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Postgraduate Diploma / MSc in Respiratory Medicine

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  • Study Type

    Distance learning & Part time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date

    September, March

  • Course Duration

    1 year

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip

  • Course Fees

    £3900 - payment plans are available and if you pay your £180 deposit within 7 days of being accepted you'll get a £180 discount.

  • Last Updated

    11 October 2018

Respiratory Medicine Courses Online

Diploma MSc is an award-winning provider of online medical education for Postgraduate Diploma and Masters courses. We are now pleased to add a Postgraduate Diploma and Masters course in Respiratory Medicine to our expanding range of courses. The respiratory medicine courses are offered in conjunction with our partner, the University of South Wales, who have built a strong reputation for delivering innovative learning.

Respiratory disease has a significant impact on the health of the population, and the use of health care resources both in the United Kingdom and in the world. Our respiratory medicine courses will enable more health care professionals to have the required knowledge to treat patients. It will develop problem solving and clinical skills together with preparing students to take a leadership role in Respiratory Medicine.

The courses have been developed by taking note of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Guidance on Respiratory Medicine, the curriculum subjects of the Specialty Certificate Exam of the Royal College of Physicians and that of the Royal College of General Practitioners (Respiratory) with an emphasis on the management of these conditions in both primary and secondary care in the UK and abroad.

The Postgraduate Diploma and MSc respiratory medicine courses will appeal to Doctors, GPs, Allied Health Professionals, Nurses and those with related undergraduate degrees (e.g. Pharmacists) or equivalent professional qualifications and background experience.

Postgraduate Diploma in Respiratory Medicine

Our online 1 year Postgraduate Diploma in Respiratory Medicine is designed to be practical and clinically focused. Our course will provide an integrated approach to Respiratory Medicine and focus on applying scientific principles to direct patient care. The Postgraduate Diploma in Respiratory Medicine course is worth 120 credits and comprises 6 modules of 20 credits each.

The course aims to equip graduates with critical knowledge and understanding of Respiratory Medicine. Graduates will be able to apply knowledge for direct clinical benefit and future study. Our course is the only one of its kind that is accessible online and is the fastest route to a Postgraduate Diploma/MSc.

Our Postgraduate Diploma in Respiratory Medicine has been designed for Doctors, GPs, Allied Health Professionals, Nurses and those with related undergraduate degrees (e.g. Pharmacists) or equivalent professional qualifications and background experience.

On completion of the course you will demonstrate:

  • A critical awareness of current issues affecting the care of patients undertaking Respiratory treatments
  • An advanced knowledge of Respiratory Medicine and other associated conditions that will facilitate decision-making in unpredictable and/or complex situations
  • An ability to use knowledge to adapt professional practice to meet the changing demands of health care systems
  • An in-depth understanding of the scope and delivery of Respiratory treatments including horizon scanning of potential new treatments for the wider population

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 Medicine – Symptoms, Signs and Investigations
  2. Asthma and Allergy
  3. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  4. Thoracic oncology and pleural disease
  5. Respiratory infections; diagnoses and management
  6. Other important respiratory conditions and diseases


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 has 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%
  • Case based examination - 30%
  • Group/individual activity - 20%
  • Individual learning portfolio - 10%

MSc in Respiratory Medicine

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

Our Respiratory Medicine Masters of Science course has been developed for health professionals who are interested in a leadership role within Respiratory Medicine including GPs, doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, pharmacists, and other suitably qualified and interested individuals.

The MSc in Respiratory Medicine course is the only one of its title that is accessible online, and is not offered by any other institution. On completion of the course, you will be able to demonstrate:

  • An applied understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in an appropriate clinical setting
  • An in-depth knowledge and understanding of the discipline informed by current scholarship and research
  • Advanced level critical skills designed to deal with complex problems
  • Advanced knowledge and competence in Respiratory Medicine

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.

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





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