The Postgraduate Diploma is designed as a complete curriculum in endocrinology and diabetes, both for new entrants to these fields, as well as an update and extension for those already familiar with them. The programme provides clinicians with theoretical and clinically applied aspects of their discipline, and incorporates elements of the UK specialty training curriculum for endocrinology and diabetes mellitus. It also includes aspects of the knowledge-based examination required for Royal College Certification. There is a focus on up to date developments in the field with expert opinions and presentations.
In addition, students taking the MSc complete a project on a topic to be approved by the programme organiser which is conducted at the candidate’s home institution. The project is examined in the form of written dissertation of approximately 10,000 words and a viva.
You will take the following modules:
Hypothalamus and pituitary
Thyroid, parathyroids and bone
Reproduction, pregnancy and paediatric endocrinology
Appetite, weight, energy metabolism, lipid metabolism
Adrenals (medulla and cortex)
Genetics, endocrine oncology, neuroendocrinology
The end-of-module assessment format varies with each module (for example, EMQ and 'best of 5' multiple choice questions or short answer format or longer essays).
There is an end-of-course summative assessment after completion of all of the taught modules.
Qualification requirements for the course are MB BS or basic medical degree from universities recognised by the University of London. Candidates should generally have worked for one year after registration (two - three years post qualification). Applicants will be interviewed prior to acceptance and entry may be competitive. Students must have access to a suitable computer (minimum system specifications for using Blackboard CE8) and broadband access to the internet is required. Students must be able to sit examinations at a British Council Centre under invigilation or be able to attend examinations in the UK.
For language requirements, please refer to the International Students section.