Taught course


University of Chester · Institute of Medicine

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a medical first degree, or hold appropriate professional qualifications and be able to demonstrate suitable background knowledge and skills.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme will aim both to inform and equip the practitioner with the necessary skills to function in a modern clinical environment specialising in caring for the patient with problems in the gastrointestinal tract, and will be relevant to day-to-day NHS hospital and general practice.

The programme is modular with six taught modules. The last of these involves a clinical placement. The course culminates in a Research Dissertation.

Evidence Based Medicine

Provides you with training in the essential skills needed as a researcher or practitioner to use the scientific and medical literature.

Analysis and Interpretation of Clinical Data

Develops your understanding of the theories underpinning modern analytical and molecular procedures of relevance to the clinician; and enables you to develop a critical appreciation of the uses and limitations of a range of analytical and molecular techniques relevant to clinical and biomedical science.

The Science of Ageing

Utilises the changes that occur during ageing to develop an in-depth knowledge of the pathology of selected organ systems, including the importance of diagnosis and management of human disease.


Studies the diagnosis and management of patients with diseases of the intestines, liver and biliary tree, and pancreas.

Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology

Reviews current guidelines and their evidence base in the therapeutic management of diabetes, and explores potential new therapies.

Clinical Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis - Optional
Develops an understanding of the immunological processes involved in various aspects of clinical immunology and an in-depth understanding of the interactions between pathogens and the human host.

Current Clinical Practice

Enables you to develop a proactive approach to understanding the current developments in clinical practice. A series of seminars and tutorials will be held with various healthcare professionals and clinical researchers. You will also join clinical teams for placements in your chosen specialism for training in relevant protocols.

Research Dissertation

This is an opportunity to investigate systematically and in depth a laboratory-based topic of direct relevance to the programme of study and your personal interests; to draw on and contribute to the development of the growing body of knowledge in the broad clinical/biomedical sciences field; and to present the outcomes of personal research in the form of two publishable scientific articles.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 - 48 months
full time
12 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 - 48 months


part time
12 - 24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
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