Sexual and Reproductive Medicine Postgraduate Diploma

Team: Sexual and Reproductive Medicine Team
In partnership with: University of South Wales

The course is loosely based on the General Medical Councils sub-specialty Sexual and Reproductive Medicine curriculum, and the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists training curriculum, and Royal College of Nursing competencies. Course Code: QPDP017

Next Intake: 2019 Sept

Course Information

Diploma MSc is a collaborative partner of the University of South Wales. On successful completion of this course, you will receive a Sexual and Reproductive Medicine Postgraduate Diploma.

Delivered over one year, the online part time distance learning Postgraduate Diploma in Sexual and Reproductive Medicine is specially developed for busy health professionals. Comprising of six modules (120 credits) each of six weeks duration, the course is designed to be practical and clinically focused.

Our Postgraduate Diploma in Sexual and Reproduction Medicine has been developed for GPs, doctors, nurses, physicians, pharmacists, and other suitably qualified individuals with an interest in sexual and reproduction medicine.

On completion of the Sexual and Reproductive Medicine Postgraduate Diploma, you will be able to demonstrate:

  • an understanding of the care of patients in sexual and reproductive medicine.
  • a critical awareness of current issues affecting the care of patients undertaking treatments in sexual and reproductive medicine.
  • advanced knowledge of sexual and reproductive medicine 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.

Course Structure

The online course lasts one calendar year and is a part-time distance learning course. It consists of six modules per year, each of six weeks duration.

You will develop a critical understanding of the anatomy, physiology and endocrinology of reproduction and an awareness of normal physiology in relation to conception, implantation and pregnancy.

You will gain an in-depth understanding of the physiological and psychological mechanisms underlying sexual function, and a functional understanding of the pathophysiology of sexual disorders.

You will develop an in-depth understanding of the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying male infertility, and the therapeutic options related to male infertility.

You will gain an in-depth knowledge of the causes of female infertility and an understanding of the clinical management of female subfertility/infertility.

You will develop an understanding of the investigation and management of the couple presenting with fertility issues, including the epidemiology and definition of infertility and an awareness of the diagnosis and investigation of recurrent miscarriage.

You will develop a critical awareness of infertility treatments currently available, and an awareness of the ethical dilemmas surrounding assisted reproduction and broadly how it relates to different political and religious sensitivities.

Find full module details in our prospectus

Assessments

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 six 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 two - three clinical cases, which are designed to promote discussion within a specific clinical area. 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 reflective 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 reflective journal nor would a simple list of points learned.

For this assessment, students will work on either a group assignment 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.
  • 30 single best answer questions
  • One hour online assessment
  • Questions are based on the clinical aspects of the module and their discussion topics

Teaching Methods

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 journal to help students consider how the learning can be translated into everyday work and practice.

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.

Entry Requirements

Registered healthcare 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 Postgraduate Diploma in Sexual and Reproductive Medicine.

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 the University of South Wales for further details

Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK/EU & International Students for September 2019: £3900

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

Fee payments may be made via the following options:

Date Option A Option B
Deposit payable on acceptance £650 £650
1st November 2019 £3,250 £650
1st January 2020 £650
1st March 2020 £650
1st May 2020 £650
1st June 2020 £650

Deposits are non-refundable


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