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MSc/PGDip/PGCert Respiratory Medicine

This Respiratory Medicine programme from University of Birmingham provides you with an overview of common conditions in respiratory medicine, their diagnosis and management, and the balance of public health, community and secondary care input to the overall service delivery in the speciality.

Quick Facts

Full-Time Duration: 1 year
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: £26,640 per year (MSc)
Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom

This Respiratory Medicine programme from University of Birmingham is taught using a mixture of lectures, tutorials, hands on practical sessions and workplace based elements. It will provide speciality training for budding respiratory specialists in primary or secondary care, either medical or allied healthcare professional.

This programme can be accessed through the 60 credit PG Certificate; 120 credit PG Diploma or the 180 credit Masters. If you wish to study this programme to Postgraduate Diploma level then you will need to complete additional modules of the programme but will not need to complete a dissertation, which is only available to those studying for the Masters.

Courses included:

  • Respiratory Medicine in Secondary Care
  • Respiratory Medicine in the Community
  • Epidemiology Statistics and Research Methods
  • Health Information and Health Informatics
  • Health Care Evaluation and Commissioning
  • Leadership and Management for Health
  • Health Economics

“The transition from undergrad to postgrad can be a big step up in terms of workload and what is expected of you, but there is so much support available to you as a postgrad student, from academic writing support (if you’ve been out of education for a few years or just want a bit of extra help) to mental health and wellbeing services. The careers support is fantastic – the uni puts on employer fairs throughout the year and you have access to one on one support from the Careers Network team, who can help you develop your skills ready for your next step!”

Emma Sutton // PhD Psychology

Why study this course?

The University of Birmingham is linked to University Hospitals Birmingham (one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK) and clinical placements for the modules, with the opportunity to study with leading clinicians at UHB, is a unique opportunity.

Birmingham is also one of the most diverse cities in the UK, which brings with it the challenge of managing disease in different communities, whose health beliefs may differ. From a learning perspective this means that we can give opportunity to see different models of care at work, from intense hospital based work to integrated and virtual care models in the community setting.

The University of Birmingham/UHB partnership is integral to Birmingham Health Partners, which also works with Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital, so we can also access teaching from leading paediatricians where students’ studies require it.

Finally the University of Birmingham has cutting edge facilities for precision medicine, for example through the Institute for Translational Medicine (ITM) which is an increasingly important area in respiratory medicine, in lung cancer, asthma and more. You may have the opportunity to hear about, or see, clinical trials in these areas during placements at UHB.


  • 2:1 in a BSc or equivalent professional qualification (e.g. nursing, physiotherapy, biomedical science or medical degree).
  • On a case-by-case basis, other classes of degree and/or relevant qualifications and experience of working within respiratory medicine will be considered.

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