Family Medicine MSc

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Although the significance of family medicine is appreciated, there are acknowledgements that the system of care does not adapt easily to the changing needs of society, specifically with the concerns of ‘overcare’ and ‘undercare’; both of these issues can be greatly minimised by the evolution of family practitioner education. To instill the change necessary to further the reach of family medicine, steps must be taken to bring education on the subject to medical professionals on a global scale. Learna have launched a master's in family medicine online to address these needs within the healthcare sector.

MSc Family Medicine

Next intake: 2023 MarchKey Facts

Awarding University
University of Buckingham
Commitment
Part-time
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
13th February 2023
Course start date
Format
100% Online
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Our family medicine course will give medical professionals the opportunity to study interesting, engaging and relevant course topics that will aid them on their career journey as they seek to progress within the healthcare sector. Learna breaks down the economic barriers students face with other institutions by providing an affordable online family medicine course via our award-winning platform, giving you the opportunity to study around your busy schedule anywhere, anytime.

Learna is proud to be one of few healthcare education providers offering a master's in family medicine. The course covers a variety of topics and will provide a number of learning outcomes. This MSc Family Medicine UK aims to:

  • Equip students with knowledge of research methods and application to practice.

  • Provide the scope of practice by exploring a professional subject area in more depth utilising knowledge gained in the previous modules.


Next intake: 2023 March Key Facts

Awarding University
University of Buckingham
Commitment
Part-time
Format
100% Online
Duration
24 months
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
13th February 2023
Course start date

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Who is this course for?

This online master's in family medicine is aimed at a variety of healthcare professionals looking to expand their knowledge and skillset in the topic of family medicine. Our family medicine course is perfect for those looking to add value to their CV with a family physician degree. This master's in family medicine will enable graduates to rise to the challenges of delivering high quality care to their patients within a complex primary and secondary care environment

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

The online Family Medicine MSc is a two year course, consisting of eight modules (180 credits) with the first 120 credits deriving from the Postgraduate Diploma

Year 1

Aim of the module
To develop an in-depth understanding of the global epidemiology of disease and the importance of preventative care and health promotion in family medicine.

Synopsis of module content

  • The principles of prevention
  • Health promotion
  • Screening
  • Primary and secondary preventative strategies of chroniic disease
  • Vaccinations

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the eipidemiology of disease globally, health promotion measure, and screening and immunizations as part of disease preventative strategies.
  2. Critically apply an in-depth knowledge of health promotion strategirs into their practics as a family physician.

Aim of the module:
To develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the common presentations associated with women's health and sexual health, in the context of Family Medicine.

Synopsis of module content:

  • Common gynaecological presentations including menstral disorders
  • Menopause-related conditions
  • Common disorders in pregnancy
  • Sexual health presentation (male and female) including STIs
  • Contraception
  • Infertility

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of a range of common primary care presentations in women's health and sexual health.
  2. Critically apply an in-depth knowledge of diagnosis and treatment into their practice as a family physician.

Aim of the module
To develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the common presentations associated with child health, in the context of Family Medicine.

Synopsis of module content:

  • The febrile child
  • Childhood respiratory diseases and abdominal diseases
  • Childhood rashes
  • Behavioural problems
  • Childhood emergencies

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of a range of common primary care presentations and the recognition of emergencies in child health.
  2. Critically apply an in-depth knowledge of diagnosis and treatment into their practice as a family physician.

Module Aim

  • To develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the common presentations in adulthood, in the context of Family Medicine.

Synopsis of module content:

  • This module will cover a range of common presentations of common disorders in adulthood that may present to the family physician in primary care. This will include disorders of the main systems of the body and include some common emergencies seen in adult medicine.

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of a range of common primary care presentations and the recognition of emergencies in adult medicine.
  2. Critically apply an in-depth knowledge of diagnosis and treatment into their
    practice as a family physician.

Aims of the module:

  • To develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the common mental health presentations, in the context of Family Medicine.
  • To develop an understanding of some of the psychological interventions in primary
    care.

Synopsis of the module content:
This module will provide an overview of the diagnosis and treatment of a range
of common mental health presentations that may present to the family physician.
This will include:

  • low mood
  • delirium and dementia
  • eating disorders
  • schizoaffective disorders

This module will also cover an overview of some of the methods to promote well
being and psychological interventions in primary care.

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of a range of common primary care presentations in mental health.
  2. Critically evaluate a variety of methods used to promote well being and psychological interventions available to family physicians.
  3. Critically apply an in-depth knowledge of diagnosis and treatment into their
    practice as a family physician.

Aims of the module:

  • To develop an in-depth knowledge and improve recognition of the symptoms presenting to the family physician, that may indicate a possible cancer diagnosis.
  • To improve the understanding of palliative care including the treatment of symptoms as well as legal issues and the role of the multidisciplinary team in palliative care.

Synopsis of module content:

  • An overview of the diagnosis and treatment of various cancers that
    may present to the family physician
  • Recognition of red flag symptoms for different malignancies that should alert urgent referral to secondary care for further investigations.
  • Palliative care including the treatment of palliative care symptoms, legal
    issues and the role of the multidisciplinary team.

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of symptoms presenting
    to the family physician which may indicate a possible cancer diagnosis and
    improve recognition of these symptoms.
  2. Demonstrate a critical knowledge, understanding and evaluation of palliative care including the treatment of associated symptoms, related legal issues and the important role of the multidisciplinary team.
  3. Critically apply knowledge of cancer diagnosis, treatment and palliative care
    into their practice as a family physician.

Year 2

Aim of the module
To prepare students for an independent research based project by developing skills in selecting,appraising, discriminating, using evidence and appropriate research/investigative methods to address relevant topics for investigation.

Synopsis of module content

  • Quantative Studies
  • Statistical Analysis Interpretation
  • Interpreting the Evidence
  • Meta-analysis and Systematic Reviews
  • Qualitative Studies
  • Evidence Appraisal: Interpreting, Weighing and Synthesizing the Evidence
  • Audit, Governance and Quality Improvement, Health Economics
  • Preparing a Research Proposal: Research Committees, Consent, Ethics, Probity and Literature Review

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse and interpret research to assess its application to delivery/service development.
  2. Select and apply different methodological approaches and tools to answer reserach questions in your field of practice.

Aims of the module

  • To formulate the research question that you seek to answer
  • To develop an ability to critically evaluate areas of professional practice
  • To critically appraise specific areas of clinical, research and organisational practice
  • To develop skills in independant research and study
  • To develop skills relevant to scientific publications

Synopsis of module content
The module will depend on formulating the question and the creation of a piece of work based upon a specific public health related project relevant to the person's practice. This project may comprise:

  • Systematic literature review and appraisal of the evidence
  • Audit of non-patient data/organisational audit
  • Review and implementation of evidence-based practice
  • Literature review and qualitative or quantitative research proposal
  • Case(s)-based and quality of service review with critical appraisal
  • Case report, review of literature and organisational assessment
  • Secondary data analysis

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  1. Design and undertake research and development of a project in order to produce an extensive piece of literature which may be suitable for peer-reviewed publication.
  2. Critically evaluate practice and suggest improvements or change in a healthcare setting.
  3. Incorporate knowledge of the research process in developing services appropriately.

Assessment Methods

This master's in family 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 8 modules on the family medicine 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.

Due to the online nature of the family medicine 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.
  • 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.

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.

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 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 this master's in family medicine is 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.

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 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 for each band) or an equivalent qualification.

If you do not meet these requirements, please don’t worry. You can also contact our admissions team on admissions@diploma-msc.com for more information on the qualifications we accept.

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.

Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK & International Students for March 2023:
£7,800
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
Deposit£650£7,800
1st May 2023£650
1st July 2023£650
1st September 2023£650
1st November 2023£650
1st January 2024£650
1st March 2024£650
1st May 2024£650
1st July 2024£650
1st September 2024£650
1st November 2024£650
1st January 2025£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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