Postgraduate Diploma in Stroke Medicine

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This online and flexible postgraduate diploma in stroke medicine has been designed for busy healthcare professionals to demonstrate a systematic understanding of stroke medicine, and critically appraise current and potential practical treatments for use in a variety of patient population groups.

Successful completion of this affordable diploma in stroke medicine will add value to a CV and will enable graduates to rise to the challenges of delivering high quality care to their patients within a complex primary and secondary care environment.

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PgDip Stroke Medicine

Next intake: 2023 MarchKey Facts

Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
13th February 2023
Course start date
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Postgraduate training in stroke care is limited worldwide, with inadequate training opportunities for doctors. The provision of stroke education has been left to the will of the health service, and higher education, wherein stroke education competes for finite training resources with other UK health priorities such as cancer and heart disease.

The programme aims to:

  • Equip the individual with a systematic understanding of stroke medicine, and application of knowledge for direct patient benefit/service development and future study.
  • Equip students with life-long learning and advanced problem-solving skills that they can apply to practice in stroke medicine.
  • Enable graduates to demonstrate the ability to lead complex tasks and processes in the delivery and advancement of stroke-related care.
  • Enable graduates to deliver leadership to teams in multi-agency, multi-cultural and/or international contexts.
  • Enable graduates to evaluate practice critically in relation to the evidence base in stroke medicine.
  • Equip students to critically appraise evidence-based medicine in relation to stroke medicine.
  • Enable graduates to use relevant understanding, methodologies and approaches to address complex issues encountered in stroke medicine.
  • Equip students with the ability to implement best practice and innovation in complex scenarios related to stroke medicine.

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This programme has not yet been validated by a University partner. We are accepting applications for this course on the basis that it will shortly be validated. Please note that all applications are subject to this validation being approved.

Subject to validation

Next intake: 2023 March Key Facts

100% Online
12 months
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
13th February 2023
Course start date

Why Study a Stroke 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.


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.



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.


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?

This online stroke medicine diploma is suitable for:

  • All GPs
  • Nurses
  • Clinical nurse specialists

Also, healthcare professionals working within a relevant clinical setting, both UK and overseas, with a related healthcare science degree (including international qualifications) are eligible to apply for the one-year diploma in stroke medicine.

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.


Our online Postgraduate Diploma in Stroke Medicine is a part-time, distance-learning course. The course comprises six modules, each worth 20 credits and run over a period of six weeks.

Module Aims
To develop a systematic understanding and critical knowledge of the clinical definition of stroke and transient ischaemic attack (TIA) to make an informed diagnosis based on neuroanatomy.

Synopsis of Module Content

  • Stroke/Transient Ischaemic Attack definition
  • Epidemiology
  • Diagnosis
  • Classification of stroke
  • Stroke mimics
  • Stroke chameleons

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate clinical knowledge about pathology, clinical presentation and diagnosis of stroke
  • Differentiate between stroke and other clinical scenarios (not stroke) when patient presents with similar initial sign/symptoms
  • Critically apply an advanced knowledge of stroke and transient ischaemic attack (TIA) definition, diagnosis and epidemiology to decision making in unpredictable and/or complex situations
  • Critically appraise research in the subject area of stroke/transient ischaemic attack (TIA) and stroke mimics
  • Critically appraise current and potential practical stroke/transient ischaemic attack (TIA) prevention and management options for use in a variety of patient population groups

Module Aims
To develop a systematic understanding and critical knowledge of a range of risk factors for stroke/transient ischaemic attack (TIA) and the impacts and management of each of these risk factors, including secondary prevention.

Synposis of Module Content

  • Non modifiable risk factors
  • Pharmacologically modifiable risk factors
  • Lifestyle related risk factors
  • Risk factor for Hemorrhagic stroke
  • Uncommon risk factors
  • Secondary prevention and general approach to risk factors

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand risk factors for stroke
  • Develop strategies to control risk factors and prevent stroke
  • Critically appraise stroke risk factor control in different targeted population groups

Module Aims
To develop a deep and systematic understanding of acquiring an accurate history from patients, along with exploring further facts to rule out non-transient ischaemic attack neurological conditions to successfully establish a diagnosis of transient ischaemic attack. Once an accurate diagnosis has been established, to demonstrate the ability to initiate appropriate investigation, treatment and advice for the patient.

Synopsis of Module Content

  • Transient ischaemic attack - diagnosis/neuroanatomical types
  • Transient ischaemic attack - mimics/chameleons
  • Transient ischaemic attack - neuroanatomy
  • Transient ischaemic attack - investigation
  • Overall approach to transient ischaemic attack
  • Other neurological conditions

Learning Outcomes

  • The ability to diagnose TIA effectively
  • The ability to address TIA in appropriate manner

Module Aims

  1. To develop a systematic understanding and critical knowledge of the skills needed to effectively diagnose and initiate pathways when managing hyperacute and acute stroke, which includes appropriate history taking, effective and rapid clinical examination, arranging appropriate investigation and trigger pathways for best clinical outcome.
  2. To critically evaluate different modes of treatment and relevant indications and contraindications of each.

Synopsis of Module Content

  • Hyperacute stroke
  • Imaging in hyperacute/acute stroke
  • Infarct - Thrombolysis
  • Infarct - Thrombectomy
  • Haemorrhagic stroke
  • Other relevant clinical facts

Learning Outcomes

  • Efficiency to diagnose acute stroke
  • Plan urgent investigations and appropriate treatment
  • critically appraise indications and contraindications of different modes of treatment in stroke management
  • Critically appraise the structure and application of recognised scoring models in a variety of settings

Module Aims

  1. Develop a systematic understanding of the importance and indication of a range of investigations to accurately inform decision making in the approach to diagnose the site and extent of stroke.
  2. To explore and critically evaluate different modes of therapy which will inform the selection of patient groups for each type of therapy.
  3. Develop knowledge in key concepts and strategies required to manage stroke where circumstances are rare and/or unusual.

Synposis of Module Content

  • CT (computerised tomography) scan /CT (computerised tomography) angio
  • Doppler/MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) Scan
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Surgical treatment
  • Stroke in young patients
  • Cerebral venous thrombosis

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop the ability to plan the most relevant investigation suited for a specific clinical scenario
  • Select the most relevant management plan suited to a specific clinical scenario
  • To critically appraise the indications, benefits, limitations and appropriate use of the various investigations and treatments in special circumstances
  • Use skills to individualise care for patients in special circumstances taking into account a wide range of factors

Module Aims

  1. To develop systematic understanding and critical application of the importance of rehabilitation and multispeciality input.
  2. To critically apply a systematic understanding of the leadership and resourcing of stroke services in line with patient pathways to ensure that patients have appropriate and timely input from the correct team.
  3. To critically evaluate different components of an effective stroke service model

Synopsis of Module Content

  • Establishing the TIA (transient ischaemic attack) service
  • Establishing the acute Stroke service
  • The MDT (multidisciplinary team) in the Stroke and TIA (transient ischemic attack) service
  • Acute Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Longer term disabilities arising from Stroke and their management
  • The evidence base for the Stroke and Stroke rehabilitation services

Learning Outcomes

  • Critically apply a systematic understanding of the importance of rehabilitation in stroke medicine to include the impact of the multidisciplinary team and an effective stroke service
  • Critically evaluate the evidence and research relating to the multidisciplinary management in stroke rehabilitation and in establishing a stroke service
  • The ability to synthesise the evidence and critically apply the knowledge into complex clinical scenarios in the context of rehabilitation in stroke medicine

Assessment Methods

This online Postgraduate Diploma in Stroke Medicine 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 stroke medicine diploma 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.

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.

  • 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 online reflective journal is a learning portfolio that requires students to record and critically reflect on their learning. Reflection is an important aspect of the programme since the professionals will be able to spend time considering how their practice compares to the themes being discussed in the module. The tutor provides feedback to the student weekly and marks it at the end of the module. Reflective practice is a requirement for healthcare professionals for professional re-validation and professional development.

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.
  • Case problems in the form of a one-hour timed examination with multiple-choice questions directly test the reasoning and knowledge objectives of the module.
  • The online exam is marked automatically.
  • The examination tests related theory and problem-solving skills.

Entry requirements

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

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.

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 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 for more information on the qualifications we accept.

Should you have already successfully completed the 1 year Postgraduate Diploma and wish to convert to the MSc and complete only the second year of the programme this is possible. Please contact our admissions department to find out more.

Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK & International Students for March 2023:
Application deadline - 13th February 2023

Option 1: Upfront Payment in full. Option 2: Interest free payments every other month for the duration of the course.

DateInstalmentsUp-Front Payments
1st May 2023£650
1st July 2023£650
1st September 2023£650
1st November 2023£650
1st January 2024£650

† Deposits are non-refundable

†† Prices are subject to review following each intake

Option 3: Lower your monthly payments by spreading the cost for between 2 and 8 years with a loan from our lending partner Lendwise*.

*Subject to eligibility criteria.


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A Lendwise loan comes with a fixed interest rate for the duration of the loan (between 2 and 8 years) and no early repayment penalties. The interest rate offered will depend on the overall applicant profile and the application process is entirely online.*

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