Renal Transplantation Science PGCert/PGDip/MSc Online

  • Programme duration: Full-time: MSc: 2-6 years (normally 5 years)   Part-time: PG Diploma: 1-4 years (normally 4 years) | PG Certificate: 30 weeks-3 years (normally 2 years)
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Module details

Programme Structure

Each ‘taught’ module is 30 credits at Masters level (level 7). The sequence of module delivery is important as each module provides underpinning knowledge and comprehension for subsequent modules. Using this scaffolding approach, students will be able to vertically integrate prior knowledge to develop greater understanding of transplantation science topics covered in the programme.

The order in which the modules have to be taken is:

  • Module 1: MDSC175
  • Module 2: MDSC174
  • Module 3: MDSC176 
  • Module 4: MDSC177

The Masters degree is achieved by successful completion of a 12,000 word dissertation (60 credits), which comprises a 10,000 word extended literature review and a 2,000 word research design proposal.

Assessment

Each 30 credit module has 3 summative assessments which count to the final module mark. The pass mark at this University for Masters modules is 50%. There are a range of different types of assessment for each module, including written work, posters, case reports etc. The assessment strategy uses a small range of assessment methods to cover the learning outcomes. These focus on written assignments to match the online delivery of the programme.

We also provide regular informal formative assessment during the course; this approach is known to drive learning and, thereby, will enrich the learning process with a resultant long-lasting educational outcome.

All assessment tasks involve an element of critical commentary/appraisal/reasoning/reflection with the relevant evidence base to support the development of the overriding educational aims of the programme.

The majority of assessment tasks are centred on case-based clinical scenarios focusing on assessment, diagnosis and management of single and complex patient episodes. These link the assignments to the reality of clinical practice and decision making. Other assessment tasks are related to the review of practice in the students’ own work place, based within context of national guidelines and protocols, to challenge their current knowledge of practice.
Assessment methods for the 30 credit ‘taught’ modules include:

  • Written assignments linked to clinical scenarios, protocols and guidelines
  • e-Posters 
  • PowerPoint presentation with a supporting commentary
  • Pictorial review addressing interpretation of images of a complex clinical case
  • Critical literature review

Compulsory modules

Transplantation Science for Transplant Clinicians (on-line) (MDSC175)
LevelM
Credit level30
SemesterWhole Session
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To foster in-depth knowledge and understanding of the theoretical concepts which underpin successful patient management in patients with end stage renal failure/Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and to apply advanced clinical reasoning to direct patients appropriately for transplantation To develop the students' ability to reflect critically on his/her personal, interpersonal skills and behaviours within the field of clinical transplantation to inform the future development of services within the multi-disciplinary healthcare team.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Demonstrate  systematic in-depth knowledge and understanding of end-stage renal disease and dialysis, immunology and transplant immunology, histocompatibility and immunogenetics (tissue typing), immunosuppression and protocols to underpin patient selection for transplantation

(LO2) Apply advanced clinical reasoning skills to appropriately manage a patient for transplantation including the effective implementation within the constraints of guidelines and policies

(LO3) Evaluate critically their own role, the role of others and the team dynamics in the multi-disciplinary team

(LO4) Self-appraise and reflect critically upon their own practice, professional values, ethics and behaviour and the impact of these on others within the clinical workplace

(LO5) Demonstrate systematic in-depth knowledge and understanding of risk and governance issues within the changing policy context of the NHS in this complex clinical field in a variety of healthcare settings

(LO6) Demonstrate application of appropriate strategies for the development of self and others in order to achieve the best use of the available resources and to ensure future service delivery at higher standard in relation to organ transplantation.

(S1) Communication and collaboration online participating in digital networks for learning and research

(S2) Information literacy online, finding, interpreting, evaluating, managing and sharing information

(S3) Self-management readiness to accept responsibility (i.e. leadership), flexibility, resilience, self-starting, initiative, integrity, willingness to take risks, appropriate assertiveness, time management, readiness to improve own performance based on feedback/reflective learning

(S4) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

(S5) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others

(S6) Learning skills online studying and learning effectively in technology-rich environments, formal and informal

(S7) Positive attitude/ self-confidence A 'can-do' approach, a readiness to take part and contribute; openness to new ideas and the drive to make these happen

Transplantation Science for Transplant Clinicians (online) Module 2 (MDSC174)
LevelM
Credit level30
SemesterWhole Session
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To foster in-depth knowledge and understanding of the theoretical concepts which underpin successful patient management in patients undergoing renal transplantation from live or deceased donors and to apply advanced clinical reasoning to achieve a successful outcome.   To develop the students' ability to reflect critically on his/her personal, interpersonal skills and behaviours within the field of clinical transplantation to inform the future development of services within the multi-disciplinary healthcare team.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) To apply critically the evidence base to inform effective assessment of potential adult and paediatric recipients prior to transplantation, addressing immunological, surgical and medical challenges.

(LO2) To apply critically the evidence base to inform effective assessment of potential  kidney donors  prior to transplantation, addressing various medical and surgical challenges.

(LO3) To analyse and evaluate critically the process of transplantation in adults and children to optimise patient treatment and outcome, including the evidence based early diagnosis and management of post- transplant complications.

(LO4) To self-appraise and reflect critically upon their own practice, professional values, ethics and behaviour and the impact of these on others within the clinical workplace.

(LO5) To develop the students clinical reasoning skills informed by critical appraisal and application of the current evidence base.

(S1) Communication and collaboration online participating in digital networks for learning and research

(S2) Information literacy online, finding, interpreting, evaluating, managing and sharing information

(S3) Self-management readiness to accept responsibility (i.e. leadership), flexibility, resilience, self-starting, initiative, integrity, willingness to take risks, appropriate assertiveness, time management, readiness to improve own performance based on feedback/reflective learning

(S4) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others

(S5) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

(S6) Learning skills online studying and learning effectively in technology-rich environments, formal and informal

(S7) Positive attitude/ self-confidence A 'can-do' approach, a readiness to take part and contribute; openness to new ideas and the drive to make these happen

Transplantation Science for Transplant Clinicians (online), Module 3 (MDSC176)
LevelM
Credit level30
SemesterWhole Session
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To foster in-depth knowledge and understanding of the theoretical concepts which underpin successful patient management post renal transplantation with an emphasis on complications arising from infection, malignancy and CKD-BMD and to apply advanced clinical reasoning to inform an optimum evidence based management plan. To develop the students' ability to reflect critically on his/her personal, interpersonal skills and behaviours within the field of clinical transplantation to inform the future development of services within the multi-disciplinary healthcare team.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) To apply critically the evidence base to inform effective assessment, diagnosis and management of adult and paediatric recipients post renal transplantation, addressing clinical challenges arising from infection, malignancy and CKD-MBD.

(LO2) To apply critically the in-depth knowledge and understanding to inform patient choices arising from complex, sensitive complications post renal transplantation, underpinned by current evidence.

(LO3) To self-appraise and reflect critically upon their own practice, professional values, ethics and behaviour and the impact of these on others within the clinical workplace.

(S1) Communication and collaboration online participating in digital networks for learning and research

(S2) Information literacy online, finding, interpreting, evaluating, managing and sharing information

(S3) Self-management readiness to accept responsibility (i.e. leadership), flexibility, resilience, self-starting, initiative, integrity, willingness to take risks, appropriate assertiveness, time management, readiness to improve own performance based on feedback/reflective learning

(S4) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others

(S5) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

(S6) Positive attitude/ self-confidence A 'can-do' approach, a readiness to take part and contribute; openness to new ideas and the drive to make these happen

(S7) Learning skills online studying and learning effectively in technology-rich environments, formal and informal

Transplantation Science for Transplant Clinicians Online, Module 4 (MDSC177)
Level1
Credit level30
SemesterWhole Session
Exam:Coursework weighting0:0
Aims

To foster in-depth knowledge and understanding of the ethical and theoretical concepts which underpin success ful patient management post renal and extra-renal transplantation through the application of advanced clinical reasoning to inform an optimum evidence based management plan.  To develop the students' ability to reflect critically on his/her personal, interpersonal skills and behaviours within the field of clinical transplantation to inform the future development of services within the multi-disciplinary healthcare team.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) To apply critically in-depth knowledge and understanding of the role of combined renal and extra-renal organ transplantation and their impact on long term patient outcome.

(LO2) To analyse and evaluate critically the mechanism and histopathological changes associated with chronic graft dysfunction and related treatment options.

(LO3) To apply critical clinical reasoning to the selection and interpretation of imaging modalities/interventions in the assessment of patients pre and post transplantation.

(LO4) To critically appraise best evidence in ethico-legal issues relating to transplantation (live and deceased donors) and to demonstrate critical awareness of the impact on local practice.

(LO5)       To self-appraise and reflect critically upon their own practice, professional values, ethics and behaviour and the impact of these on others within the clinical workplace.

(LO6) To apply critical clinical reasoning to provide an evidence based management plan in post-transplant patients.

(S1) Communication and collaboration online participating in digital networks for learning and research

(S2) Positive attitude/ self-confidence A 'can-do' approach, a readiness to take part and contribute; openness to new ideas and the drive to make these happen

(S3) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

(S4) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others

(S5) Self-management readiness to accept responsibility (i.e. leadership), flexibility, resilience, self-starting, initiative, integrity, willingness to take risks, appropriate assertiveness, time management, readiness to improve own performance based on feedback/reflective learning

(S6) Learning skills online studying and learning effectively in technology-rich environments, formal and informal

(S7) Information literacy online, finding, interpreting, evaluating, managing and sharing information