Obesity and Weight Management MSc
The online Obesity and Weight Management MSc provides a progression route from the Postgraduate Diploma. Course Code: QMSP044
Diploma MSc is a collaborative partner of the University of South Wales and on successful completion of this course, you will receive an Obesity and Weight Management MSc.
The one year MSc in Obesity and Weight Management is available to those who have successfully completed the Obesity and Weight Management Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits). This can be from Diploma MSc, the University of South Wales or from another UK university (having completed similar modules).
For those who have not completed the postgraduate diploma, you can apply for the Obesity and Weight Management MSc as a two year course, consisting of eight modules (180 credits) with the first 120 credits deriving from the postgraduate diploma.
The Obesity and Weight Management MSc course starts with an initial 12 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).
On completion of the course, graduates are able to demonstrate:
- An applied understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in an appropriate clinical setting.
- An in-depth knowledge and understanding of the discipline informed by current scholarship and research.
- 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 obesity and weight management 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.
- 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-Square.
- Methodologies as applied to obesity and weight management research.
- 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 medical practitioner and patient.
- Understanding what may work for the patient as well as the educator.
- An ability to interpret research in obesity and weight management medicine.
- An ability to display a critical understanding of the clinical implications of research and its impact upon healthcare delivery and service development.
- The knowledge to implement evidence-based practice into care.
- Develop an ability to critically evaluate areas of professional practice.
- Critically appraise specific areas of clinical, research and organisational practice.
- Develop skills in independent research and study.
- 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(s)-based and quality of service review with critical appraisal.
- Case report, review of literature and organisational assessment.
- Produce an extensive piece of literature, which may be suitable for peer-reviewed publication.
- Demonstrate an ability to recognise and implement good practice.
- Critically evaluate practice and suggest improvements for change.
- Incorporate knowledge of the research process in developing services appropriately.
Entry to the one year Obesity and Weight Management MSc will require successful completion of the Obesity and Weight Management Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits). This can be from Diploma MSc, the University of South Wales or another UK university (having completed similar modules). We can discuss this with you during your application.
Individuals who have not completed the postgraduate diploma can apply for the Obesity and Weight Management MSc as a two year course consisting of eight modules (180 credits) with the first 120 credits deriving from the postgraduate diploma.
Applicants should be working in a clinical setting, either in the UK or overseas, and have a science degree in a relevant subject. You will also need to submit copies of the following with your application:
- Qualification certificates
- A maximum of two professional and/or academic references
- IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 for each band (or an equivalent qualification)
Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal
The module runs over a 12 week period and is designed to develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies used in obesity and weight management. The module consists of mandatory formative assessment activities to support your learning and development prior to the professional project module.
Module 2 - Professional Project
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.
|Total Course Fees for UK & International |
Students for March 2020:
Please Note: These are the fees for a single year.
Application deadline - February 10th 2020
Fee payments may be made via the following options:
|Deposit payable |
|1st May 2020||£3,250||£650|
|1st July 2020||£650|
|1st September 2020||£650|
|1st November 2020||£650|
|1st January 2021||£650|
† Deposits are non-refundable