Postgraduate Diploma in Renal Medicine (Online Delivery)

In clinical practice, both in primary and secondary care, kidney disease is encountered frequently by the non-kidney specialist, especially as it is as a complication of common conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Healthcare professionals on the front line need to be equipped with the skills and knowledge to deal with potential nephrology patients confidently and effectively.

Delivered online with our collaborative partner Diploma MSc, this renal medicine course will enable you to diagnose and treat patients with symptoms of kidney disease with confidence, without being a kidney specialist.

It will equip you with the knowledge and skills to prevent or reduce the progression of CKD and ensure timely referral to secondary care, help you to treat dialysis and transplant patients from a primary care perspective and consolidate your knowledge to ensure best patient care and service outcomes.

 

This course is subject to validation.

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

The course will include six modules, each of six weeks' duration, studied in one calendar year, entirely online.

  • Recognising Acute Kidney Injury and Chronic Kidney Disease
    Equipping you with the knowledge and skills to be able to confidently diagnose and initiate management of patients with acute kidney injury (AKI) and chronic kidney disease (CKD).

  • Managing Acute Kidney Injury
    Providing you with the knowledge and skills to be able to confidently manage AKI patients and understand when referral to secondary care is appropriate and necessary.

  • Managing Chronic Kidney Disease
    Helping you to confidently manage CKD patients and understand when referral to secondary care is appropriate and necessary.

  • Systemic Conditions Impacting the Kidneys
    Giving you a comprehensive understanding of systemic disease on the kidney and how to provide evidence-based care for these complex conditions.

  • Dialysis and Transplant Patients in Primary Care
    Enabling you to confidently manage general medical and surgical problems in the dialysis and transplant patient from a primary care perspective.

  • Living with Kidney Disease
    Equipping you with the skills and knowledge to provide patient-centred care that empowers them to access healthcare advice and treatment options pertinent to their circumstances, and helping them to make informed decisions that maximises their quality of life.

 

Please note: course content is subject to validation. This means details may change but the content of this page will be reflected in the course once validated.

Teaching

Although you’ll be learning entirely online, you will be part of a group with 10 to 15 other students - to share ideas, debate scenarios and develop best practice with.

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.

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.

Current fees are available from the Diploma MSc website.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of your input on case scenarios on our discussion forum, a case-based exam, group activity and your own personal reflection.

Facilities

The course is delivered via Moodle – our virtual learning platform. You will be given full guidance on how to make the most of Moodle, including the discussion forums and the social forum. You will also 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' 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.

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 2018 - July 2019 Fees


  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees


  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

August 2020 - July 2021 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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