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MSc in Respiratory Medicine


Course Description

Diploma MSc is a collaborative partner of the University of South Wales.

The MSc Respiratory Medicine course aims to create professionals who can independently access information and use the information to critically assess, evaluate and disseminate the evidence base related to respiratory medicine. The course 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.

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.

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Alternatively, students may apply for the MSc in Respiratory Medicine as a two-year course, completing all 8 modules (180 credits).

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

The MSc 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

Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal in Respiratory Medicine (compulsory module)
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 to 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.>

Module 2 - Professional Project: Respiratory Medicine or Independent Prescribing Module
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.

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Independent Prescribing Module

Aim of the module:

This module aims to prepare students, both academically and practically, for the role of independent prescribing. The module also meets the registration criteria for the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).
Synopsis of module content:

Consultation, decision-making and therapy, including referral.
Influences on, and psychology of, prescribing.
Prescribing in a team context.
Clinical pharmacology, including the effects of co-morbidity.
Evidence-based practice and clinical governance in relation to nurse prescribing.
Legal, policy and ethical aspects.
Professional accountability and responsibility.

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.

Enrollment Dates

All our courses are part-time, online courses delivered over 1 year.

Deadline for applications: 12th August 2016
Introductory lectures: 26th August 2016 (Approx)
Online Course Starts: 5th September 2016

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

Entry Requirements

Entry to the 1 year 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. Alternatively, students may apply for the MSc as a two-year course, completing all 8 modules (180 credits).

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