Acute medicine is a rapidly evolving specialty, and with many generalist healthcare professionals undertaking acute medicine as part of their daily routines, the MSc in Acute Medicine answers the demand for further tailored education.
A distinctive aspect of our online MSc Acute Medicine course is that it allows healthcare professionals to study at postgraduate level without release from work. With no lectures or webinars at set times, students can fit their studies flexibly around their personal and professional commitments.
The primary aims of the course are to equip students with a systematic understanding of acute medicine, skills in critical appraisal and application of knowledge for direct patient benefit. In addition to this, students will benefit from being taught life-long learning and advanced problem-solving skills that they can apply to clinical practice in acute medicine. This course is offered with our collaborative partner Diploma MSc.
The MSc is a progression from the Postgraduate Diploma in Acute Medicine, and on completion of the course you will receive an MSc in Acute Medicine from the University of South Wales.
You can study the MSc in Acute Medicine over one or two years.
To study over one year you will need to have successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Acute 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 two.
If you opt to study the two year MSc you will complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Acute Medicine in year one, and then the following in year two.
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.
Module One - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal: MSc teaching methods for this module are similar to the Postgraduate Diploma course modules however it is run over 12 weeks.
Module Two - Professional Project: To produce the professional project, students continue to use the online course; however much of the work is self-directed.
Students are expected in the first 8 weeks to interact with their tutor on a weekly basis. Students select a specific project and submit a project summary/proposal (approximately 1500 words).
Once the proposal has been approved, the professional project (10,500 words) itself is then completed through online guidance and supervision offered by the tutor. The student and tutor will interact regularly (weekly) on the dedicated students/tutor discussion area or through any other means of communication deemed appropriate by both parties (telephone/SKYPE/email). Note of any verbal communication with the tutor is recorded in the student's journal by the student.
The fees for this course are available from the Diploma MSc website.
In module one you will be assessed on the same way as the Postgraduate Diploma, but over 12 weeks for the module rather than six.
Module two assessment is your findings in your professional project.
As part of your online studies you will have access to the Learning Resources Centre materials at the University of South Wales.
FINDit is the University’s portal which allows you to search for over 13,000 full-text journal articles, news articles, conference proceedings and approximately 160 databases via one search box- the majority of these materials are accessible online.
Interactive study skills modules are available to study via Blackboard to enable you to utilise the library services fully.
Dr Anil Kumar Pura Narayanaswamy, course director and clinical director for acute medicine at University Hospital of Wales and sepsis lead for acute medicine.
Dr Narayanaswam is an accredited educational supervisor for postgraduate trainees including CMT training course rated in the top 5 in GMC survey in the U and manages in-house PACES teaching for CMT trainees.
Dr Emily Steggall qualified as a doctor in 1998. Following qualification, Emily trained as a GP and worked in primary care in East London, before going on to complete specialist training in Public Health. Emily has worked at consultant level in Public Health in NHS, Local Authority and Civil Service organisations and continues to work as a contractor for Public Health England, leading work on cancer data linkage.
Places are limited so we recommend you apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Entry to the one-year MSc Acute Medicine programme will require the successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Acute Medicine (120 credits) either from the University of South Wales or from another UK University.
Students may apply for the Masters in Acute Medicine as a two-year course consisting of eight modules (180 credits), the first 120 credits of which being the Postgraduate Diploma.
You will need to submit copies of the following with your application:
The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.
This course is run in partnership with Diploma MSc. Please refer to their website for fee information.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
As a graduate, you’ll have a masters degree that recognises your professional training in Acute Medicine.