MSc in Acute Medicine

The Acute Medicine masters course provides a progression route from the Postgraduate Diploma course in Acute Medicine. Course Code: QMSP074

Course Information

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 Masters Diploma in Acute Medicine.

The MSc in Acute Medicine runs over 1 calendar year. Starting with an initial 12-week online module to develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies, students then complete the professional project module which consists of a 1,500 word proposal and 10,500 word professional project.

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

  • Apply conceptual and practical understanding of acute medicine to the care of patients presenting with acute medical conditions.
  • Critically appraise current developments and guidance in acute medical specialties and have an ability to implement evidence based care.
  • Critically apply an advanced knowledge of acute medicine to decision-making in unpredictable and/or complex situations.
  • Critically analyse and evaluate the choice of research tools and/or other methods of enquiry to address research problems.
  • Critically evaluate current research in acute medicine.
  • Apply independent learning skills in the exploration of knowledge and enquiry to underpin practice.
  • Demonstrate reflection and creativity in addressing complex patient scenarios that involve many interacting factors in acute medicine.
  • Analyse, synthesise and evaluate a variety of sources of information that underpin practice.
  • Exercise initiative and personal responsibility in decision-making in complex and unpredictable acute scenarios.
  • Design and undertake research, development or strategic activities to inform the investigation and treatment of patients presenting to acute medicine.
  • Critically appraise current and potential practical acute medical treatments for use in a variety of population groups.
  • Initiate and lead complex processes and patient management plans within the context of the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Take responsibility for planning and developing courses of action that initiate or underpin substantial developments in acute medicine.
  • Critically apply research or other methodologies to address problematic clinical or organisational situations.

Course Structure

This module runs over 12 weeks.

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, 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 health care practitioner and patient
  • Understanding what may work for the patient as well as the educator

This module includes mandatory formative assessment activities, to support your learning and development prior to summative assessment tasks.

On completion of the module you will be able to:

  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

MSc teaching methods for this module are similar to the Postgraduate Diploma course modules however it is run over 12 weeks.

To produce the professional project, students continue to use the online course; however much of the work is self-directed.

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. This 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(s)-based and quality of service review with critical appraisal
  • Case report, review of literature and organisational assessment

On completion of the module you will be able to:

  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

In your first 8 weeks you will be expected to interact with your tutor on a weekly basis. You will select a specific project and submit a project summary/proposal (1200 words).

Once the proposal has been approved, the professional project (10,800 words) itself is then completed through online guidance and supervision from your tutor. You and your tutor will interact regularly (weekly) on your dedicated discussion area or telephone, Skype or email. You will need to note any verbal communication with your tutor in your journal.

Teaching Methods

Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal

MSc teaching methods for this module are similar to the PG Diploma course modules however it is run over 12 weeks.

Module 2 - Professional Project

To produce the professional project, students continue to use the online course; however much of the work is self-directed.

Students are expected in the first 8 weeks to interact with their tutor on a weekly basis. Students select a specific project and submit a project summary/proposal (approximately 1500 words).

Once the proposal has been approved, the professional project (10,500 words) itself is then completed through online guidance and supervision offered by the tutor. The student and tutor will interact regularly (weekly) on the dedicated students/tutor discussion area or through any other means of communication deemed appropriate by both parties (telephone/SKYPE/email). Note of any verbal communication with the tutor is recorded in the student's journal by the student.

Entry Requirements

Entry to the 1 year MSc Acute Medicine programme will require the successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Acute Medicine (120 credits) either from the University of South Wales or from another UK University.

Students may apply for the Masters in Acute Medicine as a two-year course consisting of 8 modules (180 credits), the first 120 credits of which being the Postgraduate Diploma.

Applicants should submit copies of the following with their application:

  • Qualification certificates
  • One written reference

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


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