Faculty of Medical Sciences Online Learning

Module Library

Module Library

Our modules can be studied as short courses for continuing professional development, or combined to build a higher award.

All of our modules can be studied as stand-alone programmes which support your continuous professional development.  Plus, when you successfully complete a module, you have the option to study further modules, combining them to work toward achieving a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or a full Master's in Clinical and Health Sciences, Clinical Research, Oncology, Oncology for the Pharmaceutical Industry or Palliative Care. 

If you're interested in studying one of our Clinical and Health Sciences specialist programmes (Ageing, Allergy, Clinical Research and Molecular Pathology) you will study one or more of the subject-specific modules which are listed in the table below. 

Most modules run once a year and begin in Semesters one, two or three.  Our build your programme page explains how you to choose and combine modules.  

Module Title & Outline

 

 

Clinical and Health Sciences modules 

 

Credit Value

 

Start Month (Semester)

CHS8008 Biology of Ageing  (Ageing)

This module covers evolutionary aspects of ageing showing why we age, and the molecular mechanisms of how we age. It is of interest to anyone working in geriatric medicine and those allied healthcare professionals wishing to deepen their knowledge of ageing as well as scientists working in pharma companies. I would recommend this module for people with a good biological sciences background. Topics include why ageing occurs in almost all organisms, why ageing is slow in humans, intrinsic and extrinsic stress in ageing, and mechanisms of ageing to the physiological processes in humans and other animals. 

 20  September

CHS8003 Prescribing in Older People  (Ageing)

This module will cover principles of prescribing in older people and is highly clinically relevant, with case studies and guidance as to how to undertake a medication review. The content of this module will help you to make evidence based decisions on prescribing in older people and provide an overview of common illnesses and scenarios affecting older people.  We would recommend you take this module only if you actively prescribe or manage medicines. If you do not prescribe, but are still interested in this module, please contact the Module Leader via pgclinhealth@newcastle.ac.uk to discuss whether or not this is a suitable module for you.

 20  September 

CHS8007 Clinical Research with Older People (Ageing) 

 The "Clinical Research with Older People" module will outline the current landscape regarding research activity with older people, including the advantages and challenges of working with this heterogeneous group. The module will be of most value for individuals who work with older people in a clinical context, and who are interested in designing and undertaking research focusing on the needs of older people, including hard to reach groups such as people with dementia and black and minority ethnic older people.  The module aims to increase awareness of appropriate strategies to improve recruitment of older people to clinical research studies in range of settings including hospital, community settings and clinical trial units.

 20  January 

CHS8009 Molecular Pathology in Stratified Healthcare (Molecular Pathology)

This module aims to develop students’ baseline knowledge of molecular pathology, describe the range of biomarkers and explain the principles of the technologies used in stratified healthcare of cancer and other diseases. This module is compulsory for students who are studying the PG Certificate in Clinical and Health Sciences with Molecular Pathology. 

 20  January 

CHS8005 Allergy (Allergy) 

This module is designed for clinicians, nurses and other allied health professionals who are interested in clinical allergy and the content suitable for those working in primary or secondary care settings with adults or children. It covers: basic immunology for clinical allergy practice; clinical evaluation of the allergic patient, including diagnostic options and management approaches; anaphylaxis; asthma; allergic skin disease, including eczema, urticaria and angioedema; drug allergy; food allergy (both lgE mediated disease and non IgE mediated disease) as well as; 'hot topics' in allergy. The module is compulsory for those taking the PG Certificate in Clinical and health Sciences with Allergy, and is accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP). The module is clinically focused and draws on the latest research. If you commonly see patients with allergic conditions and want to develop your clinical skills in this area, then this course is for you.

 20   April 

CHS8006 Ageing and Health (Ageing) 

This module discusses the current research into many of the diseases of older age, particularly involving the brain. It is recommended for doctors and other health care professionals working with older people to provide them with knowledge of current research into diseases such as dementia and stroke, as well as some musculoskeletal disorders. This module covers major areas of health care in an ageing population, including: current clinical and high level research in age-related disorders, public health needs of ageing populations, and the global impact of an ageing population.

 20  April 

CHS8099 Dissertation (mandatory for MSc in Clinical and Health Sciences)

The purpose of the module is to allow the student to carry out and report a short research project of their own design. This exercise serves to allow the student to demonstrate their competence in working the scientific process for a problem or question in their own discipline. Choice of project is the responsibility of the student to allow everyone to follow their own ambitions or professional development and the project is usually assembled during the MCR8013 module Designing a Research Proposal that is a compulsory module for students wishing to progress to the dissertation module. There are no fixed teaching or class sessions as all communication and correspondence is one-to-one with the dissertation tutor as is the norm for postgraduate research activities. Each student nominates a colleague from their own unit to act as mentor on workplace-specific issues but this is in an advisory capacity only. Examination is by the production of the modern tools of scientific communication: an oral presentation with PowerPoint, an abstract, a poster and a written dissertation in the style of a journal manuscript as used for publication submission.

 60 September
January
April

Clinical Research modules 

   

MRC8009 Research Governance and Ethics (Clinical Research)

Module MCR8009 Research Governance and Ethics will cover foundational principles of the research regulatory framework and research ethical principles.    I would therefore recommend you take this Module in your first year of study. The content of this Module will feed into the Diploma level, MCR8013 Writing a Research Proposal and MCR8015 Clinical Trials. This module covers the legal and ethical issues surrounding clinical research, with principles of research governance. It will prepare you for planning and conducting original clinical research.

 20  September 
MCR8013 Designing a Research Proposal (mandatory for Masters Clinical and Health Sciences and Clinical Research) 

Module MCR8013 Writing a Research Proposal will cover foundational principles of the research regulatory framework and research ethical principles. I would recommend you take this Module in your second year of study. The content of this Module will feed into the dissertation module. Providing you with first-hand experience of planning, designing and preparing research by practicing knowledge gained in the programme.

 20  September 

MCR8019 Clinical Research Statistics (Clinical Research)

Module MCR8019 Clinical Research Statistics is devoted to gaining an understanding of the statistical principles underlying the collection, and more especially, the analysis of data. I would recommend you take this Module in your second year of study. The content of this Module supports the dissertation module, where you may need to analyse data as part of your research project. The module covers statistical techniques used in collecting data in clinical research, including: MINITAB & SPSS for clinical research, elementary statistical methods, understanding of statistical methods in analysing data.

20 January 

MCR8010 Introduction to Research Study Design and Statistics (Clinical Research)

This module covers the study designs commonly used in clinical research, differences between qualitative and quantitative research, data handling, interpretation and presentation, and critical appraisal of published literature.. It does not assume prior knowledge of research study designs. Its content feeds into MCR8013 (Designing a research proposal) and MCR8025 (Dissertation). I recommend you take MCR8010 in your first year of study. 

 20  January 

MCR8015 Clinical Trials (Clinical Research)

Module MCR8015 Clinical Trials will cover foundational principles of the research regulatory framework and research ethical principles.  I would recommend you take this Module in your second year of study. The content of this Module will feed into the dissertation. This module covers the design, conduct and analysis of clinical trials, including principles and practices, critical appraisal of trials, and designing and implementing your own trial.

 20  April 

MCR8011 Writing in a Research Setting  (Clinical Research)

This is a third semester module that focuses on developing your ability to communicate ideas clearly within the conventions of all forms of academic writing. As skilful writing is key within clinical research, this module is essential for those who wish to undertake research as part of their studies or within the context of their work. However, the module will also be helpful for anyone who wishes to improve their academic skills. The topics covered in this module include: authorship, plagiarism, searching databases, peer review and journal submission, costing research and much more.

 20  April 

MCR8025/35 Dissertation (mandatory for the Master in Clinical Research)

The purpose of the module is to allow the student to carry out and report a short research project of their own design. This exercise serves to allow the student to demonstrate their competence in working the scientific process for a problem or question in their own discipline. Choice of project is the responsibility of the student to allow everyone to follow their own ambitions or professional development and the project is usually assembled during the MCR8013 module Designing a Research Proposal that is a compulsory module for students wishing to progress to the dissertation module. There are no fixed teaching or class sessions as all communication and correspondence is one-to-one with the dissertation tutor as is the norm for postgraduate research activities. Each student nominates a colleague from their own unit to act as mentor on workplace-specific issues but this is in an advisory capacity only. Examination is by the production of the modern tools of scientific communication: an oral presentation with PowerPoint, an abstract, a poster and a written dissertation in the style of a journal manuscript as used for publication submission.

60

September 

January

April 

Oncology, Oncology for the Pharmaceutical Industry and Palliative Care modules 

   

ONC8019 Pharmacology of Chemotherapeutic Agents

This module covers pharmacological principles that govern the use of drugs in the treatment of cancer, including mechanisms of action and resistance that underlie anti-tumour effects. 

 20  September

ONC8025 Cancer Pathology and Molecular Applications for Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (Molecular Pathology)

This module provides foundation-level knowledge and understanding of general, systematic and diagnostic pathology together with screening and treatment rationale in relation to cancer.

 20  September

ONC8023/24 Chemotherapy Nurse Training

An accredited module for UK registered oncology nurses who administer Systemic Anti-Cancer Treatments (SACT).  This stand-alone module cannot be combined with other online modules. 

10 September & January

ONC8004 Diagnostic Imaging in Oncology

This module covers how imaging modalities and imaging strategies can be used to assess patients with cancer.

 10  September

ONC8005 Palliative Care Themes and Perspectives

Topics include: variations in palliative care worldwide, equity irrespective of diagnosis, age and socio-cultural background, and the importance of access to medications.

 10  September

ONC8007 Research Methods II Statistics

This module covers elementary statistical methods (eg estimation & hypothesis testing using MINITAB), statistical techniques used in collecting data in oncology and palliative care , and statistical methods in analysing data.

 10  September

ONC8010 Handling, Loss, Grief and Bereavement

This module covers the theoretical background of bereavement. Topics include building support networks, those at risk from complex grieving, strategies for support and grief and loss.

 10  September

ONC8013 Quality Improvement

Topics include: practice development initiative, need for change: political drivers & user involvement, managing change, leadership, evaluation & audit and performance indicators and appraisals.

 10  September

ONC8021 Health Economics

Topics include: critical evaluation of economic problems, applying economic principles to real life problems faced by healthcare professionals and policymakers in the oncology and palliative care field.

 10 September 

ONC8017 Multi-professional Management of Cancer Part 1

This module covers basic aspects of oncology, including: general principles of cancer management, complementary and alternative medicine for cancer and genetic aspects of decision making in clinical cancer management.

 10  September

ONC8018 Multi-Professional Management of Cancer Part 2

This module is an extension of the general principles of cancer and its management. It covers basic aspects of management of major solid and haematological cancers.  

 20  January

ONC8006 Management of Cancer-Psychosocial Issues 

This modules covers the psychological, social and organisational factors that influence the responses to and the management and outcomes of cancer.

 10  January 

ONC8008 Ethical Dimensions of Cancer/Palliative Care 

Introduction to Healthcare Ethics issues raised in the treatment and care of patients with cancer and those receiving palliative care. Also covers ethical issues raised in oncology and palliative care.

 10  January

ONC8011 Cancer Drugs and Technologies

This module covers how new cancer medicines are developed, marketed and introduced into clinical practice.

 10  January

ONC8029 Managing Pain 

This module focuses on how pain affects patients, families, carers and healthcare professionals involved in the patient’s management.

10   January

ONC8016 Contemporary Issues in Palliative Care

Psychological and sociological factors that influence cancer management, from the perspectives of the patient, family or carer and health professionals.

 10  January

ONC8022 Cancer: Cell, Molecular Biology and Genetics

This module looks at cellular changes that result from damage or alteration of cells at a molecular level.

 20  January