Postgraduate Diploma in Endocrinology
Team: Endocrinology Team
Accredited by: USW
Our Postgraduate Diploma in Endocrinology is accredited by the Royal College of General Practioners and is based on the Royal College of Physicians curriculum. Course Code: QPDP021
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 Postgraduate Diploma.
The RCGP accredited course is designed to be very practical and clinically focused. On completion of the Postgraduate Diploma, students have:
- A greater confidence and understanding of the management of patients with endocrine disorders through case studies and discussion.
- Improved critical analysis of published data and data interpretation.
Applicants will typically be health professionals who have regular exposure to people with endocrine disorders. They may be part of a team which delivers care, a leader of that team or an individual who treats people with endocrine disorders.
The course is designed to be relevant to all health professionals who have exposure to people with endocrine related disorders and is particularly relevant to:
Specialist Registrars, Endocrine Nurses and those Primary Care Physicians with a specialist interest in Endocrinology
The Postgraduate Diploma course is based on the Royal College of Physicians Specialty Training curriculum. The online course lasts one calendar year and is a part time distance learning course. It consists of 6 modules per year, each of 6 weeks duration.
Exploring the physiological principles of the hypothalamic pituitary axes and common disorders affecting the hypothalamus and pituitary.
Applying an understanding of the physiology of the thyroid and its hormones to critical awareness of the diagnosis and management of disorders of the thyroid.
Facilitating an improved understanding of the physiology and patho-physiology of the adrenal glands in relation to endocrine disorders of the adrenal glands.
Demonstrating critical clinical decision-making skills in relation to the management of a variety of conditions affecting the adrenal glands.
Gaining an in-depth understanding of the presentation, investigation, diagnosis and management of reproductive endocrine disorders.
Gaining an in-depth understanding of the presentation, investigation, diagnosis and management of endocrine-related cancers.
Find full module details in our prospectus
Online Postgraduate Diploma in Endocrinology
The course puts assessment at the heart of learning by using clinical scenarios to facilitate problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care. The scenarios act as both the focus for learning and assessment thus embedding assessment within the learning process.
Each of the 6 modules has the same assessment format. Due to the online nature of the course, students are expected to login and participate in the course regularly throughout the module (ideally on a daily basis).
Students are split into groups of 10-15 students and are assigned a dedicated expert tutor who:
- Facilitates clinical case discussions with the group.
- Monitors, assesses and marks each student throughout the module.
- Students use the skills gained during the lectures to engage with the different activities (see below).
Each week, students are presented with 2/3 clinical cases with associated questions. These cases are designed to promote discussion within a specific clinical area. Students:
- Complete the questions.
- Discuss the cases and issues surrounding the cases in a discussion forum.
Students discuss the cases within their tutor groups, facilitated by their tutor. They use an online discussion forum to write well referenced, scientifically written postings.
The individual portfolio or journal is a learning log/diary. The purpose is for the student to reflect on their personal progress throughout the module. Students would typically include the following:
- Initial expectations of the course, reasons for undertaking the course.
- Module and/or personal learning objectives.
- Description of events/issues/learning points within their personal practice.
- Examples of change in personal practice due to knowledge gained throughout the module.
- A description of what has been learned during the module.
Students are asked to think reflectively about what they are learning from each module, how this differs from their current practice, and how they can apply what they have learned through the course to their everyday practice as a health professional. Referencing would not typically be found in a learning portfolio nor would a simple list of points learned.
The group activity is designed to encourage group dynamics catering to the multidisciplinary nature within the field of Endocrinology. Students are required to produce the following:
- A group submission.
- An individual submission.
Students are also marked according to their contribution to the group submission.
The group is given a specific task to accomplish over the 6 weeks of the module e.g. Develop an appropriate screening method for your clinic. Students are required to write well referenced, scientific reports.
- 30 single best answer (SBA) questions.
- One hour online assessment.
- Questions are based on the clinical aspects of the module and their discussion topics.
Each module has the same format. Using an online platform and one tutor per 10-15 students, the self-directed distance learning is guided by tutor stimulated discussion based on rich case scenarios. Group projects are undertaken alongside independent projects. Reflective practice is recorded in a reflective portfolio to help students consider how the learning can be translated into everyday work and practice.
Teaching starts with an induction day. Students may attend the event in the UK (Glyntaff campus, University of South Wales) and also online via a webinar.
They are a pre-course organiser, giving students the tools required to undertake the online course such as:
- Scientific writing
- Levels of evidence
- Harvard referencing
- Reflective writing
The day gives an opportunity to meet face to face with tutors/other students prior to the online course.
Students are not required to attend the induction day however those who attend do benefit as they get a "jump start" to the course. Students who are not able to attend, should request a skype/telephone call to orientate them onto the course and are advised to review the slides.
Health professionals working within a clinical setting, both UK and overseas, with a related Healthcare Science degree (including international qualifications) are eligible to apply for the PG Diploma in Endocrinology course.
Applicants without the above academic criteria but relevant/suitable experience can apply. Applications will be judged on the individual specifics of background and qualifications including ability to work at Postgraduate level (applicants may be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at Postgraduate level and demonstrate requisite clinical/professional knowledge).
Applicants should submit copies of the following with their application:
- Qualification certificates
- One written reference
- English language qualification (IELTS 6 or equivalent) please see University of South Wales for further details
How much is the course?
|Total Course Fees for UK/EU & International Students for March 2019:||£3900|
Fee payments may be made via the following options:
|Date||Option A||Option B||Option C|
|Deposit payable on acceptance†||£180||£180||£180|
|1st March 2019||£3,720||£620|
|1st April 2019||£1,240||£620|
|1st May 2019||£620|
|1st June 2019||£1,240||£620|
|1st July 2019||£620|
|1st August 2019||£1,240||£620|
† Deposits are non-refundable
The PG Diploma team, right from the Course Director down to the backend support, were always available for assistance and any problems.
"I thank the entire team at PG Diploma in Endocrinology for a most enjoyable eleven months, and have no hesitation in recommending this course to any of my colleagues who wish to further their knowledge in this speciality. Read full story..."
Dr Ranjit Unnikrishnan Ittianath PGDip
This course suited me perfectly as it was totally online and did not require going to USW. Fees were also very competitive compared with other Masters courses
"In conclusion, the course teaches a lot more than endocrinology, certainly so in my case. Last but not the least, I met students, admin staff (very helpful) and some great tutors (endocrinologists are nice people). Read full story..."
Dr Atanu Basu PGDip
The PGDip in Endocrinology has exposed me to various endocrine conditions, clinical scenarios and conundrums that stretched my knowledge further and prompted further reading.
"Feedback from tutors was constructive and prompt and the admin team were extremely helpful. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and am now in the process of undertaking the MSc in endocrinology. I would definitely recommend this course to others. Read full story..."
Fiona Anthonypillai PGDip
I learned a lot of theoretical and clinical knowledge in the endocrine field during which the interactive discussion with tutors and other students was really informative and fruitful.
"I am now able to manage the endocrine cases with confidence so I advise this course for all healthcare professional. Read full story..."
Dr Ala Alshami PGDip