MSc in Acute Medicine (Online Delivery)

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.

 

2020/21 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

Study Mode
2020
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 1 Year March On Line 8
Part-time 2 Years March On Line 8
Part-time 1 Year September On Line 8
Part-time 2 Years September On Line 8
Study Mode
2021
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 1 Year September On Line 8

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.

  • Module One: Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal
    You will learn in a similar way to how you learned on the Postgraduate Diploma; however, this module is run 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.

  • Module Two: Professional Project
    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 1,500 words.

Once your proposal has been approved you will complete the 10,500 word Professional Project, supervised by your tutor.

 

Teaching

 

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 1200 words).

Once the proposal has been approved, the professional project (10,800 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.

 

Facilities

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.

 

Lecturers

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.

 

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.

To secure your place on the course, applicants will typically hold a first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications) in a relevant professional healthcare 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.

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.


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.

This course is run in partnership with Diploma MSc. Please refer to their website for fee information.

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees

August 2020 - July 2021 Fees

August 2021 - July 2022 Fees

Additional Costs

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.

Please register and apply directly to the University for this course.    

Admissions statement

As a graduate, you’ll have a masters degree that recognises your professional training in Acute Medicine.