Postgraduate Diploma Gastroenterology (Online Delivery)

The online Postgraduate Diploma in Gastroenterology, run in partnership with Diploma MSc, has been designed to help physicians further their knowledge of gastroenterology and improve their clinical judgement. This theoretical online course is designed to facilitate a better understanding of common gastroenterology disorders typically found in the community and enable students to upskill in diagnostic and management of gastroenterological disorders. What's more, students will be better equipped to read and interpret endoscopy reports, an increasingly important element of practice.

This online diploma does not assess or develop endoscopic procedures (as this would require esidential training and supervision) but is designed to improve knowledge, which is an essential complement to clinical practice. With increasing competition for employment in the healthcare arena, and increasing specialisation, the purpose of the gastroenterology course is to promote and enhance professional skills and knowledge that have a direct relevance and application to the demands of working roles. Students also have the option to progress on to the MSc Gastroenterology.

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

You will study:

  • Oesophagus
  • Stomach
  • Pancreas
  • Liver
  • Small bowel and nutrition
  • Colon

On completion of the gastroenterology postgraduate course, you will be able to:

  • Articulate professional decisions, incorporating an evidence based rationale, in a variety of diverse and complex situations related to gastroenterology.
  • Demonstrate the critical application of gastroenterology research to clinical practice.
  • Apply life-long learning and advanced problem solving skills to clinical practice.
  • Demonstrate leadership in the delivery and advancement of gastroenterology related care.
  • Demonstrate leadership of teams in multi-agency, multi-cultural and/or international contexts.
  • Demonstrate evaluation skills in the delivery of care to patients



The online Gastroenterology Diploma lasts one calendar year and is a part-time distance learning course. It consists of six modules per year, each of six weeks’ duration, worth 20 credits each.

The Gastroenterology course is wholly online and can be accessed by any student with a computer and access to the internet. Students are put in virtual tutor groups of 10-15 and they use a discussion forum to interact with the tutor and rest of the group. The format of the six modules follow the same pattern and module structure. During a module, students will use the course website several times a week to follow discussion threads, make their own contributions and interact with the tutor and fellow students. There is no didactic teaching, instead, students are asked questions and prompted to go and search the literature, read it critically and respond on the course website.


There are four components of assessment to assess the learning outcomes of each module:

  • Case based scenarios and discussion 40%
  • Reflective portfolio 10%
  • Group activity 20%
  • Case based exam 30%


As part of your studies you will have access to over 13,000 full-text journal articles, news articles and conference proceedings.


Health professionals working within a clinical setting, both UK and overseas, with a related Healthcare Science degree (including international qualifications) are eligible to apply for the Post Graduate Diploma in Gastroenterology course.

Applicants without the above academic criteria but relevant/suitable experience can apply. Applications will be judged on the individual specifics of background and qualifications including ability to work at Postgraduate level (applicants may be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at Postgraduate level and demonstrate requisite clinical/professional knowledge).

Applicants should submit copies of the following with their application:

·         Qualification certificates

·         One written reference

·         English language qualification (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent)

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.

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 postgraduate course.

For healthcare professionals who successfully gain this Postgraduate Diploma, career progression would likely be facilitated, as well as the direct opportunity to improve patient care.