Endocrinology MSc

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This practical, flexible and clinically-focused master's in endocrinology online course is designed to be relevant to all health professionals who have exposure to people with endocrine related disorders and is particularly relevant to specialist registrars, endocrine nurses and those Primary Care Physicians with a specialist interest in endocrinology. Completing on of our online endocrinology courses will improve your clinical outcomes, your knowledge and your career prospects, as you will work with students from all over the world from a range of disciplines giving you clinically accurate and relevant information you can take straight into your clinical practice.

MSc Endocrinology

Next intake: 2022 SeptemberKey Facts

Awarding University
University of South Wales
Commitment
Part-time
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
15th August 2022
Course start date
12th September 2022 (view full module dates)
Format
100% Online
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Endocrinology is perceived by many as an esoteric subject dealing with rarities.

However, it's less well appreciated that endocrine knowledge is important to the generalist as endocrine disease is a common presenting problem in primary care.

Our MSc endocrinology course aims to create professionals who can independently access information and use the information to improve understanding of endocrine care. It will prepare students to take a leadership role in the global context of endocrinology.

On completion of the MSc endocrinology course, students will have:

  • A greater confidence and understanding of the management of patients with endocrine disorders through case studies and discussion.
  • Improved critical analysis of published data and data interpretation.


Next intake: 2022 September Key Facts

Awarding University
University of South Wales
Commitment
Part-time
Format
100% Online
Duration
24 months
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
15th August 2022
Course start date
12th September 2022 (view full module dates)

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Who is this course for?

This practical and clinically-focused endocrinology masters programs is designed to be relevant to all health professionals who have exposure to people with endocrine related disorders and is particularly relevant to specialist registrars, endocrine nurses and those primary care physicians with a specialist interest in endocrinology.

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.

Curriculum

Our online endocrinology masters programs 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.

Year 1

Exploring the physiological principles of the hypothalamic pituitary axes and common disorders affecting the hypothalamus and pituitary.

Applying an understanding of the physiology of the thyroid and its hormones to critical awareness of the diagnosis and management of disorders of the thyroid.

Facilitating an improved understanding of the physiology and patho-physiology of the adrenal glands in relation to endocrine disorders of the adrenal glands.

Demonstrating critical clinical decision-making skills in relation to the management of a variety of conditions affecting the adrenal glands.

Gaining an in-depth understanding of the presentation, investigation, diagnosis and management of reproductive endocrine disorders.

Gaining an in-depth understanding of the presentation, investigation, diagnosis and management of endocrine-related cancers.

Year 2

Module Aims

  • To help students recognise, understand, interpret and apply methods used in healthcare research.
  • Understand, interpret and apply basic statistics and epidemiological terms.
  • Understand and critically appraise the various methodologies specific to endocrine research.
  • Understand and critically appraise the various studies used in clinical and scientific research such as single blind studies, double blind placebo controlled studies and meta-analyses.

Module Content

  • Basic terminology used in epidemiology and research studies such as prevalence, incidence, sensitivity, specificity, false positive and false negatives.
  • Interpreting graphical representation of epidemiological and statistical data such as Kaplan-Meier Curves, Forrest Plots and Meta-analyses.
  • Calculations used in the assessment of research data such as relative risk, absolute risk, number needed to treat.
  • Basic statistical tests and their applications including T-Tests, ANOVA, Chi-Squared Tests.
  • Methodologies used in endocrine research such as insulin tolerance testing, short synacthen testing, OGTT, measures of insulin resistance and GH testing.
  • Research on issues such as health outcomes and quality of life using bespoke questionnaires such as the SF-36 as well as other modes of assessment.
  • Fundamentals of evidence-based practice and its application into the clinical setting.
  • Establishing patient registers and the value of disease specific registers.
  • Research into educational principles for both doctor and patient. Understanding what may work for the patient as well as the educator.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Interpret research and critically appraise research methods used in endocrinology.
  2. Display a critical understanding of the clinical implications of research and its impact upon healthcare delivery and service development.
  3. Implement evidence-based medicine in clinical practice.

Module Aims

  • Develop an ability to critically appraise areas of healthcare practice and delivery.
  • Critically appraise specific areas of clinical, research, clinical governance and organisational practice.
  • Display skills in independent research and study.
  • Display skills relevant to independent production of scientific publications.

Module Content
The professional project must be endocrinology-related and relevant to the person's practice. This project may comprise of:

  • 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. Produce an extensive piece of literature which may be suitable for peer-reviewed publication.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to critically evaluate research in clinical practice and implement improvements.
  3. Critically evaluate practice and suggest improvements or change.
  4. Incorporate knowledge of the research process in developing services appropriately.

Assessment Methods

The masters in endocrinology course 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 first seven modules on the 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.

For the final module of the course 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 1,500 words. Following the approval of your proposal you will then complete a 10,500 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.

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.

Year 1

  • 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.

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.

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.
  • 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.

Year 2

This module runs over a 8 week period and is designed to develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies. The module consists of mandatory formative assessment activities to support your learning and development prior to the Professional Project module.

  • Students will work with their supervisor to submit a professional project proposal for their chosen topic.

  • Students will deliver an abstract (1000 words) outlining their proposal and, if deemed necessary, develop and submit documentation for the University’s ethical committee approval.

  • Students will create a dissertation, the theme of which has been developed in discussion with their tutor.
  • Supervision will normally involve direct online support involving planned progress, supporting research activity and reading student work.
  • Supervisors and students will agree on a communications plan, which may involve emails or online chats. Some students may employ the use of freely available chat or audio conferencing facilities for live discussion with supervisors.
  • Students will have access to online forums where they can develop their research capabilities together.
  • All communications with tutors will be logged on the Professional Project forum by the student, and consists of brief summaries of discussion.

Entry requirements

Since our endocrinology 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. Duolingo is also accepted, as long as your score is above 95 per component.*

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 admissions@diploma-msc.com 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 admissions@diploma-msc.com to find out more.

*Please note that those who provide their proof of English proficiency through Duolingo will receive £50 off their final course payment. This discount is applied after payment of your deposit is received.

Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK & International Students for September 2022:
£8,400
Application deadline - 15th August 2022

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

DateInstalmentsUp-Front Payments
Deposit payable on acceptance†£750£750
1st November 2022£750£7,650
1st January 2023£750
1st March 2023£750
1st May 2023£750
1st July 2023£750
1st September 2023£650
1st November 2023£650
1st January 2024£650
1st March 2024£650
1st May 2024£650
1st July 2024£650

† Deposits are non-refundable

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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