Postgraduate Diploma in Renal Medicine

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 in Renal Medicine. Course Code: QPDP078

About the course

Do you feel out of your comfort zone when a patient displays symptoms of kidney problems? Would you like to improve your management of acute kidney injury (AKI) and chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients? Could your organisation benefit from a renal specialist? If so, this Renal Medicine Postgraduate Diploma can help.

In clinical practice 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.

So healthcare professionals on the front line, including primary care and specialist units, need to be equipped with the skills and knowledge to deal with renal patients confidently and effectively.

The course will:

  • Enable you to diagnose and treat patients with symptoms of kidney disease with confidence, without being a kidney specialist
  • 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
  • Consolidate your knowledge to ensure best patient care and service outcomes

Meet your expert Course Director

Richard Smith, Consultant Nephrologist and Associate Medical Director for Research and Innovation at Ipswich Hospital is the Course Director for our Renal Medicine Postgraduate Diploma. Richard has:

  • 25 years’ experience of clinical transplantation and 15 years as a consultant nephrologist at hospitals across the UK
  • 21 years of 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

Course modules

Like our other established and award-winning Postgraduate Diplomas, the Renal Medicine Diploma online course will include 6 modules, each of 6 weeks duration, studied in 1 calendar year, entirely online.

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).

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.

Helping you to confidently manage CKD patients and understand when referral to secondary care is appropriate and necessary.

Giving you a comprehensive understanding of systemic disease on the kidney and how to provide evidence based care for these complex conditions.

Enabling you to confidently manage general medical and surgical problems in the dialysis and transplant patient from a primary care perspective.

Equipping you with the skills and knowledge to provide patient-centered 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.


Entry requirements

Our Postgraduate Diploma is specifically designed for healthcare professionals frequently seeing patients displaying symptoms of kidney disease who aren’t renal specialists.

You should be working in a clinical setting, either in the UK or overseas, in a role such as a general practitioner, or a specialist registrar managing patients with systemic diseases that may affect the kidneys.

You will also need:

  • A science degree in a relevant subject
  • IELTS of at least 6 or proof of the equivalent

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


Why should I do the course?

The course content is case based with a clinical focus

And as it’s designed based on extensive research with primary care practitioners, it’s highly relevant and includes the latest developments in renal medicine for front line healthcare professionals.

Small group sizes mean you’re a name, not a number

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

We’re with you every step of the way

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.

The course is quality, as well as being consolidated and convenient

You’ll study part time, entirely online for just 1 year so you can fast track your learning, and as our tutors are experts, you’ll be learning from the best.

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