The Postgraduate Diploma in Endocrinology is relevant to all health professionals – such as specialist registrars, endocrine nurses and primary care physicians with a specialist interest in endocrinology – who may have exposure to people with endocrine-related disorders. It is designed to create professionals who can independently access information and use it to critically assess, evaluate and disseminate the evidence base related to endocrine care.
This online course, run with the collaborative partner Diploma MSc, will help you develop creative problem-solving approaches to complex clinical situations and become an important advocate in the delivery of care to people with endocrinology-related problems. Through case studies and discussion, you’ll develop a greater understanding of the management of patients with endocrine disorders, and improved critical analysis of published data and data. On successful completion of this course you could go on to study the MSc Endocrinology.
The postgraduate diploma course is based on the Royal College of Physicians Specialty Training. The online course lasts one calendar year and is a part time distance learning course, with six modules per year, each of six weeks duration.
Module 1 – Disorders of the hypothalamus and pituitary
Module 2 – Disorders of the thyroid
Module 3 – Disorders of the adrenals
Module 4 – Disorders of parathyroids, calcium and bone
Module 5 – Reproductive endocrinology
Module 6 – Endocrine-related cancer
At the outset, there is an optional one day residential programme at the University’s Glyntaff campus which provides an overview of the course and the study skills required.
For the continuing online course, candidates are split into groups of 10-15 students. Each group is supervised by a lecturer who facilitates the group, monitors and assesses each student throughout the module.
Students are assessed across the following components of the module:
As part of your online studies you will have access to the Learning Resources Centre materials at the University of South Wales. FINDit is the University’s portal which allows you to search for over 13,000 full-text journal articles, news articles, conference proceedings and approximately 160 databases via one search box- the majority of these materials are accessible online. Interactive study skills modules are available to study via Blackboard to enable you to utilise the library services fully.
The course leader is Dr Atul Kalhan. Dr Atul Kalhan graduated from Delhi University with MBBS and subsequently completed an MD with a thesis on Thyroid dysfunction. Dr Kalhan has also completed two years of lab research on neuroendocrine tumours.
The PGDip and MSc Endocrinology courses are run in conjunction with a partner company and do not attract standard university fees. The fees for 2016/17 are £3,780 for the PGDip Endocrinology and a further £3,780 for the MSc Endocrinology, for both home and international students. Further details can be obtained from Katie Lowe at firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting Diploma MSc website.
Additional costs apply should you choose to attend the one day induction course at the University of South Wales or in South Africa, which include travel and potential residential costs.
All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.
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.
The course has direct relevance to the demands of working roles and will assist in career enhancement and support specialisation. It is envisaged that most students will be in endocrine-related posts or aspiring to such positions.
The course provides appropriate post qualification preparation for roles in endocrine-related specialist teams, specialist nursing, practice nursing and allied health professionals aiming to provide endocrine-related services in primary care. Similarly, pharmaceutical companies are keen to support their representatives in postgraduate education and this qualification will be perceived favourably in career progression and specialisation.
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