Postgraduate Diploma in Respiratory Medicine
This flexible, online Postgraduate Diploma in Respiratory Medicine has been developed by taking note of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Guidance on Respiratory Medicine, the curriculum subjects of the Specialty Certificate Exam of the Royal College of Physicians and that of the Royal College of General Practitioners (Respiratory) with an emphasis on the management of these conditions in both primary and secondary care in the UK and abroad.
Next intake: 2023 MarchKey Facts
Respiratory disease has a significant impact on the health of the population and the use of health care resources worldwide.
Our respiratory medicine diploma will enable more health care professionals to have the required knowledge to treat patients. Our online respiratory medicine courses let you learn around your schedule and develop problem solving and clinical skills. Connect with your peers around the world, discuss ideas and develop understanding that can prepare you for a leadership role in respiratory medicine.
Respiratory medicine is an increasingly important field, as respiratory disease is a growing cause of morbidity and mortality.
On completion of this affordable and flexible pg diploma in respiratory, graduates will be able to demonstrate:
- A critical awareness of current issues affecting the care of patients undertaking respiratory treatments.
- An advanced knowledge of respiratory medicine and other associated conditions that will facilitate decision-making in unpredictable and/or complex situations.
- An ability to use knowledge to adapt professional practice to meet the changing demands of healthcare systems.
- An in-depth understanding of the scope and delivery of respiratory treatments including horizon scanning of potential new treatments for the wider population.
University of South Wales
The University of South Wales (USW) is a modern, industry focused University located in Cardiff, Newport and Pontypridd in South Wales, UK. It was rated best in the UK for the Health Professions in the Guardian University Guide 2020 and, in the latest Complete University Guide 2022, is in the top 10 in the UK for Health Studies. USW is one of Britain’s largest and most exciting new universities attracting a cosmopolitan mix of students from across the globe.
Dr Ramsey Sabit
Current post: Consultant in General and Respiratory Medicine, University Hospital Wales, Llandough
- Consultant Respiratory physician in Cardiff for 9 years
- Appointed COPD lead for the All Wales...
Accreditors and Endorsers
UEMS - European Union of Medical Specialists
This postgraduate course has also been accredited by the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS)
Next intake: 2023 March Key Facts
Why Study a Respiratory Medicine 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.
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.
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.
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?
Our postgraduate diploma in respiratory medicine is specifically designed for:
- Allied Health Professionals
- Those with related undergraduate degrees (e.g. Pharmacists) or equivalent professional qualifications and background experience.
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.
CurriculumOur online respiratory medicine 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
Establish an understanding of Respiratory Anatomy and Physiology and apply this to the clinical assessment and investigation of common respiratory symptoms.
- Impact, burden and epidemiology of Lung diseases
- Anatomy and Physiology of the Respiratory systems
- Clinical Assessment and Clinical Examination
- Breathlessness and Wheeze, Cough and Sputum.
- Other Respiratory Investigations (X-rays, blood tests and more complex lung function tests).
- Recognise the impact of respiratory disease on society and the importance of epidemiology in the diagnosis and management of respiratory conditions.
- Demonstrate an understanding of anatomy and the physiology of the respiratory system and relevance to the pathophysiology of respiratory disorders.
- Compare and contrast the range of presenting symptoms in respiratory disease and how they are investigated.
To develop an in-depth understanding of Asthma and Allergy and its impact on patient life.
- Asthma Diagnosis and Investigation
- Allergy and anaphylaxis
- Pharmacological management
- Non-pharmacological / self-management
- Co-morbidities (obesity, OSA, bronchiectasis, rhinitis, depression)
- Difficult Asthma
- Identify common causes of allergy and anaphylaxis, their investigation and treatment.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the diagnosis, treatment and management of Asthma
- Appreciate the role of co-morbidities and their relationship to difficult asthma
- Formulate a coherent approach for assessing, investigating and managing patients with difficult asthma
Develop a comprehensive understanding of the presentation, diagnosis and management of patients with COPD.
- Early and accurate diagnosis
- Pharmacological management (including oxygen therapy)
- Non-pharmacological management (smoking cessation, pulmonary rehabilitation and assisted technology)
- Management of exacerbations (acute and chronic, ICS debate, NIV, ceiling of treatment)
- Co-morbidities (osteoporosis, heart disease and depression)
- End of life care, palliative care and advance care planning
- Outline a robust approach to the diagnosis and investigation of patients with COPD
- Compare and contrast pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions in COPD, focusing on their strengths and limitations
- Recognise the importance of exacerbations and co-morbidities in COPD and their effects on patient morbidity and mortality
- Critically evaluate the role of palliative and end of life care in COPD, focusing on strengths and weakness of services in their locality
Develop an in-depth understanding of the presentation, investigation and management of thoracic malignancy and pleural disease
- Lung cancer – screening, red flags, solitary pulmonary nodules
- Lung cancer – diagnosis and staging
- Lung cancer - treatments
- Asbestos related pleural disease
- Pleural effusion and pneumothorax
- The interface and ethics (MDT, working across boundaries, communicating difficult diagnoses, when to stop treatment)
- Critically evaluate screening programmes, diagnostic investigations and treatments in lung cancer
- Formulate a robust approach for investigating and treating patients with pleural disease
- Justify the role of the multidisciplinary team in the management of malignant and non-malignant respiratory disease
Develop a comprehensive understanding of pulmonary infection, its investigation and management
- Tuberculosis and non-tuberculous mycobacterial disease
- Pneumonia (including community acquired and hospital acquired)
- Respiratory tract infection (bronchitis, URTI, bronchiolitis)
- Bronchiectasis and Cystic Fibrosis
- Infections in the immunocompromised patient (HIV, immunomodulatory drugs, atypical infections)
- Antibiotic guardianship
- Contrast the presentation, diagnosis and management of different respiratory pathogens
- Demonstrate an understanding of antimicrobial side effects and resistance, and the importance of antibiotic guardianship
- Describe the role of more rare pathogens in immunosuppressed patients and develop a robust approach to diagnosing such infections
To develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of interstitial lung disease, pulmonary vascular disease and conditions resulting in respiratory failure
- Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
- Other interstitial lung diseases
- Venous thromboembolic disease and pulmonary vascular disease
- Lung disease in my environment (occupational lung disease, children, flying and diving, dysfunctional breathing)
- Lungs at the extremes (age, obesity, illegal drugs)
- Sleep disordered breathing and ventilatory failure
- Compare and contrast the presentation, investigation and management of interstitial and pulmonary vascular disease
- Outline and differentiate conditions that lead to ventilatory failure, including sleep disordered breathing
- Outline and differentiate respiratory conditions that pertain to a particular environment or country
The postgraduate diploma in respiratory medicine 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 chest medicine 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.
Since our courses are conducted entirely online, they are accessible to both UK and international registered healthcare professionals.
Applicants for our respiratory medicine diploma will typically hold a first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications) in a relevant professional healthcare or management field.
Registered healthcare professionals 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.
- 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 email@example.com for more information on the qualifications we accept.