Respiratory Medicine - PGCert

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. 

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.

 

 

 

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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.

Modules

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 2 compulsory core modules, both of 20 credits: 

Respiratory Medicine in Secondary Care

This module comprises of 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

Occupational Health MSc/Diploma/Certificate

Multidisciplinary Healthcare Simulation - PGCert

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Fees and funding

Fees

2019/20:
Home/EU
£3,083

International students
£7,230

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.


For EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to eligible financial support via the Postgraduate Masters or Doctoral loan for the duration of their course. For more information visit the gov.uk website.

You can also visit our EU Referendum information page for more information and updates.

Scholarships   

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 Home/EU and International funding opportunities please visit the Postgraduate Funding Database.

Entry 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.

How to apply

International students requiring visas

Monday 1 July 2019 is the application deadline for international students who require a visa to study in the United Kingdom. We are not able to consider applications for 2019 made after this date - a new application should be made for September 2020. Applications will reopen for 2020 entry in early October 2019.

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Making your application

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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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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