Postgraduate study

Internal Medicine (Online Learning) MSc

Awards: MSc

Study modes: Part-time

Online learning

Funding opportunities

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.

Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace. Students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

This programme is made up of compulsory and optional courses.

Compulsory courses

  • Clinical Pharmacology
  • Science of Medicine
  • Laboratory Medicine
  • Imaging in Medicine
  • Acute Medicine and Clinical Decision-Making
  • Clinical Skills (Communication, Examination and Medical Procedures)
  • Introductory Skills (IT Skills, Research/Literature Evaluation and Writing Skills)
  • Research Methods

Optional courses

  • Cardiology
  • Dermatology
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Genetics
  • Clinical Education and Teaching
  • Medical Ethics
  • Palliative Care and Pain Management

(Revised 9 October 2018 with an updated list of option courses.)

Further programme information

This programme is designed to help medical professionals gain the next step in their medical career, with a highly regarded qualification and first-rate expertise.

A medical degree (MBChB or equivalent) or a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a clinically relevant subject. You must have work experience in a clinical context.

We may also consider your application if you have other relevant work experience; please contact us to check before you apply. You may be admitted to certificate level only in the first instance.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic: total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)

  • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (at least 20 in each module)

  • PTE Academic: total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; the "Enabling Skills" sections are not considered)

  • CAE and CPE: total 176 (at least 169 in each module)

  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.*

(*Revised 8/11/2018 to provide more accurate information on English language qualifications expiry dates. Revised 22/03/2019 to provide more accurate/comprehensive information.)

Find out more about our language requirements:

Tuition fee deposit

Successful applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of £1,000 before an unconditional offer can be made. This will be offset against tuition fees upon entry to the programme.

Find out more about tuition fee deposits:

Tuition fees

Featured funding

UK government postgraduate loans

If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK’s governments. The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on your programme, the duration of your studies, and your residency status. (Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.)

Other funding opportunities

Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • Internal Medicine Office (Room: D35)
  • 2nd Floor, Out Patient Department
  • Western General Hospital
  • Little France
  • Edinburgh
  • EH4 2XU

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Further information

  • Internal Medicine Office (Room: D35)
  • 2nd Floor, Out Patient Department
  • Western General Hospital
  • Little France
  • Edinburgh
  • EH4 2XU