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Gastroenterology (MSc / Postgraduate Diploma Distance Learning)

  • Distance Learning
  • Attendance Based
  • Part Time
  • Full Time

Designed as both a thorough introduction and update in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition, this programme is aimed at clinicians wishing to gain strong knowledge of the sciences underpinning clinical diseases and their management. It offers a focus on the relevant basic sciences and research techniques.

You will be based at the Centre for Digestive Diseases which has two endoscopy training simulators, and training on these simulators is included if you are a full-time student, you will also have opportunities to observe clinical meetings, audits, clinics or endoscopy sessions, mainly in the latter half of the year.

This programme will:

  • Cover the complete curriculum in gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition if you are a new entrant into these fields, and act as an update and extension if you are already working in it.
  • Give you hands on training in endoscopy techniques.

You can also choose to study this MSc via distance learning, either full-time or part-time.

  1. MSc On-site (1 year, full time) – you would study from September to the following September, here in Whitechapel
  2. Pg Dip On-site full time (9 months, full time) – you would study from September to the following April here in Whitechapel.  The Pg Dip is the same programme as the MSc, except for the MSc research project element.
  3. Pg Dip Distance Learning (9 months, full time) – you would study from September to the following April, where you live, as a Distance Learner.
  4. Pg Dip Distance Learning (18 months, part time) – you would study from September to the April of the second year after your commencement year, where you live, as a Distance Learner.  So, someone beginning in September 2015 would finish this programme In April 2017.
  5. MSc Project for ’MSc Project for current Pg Dip Holders, Distance Learning’ – this is for you if you already hold a Pg Dip in Gastroenterology and would like to upgrade this to an MSc by undertaking the MSc Project, where you live, as a Distance Learner.



Why study Gastroenterology at Queen Mary?

Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry is comprised of two world renowned teaching hospitals, St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London, which have made, and continue to make, an outstanding contribution to modern medicine. We were one of the top five in the UK for medicine in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.

The Centre for Digestive Diseases is one of the largest academic and clinical departments in this field in the UK and includes professors in GI genetics, paediatrics, surgery, neurogastroenterology, clinical gastroenterology, GI pharmacology and GI physiology all of whom contribute to the postgraduate teaching. The vast majority of the teaching in the Diploma is provided by clinical academics who are both research and clinically active. The course has been approved by the British Society of Gastroenterology Education Committee.

  • Students attending the MSc based in London have opportunities to observe clinical meetings, audits, clinics or endoscopy sessions in the large clinical department mainly in the latter half of the year.
  • There are also two endoscopy training simulators and so training in endoscopy on these simulators is included for on-site students.
  • Started in 2010, the Postgraduate Diploma has been established as a distance learning course with the support of theUnited European Gastroenterology Federation (UEGF). The course utilises a variety of online teaching methods but the bulk of teaching is recorded live and made available later on the day of the teaching.


You will have access to a range of facilities including: medical and dental libraries located at the Royal London and at Bart's hospitals, as well as the Mile End library.

You will have access to state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment, including:

  • Cell and Tissue Engineering Laboratories; five dedicated cell culture laboratories, a molecular biology facility and general purpose laboratories
  • Confocal microscopy unit incorporating two confocal microscopes, enabling advanced 3D imaging of living cells

All distance learning students registered on the course will have access to the college online 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.

Who should apply?

The programmes are designed as a curriculum in gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition for new entrants into these fields hoping to progress their career and as an update and extension for clinicians already working in the speciality.

Entry Requirements

Qualification requirements for the courses are MB BS or a basic medical degree.

International applicants

Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

Find out more about our English language entry requirements.

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.


All students on these courses are clinicians who return to work in a large variety of healthcare settings both within and outside the UK. Many have used this course as a stepping stone to getting in to Gastroenterology training programmes or further research in the field.

The course has been seen and approved by two Professional societies, the British Society for Gastroenterology and the United European Gastroenterology Federation.

Types of Study

Gastroenterology is available to study at postgraduate diploma and masters level full-time for eight months or one year. There is also an option to study for the diploma via distance learning.

The PgDip runs from October until April. To gain the MSc you also take a research project that runs from April until August.


Undertaking a masters programme is a serious commitment, with weekly contact hours being in addition to numerous hours of independent learning and research needed to progress at the required level. When coursework or examination deadlines are approaching independent learning hours may need to increase significantly. Please contact the course convenor for precise information on the number of contact hours per week for this programme.

Distance learning

This programme is also available to study by distance learning, delivered online via QMplus. This is an easy-to-use online virtual learning environment.

You will be able to follow each lecture online via audio recordings and slide/whiteboard content. All written assignments are submitted through the blackboard system and poster and oral presentations assessed through SKYPE/webcam system. You are encouraged to interact with teaching staff and other students in online discussion forums, join group activities and be part of the student community.

Programme Structure

Core modules

Further information

To find out more, visit the Centre for Digestive Diseases pages of the  Blizard website.


For further information, please contact:

Colin Brightwell

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 2656



Dr Joanne Ooi graduated with an MSc in 2014:

I had a very rewarding year of study, benefiting from excellent exposure to all aspects of gastroenterology from experts in the field. Thanks in no small part to the academic foundations laid down by the MSc course, I have been privileged enough to take up a clinical research fellowship with the world-class team here at the Wingate Institute, with the aim of completing a PhD. 

Dr Jurgen Gerada – graduated with an MSc in 2012:

“I applied for the distance-learning course, as it was very convenient for me as I could study the whole year from home. It was a very flexible way of studying as I could view lectures, after I had completed my daily workload, and could view them online in the evening, I could use any computer wherever I am. The course is very comprehensive and the lecturers and course director are very approachable. It has been a very nice experience for me and I have grasped new information from the course and I would encourage any students and all trainees to do this course and good luck with your future”

Programme Director:

Dr. Nick Croft

For enquires regarding the course please contact:

Education Administrator:

Colin Brightwell

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 2656
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