Transplantation PGCert

12 months part time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: part time £2,335
International: part time fees

More information is available about Tuition Fees and discounts.

Programme Overview

This programme will provide students with an all round education in the principles and practice of solid organ transplantation above and below the diaphragm. The programme at Newcastle is distinctive in providing participants with an in-depth appreciation of Transplantation Sciences in the clinical setting, alongside linking academic theory with ‘real’ workplace practice.

The programme has been developed in partnership with the Institute of Transplantation at the Freeman Hospital, and it is here that students will be based for the duration of their studies.

The programme aims to develop student’s knowledge and understanding of;

  • The major issues and developments around clinical transplantation
  • The major ethical and legal issues associated with solid organ transplantation
  • The processes of liver, kidney and pancreas transplantation from initial identification of  donor recipients through to post-operative care
  • The process of heart, lung and heart-lung transplantation from initial identification of donor recipients through to post operative care

The programme will also develop student’s clinical awareness in;

  • The critical assessment of short and long term strategies for the use of immune suppression to prevent transplantation rejection, the different mechanisms by which the immune system may reject transplanted organs and the impact of recent clinical advances in this field
  • The various surgical problems that can occur in clinical transplantation, and how these can differ between different types of solid organ graft
  • The clinical choices available for the maintenance of different solid organ grafts

The programme is suitable for students who have had experience of varying roles within an NHS Healthcare setting including; Medical and Surgical Trainees, Clinical Trial Managers, Transplant Coordinators and Nurses.

On completion students should possess practical expertise in;

  • The identification of key risk factors in post-transplantation including rejection, infection and PTLD
  • The evaluation of appropriate choices for the maintenance of different solid organ graft including tolerance
  • The production of a personal care plan for patients undergoing solid organ transplantation


The programme compromises of three compulsory taught modules (60 credits) including: Principles of Transplantation Science; Transplantation of the Kidney, Liver and Pancreas; and Transplantation of the Heart & Lung.

The modules are delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars and self-directed learning.

Find out more detailed information about the programme modules.

+Entrance Requirements

A lower-second-class honours degree in an appropriate discipline, an equivalent professional qualification in a profession allied to medicine with at least two years post-qualification experience, a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), Bachelor of Dental Surgery (DBS) or international equivalent.

Applicants working for a NHS Trust must provide evidence showing that study leave has been approved before they can register for the programme.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each sub-section), TOEFL 100 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 69 or equivalent.  

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

International students must follow a full-time degree programme to receive a student visa however students on a working visa may be eligible for part-time study on this programme.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

There is no closing date for this programme. However, international students applying for September 2014 entry should apply by Friday 11 July 2014 to ensure that they have time to put appropriate arrangements in place.

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:
UK/EU students should contact:
Medical Sciences Graduate School
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7002
Fax: +44 (0)191 208 7038

International students wishing to discuss these opportunities may contact:
Professor Steve Yeaman
Director of International Postgraduate Studies
Faculty of Medical Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7433

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Biomedicine