PGCert/ PGDip/ MSc in Rural Medicine

PGCert/PGDip/MSc in Urgent Care

Whether you practice medicine in a rural setting or have remote access to additional or secondary medical services in an urban setting, this programme will give intercalating medical students, recent medical graduates and other healthcare professionals the confidence and skills to deal with urgent and pre-hospital care which are paramount. People who train with UCLan 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.

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MSc Physician Associate Practice

Train to be a Physician Associate – an innovative, professional healthcare role, that is growing within the NHS, with a generous starting salary. A Physician Associate is a medical professional providing patient care under the supervision of a Consultant or General Practitioner. Their main focus is diagnosis and management. Consequently, their daily activities include interviewing and examining patients, ordering tests and making decisions about patient management. Approx. 50% of the programme is spent on clinical placement across a full spectrum of opportunities: urban, rural, specialised hospital and general practice. In the university setting UCLan teach in small groups offering unrivalled student support and direct contact hours with staff. You will be timetabled to have over 25 hours per week of direct, interactive teaching by faculty highly experienced in the clinical sector.

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MSc Hospitalist Medicine 

This course is the first of its kind and recognises the growing need for additional clinical experts in providing ward-based patient care. It provides career and professional development and thus the increasing confidence and better patient care which additional knowledge and training provides.

It is delivered in the real world setting of the modern NHS in West Cumbria, so students are able to fully understand their future role.

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MSc Medical Education

Available via Blended Learning

The course delivers skills to apply the theory, practice and associated research of teaching and assessment within medical education.

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MSc Clinical Practice, Management and Education

Pathways through this modular course in leadership, communication, public health, mental health, planning, response, practice issues, professional issues and of particular interest to GPs, modules on consultation skills, coaching, teaching and assessment


MSc Sports Medicine

Training leaders in sports medicine to deliver safe and effective care


MSc Musculoskeletal Management

Skills to assess, triage and care for patients with musculoskeletal conditions


MSc Physician Associate Practice

Professional training at postgraduate level for this new healthcare role


Master’s Research in Medical Sciences (MRes)

Training in research methods, use of extensive research facilities and supervision to undertake medical research in a project of your choice


Doctorate of Professional Clinical Studies (DProf)

Training in research methods and supervision of a research project applied to professional clinical practice



The National Centre for Remote and Rural Medicine will be offering the following postgraduate programmes in 2020:

  • MSc Digital Health*
  • MSc Surgery*
  • MSc Medical Leadership*

* Subject to validation

These 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.