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Neonatal Medicine (Taught)

Cardiff University
3 years
Part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Online / Distance
01 October 2021

Program description

Neonatal Medicine (Taught)

The MSc in Neonatal Medicine is open to medical doctors, nurse practitioners and other health professionals involved in neonatal healthcare.Entry to the dissertation stage for the MSc award requires completion of the Cardiff University Postgraduate Diploma in Neonatal Medicine.

This part-time distance learning course focuses on the study of clinical problems and therapeutic approaches specific to neonatal healthcare.The physiological and anatomical changes that occur during gestation and after birth influence clinical presentation and effective treatment strategies for sick and premature infants.Understanding the scientific basis for neonatal healthcare is vital to clinical decision making and managing the ethical and communication challenges faced by clinical teams every day.

The course aims toprepare clinicians to identify, critically appraise, plan and implementmore effective treatments based on a sound knowledge of relevant research evidence, clinical practice, anatomy and pathophysiology.

Distinctive features

  • The distance-learning format gives clinicians the flexibility to gain a postgraduate qualification alongside busy jobs
  • The active involvement of clinical neonatologists and academics ensures there is both scientific rigour and relevance to day to day clinical work
  • The dissertation allows students to explore an area of personal interest or relevance to their own clinical setting with the support of an academic supervisor

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September.

Admission requirements

To be eligible, applicants must have completed the Cardiff University Postgraduate Diploma in Neonatal Medicine.

In addition to satisfying the Cardiff University General Entrance Requirement, including English Language requirements, applicants will normally be:

  • Qualified medical doctors holding the clinical professional qualification recognised as the required entry qualification for their clinical profession (i.e. MB.ChB. or equivalent).
  • Qualified Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (ANNP) holding the clinical professional qualification recognised as the required entry qualification for their clinical profession (i.e. BN or equivalent) and in addition the training qualifying them to work as an ANNP (BSc / BSc and Postgraduate Certificate at MSc level / MSc, or equivalent).

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

  • Respiratory Care in Neonatal Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Care in Neonatal Medicine
  • Critical Care in Neonates
  • Neurological Care in Neonatal Medicine
  • Nutrition and Gut Function in Neonates
  • Transportation of Neonates and Children
  • Dissertation: Neonatal Medicine

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees for UK and EU students is £4,850

Tuition Fees for students from outside the EU is £7,850

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.


What skills will I practise and develop?

By fully engaging in this course, you will have the opportunity to develop a wealth of skills and abilities you can apply to any professional setting. In addition to greater conceptual understanding of current knowledge, issues and methods, you will have the opportunity to practise and develop abilities in critical analysis, in the application of evidence based medicine and in dealing with complex issues systematically and creatively.Your studies should also help you develop your problem-solving and decision-making abilities by enabling you to utilise evidence effectively and communicate important concepts to colleagues and others.Through the dissertation you will have the opportunity to develop and enhance skills in such as literature review, critical evaluation, research design, research methodologies, data collection, data analysis and research principles.

In addition to the outcomes from the pre-requisite Postgraduate Diploma in Neonatal Medicine, by fully engaging in this course, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of specialised and/or complex area(s) of study, and an ability to relate these to the subject chosen and their own professional context.
  • Describe clearly the work carried out supported by cogent, evidence-based arguments to support the conclusions drawn.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and critical analysis of a level commensurate with Master’s level (QAA level 7) study research projects.
  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate and apply new ideas and concepts to your own professional setting.
  • Systematically review literature and other evidence sources demonstrating critical analysis, synthesis and reflection to evaluate the strength and provenance of evidence.
  • Explain clearly the methods used in the project and justify the choice of methods based on available evidence and logical argument.
  • Deal with complex issues systematically and creatively.
  • Demonstrate problem solving and/or decision making abilities in utilising evidence effectively and communicating important concepts.
  • Explore a topic relevant to Neonatal Medicine and write a comprehensive project report that demonstrates good practice in research/audit and contributes to the development of the body of knowledge and/or clinical practice in the field.

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