Key Facts

Course Title: Medical Science
Course type: Masters, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
Mode of Study:Part Time
Contact Details:Sophie Gibbons - 01782 734933
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Faculty: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Subject Area: Medicine


This course is focused on the development of skills and knowledge that can be applied to benefit patient care through, for example, leading quality improvement projects, provision of education, or clinical research activities.

Each module consists of a mixture of types of delivery, some online learning and some face-to-face blocks of teaching, utilising a mixture of seminars, group work and short lectures.

There are a number of core modules and then a wide range of modules that are optional. We have designed the award to be as flexible as possible, including enabling students to study some modules from other Keele awards. This award has been mapped against the revised Good Medical Practice from the General Medical Council and can help you demonstrate your commitment to maintaining your fitness to practice for when recertification is introduced as part of medical relicensing.  

Aims of the Course

Professional training programmes provide specialist knowledge and skills for independent practice but there is widespread recognition of the need for skills in additional generic components (e.g. leadership and management, critical appraisal, professional ethics, reflective practice) to equip professionals for the challenges of modern health care. This programme seeks to provide such knowledge and skills, within the challenge of a Masters level course and using small group learning to share knowledge and experience.

In particular, the MMedSci course aims to:

  • Develop a critical engagement with important professional issues in health care, including (but not limited to) healthcare ethics, health service leadership and management, rational prescribing, and medical education.
  • Provide opportunities to look critically at communication studies and to improve skills in this area.
  • Develop knowledge and skills related to clinical effectiveness.
  • Provide opportunities to study aspects of medical education.
  • Develop independent learning and critical use of relevant literature.
  • Develop transferable research skills and outputs.

Entry Requirements

This programme is intended for medical graduates, currently engaged in medical practice or intercalating medical students.  Some modules are available to other health professionals, as short courses or as part of other Masters programmes within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.  

Course Content

Each module (subject to availability) is given a credit rating within the national Masters framework. These may be transferable from or to other institutions where the learning outcomes are comparable.

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Science: 60 credits
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Science: 120 credits
  • Masters in Medical Science: total 180 credits

The Masters degree must be completed within five years of registration, the Diploma within four years and the Certificate within three years. It will be possible to complete a Masters Degree in Medical Science in two years.

Course Modules


The award of a Masters in Medical Science follows successful completion of the taught modules which make up the Diploma in Medical Science and submission of a further 60 credits worth of learning. This latter may be a research dissertation in a subject related to the individual’s speciality, in which case all candidates will also be expected to have completed the Research Methods and usually the Statistics and Epidemiology modules. A practice-based project is another possibility such as evaluation of changes implemented in a clinical setting, educational projects, or exploration of ethical dilemmas. It is expected to be a significant piece of work and we encourage all students to consider aiming for publication of their findings.

All candidates will be expected to have a local clinical supervisor for their project and educational supervision will continue to be provided by the award team. Previous experience has shown us that this is an extremely popular component of the Degree. Candidates have often published or presented their dissertation at Regional and National meetings.


Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Teaching and Assessment

This is a modular part-time programme, designed to meet the needs of full-time health professionals, able to take study leave in short blocks and augmented by on line learning in the Keele Virtual Learning Environment (KLE).  The modules are offered on a regular basis throughout the year, usually repeated annually, and students can join the programme at any stage. It is possible to complete the MMedSci within one year on a full-time basis, though up to five years are allowed for part-time study.


Most teaching is based on interactive small group methods, interspersed with practical tasks and supplemented with material on the KLE.  A variety of assessment methods are used, including essays, task-based assignments, group presentations, assessment of communication skills and a portfolio. 

Additional Costs

Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines we do not anticipate any additional costs for this postgraduate programme.