Postgraduate Certificate in Thyroid Medicine

Thyroid problems are a common presentation at primary care and also to a wider healthcare audience yet it is poorly served in the postgraduate educational arena. We therefore feel it is an appropriate time to develop the UK’s first PGCert in Thyroid Medicine.

Thyroid conditions represent a significant and growing area of care with the volume of investigations exacerbated by the recent pandemic, particularly within primary care, evidence-based patient information and ongoing research into a range of conditions presenting across the population. Figures from the NMC Register for March 2022 show a total of 567,291 Adult Nurses (NMC, 2022). The market for this programme is considered to be large, as the topic area is applicable to a broad range of healthcare professions with a need for long-term monitoring and further research, which indicates the potential for further growth domestically and internationally.

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

As international demand for thyroid medicine continues to grow due to increases of patients with thyroid disorders, there is significant demand for a postgraduate programme in thyroid medicine which enables HCPs to develop skills in understanding and managing this common disorder. The programme covers the main aspects of thyroid medicine including thyroid physiology, thyroid nodules, hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.

Thyroid physiology and thyroid nodules

This module provides a comprehensive understanding of the principles of thyroid physiology including the anatomy, regulation and metabolism of thyroid hormones. Learners will gain a solid foundation in thyroid physiology and the ability to apply this knowledge in the assessment and management of thyroid nodules to optimise patient care outcomes.


Hypothyroidism aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the pathophysiology, clinical presentation and management of hypothyroidism. Students will explore evidence-based pharmacological interventions and hormonal replacement therapies, gaining insights into appropriate treatment approaches for different patient populations.


This module provides an in-depth understanding of the pathophysiology, clinical manifestations and management of hyperthyroidism. Students will explore the various causes of hyperthyroidism, critically analysing the underlying mechanisms and associated risk factors.



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 thyroid 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.


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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.

Whilst the focus of the programme is to support the acquisition of knowledge within a multidisciplinary approach that is directly applicable to patient care, students will also be offered the opportunity to enhance their research skills, communication, problem-solving, IT skills and the confidence and resilience needed to use their own initiative and manage their time effectively.

This range of knowledge and skills would support students’ opportunities to secure and develop roles related to thyroid medicine within primary and secondary care including endocrinology nurse practitioner and diabetes specialist nurse; also careers in clinical biochemistry and opportunities to progress in multiple positions within allied health specialties.

Following the completion of the programme, students may value personal progression to related PGDip and MSc-based programmes to further their lifelong learning and actively contribute to further research in this important field.