Postgraduate Diploma in Endocrinology (Online Delivery)
The Postgraduate Diploma in Endocrinology is relevant to all health professionals – such as specialist registrars, endocrine nurses and primary care physicians with a specialist interest in endocrinology – who may have exposure to people with endocrine-related disorders. It is designed to create professionals who can independently access information and use it to critically assess, evaluate and disseminate the evidence base related to endocrine care.
This online course, run with the collaborative partner Diploma MSc, will help you develop creative problem-solving approaches to complex clinical situations and become an important advocate in the delivery of care to people with endocrinology-related problems. Through case studies and discussion, you’ll develop a greater understanding of the management of patients with endocrine disorders, and improved critical analysis of published data and data. On successful completion of this course you could go on to study the MSc Endocrinology.
The postgraduate diploma course is based on the Royal College of Physicians Specialty Training. The online course lasts one calendar year and is a part time distance learning course, with six modules per year, each of six weeks duration.
Module 1 – Disorders of the hypothalamus and pituitary
Module 2 – Disorders of the thyroid
Module 3 – Disorders of the adrenals
Module 4 – Disorders of parathyroids, calcium and bone
Module 5 – Reproductive endocrinology
Module 6 – Endocrine-related cancer
Once you have secured your place on the course, you will be invited to an Online Induction Day Webinar. This will give you the opportunity to participate in study skills workshops on Harvard Referencing, scientific and reflective writings, and levels of evidence in preparation for your studies.
It is not compulsory for you to attend our Induction Day, but it is recommended as it’ll provide you with a sturdy introduction to the course.
For the continuing online course, candidates are split into groups of 10-15 students. Each group is supervised by a lecturer who facilitates the group, monitors and assesses each student throughout the module. The fees for this course are available from the Diploma MSc website.
Each of the six modules have the same assessment format:
- Academic Forum - 40%
- Reflective Journal - 10%
- Module activity - 20%
- Case based examination - 30%
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.
- Dr Karl New, course lead
- Dr Atul Kalhan, course director
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 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.
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 2022 - July 2023 Fees
August 2023 - July 2024 Fees
August 2024 - July 2025 Fees
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.
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.
Funding to help pay for (or cover) course tuition fees and living costs
Whilst you’re studying, you’ll have two main financial obligations – tuition fees and living costs. There’s lots of financial help available from the University of South Wales and external funding sources, that may provide loans (which have to be paid back) and grants, scholarships and bursaries (that don't).
To learn about course fees, funding options, and to see if you are eligible for financial support, visit our Fees and Funding pages.
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.
The course has direct relevance to the demands of working roles and will assist in career enhancement and support specialisation. It is envisaged that most students will be in endocrine-related posts or aspiring to such positions.
The course provides appropriate post qualification preparation for roles in endocrine-related specialist teams, specialist nursing, practice nursing and allied health professionals aiming to provide endocrine-related services in primary care. Similarly, pharmaceutical companies are keen to support their representatives in postgraduate education and this qualification will be perceived favourably in career progression and specialisation.