The Postgraduate Diploma in Endocrinology from the University of South Wales is designed to be very practical and clinically focused.
This online course aims to help the student to 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.
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; it 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.
On completion of the diploma, students have:
a greater confidence and understanding of the management of patients with endocrine disorders through case studies and discussion.
improved critical analysis of published data and data interpretation.
Licenciado/Título de Ingeniero/Título de Arquitecto with an average of 6.0-6.9, Aprobado or above
English language qualifications:
GCSE pass in English at Grade C or above
IELTS with an average overall score 6.5 with at least a 5.5 in each component
TOEFL IBT minimum score 88
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): exams taken from January 2015 – overall score of 176 with at least 162 in each component; exams taken before January 2015 – Grade C and no less than borderline in each skill
Trinity College English Language qualifications: ISE III Pass for postgraduate taught courses and research applications
City and Guild’s IESOL/ISESOL tests at expert and mastery levels (C2 and C1) for the majority of postgraduate programmes
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) with a minimum of 67 points in each elemen
Don’t worry if you do not meet these requirements, we run a number of courses to prepare you for academic studies.
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 6 modules per year, each of 6 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
Learning and teaching methods
At the outset, there is an optional one day residential programme at the University’s Glyntaff campus which provides an overview of the course and the study skills required.
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 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.
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