Postgraduate Certificate in Calcium and Bone Medicine

The global need for advancing knowledge in calcium and bone medicine is evident. With 800 million people considered undernourished and more than 3.5 billion at risk of calcium deficiency (Harinarayan, Akhila and Shanthisree, 2021), it is crucial to enhance knowledge at all levels of healthcare and research. This field connects to endocrinology, nutrition and public health, benefiting diverse populations and healthcare settings. Our online, part-time Postgraduate Certificate in Calcium and Bone Medicine offers a specialised and comprehensive exploration of the topic. It is designed to equip healthcare practitioners with in-depth knowledge and skills related to calcium and bone physiology, encompassing areas such as parathyroid disorders, osteoporosis, and metabolic bone conditions like Paget's disease.

This programme embraces an international perspective, welcoming learners from diverse backgrounds and fostering a global community. This grants an opportunity to learn from peers and experts worldwide, encouraging the exchange of ideas and experiences across borders. 

The curriculum has been developed in collaboration with leading experts in the field. This ensures that the programme reflects the latest research, clinical guidelines, and best practices. Learners can benefit from the expertise and knowledge of renowned professionals in calcium and bone medicine, enhancing the credibility and relevance of the programme.

This quick-to-complete Calcium and Bone Medicine programme is aimed at healthcare professionals who have an interest in calcium and bone medicine across a broad spectrum of public health, primary and secondary care settings.

Our anticipated audience includes:

  • Medical graduates with an interest in calcium and bone medicine, such as healthcare professionals working in care of the elderly medicine, musculoskeletal medicine and rehabilitation medicine.
  • Healthcare professionals working in varied settings worldwide, including nurses, GPs, physiotherapists and allied health professionals working in nutrition, public health and pharmacy.

This course is subject to validation.

Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 6 Months September Online 8
Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 6 Months March Online 8
Part-time 6 Months September Online 8

This course offers a specialised and comprehensive exploration of calcium and bone medicine. It is designed to equip healthcare practitioners with in-depth knowledge and skills related to calcium and bone physiology, encompassing areas such as parathyroid disorders, osteoporosis, and metabolic bone conditions like Paget's disease.

The successful completion of our 6 month Postgraduate Certificate in Calcium & Bone Medicine qualification will enable you to gain:

  • Lifelong learning and advanced problem-solving skills for practical use in calcium and bone medicine.
  • Evaluate complex ideas, research, and clinical data, allowing you to make informed decisions for better patient outcomes.
  • Greater knowledge, critical skills, and practical abilities in calcium and bone medicine for helping patients, developing services, and future learning.

Physiology and Pathophysiology of Calcium Homeostasis and Bone Metabolism

This module aims to provide healthcare professionals with an in-depth understanding of the physiological and pathophysiological mechanisms involved in calcium homeostasis and bone metabolism.

Disorders of Mineral Metabolism and Parathyroid Disorders

This module aims to equip healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills to effectively manage disorders related to mineral metabolism and parathyroid function.

Metabolic Bone Diseases

This module aims to enable healthcare professionals to diagnose, monitor, and manage various metabolic bone diseases encountered in clinical practice.


This programme is delivered entirely through our online learning platform. Learning takes primarily on our academic forum where students research, respond to and discuss clinically rich case scenarios and undertake reflective practice. This discussion is led and supported by our team of expert tutors who are themselves leaders in the field of Calcium and Bone Medicine. You will learn among a peer group of multidisciplinary healthcare professionals around the world, with whom you can share best practice and gain a global perspective.


We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

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

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.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2024 - July 2025 Fees

  • Part-time UK: TBC

August 2025 - July 2026 Fees

  • Part-time UK: TBC

Student Perks

At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.

Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.

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Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.

This course is run in partnership with Diploma MSC who have over 10 years` experience in delivering award-winning, online, Postgraduate Diploma, MSc and MBA distance education courses.

Click here to apply to study this course via Diploma MSC.

Admissions statement

PG Certificate courses are increasingly required by HCPs for their postgraduate career development. This accessible, online programme will help to develop higher-order thinking, including critical analysis skills, whilst furnishing postgraduate students with applicable knowledge to take an active lead in the improved delivery of high quality care in a range of settings.

The curriculum covers key aspects of metabolic medicine relevant to all HCPs and this PGCert will support employability and expertise. The course can facilitate the development of GPs, nurses, pharmacists and dieticians into specialty roles as well as supporting junior specialists in their career progression.