Rural Medicine MSc

Rural Medicine MSc

School of Medicine


Post- graduate





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Course Enquiries
University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

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    1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

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    Mixed Mode, Full-time and Part-time

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Why study this programme?

This programme has been designed for GPs and other healthcare professionals working in remote and rural settings and who wish to enhance their confidence and skills in dealing with urgent and pre-hospital care and to take advantage of advances in technology to deliver healthcare remotely. An ideal opportunity to develop and enhance their portfolio career, this programme allows students to convert certified CPD already gained and implemented in daily practice, into academic credits to enter the programme at an appropriate stage. Students then choose from a wide range of modules to build a programme suited to their own individual needs. The programme can be studied in ‘bite size chunks’ to facilitate work-life balance and is delivered on site or at the UCLan Westlakes campus. Students are guided through the programme by a UCLan mentor. The teaching team comprises experienced academic staff, clinicians, leaders and managers.

Entry Requirements

  • Students will normally have a British honours degree (2:2 class or above) or equivalent, in a relevant subject from an approved institution of higher education.
  • Non-standard applicants are welcomed.
  • Sufficient competency in English language (IELTS Level 6.5 or equivalent)

Programme at a Glance

Professional Development through CPD:

  • Leadership HI4803
  • Communication HI4802
  • Mental Health HI4804
  • Public Health HI4807
  • Professional Issues HI4806
  • Practice Issues HI4805
  • Planning MB4063
  • Response MB4064

  • Working in Urgent Care Medical Services MB4072
  • Providing Urgent Medical Care MB4065
  • Managing Safe Dispositions MB4070
  • Risk Management and Preparedness MB4069
  • Operational Practice MB4062
  • Human Factors MB4061
  • Using Technology in Urgent Care MB4071
  • Research Methods for Medical and Clinical Practice, Education and Management MB4066
  • Dissertation GP4990
  • Professional Project MB4003

Postgraduate Advice Event

Find out more about Postgraduate courses at our Postgraduate Advice Event on 11 July 2018

Further Information

Based in the National Centre for Remote and Rural Medicine (NCRRM), there are a number of different exit awards available:

  • MSc in Rural Medicine*
  • PGDip Rural Medicine*
  • PGDip Urgent Care*
  • PGCert Rural Medicine*
  • PGCert Urgent Care*

*Subject to validation

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2018/19

Full-time: £6,500 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £880 per module (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Industry Links

The programme has been developed in close liaison with GPs, NHS Trusts, CCGs and clinicians to ensure it is fully aligned with the needs of the health economy.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Students are able to use all University facilities.

There will be a varied menu of assessment methods used to reflect the experiential nature and learning outcomes of this course. Examples are:

  • Case study presentations
  • Case-based discussions
  • Practical demonstrations
  • Viva Voce
  • Written assessments
  • Project

Course highlights

The postgraduate programmes allow doctors and other health professionals to identify their own areas of need and have their learning needs fulfilled by a wide range of optional modules. Many of the modules are built around CPD; this means that the programme can be tailored to individual need and credits can be accumulated flexibly to accommodate the student’s work-life balance.


Progression Routes

Progression Routes