Respiratory Medicine MSc

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Respiratory diseases constitute one of the most common causes of deaths in society and continue to have a detrimental effect on health globally. As we navigate issues such as climate change and the effects of long COVID on respiratory medicine, alongside a rise in conditions like asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and respiratory infections, the demand for skilled professionals in this important field is at an all-time high.

Our masters in respiratory medicine offers the opportunity for healthcare professionals to make a meaningful difference in the lives of patients with respiratory diseases. By studying our respiratory medicine courses, you can stay up to date with the latest research and advancements in the field of respiratory medicine, and gain the knowledge and skills required to treat respiratory patients with confidence. Our msc respiratory medicine course includes a professional project, allowing students to pursue a respiratory subject they are passionate about to develop critical skills in research and analysis.

MSc Respiratory Medicine

Next intake: September 2024Key Facts

Awarding University
University of South Wales
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
30th August 2024
Course start date
2nd September 2024 (view full module dates)
100% Online
Total Fees
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We have developed our msc respiratory medicine curriculum in line with:

  • the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Respiratory Medicine guidance
  • the Royal College of Physicians’ Specialty Certificate Exam, and
  • the Royal College of General Practitioners’ (Respiratory) Speciality Certificate Exam.
    By ensuring our respiratory courses content meets these standards, we ensure our students follow best practice and are well prepared to manage respiratory conditions in primary and secondary care in the UK and abroad.

Studying a masters in respiratory medicine allows healthcare professionals to specialise in a rapidly evolving field that offers a range of exciting career opportunities. Whether you aspire to become a respiratory therapist, pulmonologist, respiratory nurse, or take part in groundbreaking research, our respiratory medicine courses will set you up for success.

Choosing respiratory courses online with Learna | Diploma MSc means that you can study from anywhere in the world at a time that suits you; we understand the need to balance your studies with a busy lifestyle. As a fully online learning platform, we incur significantly less costs than traditional campus-based universities. This means that we can pass on savings directly to our students, by offering some of the most affordable courses on the market!

Not only are our respiratory medicine courses affordable, they are also completely flexible; we adopt an andragogical learning style, putting students at the forefront of their learning experience with self-directed learning. Instead of lectures and seminars, you will participate in our academic forum with a multidisciplinary network of healthcare professionals worldwide, led by expert tutors, to research, explore and discuss clinical scenarios. This allows you to develop a global perspective and prepare for the realities of a career in respiratory medicine.

On successful completion of this respiratory medicine masters, you will be able to:

  • Critically understand current issues affecting the care of respiratory patients.
  • Develop an advanced knowledge of respiratory medicine and other related conditions that will aid decision-making in unpredictable and/or complex situations.
  • Use knowledge to adapt professional practice to changing healthcare system demands.
  • Utilise their in-depth knowledge of the scope and delivery of respiratory treatments, as well as horizon scanning for potential new treatments for the general population.

Next intake: September 2024 Key Facts

Awarding University
University of South Wales
100% Online
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 Respiratory 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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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.


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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.


Career Boosting

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?

Our msc in respiratory medicine is specifically designed for:

  • Doctors
  • GPs
  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Nurses
  • Those with related undergraduate degrees (e.g. Pharmacists) or equivalent professional qualifications and background experience.

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.


The msc in respiratory medicine is a two year course, consisting of eight modules (180 credits) with the first 120 credits deriving from the postgraduate diploma in respiratory medicine course. The second year of the Respiratory Medicine MSc course 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).

Year 1

Module Aims
Establish an understanding of Respiratory Anatomy and Physiology and apply this to the clinical assessment and investigation of common respiratory symptoms.

Module Content

  • Impact, burden and epidemiology of Lung diseases
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Respiratory systems
  • Clinical Assessment and Clinical Examination
  • Breathlessness and Wheeze, Cough and Sputum.
  • Spirometry
  • Other Respiratory Investigations (X-rays, blood tests and more complex lung function tests).

Learning Outcomes

  1. Recognise the impact of respiratory disease on society and the importance of epidemiology in the diagnosis and management of respiratory conditions.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of anatomy and the physiology of the respiratory system and relevance to the pathophysiology of respiratory disorders.
  3. Compare and contrast the range of presenting symptoms in respiratory disease and how they are investigated.

Module Aims
To develop an in-depth understanding of Asthma and Allergy and its impact on patient life.

Module Content

  • Asthma Diagnosis and Investigation
  • Allergy and anaphylaxis
  • Pharmacological management
  • Non-pharmacological / self-management
  • Co-morbidities (obesity, OSA, bronchiectasis, rhinitis, depression)
  • Difficult Asthma

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify common causes of allergy and anaphylaxis, their investigation and treatment.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the diagnosis, treatment and management of Asthma
  3. Appreciate the role of co-morbidities and their relationship to difficult asthma
  4. Formulate a coherent approach for assessing, investigating and managing patients with difficult asthma

Module Aims
Develop a comprehensive understanding of the presentation, diagnosis and management of patients with COPD.

Module Content

  • Early and accurate diagnosis
  • Pharmacological management (including oxygen therapy)
  • Non-pharmacological management (smoking cessation, pulmonary rehabilitation and assisted technology)
  • Management of exacerbations (acute and chronic, ICS debate, NIV, ceiling of treatment)
  • Co-morbidities (osteoporosis, heart disease and depression)
  • End of life care, palliative care and advance care planning

Learning Outcomes

  1. Outline a robust approach to the diagnosis and investigation of patients with COPD
  2. Compare and contrast pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions in COPD, focusing on their strengths and limitations
  3. Recognise the importance of exacerbations and co-morbidities in COPD and their effects on patient morbidity and mortality
  4. Critically evaluate the role of palliative and end of life care in COPD, focusing on strengths and weakness of services in their locality

Module Aims
Develop an in-depth understanding of the presentation, investigation and management of thoracic malignancy and pleural disease

Module Content

  • Lung cancer – screening, red flags, solitary pulmonary nodules
  • Lung cancer – diagnosis and staging
  • Lung cancer - treatments
  • Asbestos related pleural disease
  • Pleural effusion and pneumothorax
  • The interface and ethics (MDT, working across boundaries, communicating difficult diagnoses, when to stop treatment)

Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically evaluate screening programmes, diagnostic investigations and treatments in lung cancer
  2. Formulate a robust approach for investigating and treating patients with pleural disease
  3. Justify the role of the multidisciplinary team in the management of malignant and non-malignant respiratory disease

Module Aims
Develop a comprehensive understanding of pulmonary infection, its investigation and management

Module Content

  • Tuberculosis and non-tuberculous mycobacterial disease
  • Pneumonia (including community acquired and hospital acquired)
  • Respiratory tract infection (bronchitis, URTI, bronchiolitis)
  • Bronchiectasis and Cystic Fibrosis
  • Infections in the immunocompromised patient (HIV, immunomodulatory drugs, atypical infections)
  • Antibiotic guardianship

Learning Outcomes

  1. Contrast the presentation, diagnosis and management of different respiratory pathogens
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of antimicrobial side effects and resistance, and the importance of antibiotic guardianship
  3. Describe the role of more rare pathogens in immunosuppressed patients and develop a robust approach to diagnosing such infections

Module Aims
To develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of interstitial lung disease, pulmonary vascular disease and conditions resulting in respiratory failure

Module Content

  • Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Other interstitial lung diseases
  • Venous thromboembolic disease and pulmonary vascular disease
  • Lung disease in my environment (occupational lung disease, children, flying and diving, dysfunctional breathing)
  • Lungs at the extremes (age, obesity, illegal drugs)
  • Sleep disordered breathing and ventilatory failure

Learning Outcomes

  1. Compare and contrast the presentation, investigation and management of interstitial and pulmonary vascular disease
  2. Outline and differentiate conditions that lead to ventilatory failure, including sleep disordered breathing
  3. Outline and differentiate respiratory conditions that pertain to a particular environment or country

Year 2

Module Aims
To help students recognise, understand, interpret and apply methods used in healthcare research and critically appraise the various methodologies specific to respiratory medicine research.

Module Content

  • 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 respiratory medicine 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 health care practitioner and patient.
  • Understanding what may work for the patient as well as the educator.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Interpret research in respiratory medicine.
  2. Display a critical understanding of the clinical implications of research and its impact upon healthcare delivery and service development.
  3. Implement evidence-based practice into care.

Module Aims

  • 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.

Module Content
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.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Produce an extensive piece of literature, which may be suitable for peer-reviewed publication.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to recognise and implement good practice.
  3. Critically evaluate practice and suggest improvements for change.
  4. Incorporate knowledge of the research process in developing services appropriately.

Assessment Methods

The masters in respiratory medicine course 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 msc in respiratory 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.

For the final module of the masters in respiratory medicine course you will be required to produce a piece of work based upon a 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.

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.

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.
  • 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.

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 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.

Entry requirements

Since our pulmonary medicine courses are conducted entirely online, they are accessible to both UK and international registered healthcare professionals.

Applicants to our pulmonary medicine msc will typically hold a first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications) in a relevant professional healthcare or Public Health related 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.

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 6.0 (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 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 to find out more.

Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK & International Students for September 2024:
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
1st November 2024£816
1st January 2025£816
1st March 2025£816
1st May 2025£816
1st July 2025£816
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

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