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Therapeutics (Taught)

Cardiff University
Program overview
1-2 Years
Full time/part time
Graduate diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
14,650 GBP
Start dates
Cardiff
14,650 GBP
28 September 2020

Cardiff
14,650 GBP
27 September 2021

Program description

Therapeutics (Taught)

The Postgraduate Diploma or Certificate in Therapeutics is designed for medical practitioners, pharmacists, specialist nurses, and others who wish to gain further expertise in the practical management of common therapeutic problems.

This distance-learning course is taught online, and aims to equip you with a sound understanding of the management of common medical conditions and to develop skills in evidence-based medicine. Graduates would be expected to gain the skills and expertise necessary to become the ‘local therapeutics expert’.

The course arises from a leading research centre and aims to encourage critical thinking and to equip students not only with practical and factual knowledge, but also provide a basic approach to therapeutic problems, encouraging attitudes and abilities which will be of lasting value in dealing with future advances in therapy.

Most of the teaching is problem-orientated and is specifically designed to be of direct relevance to practice. There are several different integrated components to the course structure. There is fortnightly reading for each module, with copies of or links to key articles. There are also regular clinical exercises to be completed which provide the basis of in-course assessment. There is an electronic discussion board, as well as dedicated email and telephone contacts, to ensure good communication with the University and between candidates.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Therapeutics is available in part-time basis with one-year duration.

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

Admission requirements

The program is suitable for all health-care professionals who prescribe or use drug treatments in their work and who have usually had basic training in pharmacology at undergraduate level (e.g. doctors, pharmacists, and nurses).

At the discretion of the Board of Studies, non-graduates whose relative lack of formal qualifications is compensated for by their relevant work experience may also be admitted to candidature provided the candidate has held, for a minimum period of two years, a position of responsibility relevant to the program.

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


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Tuition fees

Full-Time Tuition fee

  • UK and EU students: £9,700
  • Students from outside the EU: £14,650

Part-Time Tuition fee

  • UK and EU students: £4,850
  • Students from outside the EU: £7,850

Scholarships & funding

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

Qualification

What skills will I practise and develop?

By fully engaging in this course, you will have the opportunity to practise and develop a number of skills which are not among the formal learning outcomes and which will not be formally assessed.

We aim to encourage critical thinking and to equip our students not only with practical and factual knowledge, but also with a basic approach to therapeutic problems, encouraging attitudes and abilities which will be of lasting value in dealing with future advances in therapy.

You will have the opportunity to develop a number of transferable skills such as the ability to: use the general medical literature and be familiar with effective search strategies; effectively and efficiently interrogate the commonly used databases of medical literature; make effective use of Cardiff University’s virtual learning environment (Learning Central™) and the library facilities for distance-learning students.

After fully engaging in the course, you should:

  • Be able to think critically, as we will aim to equip our students not only with practical and factual knowledge, but also with a basic approach to therapeutic problems, which will encourage attitudes and abilities that will be of lasting value in dealing with future advances in therapy.
  • Continue to improve your prescribing skills, having gained a cutting-edge postgraduate qualification by distance-learning.
  • Demonstrate appropriate skills and attitudes in relation to the use of evidence-based medicine and the critical analysis of scientific / medical literature.
  • Develop and further advance a sound understanding of the management of common medical conditions.
  • Put into practice current standards for safe prescribing and explain such guidelines with reference to the knowledge you have gained concerning drug safety.

Career opportunities

This program is particularly suitable for those who wish to increase their knowledge of therapeutics in order to improve the management of common medical conditions and to develop skills in evidence-based medicine. Graduates would be expected to gain the skills and expertise necessary to become the ‘local therapeutics expert’. Many graduates have gone on to hold senior positions in clinical and governmental organisations.

This Masters program enables you to demonstrate you are taking the opportunity to develop your abilities in critical analysis, problem-solving, decision-making, finding and using evidence and in dealing with complex issues. Whilst we do not formally assess clinical skills or competencies in a face-to-face context (so the program is not a substitute for a formal specialty training program), studying at this level should help successful students demonstrate numerous academic skills that should be highly regarded in relation to their career development and progression. In particular, the program offers opportunities to demonstrate the development of knowledge and skills in relation to the application of evidence-based medicine and the potential enhancement of services and governance frameworks. As such, it should provide evidence of commitment and potential that may assist you in relation to taking on greater responsibilities or perhaps seeking management, research, scholarship, or leadership roles.

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