Course Overview

This innovative part-time course has been developed to train future leaders in the competitive and challenging environment of clinical medicine.

It is recognised that demand for services will increase because of the increasing population age and prevalence of people living with long-term and chronic conditions with high and rising costs of treatment and care. This course aims to support healthcare professionals, particularly those working in general practice, in developing their clinical leadership and management skills to become empowered, well-developed clinicians who are prepared for the impact of these pressures upon the NHS while continuing to maintain and improve patient care - directly via clinical provision or indirectly via mentorship of colleagues and medical students.

Key Features

With clinicians directly responsible for the delivery of care, they are best placed to deliver, critically appraise and evaluate health services. The aim of this programme is to prepare medical practitioners to be able to be creative, flexible and innovative in their practice in order to adapt to ever changing demands being placed upon them in response to the changing dynamics of healthcare provision as well as its integration with Social Care.  

MSc Clinical Medicine is a unique interprofessional, multi-level, leadership and practice informed development programme leading to a postgraduate qualification for practising clinicians at all stages who wish to develop their understanding, skills and behaviours in leading and managing in the health professions’ context. Using this experience, they can become innovators and leaders to improve patient care, particularly during times of organisational reorganisation and increased service demand. 

  • First programme of its kind in postgraduate clinical training 
  • Delivered by a team of specialist and family doctors and leading academics 
  • A flexible programme designed for busy full time health professionals
  • An emphasis on developing practitioners who couple specialist knowledge in a certain speciality with quality and service improvement methodologies and leadership and management skills
  • Opportunity to contribute to service developments and improvements leading to the best, efficient services for patients, families and communities 
  • Opportunities for engaging in primary research in the field provided by the final year dissertation


Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

MSc 3 Year Part-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PMCM01Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cardiovascular Medicine
PMDM101Semester 2 (Jan-Jun Taught)20Diabetic Practice
PMLM16Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Leadership in Practice

MSc 3 Year Part-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PMCM01Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cardiovascular Medicine
PMDM101Semester 2 (Jan-Jun Taught)20Diabetic Practice
PMLM16Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Leadership in Practice


This part-time course has been specifically structured to appeal to those in full-time clinical employment who wish to develop clinical leadership skills around full-time employment, with annual exit qualifications:

1 Year:  Postgraduate Certificate

2 Years: Postgraduate Diploma

3 Years: MSc

The broad aims of the first year are to allow each student to develop advanced clinical knowledge about their evidence and policy informed practice.  Furthermore, it aims to encourage the student towards developing an understanding of leadership theory, styles and strategic thinking and how to engage with healthcare and medical practice by understanding and reflecting on their own abilities and areas for development. 

The second year of the programme aims to develop students’ knowledge, skills and behaviours through enabling a deepening understanding of a range of processes that a clinical leader might utilise to affect change by influencing and modifying their environment. Reflecting the structure and approach of the first three modules, students look in more depth at the internal and external factors that affect medical practice.

Modules are delivered as six intense learning weeks over the two years.  Comprising face to face teaching and small group work, modules will cover both clinical and organisational material on a range of specialist topics such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Microbiology
  • Leadership
  • Systems and Organisations
  • Critical Analysis and Appraisal

The final year will be dedicated to a clinical portfolio or research dissertation.  Reflective of the educational and professional needs of the student, there are optional choices as to the type of dissertation available, such as to explore in detail an aspect of practice or area of specialist interest. 

Entry Requirements

MSc Clinical Medicine is primarily aimed at junior doctors in specialist training and GPs.  It is also suitable for other medical professionals wishing to further their education in specialist fields and general principles.  

  • Standard admission to the MSc will require either a medical degree or at least a 2.2 honours degree in an appropriate subject that has led to registration with a professional body (e.g. Nursing and Midwifery Council). 
  • There is also provision for admission that takes into account work experience for applicants who do not meet the specified criteria

How To Apply

1. Online application

Please read our Guidance Notes before applying online. Online application is the quickest way to apply and receive a decision on your application.

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2. Apply by Post or Email

Please download our Application Pack [PDF] and send the completed form by post or email to :

Postgraduate Admissions Office 
Swansea University 
Singleton Park 
SA2 8PP 
United Kingdom

Email: Tel: +44(0)1792 295358

Reference form

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Admissions Policy

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Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2019/20 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MSc Part-time £2,250 £5,550

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: It is now possible for some students to study part-time under the Tier 4 visa route. This is dependent on factors relating to the course and your individual situation. It may also be possible to study with us if you are already in the UK under a different visa category. Please visit the University information on Visas and Immigration for further guidance and support.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees do not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying costs.

There are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course.

Funding opportunities

PG loans available. Find out what funding is available here