Faculty of Medical Sciences Online Learning

Build Your Programme

How to Build your Clinical and Health Sciences Programme

Tailor your Clinical and Health Sciences Programme to meet your educational interests and professional goals.

Video: Introducing the Clinical and Health Sciences course


Our Clinical and Health Sciences programme gives you the flexibility to choose what you want to study from a library of over 30 online modules. 

Each module:

  • lasts 10 – 15 weeks
  • runs once a year
  • has a semester start date of January, April or September
  • has a credit value of 10 or 20 (requiring 10/20 hours of study per week)
  • is comprised of weekly topics

You can opt to study one individual module as a short course for your continuing professional development. You can also choose to take further modules and combine them to work towards a PG Certificate, PG Diploma or Master's in Clinical and Health Sciences

Modules can be combined as follows:

  • Postgraduate Certificate: 60 credits
  • Postgraduate Diploma: 120 credits
  • Masters: 180 credits – including 60 in a dissertation and 20 in the ‘designing a research proposal’ module

How to build your programme

To build your programme you will need to:

  • review our module library
  • decide which modules you want to study for your PGCert, PG Dip or Master's
  • take the start dates into consideration
  • plan your studies around a maximum of 40 credits per semester

Your time commitment

At the outset, it’s critical to consider just how much time you can commit to your studies every week. The pace is demanding, and most students study just one module per semester.

A 10 credit module will require about 10 hours of study a week. A 20 credit module will require about 20 hours of study a week

Where your preferred modules share a semester start date, you can extend your study period. This is because you have the following time frame to complete your studies:

  • Postgraduate Certificate: one to two years
  • Postgraduate Diploma: one to four years
  • Masters: two to five years


As well as choosing modules you'd like to study, by combining topic-specific modules you can specialise in one of the following areas:

  • Ageing
  • Allergy
  • Clinical Research
  • Molecular Pathology

For example, if you wanted to study a Clinical and Health Sciences with Ageing programme you could either study a:

  • Postgraduate Certificate: 60 credits – including 20 in ageing
  • Postgraduate Diploma: 120 credits – including 40 in ageing
  • Masters: 180 credits – including 40 in ageing, 60 in an ageing-specific dissertation and 20 in the ‘designing a research proposal’ module

Sample study plan

To help you build your programme, we've included a sample study plan for studying a PGDip in Clinical and Health Sciences with Ageing (120 credits – including at least 40 in ageing)

Year 1 

January – Managing Pain (10 credits)
Sept - Biology of Ageing (20 credits)

Year 2

January - Clinical Research with Older People (20 credits)
April - Allergy (20 credits)
Sept - Palliative Care Themes and Perspectives (10 credits)

Year 3

January - Drug Discovery (20 credits)
April - Ageing and Health (20 credits)

Further information

If you have any questions get in touch.