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Our MSc in Respiratory Medicine course is the only MSc that can be completed entirely online and is not offered by any other institution.

Course Information

Diploma MSc is a collaborative partner of the University of South Wales. On successful completion of this course, you will receive a Respiratory Medicine MSc.

The MSc in Respiratory Medicine runs over one calendar year. Starting with an initial 12 week online module to develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies, students then progress to the professional project module which consists of a 1,500 word proposal and 10,500 word professional project.

Entry to the one 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.

On completion of the course, graduates 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

Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal

Aim of the module:

  • To help students recognise, understand, interpret and apply methods used in healthcare research and critically appraise the various methodologies specific to Respiratory Medicine research.

Synopsis of module content:

  • Basic terminology used in epidemiology and research studies such as prevalence, incidence, sensitivity, specificity, false positive and false negatives.
  • Interpreting graphical representation of epidemiological and statistical data such as Kaplan-Meier Curves, Forrest Plots and Meta-analyses.
  • Calculations used in the assessment of research data such as relative risk, absolute risk, number needed to treat.
  • Basic statistical tests and their applications including t-Tests, ANOVA, Chi-Square.
  • Methodologies as applied to respiratory medicine research.
  • Fundamentals of evidence based practice and its application into the clinical setting.
  • Establishing patient registers and the value of disease specific registers.
  • Research into educational principles for both health care practitioner and patient. Understanding what may work for the patient as well as the educator.>

On completion of this module the student should be able to:

  1. Interpret research in rheumatology medicine.
  2. Display a critical understanding of the clinical implications of research and its impact upon healthcare delivery and service development.
  3. Implement evidence based practice into care.

Module 2 - Professional Project

Aim of the module:

  • To develop an ability to critically evaluate areas of professional practice.
  • To critically appraise specific areas of clinical, research and organisational practice.
  • To develop skills in independent research and study.
  • To develop skills relevant to scientific publications.

Synopsis of module content:

The module will depend on the creation of a piece of work based upon a specific clinically related project relevant to the student’s practice. This project may comprise:

  • Literature review and appraisal of the evidence.
  • Audit of practice including organisational or clinical.
  • Review and implementation of evidence-based practice.
  • Qualitative or quantitative research (formal research involving human subjects is not anticipated).
  • Case(s)-based and quality of service review with critical appraisal.
  • Case report, review of literature and organisational assessment.

On completion of this module the student should be able to:

  1. Produce an extensive piece of literature which may be suitable for peer-reviewed publication.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to recognise and implement good practice.
  3. Critically evaluate practice and suggest improvements or change.
  4. Incorporated knowledge of the research process in developing services appropriately.

Meet the Course Director

Dr Ramsey Sabit, BSc (Hons), MBBCh (Hons), FRCP (UK), Dip MedEd 

Current post: Consultant in General and Respiratory Medicine, University Hospital Wales, Llandough

  • Consultant Respiratory physician in Cardiff for 9 years
  • Appointed COPD lead for the All Wales Respiratory Health Improvement Group
  • Clinical lead for the COPD, smoking cessation, pulmonary rehabilitation and cardiopulmonary exercise testing at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
  • Responsible for leading undergraduate and postgraduate education in respiratory medicine
  • Was appointed Honorary Senior Lecturer at Cardiff University in 2012
  • Responsible for the pastoral care of medical students through my role as an academic mentor
  • Organiser of the yearly SPR teaching week
  • Co-investigator in the Liberate study looking at the effects of endobronchial valve insertion in patients with emphysema

I keep up-to-date with all advances and evidence in my subject by reading journals and attending local, national and international conferences. I regularly teach on both the PgDip and MSc which keeps me abreast of global best practice and challenges my knowledge daily.

Teaching Methods

Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal

MSc teaching methods for this module are similar to the Postgraduate 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 1,200 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 one year MSc Respiratory Medicine programme 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.

Students may apply for the Master's in Respiratory Medicine as a two-year course consisting of eight 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

Further Information

Download the course prospectus for further details.


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

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