Taught course

Internal Medicine (online distance learning)

University of Edinburgh · School of Clinical Sciences and Community Health

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a UK 2:1 undergraduate degree, or its international equivalent, in medicine or a clinically relevant subject, plus work experience in a clinical context. Applicants who fall below these requirements but have relevant work experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis. You may be admitted to Certificate level only in the first instance. Supporting documentation must be uploaded together with your application. You should have all this documentation ready before you start the process. If you do not upload these documents, this will delay the application process.

Months of entry


Course content

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 specialties, 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.

Information for international students


Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


distance learning
36 months


distance learning
12 months


distance learning
24 months

Course contact details

Eleri Williams (Course Organiser)
+44 (0)131 242 6536