The MMed enables experienced, qualified doctors to develop an evidence- based approach to health care practice and to obtain a postgraduate qualification whilst enhancing clinical expertise in a specific discipline of medicine.
The programme has been designed in collaboration with senior clinicians and academics and is at the cutting edge of both contemporary medical practice and research. It will allow you to extend your knowledge and skills to advanced levels within your dedicated area of work.
Six specialist pathways are available in Cardiology, Elderly Medicine, Gastroenterology, Regional Anaesthesia, Respiratory Medicine, and Rheumatology.
Whichever pathway you choose, the programme will be delivered in partnership with Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust.
WHAT WILL I STUDY?
This programme consists of three distinct 20 credit clinical modules, two 30 credit clinical research modules and a 60 credit dissertation. Topics covered will include:
- Innovative aspects of evidence based practice in the medical speciality – the application of advanced knowledge of physiology, pathology, microbiology and imaging. The aim is to enable you to acquire an advanced understanding of the process of service innovation in the relevant subject area;
- Qualitative and quantitative research methods;
- Critiquing research findings;
- Writing a research proposal;
- Analysis of quantitative data;
- Systematic reviews;
- Research governance and ethics;
- Focus on a significant piece of investigative enquiry from conceptualisation through to completion.
HOW WILL I STUDY?
The programme is delivered over two to three years, commencing in September each year. The academic year runs from September through to July, though the dissertation submission will be in September of the second year, with the option to defer the dissertation to the third year. The dissertation allows you to focus on a significant piece of investigative enquiry from conceptualisation through to completion.
You will experience a variety of teaching and learning strategies including lectures, seminars, individual and group tutorials and independent guided study.
Face-to-face sessions will be delivered at Edge Hill University
and Wrightington Hospital. An online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is used for some components of the programme. The clinical modules also have elements of practice-based learning which are typically facilitated in the workplace.
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
Assessment methods include a research proposal, written assignments, completion of online activities and discussions, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), clinical log books, seminar presentations and a dissertation.
In addition to this, there is an attendance requirement of no less than 70% in order to pass each module.
WHAT ARE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?
Medical professionals need to continually seek ways to improve their career prospects in an increasingly competitive job market where a postgraduate qualification is often now deemed essential.
The MMed provides a highly relevant qualification for doctors working in a specialist area of medicine which will add to your portfolio of qualifications and provide you with opportunities for professional development supported by expert clinicians and academics.