Renal Medicine MSc


In partnership with: University of South Wales

The online Renal Medicine MSc provides a progression route from the Postgraduate Diploma. Course Code: QMSP078

Next Intake: 2019 Sept

Course Overview

Diploma MSc is a collaborative partner of the University of South Wales and on successful completion of this course, you will receive a Renal Medicine MSc.

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 and chronic kidney disease patients? Could your organisation benefit from a renal specialist? If so, our Renal Medicine Master's 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. Therefore, 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.

The one year MSc in Renal Medicine is available to those who have successfully completed the Renal Medicine 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 Renal Medicine MSc as a two year course, consisting of eight modules (180 credits) with the first 120 credits deriving from the postgraduate diploma.

On successful completion of the course, you will be able to:

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

Course Structure

You will learn in a similar way to how you learned on the postgraduate diploma, however this module runs over 12 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

Entry to the one year Renal Medicine MSc will require successful completion of the Renal Medicine 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 Renal Medicine 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)

Teaching Methods

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 renal medicine. 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 1,200 words. Following the approval of your proposal you will then complete a 10,800 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.


Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK & International
Students for September 2019:
£3,900

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

Application deadline - August 9th

Fee payments may be made via the following options:

Date Up-Front Payments Instalments
Deposit payable
on acceptance
£650 £650
1st November 2019 £3,250 £650
1st January 2020 £650
1st March 2020 £650
1st May 2020 £650
1st July 2020 £650

Deposits are non-refundable


Extended Application Deadline 23rd August:

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