Postgraduate Diploma in Gastroenterology

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Our value for money theoretical gastroenterology course is designed to facilitate a better understanding of common gastroenterological disorders typically found in the community. Students will be better equipped to read and interpret endoscopy reports, an increasingly important element of practice through support and guidance of our top industry experts.

This course will not assess or develop endoscopic procedures, as this is not the focus, nor would it be possible to achieve without residential training and supervision. Our flexible post graduate diploma in gastroenterology is designed to improve knowledge, which is an essential complement to postgraduate career progression in a self directed learning way without any fixed time tables.
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PgDip Gastroenterology

Next intake: 2023 MarchKey Facts

Awarding University
University of South Wales
Commitment
Part-time
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
13th February 2023
Course start date
Format
100% Online
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Our Diploma in Gastroenterology taught by carefully selected world leading educators answers the need for enhancing professional skills and knowledge in the field of gastroenterology. This affordable course allows you to work around your day to day schedule, meaning all the knowledge and expertise gained will provide you with the chance of beating the competition for employment in the healthcare arena and specialisation without disrupting your work and life commitments.

For healthcare professionals who successfully complete our distance learning Master’s in Gastroenterology, you’ll be able to boost your career prospects and be provided with a direct opportunity to improve patient care.

On completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Articulate professional decisions, incorporating an evidence-based rationale, in a variety of diverse and complex situations related to gastroenterology.
  • Demonstrate the critical application of gastroenterology research to clinical practice.
  • Apply life-long learning and advanced problem solving skills to clinical practice.
  • Demonstrate leadership in the delivery and advancement of gastroenterology related care.
  • Demonstrate leadership of teams in multi-agency, multi-cultural and/or international contexts.
  • Demonstrate evaluation skills in the delivery of care to patients.


Next intake: 2023 March Key Facts

Awarding University
University of South Wales
Commitment
Part-time
Format
100% Online
Duration
12 months
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
13th February 2023
Course start date
Fees
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Why Study a Gastroenterology Postgraduate Diploma with Learna

We have over 10 years’ experience delivering online courses, giving you access to flexible, affordable distance learning in partnership with world-leading educators.

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100% Flexible

Our courses are 100% online. No fixed study times mean you can log in and learn whenever and wherever.

Multidisciplinary - study in a group of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals.

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Affordable

No physical campus means we can offer world-leading programmes at the most competitive prices.

Get a PgDip from £3,900 or an MSc from £7,500 - the most affordable courses of their kind in the UK.

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Career Boosting

Get a University Validated postgraduate qualification in just 1 calendar year instead of 2 academic years.

40% of our alumni reported an increase in salary 2 years after studying with us.

Who is this course for?

Applicants taking our online gastroenterology courses will typically be:

  • GPs
  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Physicians

How Will I Learn?

You will be supported throughout your studies by a committed team of internationally recognised educational experts.

Our courses are conducted entirely online through self-directed distance learning. You’ll receive guidance throughout your course with tutor-stimulated academic discussions, which are based on clinically-rich case scenarios.

These usually occur within groups of 10-20 students, allowing you to clearly communicate with both your tutor and fellow students.

Curriculum

Our Online Gastroenterology Postgraduate Diploma allows you to study for just one calendar year and is a part-time, distance-learning course. The course is worth 120 credits and comprises six modules of 20 credits, each running over a period of six weeks.

Module Aims
To develop a critical understanding of the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the oesophagus.

Module Content

  • Oesophagus: anatomy and physiology.
  • Oesophagus diagnostic test.
  • Oesophagus and Barrett’s Oesophagus.
  • Vomiting.
  • Oesophageal dysmotility.
  • Oesophageal Cancer.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically apply anatomical and physiological functions of the oesophagus to a variety of oesophageal diseases.
  2. Critically appraise current methods of diagnosing and treating diseases of the oesophagus.

Module Aims
To develop a critical understanding of the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the stomach.

Module Content

  • Stomach: anatomy and physiology
  • Gastroscopy
  • Peptic ulcer disease
  • Helicobacter pylori
  • Gastric cancer
  • Pernicious Anemia

Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically apply anatomical and physiological functions of the stomach to a variety of diseases affecting the stomach.
  2. Critically appraise current methods of diagnosing and treating diseases of the stomach.

Module Aims
To develop a critical understanding of the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the Pancreas

Module Content

  • Anatomy and physiology of Pancreas
  • Pancreatic function tests
  • Pancreatic insufficiency
  • Acute Pancreatitis
  • Chronic Pancreatitis
  • Pancreatic Cysts
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Neuroendocrine Tumours

Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically apply anatomical and physiological functions of the pancreas to a variety of diseases affecting the pancreas.
  2. Critically appraise current methods of diagnosing and treating diseases of the pancreas.

Module Aims
To develop a critical understanding of the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the Liver

Module Content

  • Anatomy and physiology of the liver
  • Liver function tests
  • Cirrhosis and complications
  • Cancer
  • Drug and alcohol induced liver injury
  • Viral liver disease
  • Biliary disease

Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically apply anatomical and physiological functions of the liver to a variety of diseases affecting the liver.
  2. Critically appraise current methods of diagnosing and treating diseases of the liver.

Module Aims

  • To develop a critical understanding of the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the small bowel.
  • Also to learn about basic principles of managing nutrition in health and disease.

Module Content

  • Anatomy and physiology of the small bowel
  • Basic principles of nutrition
  • Coeliac disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • PEG feeding
  • Bile salt malabsorption

Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically apply anatomical and physiological functions of the small bowel to a variety of diseases affecting the small bowel.
  2. Critically appraise current methods of diagnosing and treating diseases of the small bowel.
  3. Analyse the impact of nutrition on diseases of the small bowel.

Learning Outcomes
To develop a critical understanding of the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the colon

Module Content

  • Colonic anatomy and physiology
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Infective diarrhoea
  • Clostridium difficle
  • Colonic cancer
  • Stoma: colostomy and ileostomy
  • Colonoscopy, screening and diagnosis

Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically apply anatomical and physiological functions of the colon to a variety of diseases affecting the colon.
  2. Critically appraise current methods of diagnosing and treating diseases of the colon.

Assessment Methods

The Gastroenterology in Clinical Practice online course places assessments at the heart of the learning process through the employment of real life scenarios to enhance problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based practice. Since the scenarios act as a focus for learning and assessment, the two are intrinsically linked.

The six modules on the course have the same assessment format and for all modules, you will be assigned a dedicated expert tutor. Your tutor will then facilitate case discussions with the group, whilst monitoring, assessing and marking your work throughout. You will also participate in a combination of module activities that may be group and/or individual based, dependent on the module.

These innovative teaching methods enable you to envisage the translation of your studies into your every day work and practice. Due to the online nature of the course, you will be expected to regularly login and participate in the course - ideally on a daily basis. Students are recommended to spend around two hours per day on their studies. Our dedicated Student Support Team are also available to help with any problems you may face. From navigating our online platform to advising you on deadlines, our team can assist with any questions or challenges you may have along the way.

  • Every week students are presented with two/three clinical case-based scenarios that are reflective of every day clinical practice and research.
  • Tutors will post a number of questions and prompts to aid students in a formal discussion of each case.
  • These discussions are facilitated throughout by your tutor and are then assessed at the end of every module.

The reflective journal is used by students throughout each module to monitor personal progress. This is guided by weekly feedback from your tutor and is graded at the end of every module. The journal typically includes the following:

  • Initial expectations and reasons for taking the course.
  • Module and/or personal learning objectives.
  • Description of events, issues and learning points within current personal practice.
  • Change in every day practice due to knowledge gained on each module.
  • A description of what has been learned during the module.

For this assessment, students will work on a group assignment and/or an individual assignment.

  • Group assignments are designed to hone skills in the multidisciplinary, holistic approach to modern treatments and patient management by requiring group participation in a single piece of work.
  • Individual assignments are designed to hone skills in academic career progression through such tasks as reviewing papers, developing scientific posters or abstracts, peer-reviewing, social media activities, patient information leaflets and essays.
  • Students are provided with case-based problems in the form of a one-hour timed examination.
  • The exam consists of 30 'Single Best Answer' questions.
  • Students are required to complete the exam online within the set time.

Entry requirements

Since our flexible gastroenterology courses are conducted entirely online, they’re accessible to both UK and international registered healthcare professionals without any international surcharges.

Applicants for this gastroenterology courses will typically hold a first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications) in a relevant professional healthcare or management field.

Registered healthcare professionals or experienced managers working in the healthcare field, without these recognised qualifications will be considered on an individual basis and a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account. In some cases, applicants may be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment in order to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at postgraduate level, and demonstrate the requisite clinical and professional knowledge.

Documents Required

  • A copy of your updated CV including your address and date of birth.
  • A copy of your undergraduate degree certificate.
  • The name and email address of someone who is able to provide a reference, this can be a work colleague, employer or former tutor.
  • A detailed personal statement explaining why you would like to undertake the course.
  • A copy of your proof of English competency (see below).

English Language Requirements
Proficiency in the English language is also essential to completing our courses. If English is NOT your first language, we ask for proof of competency during the application process. We are able to accept an IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 for each band) or an equivalent qualification.

If you do not meet these requirements, please don’t worry. The University of South Wales run a number of English Language Programmes at the Centre for International English to prepare you for your academic studies. You can also contact our admissions team on admissions@diploma-msc.com for more information on the qualifications we accept.

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