The popular Postgraduate Diploma in Endocrinology and Diabetes distance learning is designed both as a complete curriculum in Endocrinology and Diabetes for new entrants into these fields and as an update and extension for those already in it. The course provides physicians, especially those training in endocrinology and related specialties, with a foundation in the theoretical and clinically-applied aspects of this discipline.
The unique aspects of this programme include:
- World-class specialty faculty engaged in teaching and supervision
- History of excellence of the centre for endocrinology at Barts and the London Medical School
- Breadth of syllabus
- Distance learning and novel teaching methods
- Part time alongside clinical work
The programme covers a comprehensive curriculum in clinical endocrinology. It is taught entirely by distance learning.
Aims of the course include:
- To enhance awareness of the basic sciences and research techniques underpinning endocrinology and diabetes including literature searches, reviewing evidence, critical appraisal of scientific literature, use of databases, writing papers and articles and correct application of statistics.
- To develop understanding of the clinical sciences relevant to specialist clinical practice in endocrinology and diabetes.
- To develop knowledge of common and important disorders in endocrinology and diabetes at a level appropriate to underpin clinical experience and support independent practice.
- To develop the problem-solving skills which will enable independent practice as a specialist.
- To develop professional competencies of medical graduates in allied areas to understand the pathophysiology, investigation and management of endocrine disorders
- To develop related transferable skills such as correct use of statistics, use of databases, literature searches, reviewing evidence, critical appraisal of scientific literature, writing papers and articles.
- For students completing the independent research module also to focus on a piece of original research – this may be prospective and involve basic science or clinical skills and techniques or may focus on a detailed review of an area within the curriculum.
Studying this course will lead to improved knowledge in the subject including up-to-date and emerging areas of research. Completion of the course may be considered favourably by training bodies and prospective employers.
The Postgraduate Diploma comprises a taught course of 8 modules, delivered over 4 semesters. This will comprise 16 months of total study.
All of the modules are core to the Diploma and are studied in order of presentation, commencing with a 'generic skills and core knowledge' module which provides a foundation on which the subsequent modules build.
The MSc course comprises the taught course described above, with in addition during the second year of study involving an independent research project over a further two semesters. This project may be either laboratory or clinically-based, or in certain circumstances, library-based. The hypothesis and study design are proposed by the student and are carried out in the student’s home institution.
All students will initially register for the Postgraduate Diploma. Progression to MSc will be determined by student preference and successful completion of the taught course.
- Qualification requirements for the course are MB BS or basic medical degree from universities recognised by the University of London. Candidates should generally have worked for one year after registration (two-three years post qualification).
- Applicants may be interviewed prior to acceptance and course entry may be competitive.
- Students must have access to a suitable computer and broadband access to the internet. Availability of minimum system specifications for using ‘Blackboard’ is required.
- Non-native speakers must achieve a minimum of IELTS 7.0 or Warwick English Language Test BBB and provide certification of this.
Students must be able to sit examinations at a British Council Centre, or a similar approved centre, under invigilation or be able to attend examinations in the UK.
Learning and teaching
Novel and flexible learning activities include:
- Lectures: These will be delivered by members of the course faculty. In addition there will occasional ‘guest lectures’ for selected topics.
- Podcasts: This material will be presented in audio files (MP3 format) with, where relevant, linked paper-based reading material.
- Lecture notes and document reading material: Some topics will also be covered in the form of guided reading – with a reading list or short series of scientific papers to read followed by questions or exercises.
- Online Seminars / Tutorials: Some topics will be covered in real-time online seminars, delivered by Skype (or similar technology). These may be based around a topic or around a series of relevant articles.
- Clinical case presentations relevant to the topic together with areas for discussion that arise from the cases.
- ‘HOT’ topics: Modules will contain an up-to-date review of ‘HOT topics’ in the subject area.
- Ask the expert session in which students submit questions during the module via the message board. A discussion of these in interview format with a relevant 'expert' will be delivered in the form of a podcast in the final week of the module.
- Demonstration videos: Where specific types of clinical examination or testing are to be demonstrated, delivery will be in the form of short training videos (MP4 format).
- Online reading lists, linked where possible, to the journals in which the papers appear.
Assessment is by a mixture of coursework assignments for each module and a final exam.
The taught course will be delivered online via 'Blackboard'. This is an easy-to-use online virtual learning environment.
Each module is presented on-line as:
- Summary of the module
- Aims and Objectives
- Week-by-week Module Plan
- Plan for assessment
Additional one-to-one tutorials with individual students will be arranged if required Library facilities. All students registered on the course will have access to the college on-line library facilities. This gives access to a large number of relevant journals. Students will have access to other academic literature and journals in the same way as on-site students.
The students will cover 8 modules including:
- Generic skills and core knowledge
- Hypothalamus and Pituitary
- Thyroid, Parathyroid and Bone
- Reproductive, pregnancy and paediatric endocrinology
- Metabolism, energy balance and lipids
- Adrenal cortex and medulla
- Genetics, oncology and neuroendocrine tumours
- Diabetes Mellitus
By the completion of the course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate their achievement of the specific learning outcomes detailed in each of the modules of the course which relate to each of the endocrine systems of the body. The achievement of the learning outcomes will be assessed by formative assessment during each of the modules and by summative assessment both at the end of each module and with an end-of-course written examination.
- Describe the basic sciences and research techniques underpinning the practice of clinical endocrinology and diabetes.
- Search and interpret the literature to apply results from the relevant clinical sciences to the management of the endocrine patient.
- Review evidence, apply the correct use of statistics and critically appraise the scientific literature to draw conclusions about endocrine physiology, pathology and clinical care.
- Demonstrate a knowledge of the common and important disorders in endocrinology and diabetes outlined in the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board for higher training in this field and outlined in the learning objectives in each of the modules. Achievement at a level appropriate to underpin clinical experience and support independent practice will be evaluated by formative assessment during online tutorials, discussion groups and message boards.
- Demonstrate knowledge of, and skills in and appropriate attitudes towards the diagnosis, investigation and management of patients with disorders of the hypothalamus and pituitary, thyroid, parathyroids, bone metabolism, reproductive endocrinology, growth and development, energy balance, the adrenal glands, endocrine-related cancers and diabetes mellitus.
- Utilise problem-solving skills in the clinical and research settings which will enable independent practice as a specialists
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There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.
These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.
Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships
We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.
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Alternative sources of funding
Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.
Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.
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