Postgraduate

Clin Health Sci Molecular Path MSc PGDip PGCert

Clinical and Health Sciences with Molecular Pathology MSc, PGDip, PGCert

MSc - minimum 3 years, maximum 5 years
PGDip - minimum 2 years, maximum 4 years
PGCert - minimum 1 year, maximum 2 years
CPD modules available

Profile

Our Clinical and Health Sciences with Molecular Pathology course offers you the ability to tailor your educational needs to your professional interests. Designed for busy professionals, this online course offers a flexible, bespoke way for you to develop your career in Molecular Pathology.

Introducing the online Clinical and Health Sciences with Molecular Pathology course

These courses are ideal for health professionals, clinical research support staff and people working in education and industry who wish to enhance their knowledge of contemporary methods of laboratory-based diagnosis and their applications in personalised and translational medicine. It will also be of interest to candidates who aspire to become independent researchers, clinical academics or clinical researchers.

These innovative courses are aimed at those who already have a primary qualification (eg MBBS, BDS, BSc) and are working in health or life sciences field. It has been developed to provide a flexible approach, making it sustainable and compatible with modern career pathways whilst addressing the needs of a modern health service.

Modules are taught online, so you can choose to study anytime and anywhere. This flexibility means that you can fit your studies around your other commitments, plus develop your online digital literacy skills. You can pick from over 30 modules in a diverse range of subjects to create your own bespoke course of study. You can choose to complete a single module for professional development or a full masters, working at your own pace in your own environment.

These courses have been developed by Newcastle University and Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust working in partnership under the MRC/EPSRC Molecular Pathology Node.

Delivery

Delivery

You will be taught by academic staff with experience and expertise in Pathology and Molecular Pathology such as Dr Yvonne Bury, Consultant Histopathologist and Dr Julie Irving, Professor of Experimental Haematology.

You will be given an email address and an account on Blackboard, our managed virtual learning environment. Blackboard is accessible across a variety of operating systems and browsers. Our materials and supporting reading are accessible across a variety of devices including desktop computers, tablets and mobile phones.

No campus attendance is needed, but you must have reliable access to a computer, internet connection, webcam, headset and printer. Recommended specifications:

  • operating system: Windows 7 and above (32 and 64 bit) or Mac OSX 10.6 and above
  • processor: Intel Pentium, Intel Celeron, Intel i3, Intel i5, Intel i7, or recent AMD processor
  • RAM: At least 2GB
  • connectivity: broadband or mobile broadband
  • screen resolution: at least 1024 x 768 px.

Your first task will be to complete a short induction module before studying between 10 and 40 credits per semester. You will be assessed in a variety of ways including:

  • multiple choice question exams
  • essays
  • presentations
  • case studies.

Each 20 credit module is the equivalent to 200 hours of estimated study time, which includes:

  • studying the module materials
  • online metworking with fellow students
  • directed reading
  • research
  • interactive and collaborative activities
  • preparing assessments.

Related Degrees

All related programmes

Modules

You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods

Our flexible course allows you to decide a route that suits your needs. The award you receive depends on the number of credits you choose to study. To specialise in Molecular Pathology, you need to select a certain number of Molecular Pathology specific credits:

  • Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert): 60 credits including 20 in molecular pathology
  • Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip): 120 credits including 40 in molecular pathology
  • Master of Science (MSc): 180 credits including 40 in molecular pathology and a molecular pathology specific dissertation

You can also choose to study individual modules for continuous professional development (CPD).

Most of our modules are 10-12 weeks long. Our online modules are split between 10 and 20 credit modules and require 10-20 hours of work per week. You should set aside regular study hours to get the most out of the course. There are three semesters in the academic year and in each semester you can study:

  • a minimum of 30 credits per academic year (unless you take a formal leave of absence)
  • a maximum of 40 credits per semester.

Semester start dates are:

  • Semester 1: September
  • Semester 2: January
  • Semester 3: April

Modules for 2018 entry

Module changes

Module changes

Modules change annually to take account of:

  • changing staff expertise
  • developments in the discipline
  • the requirements of external bodies and partners
  • student feedback.

Most module information for 2019 entry will be available from mid-May 2019.

Fees & Funding

2018-2019 fees

If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.

Payments

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 and 2019 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Bursaries

For 2018/19, four student bursaries are available.  Each one is up to the value of £2,610 which equates to the first year of study for a Masters or Postgraduate Diploma, or a Postgraduate Certificate tuition fee. You can apply for a bursary at the same time that you apply for a place (PGCert, PGDip or MSc) on the course. See our MSc Clinical and Health Sciences with Molecular Pathology bursaries page for more information. 

Entry Requirements

A honours degree, or international equivalent, in a healthcare profession or relevant discipline. You must also be working in the healthcare profession or related field.

You must be IT literate to complete these highly interactive courses online and have access to a computer with a:

  • printer
  • webcam
  • headset
  • reliable internet connection

Your browser will need to be JavaScript enabled and able to accept cookies. You will be given access to any specific software required during the course of your studies.

We will also consider applications on an individual basis if you have lower or non-standard qualifications and are working in the healthcare profession or related field.

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

Use the drop down above to find your country. If your country isn't listed please email: international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

Please email us at international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course.

How to Apply

You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step-by-step guide can help you on your way.

September 2018 application deadline

The deadline is Friday 24 August 2018

Contact

Victoria Petrie
Programme Coordinator
Medical Sciences Graduate School
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5873
Email: pgclinhealth@ncl.ac.uk

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