Postgraduate Diploma ( 9 months Online learning / 2 years Part-time Online Learning )


Application deadline for 2019 entry: Friday 16 September 2019

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 Immunobiology 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.
  • Offer you the flexibility of distance learning.
  • Give you hands on training in endoscopy techniques.
  • Offer opportunities to stay in the Centre as clinical research fellow, if your aim is further study.

For further information and Frequently Asked Questions, please see our help sheet here

Why study your MSc in 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 Immunobiology 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 the United 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.


Gastroenterology is available to study at postgraduate diploma level full-time for eight months , or via distance learning over two years.


Undertaking a postgraduate 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 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 online 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.

Core modules

Further information

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


For further information, please contact:

Rebecca Chappell
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 2656

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements for the course 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.

Learning and teaching

As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. A variety of teaching and learning methods will be employed including; seminars, laboratory practice sessions, self-directed learning, one-to-one tutorials, case presentations, reading lists of books and journal papers. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.

For those studying via distance learning, this course will be delivered using a variety of methods including: online lectures, podcasts, lecture notes and documentary reading material, guided reading exercises, online seminars/tutorials, clinical case presentations and analysis utilising the principles of evidence-based medicine, together with moderated discussion via the discussion board, ‘Ask the expert’ sessions, demonstration videos if applicable.

Independent Study

For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.


Each module is examined separately by coursework and a written exam at the end of the module.


It is possible to upgrade to the MSc during your time of study. Please speak to the Teaching Fellows about this.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time DL £7,000
Part time DL £3,500

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time DL £12,600
Part time DL £6,350

Part time fees are charged per annum over two years for a two year programme and per annum over three years for a three year programme. A percentage increase may be applied to the fees in years two and three.

This increase is defined each year and published on the intranet and in the Tuition Fee Regulations. A 3% increase was applied to the unregulated university fees in 2019/20. Further information can be viewed on our University Fees webpage, including details about annual increases.


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.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

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.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717



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