In clinical practice, both in primary and secondary care, kidney disease is encountered frequently by the non-kidney specialist, especially as it is as a complication of common conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Healthcare professionals on the front line need to be equipped with the skills and knowledge to deal with potential nephrology patients confidently and effectively.
Delivered online with our collaborative partner Diploma MSc, this renal medicine course will enable you to diagnose and treat patients with symptoms of kidney disease with confidence, without being a kidney specialist.
It will equip you with the knowledge and skills to prevent or reduce the progression of CKD and ensure timely referral to secondary care, help you to treat dialysis and transplant patients from a primary care perspective and consolidate your knowledge to ensure best patient care and service outcomes.
The course will include six modules, each of six weeks' duration, studied in one calendar year, entirely online.
Although you’ll be learning entirely online, you will be part of a group with 10 to 15 other students - to share ideas, debate scenarios and develop best practice with.
You’ll have the support of a dedicated team who will help you with any challenges you may face - from help with navigating our online learning platform to advice on what you need to do to pass the course and meet deadlines.
You’ll be invited to an induction day where you will meet tutors and have workshops on study skills such as scientific writing, levels of evidence, Harvard referencing and reflective writing. The induction day will be at the University of South Wales in the UK. It is not compulsory to attend but if you would like to and don't live locally, you can take part online.
Current fees are available from the Diploma MSc website.
You will be assessed through a combination of your input on case scenarios on our discussion forum, a case-based exam, group activity and your own personal reflection.
The course is delivered via Moodle – our virtual learning platform. You will be given full guidance on how to make the most of Moodle, including the discussion forums and the social forum. You will also have access to all of the University’s learning materials including online journals and publications.
Richard Smith, Consultant Nephrologist and Associate Medical Director for Research and Innovation at Ipswich Hospital is the Course Director. Richard has:
Places are limited so we recommend you apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. To secure your place on the course you typically need one of the following:
All applications are assessed on an individual basis so if you don’t have one of the above healthcare qualifications a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account.
Please submit copies of the following with your application:
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.
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.
In clinical practice, kidney or renal disease is encountered frequently by the non-kidney specialist, both in primary and secondary care, especially as it is as a complication of common conditions, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Therefore healthcare professionals on the front line, including primary care and specialist units, need to be equipped with the skills and knowledge to deal with potential nephrology patients confidently and effectively. The course will provide you with this ability and knowledge.