Gastroenterology Postgraduate Diploma

The online Gastroenterology Postgraduate Diploma has been specifically designed to help physicians further their knowledge and improve clinical judgement. Course Code: QPDP024

Next Intake: 2020 March

Course Information

Diploma MSc is a collaborative partner of the University of South Wales and on successful completion of this course, you will receive a Postgraduate Diploma in Gastroenterology.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Gastroenterology answers the need for enhancing professional skills and knowledge in the field of gastroenterology, as there is increasing competition for employment in the healthcare arena, as well as increasing specialisation.

For healthcare professionals who successfully complete our Postgraduate Diploma in Gastroenterology, career progression would likely be facilitated, as well as the 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.

Course Structure

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.

Entry Requirements

Since our courses are conducted entirely online, they are accessible to both UK and international registered healthcare professionals.

To secure your place on the course, applicants will typically hold a first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications) in a relevant professional healthcare field, such as a medical or nursing degree. Registered healthcare professionals 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.


English Language Requirements

Proficiency in the Engish 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 [email protected] for more information on the qualifications we accept.


Teaching Methods

You will be supported throughout your studies by a committed team of internationally recognised educational experts. Find out more about our world-class tutors on the Gastroenterology Team Page.

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 10-15 students, allowing you to clearly communicate with both your tutor and fellow students.

You will also participate in a combination of module activities that may be group and/or individual based, dependant on the module. These innovative teaching methods enable you to envisage the translation of your studies into your every day work and practice.

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.


Online Induction Day

Once you have secured your place on the course, you will be invited to an Online Induction Day Webinar. This will give you the opportunity to participate in study skills workshops on Harvard Referencing, scientific and reflective writings, and levels of evidence in preparation for your studies. It is not compulsory for you to attend our Induction Day, but it is recommended as it’ll provide you with a sturdy introduction to the course.


Assessments

The Gastroenterology course places assessments at the heart of the learning process through the employment of clinical scenarios to enhance problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care. 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 clinical case discussions with the group, whilst monitoring, assessing and marking your work throughout.

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.

  • Every week students are presented with two/three clinical case-based scenarios that are reflective of every day clinical practice and research.
  • Your tutor 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.

Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK & International
Students for March 2020:
£3,900

Please Note: These are the fees for a single year.

Application deadline - February 10th 2020

Fee payments may be made via the following options:

Date Up-Front Payments Instalments
Deposit payable
on acceptance
£650 £650
1st May 2020 £3,250 £650
1st July 2020 £650
1st September 2020 £650
1st November 2020 £650
1st January 2021 £650

Deposits are non-refundable


MSc payment deadline: 24th September

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