Therapeutics (MSc)

This programme is designed for GPs, pharmacists and specialist nurses who wish to further develop their knowledge of the evidence-based management of commonly encountered medical conditions.

The MSc in Therapeutics is designed for medical practitioners, pharmacists, specialist nurses, and others who wish to gain further expertise in the practical management of common therapeutic problems. 

The course aims to equip you with a sound understanding of the management of common medical conditions and to develop skills in evidence-based medicine. Graduates would be expected to gain the skills and expertise necessary to become the ‘local therapeutics expert’.

The course arises from a leading research centre and aims to encourage critical thinking and to equip students not only with practical and factual knowledge, but also provide a basic approach to therapeutic problems, encouraging attitudes and abilities which will be of lasting value in dealing with future advances in therapy.

The MSc involves a research dissertation and is open to students who have successfully completed the Cardiff University Postgraduate Diploma in Therapeutics to an acceptable standard.

Distinctive features

  • Problem orientated, evidence-based learning specifically designed to be of direct relevance to practice.
  • Distance-learning, delivered entirely online. You can choose when and where to study, at home, at work or on the move.
  • Targeted fortnightly reading guided by aims and outcomes for the period.
  • Audio interviews and presentations are available to download.
  • We are also recognised as a major research centre. Advances in therapeutics have been pioneered in Cardiff, including methods for optimal use of anticoagulants, antiarrhythmic drugs and anticonvulsants.

Key facts

Next intakeSeptember 2017
Duration2 years
QualificationMSc
ModePart-time - distance learning
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Admissions criteria

Application for the MSc is available to a selected number of candidates only. To be eligible to apply for entry to the MSc, candidates must have been awarded the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) in Therapeutics from Cardiff University and have attained an acceptable level of performance during the Postgraduate Diploma. 

All work must have been submitted, each of the six modules must have been passed with a mark of 60% or more (final module mark) and the overall aggregate mark for the whole Postgraduate Diploma must be 70% or more. 

An appropriate Level 7 prospective project proposal must be submitted for which a supervisor must be available. In the case of the MSc being over-subscribed in any given year, priority will be given to students who submit the highest quality project proposals. Marks at Postgraduate Diploma level may also be taken further into account.

Entry to the MSc (dissertation stage) is available to a selected number of candidates only, on a part-time basis only, and eligibility is dependent upon successful completion of the Cardiff University Postgraduate Diploma in Therapeutics to an acceptable standard.

Once accepted on to the MSc, candidates complete a formative research methods module and a 20,000 word dissertation.

The MSc consists of one stage - stage R.

This research dissertation stage lasts for one academic year (part-time) following completion of the Postgraduate Diploma, and includes a dissertation of 60 credits at Level 7, to achieve a combined total of 180 credits (with 120 from the Cardiff University Postgraduate Diploma in Therapeutics) at Level 7 to complete the MSc programme.

The dissertation, in combination with the taught stage(s) from the Postgraduate Diploma, will be weighted 50% for the purpose of calculating the final mark:

Stage Weighting

  • Taught modules (from Cardiff University Postgraduate Diploma in Therapeutics) 50%.
  • Dissertation 50%.

Year one

Year two

Year three

Module titleModule codeCredits
Dissertation: TherapeuticsMET70060 credits
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?

Your studies at MSc dissertation level will largely consist of guided independent study and research, making use of the extensive learning and research facilities available. A project supervisor will be allocated to support and advise you on researching and writing up your specific dissertation topic. A formative module on Research Methods will be delivered online via Cardiff University’s online learning platform, Learning Central™.

How will I be supported?

All students are allocated a personal tutor, for help and support with academic and pastoral needs, who you can contact to discuss progress and who will provide advice and guidance as needed. 

A project supervisor will be allocated to advise, support and provide formative feedback on conducting and writing up your dissertation. Formative feedback will be communicated through electronic and written means in a timely manner. Summative feedback on assessment will be delivered within the timeframe set by the University.
 

How will I be assessed?

The module will be wholly assessed based on the final dissertation. Expectations for the format, submission and marking of the dissertation will follow the current Senate Assessment Regulations, supplemented where appropriate with additional requirements of the Programme/School/College and any specific requirements arising from the nature of the project undertaken.

What skills will I practise and develop?

By fully engaging in this course, you will have the opportunity to practise and develop a wealth of skills and abilities you can apply to any professional setting. In addition to greater conceptual understanding of current knowledge, issues and methods, you will have the opportunity to practise and develop abilities in critical analysis, the application of evidence-based medicine and in dealing with complex issues systematically and creatively. Your studies should also help you develop your problem-solving and decision making abilities by enabling you to utilise evidence effectively and communicate important concepts to colleagues and others. You will have the opportunity to develop and enhance skills such as literature review, critical evaluation, research design, research methodologies, data collection, data analysis and research principles.

Having fully engaged in this course, you should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate medical therapeutic literature relevant to a specific topic.
  • Use originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline.
  • Accept accountability in related decision-making including use of supervision.
  • Communicate results of research to peers.
  • Critically analyse, interpret and evaluate complex information, concepts and theories to produce modified conceptions.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of relevant theoretical and methodological perspectives and how they affect their area of study or work.
  • Demonstrate expertise in highly specialised and advanced technical, professional and/or research skills.
  • Design and apply appropriate research methodologies.
  • Design and undertake research to inform the area of work or study or produce organisational or professional change.
  • Determine and use appropriate methodologies and approaches.
  • Exercise broad autonomy and judgement across a significant area of work or study.
  • Display the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.
  • Understand the wider contexts in which the area of study or work is located.

The course aims to equip you with a sound understanding of the management of common medical conditions and to develop skills in evidence-based medicine. Graduates would be expected to gain the skills and expertise necessary to become the ‘local therapeutics expert’. 

Many graduates of this course have gone on to hold senior positions in clinical and governmental organisations.

As this programme is three years or over in duration and has a one year full time equivalent you will not be eligible for a postgraduate loan. The UK Government has more information about eligibility for postgraduate loans.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2017/18)

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Students from outside the EU (2017/18)

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Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?

You will need a reliable computer with high speed Internet access (and up-to-date virus and malware protection) and appropriate software.