MMed Medicine

  • International Students Can Apply

Overview

Course Length:2-3 Years Part-Time
Start Dates:September 2019, September 2020
Department:Faculty of Health and Social Care
Location:Edge Hill University
Wrightington Hospital
  • Study a postgraduate programme for experienced, qualified doctors who are registered with the General Medical Council and eligible to work full-time in the UK or who have successfully applied for an International Training Fellowship;
  • Advance your clinical practice in your specialist area of medicine;
  • Develop a sound understanding of research and an evidenced-based approach to your clinical practice.

The MMed enables experienced, qualified doctors to develop an evidence- based approach to health care practice and to obtain a postgraduate qualification whilst enhancing clinical expertise in a specific discipline of medicine.

The programme has been designed in collaboration with senior clinicians and academics and is at the cutting edge of both contemporary medical practice and research. It will allow you to extend your knowledge and skills to advanced levels within your dedicated area of work.

You can choose from a range of specialist pathways or pursue a generic MMed Medicine pathway which offers the potential to develop expertise in an alternative relevant subspeciality.

  • MMed Acute Medicine
  • MMed Cardiology
  • MMed Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • MMed Critical Care
  • MMed Critical Care and Anaesthesia+
  • MMed Elderly Medicine
  • MMed Endocrinology+
  • MMed Gastroenterology
  • MMed Interventional Cardiology
  • MMed Medicine
  • MMed Nephrology
  • MMed Pain Management
  • MMed Psychiatry (Adult and Later Life)
  • MMed Regional Anaesthesia
  • MMed Respiratory Medicine
  • MMed Rheumatology

+Subject to validation.

Whichever pathway you choose, the programme will be delivered in partnership with Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust.

In Depth

What will I study?

This programme consists of three distinct 20 credit clinical modules, two 30 credit clinical research modules and a 60 credit dissertation. Topics covered will include:

  • Innovative aspects of evidence based practice in the medical speciality – the application of advanced knowledge of physiology, pathology, microbiology and imaging. The aim is to enable you to acquire an advanced understanding of the process of service innovation in the relevant subject area;
  • Qualitative and quantitative research methods;
  • Critiquing research findings;
  • Writing a research proposal;
  • Analysis of quantitative data;
  • Systematic reviews;
  • Research governance and ethics;
  • Focus on a significant piece of investigative enquiry from conceptualisation through to completion.

How will I study?

The programme is delivered over two to three years, commencing in September each year. The academic year runs from September through to July, though the dissertation submission will be in September of the second year, with the option to defer the dissertation to the third year.  The dissertation allows you to focus on a significant piece of investigative enquiry from conceptualisation through to completion.

You will experience a variety of teaching and learning strategies including lectures, seminars, individual and group tutorials and independent guided study.

Face-to-face sessions will be delivered at Edge Hill University and Wrightington Hospital. An online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is used for some components of the programme. The clinical modules also have elements of practice-based learning which are typically facilitated in the workplace.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods include a research proposal, written assignments, completion of online activities and discussions, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), clinical log books, seminar presentations and a dissertation.

In addition to this, there is an attendance requirement of no less than 70% in order to pass each module.

Who will be teaching me?

The programme team consists of experienced academic staff from across Edge Hill University and expert clinicians from Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust and surrounding hospitals. This collaborative approach provides a team of high calibre individuals to support your learning. Additionally, leading physicians from related specialities are invited as guest speakers on the clinical modules. Edge Hill University enjoys an excellent reputation for the teaching quality of its programmes. All staff involved in the delivery of modules and pathways within this programme are currently involved in scholarly and research related activities which are congruent with their teaching responsibilities.

Modules

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HEA4065Clinical Research Part 1: Critical Appraisal (30 credits)

Clinical Research Part 1: Critical Appraisal introduces you to the research process through the recognition of the fundamental stages of research design. Based on the principles of ‘Good Clinical Practice’ and wider health and wellbeing research, you will focus on appraisal of the research question, design, methods, ethical issues, and data management and analysis strategies. In addition, you will be introduced to the principles of critical appraisal and modes of critical analysis in order that knowledge, regarding research design, can be applied to develop appropriate critical appraisal skills.


Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Practical(s): 40%.

HEA4066Clinical Research Part 2: Developing a Research Proposal (30 credits)

Clinical Research Part 2: Developing a Research Proposal introduces you to the research process including philosophical fundamentals of both quantitative and qualitative traditions and a range of research methodologies. The module will guide you through the crucial stages of developing a research proposal. From conceptualisation of the research question, choosing the most appropriate design, planning methods, addressing ethical issues, identifying data management and data analysis strategies, and planning dissemination, the module will introduce you to various clinical and practitioner research approaches and the necessary considerations to enable a rigorous plan of enquiry.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

HEA4067Evidence Based Clinical Practice (20 credits)

Evidence Based Clinical Practice will enable you to work closely with both clinical and academic supervisors to identify appropriate outcomes for the development of evidence-based knowledge and skills in a specialised area of clinical practice. You will also develop a learning contract detailing how this learning will be achieved and assessed.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%, Practical(s): Pass/Fail Element.

HEA4081Dissertation for Health and Social Care Professionals (60 credits)

Dissertation for Health and Social Care Professionals enables you to focus upon a significant piece of investigative enquiry from conceptualisation through to completion. Within this module, ‘research’ is interpreted as including empirical research involving qualitative and/or quantitative methods, service evaluation, clinical audit, systematic review or a negotiated investigative enquiry unique to your own field of specialism, for example historical/archival research. The subject chosen will reflect (and be directly relevant to) an identifiable area of the programme’s curriculum content and will be negotiated and agreed with the course team.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

HEA4194Biomedical Sciences (20 credits)

Biomedical Sciences focuses on the application of current knowledge of applied physiology and pathophysiology and its relevance to health and disease and contemporary medicine. You will develop a detailed knowledge of applied anatomy and applied specialist physiology, critically evaluate advances in the application of biomedical science to the diagnosis and management of common medical conditions, and critically appraise evidence in best practice on medical interventions and the management of medical conditions.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%, Practical(s): Pass/Fail Element.

You will study the following additional module on the generic MMed Medicine pathway. We will discuss the options for the subspeciality that will form the focus of this module with you at interview.

HEA4034Negotiated Learning Shell (20 credits)

Negotiated Learning Shell provides an opportunity for you to study a topic or work related issue at Masters level. It involves you identifying the chosen area for study before developing and negotiating a learning contract, which will outline the what, how, when, where and why of the study period as well as the means of assessment to showcase the acquired learning.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

You will study the following additional module on the Acute Medicine pathway:

HEA4237Evidence Based Practice in Acute Medicine (20 credits)

Evidence Based Practice in Acute Medicine focuses on the application of contemporary research-informed, evidence based knowledge in the advanced assessment and management of patients in acute medicine. Much of the teaching and learning will be via work-based learning in the clinical environment. This module explores the critical interpretation of evidence that underpins the delivery of care and the effective application of both evidence and associated leading edge technology in the field of acute medicine.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

You will study the following additional module on the Cardiology pathway:

HEA4188Evidence Based Practice in Cardiology (20 credits)

Evidence Based Practice in Cardiology focuses on the application of advanced knowledge of physiology, pathophysiology, patient assessment and management in the field of cardiology. This module explores the critical interpretation of evidence that underpins the delivery of care and the effective application of both evidence and associated leading edge technology in the field of cardiology.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

You will study the following additional module on the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry pathway:

HEA4216Evidence Based Practice in Psychiatry in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (20 credits)

Evidence Based Practice in Psychiatry in Child and Adolescent Mental Health focuses on the application of advanced knowledge of physiology, pathology, patient assessment and management in the field of child and adolescent mental health. This module explores the critical interpretation of evidence that underpins the delivery of care and the effective application of both evidence and associated leading edge technology in the field of child and adolescent mental health.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

You will study the following additional module on the Critical Care pathway:

HEA4217Evidence Based Practice in Critical Care (20 credits)

Evidence Based Practice in Critical Care focuses on the application of advanced knowledge of physiology, pathology, patient assessment and management in the field of critical care. This module explores the critical interpretation of evidence that underpins the delivery of care and the effective application of both evidence and associated leading edge technology in the field of critical care.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

You will study the following additional module on the Critical Care and Anaesthesia pathway:

HEA4249Evidence Based Practice in Critical Care and Anaesthesia (20 credits)

Evidence Based Practice in Critical Care and Anaesthesia focuses on the application of contemporary research-informed, evidence-based knowledge of critical care and anaesthesia. The module will link the recognition and correction of abnormal pathophysiology based on the established principles of bedside clinical assessment and diagnostic information. The formulation of a diagnostic-based management plan that can be delivered in any setting will be a key objective.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

You will study the following additional module on the Elderly Medicine pathway:

HEA4193Evidence Based Practice in Elderly Medicine (20 credits)

Evidence Based Practice in Elderly Medicine focuses on the application of advanced knowledge of physiology, pathology, patient assessment and management in the field of elderly medicine. This module explores the critical interpretation of evidence that underpins the delivery of care and the effective application of both evidence and associated leading edge technology in the field of elderly medicine.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

You will study the following additional module on the Endocrinology pathway:

HEA4248Evidence Based Practice in Endocrinology (20 credits)

Evidence Based Practice in Endocrinology focuses on the application of contemporary research-informed, evidence based knowledge of endocrinology at the cellular and molecular level. The module also provides a firm basis for understanding normal hormonal control. You will examine the underlying pathologies of important endocrine diseases and enhance your understanding of the molecular mechanisms of hormone action. Much of the teaching and learning will be via work-based learning in the clinical environment.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

You will study the following additional module on the Gastroenterology pathway:

HEA4192Evidence Based Practice in Gastroenterology (20 credits)

Evidence Based Practice in Gastroenterology focuses on the application of advanced knowledge of physiology, pathology, patient assessment and management in the field of gastroenterology. This module explores the critical interpretation of evidence that underpins the delivery of care and the effective application of both evidence and associated leading edge technology in the field of gastroenterology.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

You will study the following additional module on the Interventional Cardiology pathway:

HEA4238Interventional Cardiology (20 credits)

Interventional Cardiology focuses on the application of contemporary research-informed, evidence based knowledge in the advanced assessment and management of patients in interventional cardiology. This is a branch of cardiology that deals specifically with the catheter based treatment of structural heart diseases. Much of the teaching and learning will be work-based in the clinical settings. The module will focus on the critical interpretation of evidence that underpins the delivery of care and the effective application of both evidence and associated leading edge technology in the field of interventional cardiology.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

You will study the following additional module on the Nephrology pathway:

HEA4215Evidence Based Practice in Nephrology (20 credits)

Evidence Based Practice in Nephrology focuses on the application of advanced knowledge of physiology, pathology, patient assessment and management in the field of nephrology. This module explores the critical interpretation of evidence that underpins the delivery of care and the effective application of both evidence and associated leading edge technology in the field of nephrology.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

You will study the following additional module on the Pain Management pathway:

HEA4239Evidence Based Practice in Pain Management (20 credits)

Evidence Based Practice in Pain Management focuses on the application of contemporary research-informed, evidence-based knowledge in the advanced assessment and management of patients in pain. Much of the teaching and learning will be work-based in various clinical settings. This module explores the critical interpretation of evidence that underpins the delivery of care and the effective application of both evidence and associated leading edge technology in the field of pain management.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

You will study the following additional module on the Psychiatry (Adult and Later Life) pathway:

HEA4236Evidence Based Practice in Adult and Later Life Psychiatry (20 credits)

Evidence Based Practice in Adult and Later Life Psychiatry focuses on the application of contemporary research-informed, evidence based knowledge in the advanced assessment and management of mental health of adult and later life. Much of the teaching and learning will be work-based and involve working closely with the multidisciplinary team, service users and carers. The module will focus on the critical interpretation of evidence that underpins the delivery of care and the effective application of both evidence and associated leading edge technology in the field of adult and later life Mental Health.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

You will study the following additional module on the Regional Anaesthesia pathway:

HEA4190Evidence Based Practice in Regional Anaesthesia (20 credits)

Evidence Based Practice in Regional Anaesthesia focuses on the application of advanced knowledge of physiology, pathology, patient assessment and management in the field of regional anaesthesia. This module explores the critical interpretation of evidence that underpins the delivery of care and the effective application of both evidence and associated leading edge technology in the field of regional anaesthesia.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

You will study the following additional module on the Respiratory Medicine pathway:

HEA4189Evidence Based Practice in Respiratory Medicine (20 credits)

Evidence Based Practice in Respiratory Medicine focuses on the application of advanced knowledge of physiology, pathology, patient assessment and management in the field of respiratory medicine. This module explores the critical interpretation of evidence that underpins the delivery of care and the effective application of both evidence and associated leading edge technology in the field of respiratory medicine.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

You will study the following additional module on the Rheumatology pathway:

HEA4191Evidence Based Practice in Rheumatology (20 credits)

Evidence Based Practice in Rheumatology focuses on the application of advanced knowledge of physiology, pathology, patient assessment and management in the field of rheumatology. This module explores the critical interpretation of evidence that underpins the delivery of care and the effective application of evidence and associated leading edge technology in the field of rheumatology.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

Timetables

You can expect to receive your timetable at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day or evening of the week.

Disclaimer

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

In addition to having a medical degree, you will also need to be registered with the General Medical Council to work in the UK or alternatively have successfully applied for an International Training Fellowship. You should have attained a higher postgraduate qualification (for example, MSc or equivalent) and have current experience in the appropriate medical specialty. An interview will form part of the selection process.

Employment may be arranged in conjunction with the programme of study or alternatively you may already be in full-time employment in the UK.

For further information regarding eligibility for International Training Fellowships, please email mchcourse@wwl.nhs.uk.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

Medical professionals need to continually seek ways to improve their career prospects in an increasingly competitive job market where a postgraduate qualification is often now deemed essential.

The MMed provides a highly relevant qualification for doctors working in a specialist area of medicine which will add to your portfolio of qualifications and provide you with opportunities for professional development supported by expert clinicians and academics.

Finance

Tuition Fees

If you are joining the MMed in academic years 2019/20 or 2020/21 and are already registered with the General Medical Council, you can expect your tuition fees to be £16,000 for the entire programme, subject to meeting the programme’s UK residency criteria and completing the course within three years.

Alternatively, if you are appointed as an International Training Fellow (and sponsored via this programme to register with the General Medical Council), you can expect the tuition fee to be £35,000 for the entire course, subject to completing the programme within three years.

Financial Support

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University in academic year 2019/20, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2019/20 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/postgradfinance2019.

Financial support arrangements for eligible UK and EU students joining postgraduate courses in academic year 2020/21 are still to be announced. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.

Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.

Apply

How to Apply

If you wish to apply for this programme, please email your CV to Julia Berry at Julia.Berry@wwl.nhs.uk in the first instance.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about this programme, please contact:

If you would like to talk to the programme leader about the course in more detail, please contact:

Course Changes

Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.

2nd April 2019 - New Pathway Added

A new pathway in Critical Care and Anaesthesia has been added.

1st March 2019 - New Pathway Added

A new pathway in Endocrinology has been added.

19th December 2018 - New Pathways Added

New pathways in Acute Medicine, Interventional Cardiology, Pain Management, and Psychiatry (Adult and Later Life) have been added.

26th June 2018 - New Pathways Added

New pathways in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Critical Care and Nephrology have been added.