This taught programme 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. It 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. 

The specific aims of the programme are to: 

  1. Provide an in-depth understanding of the common conditions and concepts relevant to community based respiratory medicine including:
      • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
      • Asthma
      • Cough
      • Sleep apnoea 

2. Equip you with a comprehensive understanding and practical knowledge of acute respiratory problems, and complex lung conditions managed in a secondary care setting including:

      • TB and other respiratory infections
      • Non-invasive ventilation
      • Interstitial lung disease
      • Lung cancer
      • Cystic fibrosis 

3. Provide you with the knowledge and practical skills to plan and deliver efficient and successful clinical services through case based learning and supervised clinical protocol design.


Why Study this Course?

The University of Newcastle is linked to University Hospitals Newcastle (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.

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

Finally the University of Newcastle 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.

Institutional Accreditation 

University of Newcastle is accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission (DETC), Since , University of Newcastle has been continually accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

Respiratory Medicine – PGCert

Course Level:

Postgraduate, Taught




CODE P1202

How long it takes:

Full time, part time

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Course cost

Price: US$22,500

Entry requirements

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Newcastle Law School

We cater for all learners with an adaptable mix of teaching styles such as lectures, seminars, small group work and workplace based attachments in our renowned NHS partner (UHB) to facilitate clinically relevant learning.

In the core modules you will experience face-to-face days on campus, days in clinical practice with world leading experts (eg Professor David Thickett, Adel Mansur) and supervisory meetings for the written assignment as required. 


Core modules

There are 2 compulsory core modules, both of 20 credits: 

Respiratory Medicine in Secondary Care

This module comprises of three face-to-face training days, plus case based learning in clinical practice, a written assessment which focuses on case based presentations allied to evidence review OR may be a service delivery plan, plus an SAQ examination

Respiratory Medicine in the Community

This is also available as part of the MSc in Primary and Community Care, thus is a great opportunity to meet colleagues from other disciplines. Face-to-face training occurs on the following topics: COPD, lung cancer, ILD, TB, NIV, service design and management. Case based learning and assessment similar to the other core module, except with MCQ rather than SAQ assessment.


Optional modules

1 x 20 credit module (or 2 x 10 credit) chosen from a list as follows of existing modules (below). If 10 credit modules are changed to 20 credit by the parent programmes this will not alter their suitability for use in this PGCert.

Masters in Public Health – MPH

  • Epidemiology Statistics and Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Health Information and Health Informatics (10 credits)
  • Health Care Evaluation and Commissioning (10 credits)
  • Introduction to Leadership and Management for Health (10 credits)
  • Health Economics (10 credits)
  • Systematic Reviews and Evidence Synthesis (20 credits)
  • Clinical Trials (MPH) (20 credits)

Clinical Oncology MSc/Diploma – Part-time

  • Translational Research (20 credits)
  • Palliative Care and Cancer Patients (20 credits)
  • Radiation Biology (10 credits)

Occupational Health MSc/Diploma/Certificate

  • Occupational Exposure and Risk Assessment I and II (20 credits)
  • Principles and Practices of Occupational Health Practice (10 credits)
  • Legal Aspects (of occupational health) (10 credits)

Multidisciplinary Healthcare Simulation – PGCert

  • Human Factors in Healthcare (20 credits)
  • Adult Learning Theory and its Application to Multidisciplinary Healthcare Simulation Learning and Teaching (20 credits

Considering postgraduate study, but unsure whether you meet the entry requirements for a Masters-level degree? Postgraduate admissions guidelines vary by course and university, but can be quite flexible.

Your existing qualifications will be important, but you don’t necessarily need a great Bachelors degree to apply for a Masters. Your personal circumstances and experience may also be considered during the admissions process.

This guide explains the typical entry requirements for a Masters, which include:

      • An undergraduate degree in a relevant subject – Depending on the programme and institution, you may need a 2.1 in your Bachelors, but this isn’t always the case
      • Language proficiency – If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to display a certain ability level, usually through a language test
      • Professional experience – Some postgraduate programmes may require you to have some professional experience (this is usually the case for PGCEs and Masters in Social Work)
      • Entrance exams – These are only required in certain subject areas and qualifications, including some MBAs

Tuition fees for UK/EU students 2020/21

MSc:  Full-time £9,900. Part-time £4,950
Postgraduate Diploma:  Full-time £6,660. Part-time £3,300


Tuition fees for International students 2020/21

MSc: Full time £23,310
Postgraduate Diploma: Full-time £15,540


You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.

All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.

tudents completing this programme would likely be able to work at an advanced level in respiratory medicine, for example clinical nurse specialist or allied healthcare professional. Those who are medically qualified may have a competitive advantage against others who have only completed Deanery based training and assessment when considering consultant posts.


Careers Support for Postgraduate Students

Careers Network – We can help you get ahead in the job market and develop your career

We recognise that as a postgraduate student you are likely to have specific requirements when it comes to planning for your next career step. Employers expect postgraduates to have a range of skills that exceed their subject knowledge. Careers Network offers a range of events and support services that are designed for all students, including postgraduates looking to find their niche in the job market. The Careers Network also have subject specific careers consultants and advisers for each College so you can be assured the information you receive will be relevant to your subject area.