Are you looking to advance your career in gastroenterology? Our comprehensive Gastroenterology MSc is designed to provide GPs, nurses, and other allied healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in this specialised field. The MSc in gastroenterology covers a wide range of topics, including the anatomy and physiology of the gastrointestinal system, diagnostic techniques, treatment modalities, and the management of common gastrointestinal disorders.
Fast-track your career with our quick-to-complete part-time programme, designed to help you jump-start your career. Our expert faculty will guide you through the programme, which will ensure you stay up-to-date with this rapidly evolving field. This qualification will also enhance your professional profile and open doors to a wide range of career opportunities in gastroenterology.
The second year of our master's in gastroenterology focuses on a professional project, around a topic of interest in the field, providing opportunities for publication upon completion.
Next intake: 2024 MarchKey Facts
Our MSc gastroenterology course explores knowledge required for professional development in the field of gastroenterology, taught by carefully selected world-class educators. This part-time programme allows you to work around your daily schedule, which means that you will gain a competitive advantage in the healthcare arena and specialisation without interfering with your work and life commitments.
Healthcare professionals who successfully complete our distance learning MSc gastroenterology will be able to advance their careers and have a direct impact on patient care. On successful completion of this flexible MSc gastroenterology course, you’ll be able to:
- Articulate professional decisions, incorporating an evidence-based rationale, in a variety of diverse and complex situations related to gastroenterology.
- Demonstrate the critical application of gastroenterology research to clinical practice.
- Apply life-long learning and advanced problem-solving skills to clinical practice.
- Showcase leadership in the delivery and advancement of gastroenterology-related care, as well as team leadership in multi-agency, multicultural, and/or international settings.
As an important note, endoscopic procedures are not included as a course objective as this would be impossible to achieve without residential training and supervision.
University of South Wales
The University of South Wales (USW) is a modern, industry focused University located in Cardiff, Newport and Pontypridd in South Wales, UK. It was rated best in the UK for the Health Professions in the Guardian University Guide 2020 and, in the latest Complete University Guide 2022, is in the top 10 in the UK for Health Studies. USW is one of Britain’s largest and most exciting new universities attracting a cosmopolitan mix of students from across the globe.
Programme Leader - Dr Peter Neville
Current Post: Consultant Physician / Gastroenterologist, Prince Charles Hospital, Merthyr Tydfil. Cwm Taf UHB
- Gained Certificate of Postgraduate Medical Education in 2009
- Endoscopy Trainer at Welsh Institute of Minimally Invasive...
Accreditors and Endorsers
UEMS - European Union of Medical Specialists
This postgraduate course has also been accredited by the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS)
Next intake: 2024 March Key Facts
Why Study a Gastroenterology 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.
Our courses are 100% online. No fixed study times mean you can log in and learn whenever and wherever.
Multidisciplinary - study in a group of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals.
All of our programmes are authored and developed by world leading experts in their field.
Our faculty are selected due to their subject expertise, experience and teaching abilities to ensure the highest standards of educational excellence.
Get a University Validated postgraduate qualification in just 1 calendar year instead of 2 academic years.
40% of our alumni reported an increase in salary 2 years after studying with us.
Who is this course for?
Applicants taking our online MSc gastroenterology will typically be:
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.
CurriculumThe gastroenterology MSc is a two-year course, consisting of eight modules (180 credits) with the first 120 credits deriving from the Postgraduate Diploma. The second year of the MSc gastroenterology starts with an initial 10-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 1,500 word proposal and 10,500 word professional project (dissertation).
To develop a critical understanding of the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the oesophagus.
- Oesophagus: anatomy and physiology.
- Oesophagus diagnostic test.
- Oesophagus and Barrett’s Oesophagus.
- Oesophageal dysmotility.
- Oesophageal Cancer.
- Critically apply anatomical and physiological functions of the oesophagus to a variety of oesophageal diseases.
- Critically appraise current methods of diagnosing and treating diseases of the oesophagus.
To develop a critical understanding of the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the stomach.
- Stomach: anatomy and physiology
- Peptic ulcer disease
- Helicobacter pylori
- Gastric cancer
- Pernicious Anemia
- Critically apply anatomical and physiological functions of the stomach to a variety of diseases affecting the stomach.
- Critically appraise current methods of diagnosing and treating diseases of the stomach.
To develop a critical understanding of the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the Pancreas
- Anatomy and physiology of Pancreas
- Pancreatic function tests
- Pancreatic insufficiency
- Acute Pancreatitis
- Chronic Pancreatitis
- Pancreatic Cysts
- Pancreatic cancer
- Neuroendocrine Tumours
- Critically apply anatomical and physiological functions of the pancreas to a variety of diseases affecting the pancreas.
- Critically appraise current methods of diagnosing and treating diseases of the pancreas.
To develop a critical understanding of the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the Liver
- Anatomy and physiology of the liver
- Liver function tests
- Cirrhosis and complications
- Drug and alcohol induced liver injury
- Viral liver disease
- Biliary disease
- Critically apply anatomical and physiological functions of the liver to a variety of diseases affecting the liver.
- Critically appraise current methods of diagnosing and treating diseases of the liver.
- To develop a critical understanding of the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the small bowel.
- Also to learn about basic principles of managing nutrition in health and disease.
- Anatomy and physiology of the small bowel
- Basic principles of nutrition
- Coeliac disease
- Crohn’s disease
- PEG feeding
- Bile salt malabsorption
- Critically apply anatomical and physiological functions of the small bowel to a variety of diseases affecting the small bowel.
- Critically appraise current methods of diagnosing and treating diseases of the small bowel.
- Analyse the impact of nutrition on diseases of the small bowel.
To develop a critical understanding of the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the colon
- Colonic anatomy and physiology
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Infective diarrhoea
- Clostridium difficle
- Colonic cancer
- Stoma: colostomy and ileostomy
- Colonoscopy, screening and diagnosis
- Critically apply anatomical and physiological functions of the colon to a variety of diseases affecting the colon.
- Critically appraise current methods of diagnosing and treating diseases of the colon.
This module is designed to help students recognise, understand, interpret and apply methods used in healthcare research and critically appraise the various methodologies specific to gastroenterology research.
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.
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.
- Analyse and interpret research in gastroenterology medicine.
- Display a critical understanding of the clinical implications of research and its impact upon healthcare delivery and service development.
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 independent research and study.
To develop skills relevant to scientific publications.
The module will depend on the creation of a piece of work based upon a specific clinically related project relevant to the student’s 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-based and quality of service review with critical appraisal.
Case report, review of literature and organisational assessment.
- Design and undertake research and development in order to produce an extensive piece of literature which may be suitable for peer-reviewed publication.
- Critically evaluate practice and suggest improvements or change.
- Incorporate knowledge of the research process in developing services appropriately.
The MSc gastroenterology 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.
- 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.
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 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 consist of brief summaries of discussion.
Since our flexible MSc gastroenterology is conducted entirely online, it's accessible to both UK and international registered healthcare professionals without any international surcharges.
Applicants this gastroenterology courses 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.
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com to find out more.
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