MSc Renal Medicine (Online Delivery)

Do you feel out of your comfort zone when a patient displays symptoms of kidney problems? Would you like to improve your management of patients suffering from or at risk of acute kidney injury (AKI) and chronic kidney disease (CKD)? Could your organisation benefit from a renal specialist? If so, the MSc Renal Medicine could help.

Delivered with our collaborative partner Diploma MSc, the online MSc in Renal Medicine is specifically designed for healthcare professionals frequently seeing patients displaying symptoms of kidney disease who aren’t renal specialists.

In clinical practice, kidney disease is encountered frequently both in primary and secondary care 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 need to be equipped with the skills and knowledge to deal with potential nephrology patients confidently and effectively.

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.

This course is subject to validation.

Study Mode
2019
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 1 Year September On Line 8
Part-time 2 Years March On Line 8
Part-time 2 Years September On Line 8

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.

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 one.

Once your proposal has been approved you will complete the 10,800 word Professional Project, supervised by your tutor.

  • Module One: 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 Two: Professional Project
    To produce the professional project you will continue to study online; however, much of the work is self-directed. You will develop your ability to critically appraise specific areas of clinical, research and/or organisational practice and develop skills in independent research, study and writing for publication. You will have a dedicated tutor who you will be expected to interact with every week. You will select a specific project and submit a project summary/proposal of approximately 1,200 words.

 

Teaching

You’ll learn entirely online with 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.

You’ll be invited to an induction day where you will meet tutors and have workshops on study skills such as scientific writing, levels of evidence, Harvard referencing and reflective writing. The induction day will be at the University of South Wales in the UK. It is not compulsory to attend but if you would like to and don't live locally, you can take part online.

The fees for this course are available from the Diploma MSc website.

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 one year so you can fast track your learning and, as our tutors are experts, you’ll be learning from the best.

Facilities

You will have access to all of the University’s learning materials including online journals and publications.

Lecturers

Richard Smith, Consultant Nephrologist and Associate Medical Director for Research and Innovation at Ipswich Hospital is the course director. Richard has:

  • 25 years’ experience of clinical transplantation and 15 years as a consultant nephrologist at hospitals across the UK
  • 21 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
  • 22 years’ experience of clinical trials and academic research, including papers published in 38 peer-reviewed journals

 

Places are limited so we recommend you apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. To secure your place on the course you typically need one of the following:

  • A first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications)
  • Relevant professional healthcare (eg doctor, nurse) qualifications
  • An English language qualification (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent), if required.

All applications are assessed on an individual basis so if you don’t have one of the above healthcare qualifications a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account.

To apply for the one-year MSc you need to have completed the 120 credit Postgraduate Diploma in Renal Medicine 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.

To apply for the 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.

Please submit copies of the following with your application:

  • Qualification certificates
  • One written reference
  • English language qualification (IELTS 6 or equivalent)

 

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees


  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees


  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees


  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

Please register and apply directly to the University for this course

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