MSc in Endocrinology

Team: Endocrinology Team

The MSc in Endocrinology course is accredited by the RCGP and provides a progression route for graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma

Course Information


Diploma MSc is a collaborative partner of the University of South Wales. On successful completion of this course, you will receive a University of South Wales Masters award.

The MSc course provides a progression route for the Postgraduate Diploma in Endocrinology course offered by the University.

The Endocrinology Masters of Science runs over 1 calendar year. Students undertake an initial 12 week online module to develop their skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies. Thereafter they are able to select a 1,500 word proposal and 10,500 word professional project.

Course Structure

The course begins with 1 day of introductory lectures, held at Glyntaff campus, University of South Wales. These introductory lectures cover the framework of the course, its structure and students' expectations.

This module aims to prepare students academically to interpret, understand and utilise the appropriate research methodologies in endocrine focused care. Students will:

  • Successfully recognise, understand, interpret and apply methods used in healthcare research.
  • Understand, interpret and apply basic statistical and epidemiological terms.
  • Critically appraise the various study designs used in clinical, scientific and quantitative research such as single blind studies, double blind placebo controlled studies and meta-analyses.
  • Interpret principles of qualitative research in the care of patients with endocrine disorders.

This module is designed to enable students to study a clinically related issue within endocrinology in greater depth. In particular the student will:

  • Develop an ability to critically appraise areas of healthcare practice and delivery.
  • Critically appraise specific areas of clinical, research, clinical governance and organisational practice.
  • Display skills in independent research and study.
  • Display skills relevant to independent production of scientific publications.

The professional project must be endocrine-related and relevant to the person's practice. This project may comprise of:

  • Literature review and appraisal of the evidence.
  • Audit of practice including organisational or clinical.
  • Review and implementation of evidence-based practice
  • Qualitative or quantitative research (formal research involving human subjects is not anticipated)
  • Case(s)-based and quality of service review with critical appraisal.
  • Case report, review of literature and organisational assessment.

Teaching Methods

Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal

MSc teaching methods for this module are similar to the PG Diploma course modules however it is run over 12 weeks.

Module 2 - Professional Project

To produce the professional project, students continue to use the online course; however much of the work is self-directed.

Students are expected in the first 8 weeks to interact with their tutor on a weekly basis. Students select a specific project and submit a project summary/proposal (approximately 1500 words).

Once the proposal has been approved, the professional project (10,500 words) itself is then completed through online guidance and supervision offered by the tutor. The student and tutor will interact regularly (weekly) on the dedicated students/tutor discussion area or through any other means of communication deemed appropriate by both parties (telephone/SKYPE/email). Note of any verbal communication with the tutor is recorded in the student's journal by the student.

Entry Requirements

Entry to the 1 year MSc Endocrinology programme will require the successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Endocrinology (120 credits) either from the University of South Wales or from another UK University.

Students may apply for the Masters in Endocrinology as a two-year course consisting of 8 modules (180 credits), the first 120 credits of which being the Postgraduate Diploma.

Applicants should submit copies of the following with their application:

  • Qualification certificates
  • One written reference

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