Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal

MSc teaching methods for this module are similar to the PG 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 1500 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 on the student's journal by the student.

Visit the PGDip / MSc in Obesity and Weight Management page on the Diploma MSc website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Ana Cristina Diniz Silva

The Postgraduate Diploma in Obesity and Weight Management has been a great opportunity of knowledge recycling in an exciting and challenging area of the medical sciences! With an innovative method of distance learning, we discuss theory and clinical cases in the light of the evidence-based practice, using the resources of a complete online library. In fact, it is a very effective and stimulating way of learning!

More than improving my clinical skills in the assessment and management of the obese patient, since the beginning of the course, I have submitted five papers for publication in international medical journals. In the current month of June 2016, I will have three of them published: two of them in the South American Journal of Public Health, and the other one, together with my course colleagues Tan, Bongiwe and Nada, in the Diabetes and Primary Care (UK). I feel very happy with such achievement, which will greatly improve my curriculum and increase my chances of being approved in a future PhD programme.


Entry Requirements

Health professionals, both UK and overseas, wishing to further their education who have previously completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes from the University of South Wales are eligible to apply for this MSc Diabetes course online. Applicants can also enter the MSc programmes if they have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes from another UK University, having successfully acquired 120 M level Credits.

Last Updated

12 April 2017

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