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    Distance learning & Part time available

  • Subject Areas


    Nursing & Health

    Social Work

  • Start Date

    September, March

  • Course Duration

    1 Year

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip

  • Course Fees

    £3900 - pay your deposit of £180 within 7 days of being accepted and save £180 off the balance. Also, payment plans are available to help spread the cost of studying.

  • Last Updated

    15 October 2018

Online Postgraduate Courses in Acute Medicine

Why study Acute Medicine?

  • Increasing demand for consultants so job prospects are excellent
  • An opportunity to be involved with and help shape the future of this rapidly evolving specialty
  • An exciting and varied workload with fantastic opportunities for lifelong learning

Our online Acute Medicine courses are offered in partnership with the University of South Wales, who have a strong reputation for delivering innovative learning.

Acute medicine is a rapidly evolving specialty and as many generalist healthcare professionals undertake acute medicine as part of their daily routines, there is a demand for tailored education, particularly at Masters level. 

You will develop a systematic understanding of evidence-based, protocol delivered practice, which is crucial in optimising acute care.

Like other specialties, acute medicine is multi-disciplinary, particularly with the event of physician assistants and specialist nurse practitioners. This course is therefore aimed at the multi-disciplinary team, covering the major spectrum of disease areas that would present acutely. 

These are theoretical courses that aims to supplement the education of existing healthcare professionals, as opposed to a practical course in acute medicine.

A distinctive aspect of our courses is that they allow you to study at post-graduate level without release from work. With no lectures or webinars at set times, you can fit your studies flexibly around your personal and professional commitments.

Who are our acute medicine courses for?

You will typically be a doctor, nurse, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, pharmacist or radiographer. On completion you will be able to progress in your career as well as directly improve patient care.

You may apply for the MSc in Acute Medicine as a two-year course, firstly completing the Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits), followed by the MSc (60 credits).

Why study with Diploma MSc?

  • Time: You'll complete your Postgraduate Diploma/MSc in 1 calendar year as opposed to 2 years for others. Plus, to our knowledge, we are the least expensive postgraduate diploma in the UK.
  • Quality: Our award winning courses delivered with the University of South Wales are also accredited by the Royal College of GPs, plus our faculty are key opinion leaders both nationally and internationally.
  • Career progression: Our courses have helped over 1500 alumni progress their careers and salary, as well as their academic credentials. 22 peer review publications have emanated from the course and our course directors are there to help people publish.
  • Customer service: Our group sizes are small and unlike other universities where you are just a uni number, to us you are a valued customer who we are lucky to have on our course.

Postgraduate Diploma in Acute Medicine

On completion of the acute medicine postgraduate course, you will have: 

  • A systematic understanding of acute medicine, skills in critical appraisal and application of knowledge for direct patient benefit/service development and future study
  • Life-long learning and advanced problem-solving skills that can be applied to clinical practice in acute medicine
  • The ability to lead complex tasks and processes in the delivery and advancement of acute medical specialty-related care
  • The ability to deliver leadership to teams in multi-agency, multi-cultural and/or international contexts
  • The skills to critically evaluate the delivery of care to patients
  • A systematic understanding of evidence based medicine in relation to the acutely ill patient

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.

  1. Respiratory and Cardiovascular Emergencies
  2. Diabetes and Endocrine Emergencies
  3. Gastroenterological Emergencies
  4. Acute Presentations with Infection and Sepsis
  5. Acute Neurological Disorders and Stroke
  6. Acute Renal, Metabolic and Toxicological Emergencies

Entry requirements

To secure your place on the course you typically need one of the following:

  • A first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications)
  • Relevant professional healthcare (e.g. doctor, nurse) qualifications

AND a minimum IELTS score of 6 or equivalent.

Applications will be judged on the individual specifics of background and qualifications including the ability to work at Postgraduate level (applicants may be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at Postgraduate level and demonstrate requisite clinical/professional knowledge).

MSc in Acute Medicine

The Acute Medicine MSc course provides a progression route for the Postgraduate Diploma course in Acute Medicine.

The MSc in Acute Medicine runs over 1 calendar year. Starting with an initial 12-week online module to develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies, you will produce a 1,500 word proposal. This will inform your subsequent 10,500 word professional project.

Course structure and 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 in the student's journal by the student.

Entry requirements

Entry to the 1 year MSc Acute Medicine programme will require the successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Acute Medicine (120 credits) either from the University of South Wales or from another UK University.

Students may apply for the Masters in Acute Medicine as a two-year course consisting of 8 modules (180 credits), the first 120 credits of which being the Postgraduate Diploma.

Applicants should submit copies of the following with their application:

  • Qualification certificates
  • One written reference

Visit the Postgraduate Diploma / MSc in Acute Medicine page on the Diploma MSc website for more details!




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