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Therapeutics (MSc/PgDip)

Course Description

During this course, which takes place over an academic year (September to June), a detailed structured programme of learning is provided with the course divided into six (5-week) main modules.

Some of the subjects covered are: the principles of therapeutics; drug development and clinical trials; adverse drug reactions and interactions; medical problems in the elderly and very young; asthma and other respiratory disorders; epilepsy and other neurological disorders; thrombotic disorders; hypertension; hyperlipidaemia; diabetes; wound healing; and common skin disorders.

Most of the education process is problem-orientated and is specifically designed to be of direct relevance to primary care.

Assessment is partly by continual assessment of regular written work and partly by the final examination which is held in Cardiff.

Each week a different aspect of therapeutics is studied and ‘study aims and outcomes’ to guide your work for the week are given. Relevant articles are provided or links provided for online access. There are weekly MCQ concerning the subject area. A short case-study on the topic is also sent for candidates’ comment and an anonymised analysis of the group's responses, with comments on the results, is returned to the candidates. This enables candidates to compare their practice with that of their peers and with subject experts. Additionally, there is one essay-style ‘written task’ per 5-week module, i.e. six per year.

A short intensive study weekend (Friday pm - Saturday pm) is held during the first module which all students are encouraged to attend. The cost of this course (excluding travel) is included in the course fee.

The Diploma in Therapeutics is only awarded to candidates who have demonstrated regular detailed study throughout the course and who reach a high standard of knowledge, understanding, and practical and clinical expertise. A commitment to regular daily study at home and/or at work is required.

Visit the Therapeutics (MSc/PgDip) page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Phillip Leonard (MSc Genetic Counselling)

The MSc in Genetic Counselling allowed me to combine my scientific interests in genetics and medicine with professional training in counselling skills. The course is vital preparation for a career in genetic counselling. Cardiff is a lively, friendly and diverse student city, and the University provides superb resources to support postgraduates both academically and socially, not least the excellent Graduate Centre.

(Student Profile)

Shalini Sri Ranganatham (Paediatric Clinical Pharmacology)

"The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) offered me a PhD scholarship to study at Cardiff University. Having a PhD is a requirement in my academic field, and I am interested in learning more about my subject. I want to re-join my department in Sri Lanka and get involved with academic and clinical work, and to set up a paediatric clinical pharmacology unit based on what I learned here. Studying in Cardiff will give me all the possible opportunities to reach my goal to become an independent and self-directed academic. I feel like a 'knowledge bridge' between the university here and the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka."


Cardiff University Masters Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

“This scholarship package will give high-calibre students the opportunity to study at a world-leading, research-intensive university and help ease the associated financial burdens.”Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-ChancellorWe are pleased to announce that the Taught Master's Excellence Scholarship Scheme for 2016/17 entry has been confirmed.We are committed to invest up to a total of £500,000 in this high value competitive scholarship scheme to support UK and EU students who are planning to start an eligible master's programme in September 2016.The scholarships are each worth a minimum of £3,000 and will be awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount.Scholarships will be awarded based on academic excellence.

Value of Scholarship(s)

min. £3000


Eligible programmes include taught full-time and part-time taught programmes leading to a master's. Not included are our distance learning programmes and taught programmes leading to a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, as well as research master's such as the MPhil and MRes.‘Home’ and ‘EU’ students only (as classified for fee paying purposes, tuition fee status is determined after submitting an application to study) who are accepted on to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master's degree, and with a firm focus on academic excellence.For applicants from countries outside the European Union, we also offer a range of highly prestigious international scholarships.

Application Procedure

We have two deadlines after which scholarship decisions will be made:6 April and 27 July 2016.The Masters Excellence Scholarship application form can be accessed once you have submitted an application to study to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master’s degree. Please note the additional details on our website and in the guidance documents provided.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

The Diploma in Therapeutics course is designed for medical practitioners, pharmacists, specialist nurses and other practitioners who wish to gain further expertise in the practical management of common therapeutic problems. The course is open to healthcare professionals who prescribe or use drug treatments in their work and who have usually had basic training in pharmacology at undergraduate level (e.g. medical practitioners, nurses and pharmacists).Applications are considered from professionals currently working in other countries, provided that the applicants are able to travel to the UK for the final examination, and the study weekend if possible.

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