Professional Doctorate in General Internal Medicine (Clinical MD; MPhil)

About the course

The Clinical MD programme is especially designed for overseas, early career medical practitioners who wish to undertake a substantial course of individual research and develop clinical skills related to general internal medicine. It will provide you with the recognition required to become a specialiss in general internal medicine in your home country.

You'll undertake an individual research project on novel medical or healthcare delivery combined with related studies in general internal medicine supported by clinical placements at local NHS hospital sites.

The duration of the programme is of 27 months, with a flexible starting date with two intakes per year.

If you have any queries about the course, please contact Programme Director, Dr Ornella Corazza.

Why choose this course?

​While studying at the University of Hertfordshire and working at NHS hospitals, you'll be supported by a team of expert academics and practitioners from different specialties who are conducting world-leading research (3-4* REF) within the Centre of Health Services and Clinical Research.

You'll gain essential doctoral level knowledge and skills in general internal medicine, which will be recorded using an e-portfolio. You'll also benefit from our vibrant, dynamic and international community of postgraduate medical researchers and have the opportunity of living close to London.

What will I study?

You'll undertake an individual research project on novel medical or healthcare delivery combined with related studies in general internal medicine supported by clinical placements at local NHS hospital sites. Each NHS clinical placement will consist of attending ward rounds, clinics, multidisciplinary team meetings, hospital grand rounds and specialist’s clinical procedures (e.g. cardiac catheterisation, endoscopy).

The structure of the programme falls into three parts: (a) research project, (b) clinical placement and (c) clinical units of study.

Research project

You'll choose a novel research topic in collaboration with your supervisory team within the field of general internal medicine, and will be guided and supported through:

  • Guided learning in health research methodologies (qualitative and quantitative research), social, political and economic concepts of health research among other research development courses
  • Supervision and independent study to define the research topic assessed by an initial registration assessment to progress onto the next stage
  • Guided learning study days with continued supervised research and independent study assessed by doctoral review assessment (second progression). The first and second progression assessments consist of a viva based on a progress report detailing the student’s learning area evaluations and reflections
  • Presentation of the final project results in a thesis defended by a final viva. While undertaking the programme, students will also be encouraged to publish manuscripts, submit posters, abstracts, and present at scientific conferences to give more visibility to their research work.

NHS clinicial placement

Each NHS clinical placement will consist of attending ward rounds, clinics, multidisciplinary team meetings, hospital grand rounds and specialist’s clinical procedures (e.g. cardiac catheterisation, endoscopy). In addition, there will be:

  • Sharing of up-to-date knowledge of international guidelines in day-to-day clinical practice (e.g. NICE)
  • Bedside teaching and case-based discussions of different clinical scenarios
  • Teaching and direct experience and understanding of NHS healthcare system
  • Demonstration of clinical competencies through assessments such as Mini Clinical Evaluation Skills (mini-CEX) and case-based discussion (CbD) of Knowledge and Skills. Completion will be supported by teaching medical consultants and recorded using a personalised e-portfolio.

University blended learning

Throughout the course, you'll also have access to:

  • Online pre-recorded sessions, discussions, webinars and self-study in support of all the clinical units of learning
  • Study days in clinical skills labs and an induction 
  • Pre-placement tutorials to facilitate the working practises in the NHS (e.g. cultural safety, human factors)
  • A wide range of online research development programmes (e.g. statistics, communication and presentation skills, technical writing, resilience and assertiveness)
  • Self-directed learning to complement all the above
  • Invitation to events, social gatherings and others.

What job can I get?

As with other university degrees, international recognition of the programme will be on a country-by-country basis and as per local regulations. The structured medical training in the UK is widely recognised across the globe. Current Home Office rules mean that international graduates cannot partake in NHS medical employee structured training available to UK doctors. This programme is designed to service the need for international medical graduates wishing to obtain this training and qualification to enhance their career opportunities in their home country.

I came to the UK to undertake studies to obtain the postgraduate degree of Clinical MD. I am now a NHS Consultant in Acute Medicine and Cardiology at Ealing Hospital in West London. I would recommend the Clinical MD in the UK as it is a great start to a career and training in Medicine and the NHS.

Dr Harmandeep Singh

Clinical MD, Ealing Hospital

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