This online programme will give you a comprehensive understanding of the processes, investigation procedures and treatment options for common diseases you encounter in general medical practice.
The programme is mostly for early postgraduate doctors. It complements the learning you need to achieve membership of the Royal College of Physicians and it may also be suitable for doctors in other specialities, or nurse consultants and other paramedical specialists with extensive clinical experience.
We cover basic physiology, pathophysiology, therapy and clinical management, as well as clinical skills, generic skills (including writing and research methods) law, ethics and prescribing ability.
Problem-based learning through clinical case scenarios will be used to enhance knowledge and clinical decision-making. We use a variety of e-learning resources and platforms, including a virtual classroom with online tutorials and lectures, online interactive resources and virtual patients.
Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace. Students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.
This programme is made up of compulsory and optional courses.
- Clinical Pharmacology
- Science of Medicine
- Laboratory Medicine
- Imaging in Medicine
- Acute Medicine and Clinical Decision-Making
- Clinical Skills (Communication, Examination and Medical Procedures)
- Introductory Skills (IT Skills, Research/Literature Evaluation and Writing Skills)
- Research Methods
- Clinical Genetics
- Clinical Education and Teaching
- Medical Ethics
- Palliative Care and Pain Management
(Revised 9 October 2018 with an updated list of option courses.)
This programme is designed to help medical professionals gain the next step in their medical career, with a highly regarded qualification and first-rate expertise.
A medical degree (MBChB or equivalent) or a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a clinically relevant subject. You must have work experience in a clinical context.
We may also consider your application if you have other relevant work experience; please contact us to check before you apply. You may be admitted to the certificate level only in the first instance.
English language requirements
All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:
- an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration.
- IELTS Academic: total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module).
- TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (at least 20 in each module).
- PTE(A): total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; the "Enabling Skills" sections are not considered).
- CAE and CPE: total 176 (at least 169 in each module).
- Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components.
Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than two and a half years old at the beginning of your degree programme. Language tests must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.
Scholarships and funding
UK nationals, those with settled status, and some EU nationals not resident in the UK could be eligible for a postgraduate loan towards fees - and in some cases living costs.