MSc Respiratory Medicine (Online Delivery)

Respiratory medicine is an increasingly important field of medicine, as respiratory disease is a growing cause of morbidity and mortality. The MSc Respiratory Medicine is an online course, run with our collaborative partner Diploma MSc. It allows you to explore and study the major classes of respiratory disease, conduct research in respiratory medicine and have a direct opportunity to improve patient care.

Both the Postgraduate Diploma and MSc courses are aimed at Doctors, GPs, Allied Health Professionals, Practice Nurses or equivalent professional qualifications and background experience. Completion of the MSc Respiratory Medicine course will enhance private practice and will help career progression.

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

This Masters course has been developed for health professionals who are interested in a leadership roles within Respiratory Medicine. The MSc Respiratory Medicine aims to create professionals who can independently access information and use the information to critically assess, evaluate and disseminate the evidence base related to Respiratory Medicine. It will develop problem-solving and clinical skills together with preparing students to take a leadership role in Respiratory Medicine.

MSc: One-year duration

Students progressing from the PG Diploma course do the one-year MSc consisting of the following modules:

Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal in Respiratory Medicine (compulsory module)
Module 2 - Professional Project: Respiratory Medicine

MSc: Two-year duration

Students who decide to enrol directly on to the MSc (rather than the PG Dip) will do the two-year version, which consists of the following modules:

●     Respiratory medicine – Symptoms, signs and investigations (20 credits)
●     Asthma and Allergy (20 credits)
●     Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (20 credits)
●     Thoracic oncology and pleural disease (20 credits)
●     Wider Respiratory Horizons (20 credits)
●     Other important respiratory conditions and diseases (20 credits)
●     Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal in Respiratory Medicine (20 credits)
●     Professional project: Respiratory Medicine (dissertation) (40 credits)


The MSc Respiratory Medicine course is delivered through a 100% online learning environment however there is opportunity to attend a pre-course lecture series in either the UK (Glyntaff campus, University of South Wales) or South Africa (CDE Johannesberg).

Dedicated and experienced tutors will deliver the course content, which will require you to communicate directly, and actively participate in discussions on the forum. You will participate in both individual and group projects throughout your studies.

Student requirements differ between modules, but follow the same pattern of 10 hours per credit. Students will again be assessed by written assignment, reflective portfolio, case report and final module examination. Students will also be expected to produce a professional project (thesis), and an independent prescribing module comprising of work based learning, two essays, and two written examinations.

The fees for this course are available from the Diploma MSc website.



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.


The courses are delivered by a board who have an established international reputation in Respiratory medicine and health education:

Our tutors are recognised experts in respiratory medicine and health education and are experienced in delivering online learning.

Entry to the MSc Respiratory Medicine programme will require the successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Respiratory Medicine (120 credits) either from the University of South Wales or from another UK University.

Alternatively, students may apply for the MSc as a two year course, completing all 8 modules (180 credits). Applicants should submit copies of the following with their application:

  • Qualification certificates
  • One written reference

The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.


For further information, please visit the Diploma MSc website or contact their admissions team on

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

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

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.

Apply directly to the University for this course.

Admissions statement 

You have the option to attend a series of pre-lectures before commencing the course.

You must complete an element of work-based learning.

Students are normally employed as healthcare professionals so work/ study placements would not be suitable.

Completion of the MSc Respiratory Medicine course will enhance private practice and will help career progression. The course gives you the direct opportunity to improve patient care.