The course can be studied full-time over 1 year or part-time.
Mixed Mode, Full-time and Part-time
Subject to approval
Many of our courses will start in January and September and online/virtual delivery may be available. Please speak to our team to find out more on PGMed@uclan.ac.uk
Whether you practise medicine in a rural setting or have remote access to additional or secondary medical services in an urban setting, this programme will give GPs and other healthcare professionals the confidence and skills to deal with urgent and pre-hospital care which are paramount.
People who train with us need to be able to deal with whatever they encounter. From the better known primary care conditions, through to life-saving interventions in hostile environments, every step should enhance the care and the outcome. Most importantly they need to understand that we need to enhance care in the remote setting not delay it. It is all very good being able to diagnose sepsis in the community but unless you can treat it, all you’ve done is delay the care and increase the mortality.
These programmes offer you the chance to explore advances in the use of technology and digital health which may allow access to the skills of another provider in a different location when required.
Teaching takes place at the National Centre for Remote and Rural Medicine (NCRRM) at our West Cumbrian Campus near Whitehaven.
Whether you choose to study our short courses leading to Postgraduate Certificate or progress to Master’s degree, the programmes give you the opportunity to make a difference to patient care in remote and rural areas.
*Urgent Care PGDip/PGCert only
As an introduction to the postgraduate programme, students could take the short course Urgent Medical Care Certificate. This CPD programme is taught online, start date to be confirmed.
Please note: MSc Urgent Care is subject to approval
PG Cert Rural Medicine
Requires 60 credits at Level 7 from the list of optional modules.
PG Dip Rural Medicine
Requires 120 credits at Level 7 from the list of optional modules.
PG Cert Urgent Care
Requires 60 credits at Level 7 from modules MB4072, MB4065, MB4071, MB4070, MB4069, MB4062 and MB4061.
PG Dip Urgent Care
Requires 120 credits at Level 7 from modules MB4072, MB4065, MB4071, MB4070, MB4069, MB4062 and MB4061. NB this comprises all of the modules in bold to the right.
MSc Rural Medicine
Requires 180 credits at Level 7 from the modules to the right plus:
MB4066 Research Methods for Medical and Clinical Practice, Education and Management, 20 credits, compulsory
GP4990 Dissertation, 40 credits
MB4003 Professional Project, 40 credits
Professional Development through CPD Modules
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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 School of Medicine recognises:
In order to be recognised, you will be asked to show how the prior learning relates to improvement in your practice and undergo a formative and summative assessment by the course team.
Any prior learning can be considered from the last 10 years but must be relevant to your current role. The maximum credit for prior learning that UCLan can offer is 2/3rds of the total credit required for the award.
You will discuss your prior learning with our career coach and agree your bespoke progression towards successful completion of the next short course and relevant postgraduate award.
For further discussion, please contact PGMed@uclan.ac.uk.
Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.
If you want to continue and apply now, you can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.
Please note that this course is subject to review/validation which may result in changes to the course structure. Any changes as a result of the review/validation will be immediately included and highlighted in the course documentation and all students holding current offers will be provided with a comprehensive list of those changes. If you are not satisfied with the changes, you will be offered the opportunity to withdraw from the programme and, if required, reasonable support to transfer to another provider.
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.
Teaching takes place at the National Centre for Remote and Rural Medicine (NCRRM) at our West Cumbrian Campus near Whitehaven. Teaching is likely to be delivered in blocks so weekly attendance may not be required.
The Centre trains professionals to deliver healthcare at a gold standard regardless of their environment or location by using innovative training and technology techniques. Rural medicine has been under-served for a number of years and the Centre aims to provide a focus for remote and rural medical education and research in collaboration with colleagues globally.
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:
The programme is led by Dr Stuart Maitland-Knibb. Stuart is an ex-military medical officer with extensive experience in primary care & emergency medicine both in hospital and pre-hospital. Specialising in urgent unplanned care, he has worked in the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) and pre-hospital settings for many years and continues to fly a day a week in a Clinical Supervisor position. A responder for BASICS, Stuart is also an Examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh for the Dip IMC and FIMC. He remains a medical officer for UK International Search and Rescue.
You may wish to learn more about the practice of rural and urgent medicine either in a constant base or as part of a medical team supporting other pursuits such as mountain medicine, expedition medicine, medicine relating to extreme sports, or pre-hospital emergency care.
Although short courses in remote and rural care are available, these programmes give you the opportunity to gain skills and work towards a university accredited award.
The suite of courses can provide the ideal opportunity to develop and enhance your portfolio career.
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, near Whitehaven, West Cumbria. Students are guided through the programme by a UCLan mentor. The teaching team comprises experienced academic staff, clinicians, leaders and managers.