Postgraduate Diploma in Respiratory Medicine (Online Delivery)

Respiratory medicine is an increasingly important field of medicine, as respiratory disease is a growing cause of morbidity and mortality. This Postgraduate Diploma in Respiratory Medicine course offers you the opportunity to explore and study the major classes of respiratory disease.

Run with the collaborative partner Diploma MSc, the Postgraduate Diploma in Respiratory Medicine allows you to apply knowledge for direct clinical benefit and future study in respiratory medicine. The Postgraduate Diploma is aimed at Doctors, GPs, Allied Health Professionals, Practice Nurses or those with equivalent professional qualifications and background experience. Once you have completed the PG Diploma you could progress to the MSc Respiratory Medicine.

2020/21 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

Study Mode
2020
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 1 Year March On Line 8
Part-time 1 Year September On Line 8
Study Mode
2021
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 1 Year September On Line 8

The online Respiratory Medicine Postgraduate Diploma offers you the opportunity to explore and study the major classes of respiratory disease.

Year One:

Module 1 – Respiratory medicine – Symptoms, signs and investigations (20 credits)
Module 2 – Asthma and Allergy (20 credits)
Module 3 – Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (20 credits)
Module 4 – Thoracic oncology and pleural disease (20 credits)
Module 5 – Respiratory infections; diagnoses and management (20 credits)
Module 6 – Wider Respiratory Horizon (20 credits)

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

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the care of patients in respiratory medicine.
  • Critically understand current issues affecting the care of patients undertaking respiratory treatments.
  • Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of respiratory medicine that will facilitate decision-making in unpredictable and/or complex situations.
  • Use knowledge to adapt professional practice to meet the changing demands of healthcare systems.

Teaching

Dedicated and experienced tutors will deliver the course content, which will require you to communicate directly, and actively participate in discussions on the forum. You will participate in both individual and group projects throughout your studies.

The fees for this course are available from the Diploma MSc website.

Assessment

Each of the six modules have the same assessment format:

  • Academic Forum - 40%
  • Reflective Journal - 10%
  • Group/individual activity - 20%
  • Case based examination - 30%

Facilities

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.

Lecturers

The Postgraduate Diploma in Respiratory Medicine is delivered by a board who have an established international reputation in Respiratory medicine and health education:

Our tutors are recognised experts in respiratory medicine and health education and are experienced in delivering online learning.

 
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 2019 - July 2020 Fees

August 2020 - July 2021 Fees

August 2021 - July 2022 Fees

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.

Please register and apply directly to the University for this course.   
Admissions statement 

Students are normally employed as healthcare professionals so work/study placements would not be suitable.

Completion of the course will enhance private practice and will help career progression. The course gives you the direct opportunity to improve patient care.