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.

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

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 – Other important respiratory conditions and diseases (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.


The Postgraduate Diploma in Respiratory Medicine is delivered through a 100% online learning environment however there is opportunity to attend a pre-course lecture series in either the UK (Glyntaff campus, University of South Wales) or South Africa (CDE Johannesberg).

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.


Students are assessed across the following components of the module:

  • Clinical case scenarios with case-based discussion
  • Reflective journal
  • Group/individual activity
  • Case-based Examination


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.


The Postgraduate Diploma in Respiratory Medicine is elivered 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.

Health professionals, both UK and overseas, with an honours degree or equivalent (including international qualifications) are eligible to apply for the PGDip in Respiratory Medicine course online.
Applicants should submit copies of the following with their application:
• Qualification certificates
• One written reference

The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.


For further information, please visit the Diploma MSc website or contact their admissions team on


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.

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.