Acute Medicine MSc

Team: Acute Medicine Team

The online Acute Medicine MSc provides a progression route from the Postgraduate Diploma. Course Code: QMSP074

Next Intake: 2020 March

Course Overview

Diploma MSc is a collaborative partner of the University of South Wales and on successful completion of this course, you will receive an Acute Medicine MSc.

The one year MSc in Acute Medicine is available to those who have successfully completed the Acute Medicine Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits). This can be from Diploma MSc, the University of South Wales or from another UK university (having completed similar modules).

For those who have not completed the postgraduate diploma, you can apply for the Acute Medicine MSc as a two year course, consisting of eight modules (180 credits) with the first 120 credits deriving from the postgraduate diploma.

The Acute Medicine MSc course starts with an initial 12 week online module that will develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies. Students then complete the professional project module, which consists of a 1,200 word proposal and 10,800 word professional project (dissertation).

On successful completion of the Acute Medicine MSc, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate reflection, creativity, an advanced knowledge and practical understanding of acute medicine to decision-making in unpredictable and/or complex patient scenarios and situations.
  • Design and undertake research, development or strategic activities to inform the investigation and treatment of patients presenting to acute medicine.
  • Take responsibility for planning and developing courses of action that initiate or underpin substantial developments in acute medicine.

Course Structure

Module Aims

This module is designed to help you recognise, understand, interpret and apply methods used in healthcare research and critically appraise the various methodologies specific to acute medicine research.

Module Content
  • Analysis and evaluation of the choice of research tools and/or other methods of enquiry to address research problems.
  • Terminology used in epidemiology and research studies such as prevalence, incidence, sensitivity, specificity, false positive and false negatives.
  • Interpretation of graphical representation of epidemiological and statistical data such as Kaplan-Meier curves, forest plots and meta-analyses.
  • Calculations used in the assessment of research data such as relative risk, absolute risk and number needed to treat.
  • Statistical tests and their applications including T-Tests, ANOVA, chi-square.
  • Qualitative research methods.
  • Fundamentals of evidence-based practice and its application into the clinical setting.
  • Principles of health economics, audit and quality improvement/assurance systems.
  • Establishing patient registers and the value of disease specific registers.
  • Research into educational principles for both healthcare practitioner and patient.
  • Understanding what may work for the patient as well as the educator.
Learning Outcomes
  1. Select and apply different methodological perspectives and tools to answer research questions in acute medicine
  2. Critically analyse and interpret research in acute medicine
Module Aims

The module aims to develop your ability to critically appraise specific areas of clinical, research and/or organisational practice and develop skills in independent research, study and writing for publication.

Module Content

The module will depend on the creation of a piece of work based upon a specific clinically related project relevant to your practice. You will select a specific project and submit a project summary/proposal (1,200 words). Once your proposal has been approved, the professional project (10,800 words) is then completed through online guidance and supervision from your tutor.

The project may comprise:

  • Literature review and appraisal of the evidence.
  • Audit of practice including organisational or clinical.
  • Review and implementation of evidence-based practice.
  • Qualitative or quantitative research (formal research involving human subjects is not anticipated).
  • Case-based and quality of service review with critical appraisal.
  • Case report, review of literature and organisational assessment.
Learning Outcomes
  1. Design and undertake a research/development project related to acute medicine.
  2. Critically evaluate practice and suggest improvements for change.
  3. Incorporate knowledge of the research process in developing services appropriately.

Entry Requirements

Entry to the one year Acute Medicine MSc will require successful completion of the Acute Medicine Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits). This can be from Diploma MSc, the University of South Wales or another UK university (having completed similar modules). We can discuss this with you during your application.

Individuals who have not completed the postgraduate diploma can apply for the Acute Medicine MSc as a two year course consisting of eight modules (180 credits) with the first 120 credits deriving from the postgraduate diploma.

Applicants should be working in a clinical setting, either in the UK or overseas, and have a science degree in a relevant subject. You will also need to submit copies of the following with your application:

  • Qualification certificates
  • A maximum of two professional and/or academic references
  • IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 for each band (or an equivalent qualification)

Teaching Methods

Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal

The module runs over a 12 week period and is designed to develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies used in acute medicine. The module consists of mandatory formative assessment activities to support your learning and development prior to the professional project module.


Module 2 - Professional Project

You will be required to produce a piece of work based upon a clinically-related project that is relevant to your practice. Once you have selected a specific project, you will submit a project summary/proposal of approximately 1,200 words. Following the approval of your proposal you will then complete a 10,800 word professional project.

To produce the professional project you will continue to study online. Much of the work is self-directed, however you will receive guidance from your tutor throughout the module.


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


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