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Renal Medicine MSc

In partnership with: University of South Wales

Diploma MSc is a collaborative partner of the University of South Wales. On successful completion of this course, you will receive an MSC in Renal Medicine. Course Code: QMSP078

Course Information

Do you feel out of your comfort zone when a patient displays symptoms of kidney problems? Would you like to improve your management of acute kidney injury (AKI) and chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients? Could your organisation benefit from a renal specialist? If so, our Renal Medicine Master's course can help.

In clinical practice kidney disease is encountered frequently by the non-kidney specialist, especially as it is as a complication of common conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. So healthcare professionals on the front line, including primary care and specialist units, need to be equipped with the skills and knowledge to deal with potential nephrology patients confidently and effectively.

This MSc in Renal Medicine will:

  • Enable you to diagnose and treat patients with symptoms of kidney disease with confidence, without being a kidney specialist
  • Equip you with the knowledge and skills to prevent or reduce the progression of CKD and ensure timely referral to secondary care
  • Help you to treat dialysis and transplant patients from a primary care perspective
  • Consolidate your knowledge of nephrology to ensure best patient care and service outcomes

The MSc is a progression from the Postgraduate Diploma in Renal Medicine, and on completion of the course you will receive an MSc in Renal Medicine from the University of South Wales.

Meet the Course Director

Dr. Richard Smith, FRCP, PhD.

Current post: Consultant Nephrologist and Clinical Director for Research, East Suffolk and North Essex Foundation Trust.

Richard has always been driven by demystifying kidney disease; helping non-specialists become more confident at treating patients with afflicting symptoms. Most kidney problems present first to non-specialists (GPs, diabetologists, emergency medicine, general medicine and general surgery). Unfortunately, training in how to manage these patients is often covered poorly in ‘general’ training programmes. This course aims to equip these clinicians with the knowledge and skills they need to confidently manage patients with kidney disease. Richard has:

  • 28 years of teaching experience including at the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, Cardiff University, the University of Bristol and now, the University of South Wales.
  • 30 years experience of clinical transplantation with 18 years as a consultant nephrologist at hospitals across the UK
  • 28 years experience of clinical trials and academic research, including 42 publications in peer-reviewed journals

Course Modules

You can study the MSc in Renal Medicine over one or two years.

To study over one year, you will need to have successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Renal Medicine - either with Diploma MSc or another UK university having completed similar modules. We can discuss this with you as part of your application. You’ll then complete this MSc in year two.

If you opt to study the two year MSc, you will complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Renal Medicine in year one and then the following in year two.

Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal

You will learn in a similar way to how you learned on the Postgraduate Diploma; however, this module is run over 12 weeks.

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 renal medicine research.

Module 2 - Professional Project

Entry Requirements

Our MSc in Renal Medicine is specifically designed for registered healthcare professionals frequently seeing patients displaying symptoms of kidney disease who aren’t renal specialists.

One Year MSc

You need to have completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Renal Medicine (120 credits) to progress to the one year MSc. This can have been either with Diploma MSc or another UK university which covers relevant module content - we can discuss this with you during your application.

Two Year MSc

You should be working in a clinical setting, either in the UK or overseas, in a role such as a general practitioner, or a specialist registrar managing patients with systemic diseases that may affect the kidneys.

You will also need:

  • A science degree in a relevant subject
  • IELTS of at least 6 or proof of the equivalent

Why should I do the course?

The course content is case based with a clinical focus

And as it’s designed based on extensive research with primary care practitioners, it’s highly relevant and includes the latest developments in renal medicine for front line healthcare professionals.

We’re with you every step of the way

You’ll have the support of a dedicated team who will help you with any challenges you may face - from help with navigating our online learning platform to advice on what you need to do to pass the course and meet deadlines.

The course is quality, as well as being consolidated and convenient

You’ll study entirely online for just 1 year so you can fast track your learning and, as our tutors are experts, you’ll be learning from the best.

Further Information

Download the course prospectus for further details.


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

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