Postgraduate Certificate in Sexual Health Medicine

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This Postgraduate Certificate in Sexual Health Medicine is exclusively designed for healthcare professionals who hold a University undergraduate qualification in a medical field.

The high rates of sexual dysfunction amongst the population and the drastic government budget cuts for sexual healthcare underscore the importance of additional education being made available for Healthcare Professionals. Our online and part time postgraduate certificate in Sexual Health Medicine provides accessible and affordable postgraduate education dedicated to sexual medicine. This international programme will offer noticeable improvements, not only to sexual healthcare provision in the UK, but on a global scale

In addition to the significant UK shortage of Healthcare Professionals with knowledge in this in demand specialism, our PGCert in Sexual Health Medicine will also be particularly beneficial to those in developing countries, such as in Kenya, Uganda and Zambia, where there are stark shortages of sexual healthcare available.

PgCert Sexual Health Medicine

Next intake: September 2024Key Facts

Awarding University
University of South Wales
Exit Points
6 Months
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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This concise six month Sexual Health Medicine programme offers students the opportunity for tutor-led peer discussion on key topics with a multidisciplinary approach, exploring realistic application with global reach. You will be offered the opportunity to enhance your research skills, communication, problem-solving, providing you with the confidence and resilience needed to use your own initiative and manage your time effectively.

Following completion of the course you should be able to:

  • Be Equipped with life-long learning and advanced problem-solving skills that they can apply to practise in sexual health medicine.
  • Critically evaluate the evidence base in medicine related to sexual health.
  • Demonstrate a systematic knowledge of the investigation and evidence-based management in sexual health medicine
  • Critically analyse the biological and physiological measures to assess sexual activity and sexual dysfunction within a variety of settings.

Next intake: September 2024 Key Facts

Awarding University
University of South Wales
100% Online
Exit Points
6 Months
6 months
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
30th August 2024
Course start date
2nd September 2024 (view full module dates)
Total Fees

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Who is this course for?

The programme is targeted towards healthcare professionals with a postgraduate qualification in a related subject area, and who have an interest in sexual medicine, including the physiology and psychology of clinical sexology and related sexual health. This covers a broad spectrum of healthcare professions worldwide. Our anticipated core audience is most likely to include:

  • Medical graduates including family medicine physicians, GPs and practice nurses in primary care practices, developing specific services for sexual medicine, as well as specialist physicians within sexual health clinics.
  • Healthcare professionals including pharmacists, therapists, counsellors and allied health practitioners who are developing their knowledge and authority within sexual medicine.

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.


Our online Sexual Health Medicine Postgraduate Certificate allows you to study for just six months and is a part-time, distance-learning course. The course is worth 60 credits and comprises three modules of 20 credits, each running over a period of six weeks.

Module aims:
The aim of this module is to provide healthcare professionals with a comprehensive understanding of sexual health and various disorders related to it. Participants will gain knowledge about common infections, sexually transmitted infections, genito-urinary skin disorders, and both male and female sexual dysfunction. By the end of this module, participants will be equipped with the necessary skills to diagnose, manage, and provide effective care in sexual health.

Content Summary:
Indicative content to include topics outlined below and/or any other relevant current topics to fulfil the module aims and learning outcomes:

  • Introduction to Sexual Health
  • Common Infections and Sexually Transmitted Infections including HIV
  • Empirical Treatment of Vaginal Discharge and STI Screening
  • Genito-Urinary Skin Disorders
  • Male Sexual Dysfunction
  • Female Sexual Dysfunction and Psychosexual Dysfunction

Learning Outcomes:

  1. An ability to critically appraise the evidence relating to the pathophysiology, impact, management and prevention strategies in sexual health medicine, applying these effectively to varied presentations of common infections and sexually transmitted diseases.
  2. Critically evaluate the psychological and physiological aspects of male and female sexual dysfunction and relate this to clinical practice to improve patient outcomes.

Module aims:
The aim of this module is to explore the intersection of sexual health with societal and legal aspects. Healthcare professionals will gain insights into the impact of issues such as sexual abuse and assault, and unwanted pregnancy and termination. Participants will understand their roles and responsibilities in providing compassionate care and support to individuals affected by these issues while navigating legal and ethical considerations.

Content Summary:
Indicative content to include topics outlined below and/or any other relevant current topics to fulfil the module aims and learning outcomes:

  • Sexual Abuse and Assault
  • Unwanted Pregnancy and Termination
  • Legal and Ethical Considerations in Sexual Health
  • Sexaul Health in Adolescents
  • Sexual Health in Special Populations
  • Menopause

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Critically appraise the psychological impact of sexual abuse and assault and be able to critically relate this to providing empathetic and effective care.
  2. Critically apply a conceptual and practical understanding of the ethical and legal considerations surrounding unwanted pregnancy and termination and synthesise this knowledge to collaborate within a multidisciplinary team to provide good patient outcomes.

Module aims:
The aim of this module is to provide healthcare professionals with in-depth knowledge and skills related to contraception, family planning, and the unique sexual health needs of special populations. Participants will gain an understanding of various contraception methods, their benefits, side effects, and suitability for different patient profiles. They will also learn about family planning strategies and infertility diagnosis, investigations and management. By the end of this module, participants will be well-prepared to offer comprehensive sexual health services and support to their patients.

Content Summary:
Indicative content to include topics outlined below and/or any other relevant current topics to fulfil the module aims and learning outcomes:

  • Introduction to Contraception
  • Female Contraception- Part 1
  • Female Contraception- Part 2
  • Male Contraception and Family Planning
  • Infertility Diagnosis and Investigations
  • Infertility Management

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Critically appraise indications and contraindications of different modes and methods of female and male contraception and their suitability for different patient profiles.
  2. Critically evaluate the evidence and guidance relating to family planning strategies and translate that knowledge into advising and supporting patients effectively.

Assessment Methods

The Sexual Health Medicine online course places assessments at the heart of the learning process through the employment of real life scenarios to enhance problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based practice. Since the scenarios act as a focus for learning and assessment, the two are intrinsically linked.

The three 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. 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.

Students are required to critically analyse clinically focused case-based scenarios, discussion threads and weekly questions posed by their tutors via the Academic Forum (an online discussion board) and designed to meet the module learning outcomes. Here, students make their own researched and referenced contributions and interact with the tutor and their fellow students. There is no didactic teaching, instead, students are posed questions and prompted to search the literature, read it critically and respond. Engagement is encouraged by the tutor prompting students to respond and the use of automated activity monitoring software.

At the end of each module, the tutor allocates marks to each student based on a marking rubric. The rubric takes into account the following elements:

· Promptness and initiative
· Delivery of post (spelling and grammar)
· The relevance of post and referencing
· Expression within the post

The online reflective journal is a learning portfolio that requires the students to record and critically reflect on their learning. Reflection is an important aspect of the programme as the professionals will be able to spend time considering how their practice compares to the themes being discussed in the module. The tutor provides regular feedback to the student and marks it at the end of the module.

Reflective practice is a requirement for healthcare professionals for both professional re-validation and professional development.

The group activity is designed to stimulate and test the students’ ability to work as a team in taking the subject area forward. A group task is set, the group elects a leader using the online forum (designed to put leadership skills into practice) and the leader allocates tasks to group members.

The leader is responsible for managing, collating and submitting the activity (online) at the end of the module. The tutor provides formative guidance part way through the module and marks the assessment at the end.
Examples of individual activities might include either a written assignment, poster, blog or social media project.

All students must complete the same assignment for each module that is predetermined by the programme Leader before the modules commence. Students are not provided with an option to choose.

Case problems in the form of a one-hour timed examination with multiple-choice ‘single best answer’ questions directly test the reasoning and knowledge objectives of the module. The online examination is marked automatically. The examination tests Anti-Ageing Medicine related theory and problem-solving skills.

Entry requirements

Since our Sexual Health Medicine programme is conducted entirely online, it is accessible to both UK and international registered healthcare professionals.

Applicants will typically hold a first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications) in a relevant professional healthcare or management field.

Registered healthcare professionals working in the healthcare field, 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.

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£850
1st January 2025£850

† Deposits are non-refundable

†† Prices are subject to review following each intake

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