Organ Transplantation PGA/PGCert/PGDip/MSc Online

  • Programme duration: Full-time: Full time MSc: (normally 18 months) Full time PGDip: (normally 12 months) PGCert: 1 year   Part-time: Part time MSc: (Normally 3 years) Part time PGdip: (Normally 2 years)
  • Programme start: Autumn 2021
  • Entry requirements: Please see the 'Entry Requirements' tab for full information.

Module details

Programme Structure

Each ‘taught’ module is 30 credits at Masters level (level 7). The modules complement each other without being sequential. This will provide you with the opportunity to personalise your learning by taking the modules needed for your development. Any two of the following 30-credits modules can be taken together for a postgraduate certificate and any single module can be taken individually for a postgraduate award.: MDSC175, MDSC174, MDSC176 and MDSC177. To achieve the full Masters in Science you will need to also complete the dissertation module, MDSC305.

The modules available are;

  • Module 1: MDSC175
  • Module 2: MDSC174
  • Module 3: MDSC176 
  • Module 4: MDSC177
  • Module 5: MDSC305

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 2 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. 

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.

A key component of the Assessment for Learning approach is student engagement with the discussion board, allowing students to explore concepts, and clarify understanding and application of the theory in their own practice. These discussion boards are facilitated by world leading experts in the area which enriches discussion and provides invaluable insight into practice. Engagement with other students enables learning between students and the understanding of a wider range of challenges and strategies.

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

Advanced Clinical Transplantation Immunology (MDSC175)
LevelM
Credit level30
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

- To foster in-depth knowledge and understanding of the theoretical concepts which underpin successful management of Transplantation patients.
- To enable students to evaluate critically the evidence base surrounding transplantation immunology and immunogenetics.
- To foster the students clinical reasoning skills informed by critical appraisal and the understanding of the application of the current evidence base when applied to a clinical setting.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Evaluate critically transplantation immunology, histocompatibility and immunogenetics (tissue typing), and immunosuppression employed in transplantation.

(LO2) Apply advanced clinical reasoning principles to manage a patient for transplantation within the constraints of guidelines and policies.

(LO3) Evaluate critically risk and governance issues pertaining to the changing policy context of the NHS/local healthcare settings.

(LO4) Self-appraise and reflect critically upon own practice, professional values, ethics and behaviour, within the clinical workplace.

(LO5) Analyse and evaluate critically, through discussion with peers and transplantation experts, the science of transplantation immunology and histocompatibility.

(S1) Online communication.

(S2) Information literacy.

(S3) Self-regulated learning.

(S4) Problem solving.

Renal Transplantation: Current Practice and Procedures (MDSC174)
LevelM
Credit level30
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

- To foster in-depth understanding and application of the knowledge base that supports clinical decision making in the assessment of potential recipient and donor patients in renal transplantation.

- To enable students to evaluate critically the evidence base surrounding the identification and management of post-transplantation complications.

- To foster the students clinical reasoning skills informed by critical appraisal and the understanding of the application of the current evidence base when applied to a clinical setting.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Critically evaluate the application of evidence which inform effective assessment of potential adult and paediatric recipients pre-transplantation and when addressing immunological, surgical and medical challenges.

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

(LO3) Analyse and evaluate critically the evidence based early diagnosis and management of post- transplantation complications, in adults and children.

(LO4) Self-appraise and reflect critically upon own practice, professional values, ethics and behaviour, within the clinical workplace.

(LO5) Analyse and evaluate critically, through discussion with peers and transplantation experts, the medical and surgical challenges that can arise pre-transplantation

(S1) Online communication.

(S2) Clinical reasoning.

(S3) Self-regulated learning.

(S4) Problem solving.

Advanced Practice: Current Trends in Management of Long Term Post Transplantation Complications (MDSC176)
LevelM
Credit level30
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

- To enable students to apply clinical reasoning in the management of post-transplantation malignancy, Chronic Kidney Disease – Mineral Bone Disorder and infection.
- To enable students to evaluate critically the evidence base surrounding the clinical management of complex transplantation cases.
- To foster the students clinical reasoning skills informed by critical appraisal and the understanding of the application of the current evidence base when applied to a clinical setting.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Evaluate critically the evidence base which informs effective assessment, diagnosis and management of recipients after renal transplantation, including the clinical challenges that may arise.

(LO2) Evaluate critically the current evidence pertaining to complex and sensitive complications occurring after renal transplantation.

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

(LO4) Evaluate critically the clinical evidence base, that guide clinical reasoning in transplantation.

(LO5) Analyse and evaluate critically, through discussion with peers and transplantation experts, the potential challenge that arise as a result of transplantation.

(S1) Online communication.

(S2) Clinical reasoning.

(S3) Self-regulated learning.

(S4) Presentation skills.

(S5) Problem solving.

Integrated Care, Ethics and Decision Making in Complex Transplantation Practice (MDSC177)
LevelM
Credit level30
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

- To foster in-depth understanding of the clinical, ethical and theoretical concepts that underpin long term management of Transplantation patients.
- To enable students to evaluate the ethical basis of the clinical reasoning that leads to clinical decision making in Transplantation.
- To foster the students’ clinical reasoning skills informed by critical appraisal and the understanding of the application of the current evidence base when applied to a clinical setting.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Analyse and evaluate critically the theoretical and clinical concepts that underpin the effective assessment, diagnosis and management of combined renal and extra-renal organ transplantation including the clinical challenges that may arise.

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

(LO3) Evaluate critically the clinical reasoning behind the selection and interpretation of imaging modalities/interventions in the assessment and management of patients pre and post transplantation.

(LO4) 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 in the context of one's practice, professional values, ethics and behaviour.

(LO5) Analyse and evaluate critically, through discussion with peers and transplantation experts, the ethical issues that may arise around transplantation.

(S1) Online communication.

(S2) Self-regulated learning.

(S3) Presentation skills.

Dissertation for Organ Transplantation (MDSC305)
LevelM
Credit level60
SemesterWhole Session
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

The aim of the dissertation is for students to develop and demonstrate critical and in-depth knowledge and skills relevant to the Organ Transplantation research by conducting a piece of original research. Students will synthesise and integrate knowledge across subjects, selecting evidence and approaches appropriate to their specific area of study.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Conduct and present a thorough and detailed literature search and appraise critically the existing literature relevant to a key topic in renal transplantation.

(LO2) Prepare and design a comprehensive feasibility study and literature review plan for a topic in the field of renal transplantation science.

(LO3) Design a study proposal to address a research question in the field of renal transplantation science.

(S1) Problem solving skills

(S2) Organisational skills

(S3) Communication skills

(S4) IT skills

(S5) Ethical awareness