Family Medicine MSc

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Despite the fact that family medicine is recognised for its importance, it is acknowledged that the healthcare system does not easily adapt to the changing needs of society, particularly when it comes to concerns about "overcare" and "undercare," both of which can be significantly reduced by the development of family practitioner education. A global effort to educate medical professionals on the subject is required to enact change that will expand the scope of family medicine. Learna | Diploma MSc strives to help the situation and is proud to be one of the few healthcare education providers offering a MSc in family medicine online.

With our cost-effective, part-time online MSc in family medicine online you will be able to support your patients, from diagnosis stage through to treatment and prevention. The quick-to-complete MSc family medicine is practical and clinically focused, and the knowledge gained from studying this course can be applied directly to your everyday practise. You will be able to hone your skills from your general training and improve patient outcomes, all without sacrificing your other work and life commitments.

MSc Family Medicine

Next intake: September 2024Key Facts

Awarding University
University of Buckingham
Commitment
Part-time
Exit Points
MSc
24 Months
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
30th August 2024
Course start date
2nd September 2024 (view full module dates)
Format
100% Online
Total Fees
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Our master's in family medicine online is led by our dedicated expert tutors who are exceptionally experienced in their fields, sharing their high-level knowledge directly with their students. Our multidisciplinary learning experience means that not only will you be learning from the very best leaders in the industry from across the globe, but you will be grouped with fellow students located all over the world. Our curriculum and resources are tailored to match your aspirations to become a family practice physician, and we prepare you for PHD-level studies, fostering a culture of research and academic excellence.

The family medicine master's covers a variety of topics and will provide a number of learning outcomes. Students will:

  • 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.
  • Able to critically evaluate the delivery of care to patients.
  • Equipped with a systematic understanding of evidence-based medicine in relation to family medicine.

Next intake: September 2024 Key Facts

Awarding University
University of Buckingham
Commitment
Part-time
Format
100% Online
Exit Points
MSc
24 Months
Duration
24 months
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
30th August 2024
Course start date
2nd September 2024 (view full module dates)
Total Fees

Why Study a Family Medicine Master's 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.

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Who is this course for?

Our 2-year online master's in family medicine distance learning is tailored to a diverse array of healthcare professionals seeking to enhance their expertise in family medicine. This course caters to individuals aiming to augment their credentials with a master's in family medicine and equips them to navigate the complexities of delivering top-tier care within both primary and secondary healthcare settings, such as:

  • General Practitioners (GPs)
  • Nurses and Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants
  • Public Health Professionals
  • Pharmacists
  • Healthcare Administrators/Managers
  • Clinical Researchers
  • Oncology Nurse Specialist
  • Health Policy Analyst

How Will I Learn?

You will be supported throughout your studies by a committed team of internationally recognised educational experts.

Our courses are conducted through our interactive online learning platform, log in daily whenever and wherever you want. No fixed timetable empowers you to study when it suits you

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

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. The professional project module provides students with an opportunity to complete an important, substantial and potentially publishable study of their own choosing.

Module outlines
This module will start by focussing on research methods using the Academic Forum. Students will learn about research methodologies and critical appraisal over a period of 8-weeks.

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

Following the research methods, students will submit a professional project proposal for their chosen topic, this includes a proposal form and ethics application. Students are given a 4-week period after the research methods to complete this.

Students will then create a piece of work based upon a specific subject-related project relevant to the student’s practice. The students will have a further 24-weeks to complete this. 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

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 an 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 consist 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 September 2024:
£8,495
Application deadline - TBC

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

DateInstalmentsUp-Front Payments
Deposit£685£8,495
1st November 2024£682
1st January 2025£682
1st March 2025£682
1st May 2025£682
1st July 2025£682
1st September 2025£733
1st November 2025£733
1st January 2026£733
1st March 2026£733
1st May 2026£733
1st July 2026£735

† 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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