Renal Medicine MSc

In partnership with: University of South Wales

Diploma MSc is a collaborative partner of the University of South Wales. On successful completion of this course, you will receive a University of South Wales MSC in Renal Medicine. Course Code: QMSP078

Next Intake: 2019 Sept

About the course


Do you feel out of your comfort zone when a patient displays symptoms of kidney problems? Would you like to improve your management of acute kidney injury (AKI) and chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients? Could your organisation benefit from a renal specialist? If so, our Renal Medicine Masters course can help.

In clinical practice kidney disease is encountered frequently by the non-kidney specialist, especially as it is as a complication of common conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

So healthcare professionals on the front line, including primary care and specialist units, need to be equipped with the skills and knowledge to deal with potential nephrology patients confidently and effectively.

This MSc in Renal Medicine will:

  • Enable you to diagnose and treat patients with symptoms of kidney disease with confidence, without being a kidney specialist
  • Equip you with the knowledge and skills to prevent or reduce the progression of CKD and ensure timely referral to secondary care
  • Help you to treat dialysis and transplant patients from a primary care perspective
  • Consolidate your knowledge of nephrology to ensure best patient care and service outcomes

The MSc is a progression from the Postgraduate Diploma in Renal Medicine, and on completion of the course you will receive an MSc in Renal Medicine from the University of South Wales.

Meet the Course Director

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Dr. Richard Smith, FRCP, PhD.
Current post: Consultant Nephrologist and Clinical Director for Research, East Suffolk and North Essex Foundation Trust.

Richard Smith, Consultant Nephrologist and Clinical Director for Research at East Suffolk and North Essex Foundation Trust is the Course Director for our Renal Medicine Postgraduate Diploma. Richard has:

  • 28 years of teaching experience including at the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, Cardiff University, the University of Bristol and now, the University of South Wales.
  • 30 years experience of clinical transplantation with 18 years as a consultant nephrologist at hospitals across the UK
  • 28 years experience of clinical trials and academic research, including 42 publications in peer-reviewed journals

Richard has always been driven by demystifying kidney disease; helping non-specialists become more confident at treating patients with afflicting symptoms. Most kidney problems present first to non-specialists (GPs, diabetologists, emergency medicine, general medicine and general surgery). Unfortunately, training in how to manage these patients is often covered poorly in ‘general’ training programmes. This course aims to equip these clinicians with the knowledge and skills they need to confidently manage patients with kidney disease.

Course modules

You can study the MSc in Renal Medicine over 1 or 2 years.

To study over 1 year you will need to have successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Renal Medicine - either with Diploma MSc or another UK university having completed similar modules. We can discuss this with you as part of your application. You’ll then complete this MSc in year 2.

If you opt to study the 2 year MSc you will complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Renal Medicine in year 1, and then the following in year 2.

You will learn in a similar way to how you learned on the Postgraduate Diploma; however, this module is run over 10 weeks.

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 renal medicine research.

To produce the professional project you will continue to study online; however, much of the work is self-directed. You will develop your ability to critically appraise specific areas of clinical, research and/or organisational practice and develop skills in independent research, study and writing for publication.

You will have a dedicated tutor who you will be expected to interact with every week. You will select a specific project and submit a project summary/proposal of approximately 1,200 words.

Once your proposal has been approved you will complete the 10,800 word Professional Project, supervised by your tutor.

Entry requirements

Our MSc in Renal Medicine is specifically designed for registered healthcare professionals frequently seeing patients displaying symptoms of kidney disease who aren’t renal specialists.

1 Year MSc

You need to have completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Renal Medicine(120) to progress to the 1 year MSc. This can have been either with Diploma MSc or another UK university which covers relevant module content - we can discuss this with you during your application.

2 Year MSc

You should be working in a clinical setting, either in the UK or overseas, in a role such as a general practitioner, or a specialist registrar managing patients with systemic diseases that may affect the kidneys.

You will also need:

  • A science degree in a relevant subject
  • IELTS of at least 6 or proof of the equivalent

How much is the course?

Total Course Fees for UK/EU & International Students for September 2019: £3900

Please Note: These are the fees for a single year.

Fee payments may be made via the following options:

Date Option A Option B Option C
Deposit payable on acceptance £480 £480 £480
1st September 2019 £3,420 £570
1st October 2019 £1,140 £570
1st November 2019 £570
1st December 2019 £1,140 £570
1st January 2020 £570
1st February 2020 £1,140 £570

Deposits are non-refundable

Why should I do the course?

The course content is case based with a clinical focus

And as it’s designed based on extensive research with primary care practitioners, it’s highly relevant and includes the latest developments in renal medicine for front line healthcare professionals.

We’re with you every step of the way

You’ll have the support of a dedicated team who will help you with any challenges you may face - from help with navigating our online learning platform to advice on what you need to do to pass the course and meet deadlines.

The course is quality, as well as being consolidated and convenient

You’ll study entirely online for just 1 year so you can fast track your learning and, as our tutors are experts, you’ll be learning from the best.

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