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Respiratory Medicine - MSc/PGDip/PGCert

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Full-time, part-time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught

MSc tuition fees for 2022/23:

UK: £9,810
International: £25,740

More details on fees and funding

This taught programme provides you with an overview of common conditions in respiratory medicine, their diagnosis and management, and the balance of public health, community and secondary care input to the overall service delivery in the speciality. It is taught using a mixture of lectures, tutorials, hands on practical sessions and workplace based elements. It will provide speciality training for budding respiratory specialists in primary or secondary care, either medical or allied healthcare professional. 

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This programme can be accessed through the 60 credit PG Certificate; 120 credit PG Diploma or the 180 credit Masters. If you wish to study this programme to Postgraduate Diploma level then you will need to complete additional modules of the programme but will not need to complete a dissertation, which is only available to those studying for the Masters.

The specific aims of the programme are to:

1. Provide an in-depth understanding of the common conditions and concepts relevant to community based respiratory medicine including:

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Asthma
  • Cough
  • Sleep apnoea

2. Equip you with a comprehensive understanding and practical knowledge of acute respiratory problems, and complex lung conditions managed in a secondary care setting including:

  • TB and other respiratory infections
  • Non-invasive ventilation
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Lung cancer
  • Cystic fibrosis

3. Provide you with the knowledge and practical skills to plan and deliver efficient and successful clinical services through case based learning and supervised clinical protocol design.

Why study this course?

The University of Birmingham is linked to University Hospitals Birmingham (one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK) and clinical placements for the modules, with the opportunity to study with leading clinicians at UHB, is a unique opportunity.

Birmingham is also one of the most diverse cities in the UK, which brings with it the challenge of managing disease in different communities, whose health beliefs may differ. From a learning perspective this means that we can give opportunity to see different models of care at work, from intense hospital based work to integrated and virtual care models in the community setting.

The University of Birmingham/UHB partnership is integral to Birmingham Health Partners, which also works with Birmingham Women's and Children's Hospital, so we can also access teaching from leading paediatricians where students' studies require it.

Finally the University of Birmingham has cutting edge facilities for precision medicine, for example through the Institute for Translational Medicine (ITM) which is an increasingly important area in respiratory medicine, in lung cancer, asthma and more. You may have the opportunity to hear about, or see, clinical trials in these areas during placements at UHB.


We cater for all learners with an adaptable mix of teaching styles such as lectures, seminars, small group work and workplace based attachments in our renowned NHS partner (UHB) to facilitate clinically relevant learning.

In the core modules you will experience face-to-face days on campus, days in clinical practice with world leading experts (eg Professor David Thickett, Adel Mansur) and supervisory meetings for the written assignment as required. 

Core modules

There are two compulsory core modules, both 20 credits:

Respiratory Medicine in Secondary Care

This module comprises three face-to-face training days, plus case based learning in clinical practice, a written assessment which focuses on case based presentations allied to evidence review OR may be a service delivery plan, plus an SAQ examination

Respiratory Medicine in the Community

This is also available as part of the MSc in Primary and Community Care, thus is a great opportunity to meet colleagues from other disciplines. Face-to-face training occurs on the following topics: COPD, lung cancer, ILD, TB, NIV, service design and management. Case based learning and assessment similar to the other core module, except with MCQ rather than SAQ assessment.

Optional modules

1 x 20 credit module (or 2 x 10 credit) chosen from a list as follows of existing modules (below). If 10 credit modules are changed to 20 credit by the parent programmes this will not alter their suitability for use in this PGCert.

Masters in Public Health - MPH

Clinical Oncology MSc/Diploma - Part-time

Clinical Trials – MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert

Multidisciplinary Healthcare Simulation - PGCert



  • PGCert
    • UK: £3,270
    • International: £8,580
  • PGDip
    • UK: £6,540 full-time, £3,270 part-time
    • International: £17,160
  • MSc
    • UK: £9,810 full-time, £4,905 part-time
    • International: £25,740

Please note that international students are only eligible to study this programme on a full-time basis.

Self funding students can choose to pay in instalments by direct debit.

Learn more about fees and funding.

Are you an international applicant?

All international applicants to this course will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of £2,000 on receipt of an offer, to secure their place.

Find out more about the deposit >>.


International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. Visit our website for information about scholarships for international students.

For information about all UK and international student funding opportunities please visit the Postgraduate Funding Database.

Birmingham Masters Scholarships

We are offering over 200 awards of £2,000 to support the brightest and best applicants wishing to undertake Masters study at the University during 2022-23.

The deadline for applications is Friday 1 July 2022.

Apply now  

How To Apply

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Application deadlines

The deadline for International students (including EU) to apply is Friday 1 July 2022. The deadline for UK students is Wednesday 31 August 2022.

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Our Standard Requirements

BSc or equivalent professional qualification (e.g. nursing, physiotherapy or medical degree)

On a case-by-case basis, other classes of degree and/or relevant qualifications and experience of working within respiratory medicine will be considered.

English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

English to IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component).

If you need help with your English language skills then support is available.

The English for Academic Purposes Presessional course is for international students who have a conditional offer to study at the University, but who do not currently meet the English language requirements. The course is tailored to your level of English and allows you to meet the English language requirements for your programme without retaking IELTS. The EAP programme runs throughout the year and offers different programme lengths ranging from 42 weeks to 6 weeks. The length of course you need depends on your future course, your existing IELTS score and the English level you need for your university degree.

Find out more about the English for Academic Purposes Presessional course.

International Requirements

Assessment Methods

Respiratory medicine in secondary care

  • 2 hour SAQ examination
  • Written assignment of 3000 words covering a case based discussion and evidence review OR a service design plan

Respiratory medicine in the community

  • 35 minute MCQ examination
  • Written assignment of 3000 words comprising cases and evidence review
  • Pass/fail assignment in practice of case discussions

Optional modules

For assessment information for optional modules please see links in modules section.

Students completing this programme would likely be able to work at an advanced level in respiratory medicine, for example clinical nurse specialist or allied healthcare professional. Those who are medically qualified may have a competitive advantage against others who have only completed Deanery based training and assessment when considering consultant posts.

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