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Internal medicine

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Internal Medicine

Key facts

MSc, PGDip, PGCert

Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 3-5 years

Eligible applicants: UK, international

Due to visa restrictions, international students requiring a student visa (including EU/EEA who require a student visa) are eligible to apply for BSMS full-time Masters courses only. Part-time Masters courses, all PGDip and all PGCert courses are open to UK and Irish students and international students (including EU/EEA) who have an alternative visa/immigration permission to stay in the UK (such as settled/pre-settled status, Tier 2/work visa, indefinite leave to remain etc).

Location: University of Brighton, Falmer campus; University of Sussex, Falmer campus

Course Principal: Prof Kevin Davies

Read Prof Kevin Davies profile here >

Course Leader: Prof Ursula Davies

Course Co-Ordinator: Skye Madgwick-Miller

Read Skye Madgwick-Miller's profile here >

General enquiries:

This course is jointly validated by the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex. Applications for 2024/25 entry are now open.

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Download the course application handbook for further information on this course.

Download the Internal Medicine handbook here >

Watch our Internal Medicine video below to find out more about the course from current students.

Key areas of study

Clinical modules

  • Intensive medicine
  • Auto-immunity
  • Infectious diseases
  • Frailty and elderly medicine
  • Maternal Medicine

Professional modules

  • Research methods and critical appraisal
  • Leadership and change management in clinical services
  • Communication, learning and teaching in health and social care

Course overview

Run in partnership with educators, commissioners and practitioners from throughout the region, the course has support from Health Education England South East (HEESE).

Run in partnership with educators, commissioners and practitioners from throughout the region, the Masters course has support from Health Education England South East (HEESE). It provides a rounded education in internal medicine, including current advances in medical sciences and their application in the clinical arena. Students will gain detailed understanding of core research methodologies, critical evaluation, evidence- based approaches and the pathophysiology of conditions of clinical interest.


Dr Karen Patterson

"We are delighted to provide this unique opportunity for
advanced education in Internal Medicine.
Our Masters course promotes in depth understanding of disease
processes across a broad range of medical specialties,
including their pathophysiology and latest research data. It ensures high
level diagnostic skills and expert management technique
for forward looking consultant physicians of the future.
Prof Ursula Davies, Course Leader

"Having recently finished Core Medical Training,
I saw this as a fantastic opportunity to further develop my skills in GIM."

Internal Medicine graduate, 2020

"During the recent COVID-19 pandemic a good understanding of the principles
of frailty allowed for insightful and honest discussions with families,
patients and other specialties to enable robust, evidence-based decision making."

Internal Medicine graduate, 2020

"Expert speakers with a focus not on simply learning a bunch of
diseases but rather on clinical reasoning, principles of
autoimmunity and developing a deeper understanding."

Internal Medicine graduate, 2020

"I have really enjoyed the Masters thus far and would highly
recommend it to any colleagues considering a postgraduate
course, particularly those with a passion for Internal Medicine."

Internal Medicine graduate, 2020

Course structure

MSc (180 credits)

  • Research Methods and Critical Appraisal (20 credits)


  • Five of the six clinical and professional modules (20 credits)


  • Dissertation (60 credits)

PGDip (120 credits)

  • Three of the five clinical modules PLUS three professional modules (20 credits)


  • Four clinical modules PLUS Research Methods & Critical Appraisal PLUS one more professional module (20 credits)

PGCert (60 credits)

  • Three of the five clinical modules (20 credit modules)


  • Two of the five clinical modules PLUS one professional module (20 credit modules)

Health Education England South East (HEESE) have provided funding for a number of Internal Medicine students with bursaries covering 75% of the course fees. Bursaries are available to any doctors employed by the NHS within HEESE.

Career opportunities

The course provides increased scientific awareness of pathophysiological processes and will prepare medical trainees for advanced practice and senior clinical posts.

It will train students to be high-achieving consultants and clinical leaders by combining clinical knowledge with professional development learning in the three key domains of leadership; communication, learning and teaching; and the development of research and publishing skills. It will also prepare students who wish to engage in substantive research projects leading to MD or PhD.

Entry requirements

This course is open to medical trainees who have completed a primary medical qualification and MRCP Part 1. These requirements may be relaxed under special circumstances for applicants with substantial clinical experience (please enquire prior to application).

For international students a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 is required.

This course is open to applications from UK and international students. 

Fees and funding

The fees listed are the overall costs for full-time courses taken in the academic year 2024/25. Where courses are taken part-time over more than one academic year, fees are usually charged pro-rata for the modules taken during each academic year.  

With effect from 2021/22 onwards, EU nationals starting new postgraduate courses will pay international fees and will not be eligible for student funding from the UK government. However, there are exceptions to this for Irish nationals and EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme. For the latest information, please see If you do not have settled status in the UK and require a work visa, then you will be fee assessed as Overseas and will therefore be subject to the International fee rate.

Find out more about 2024-25 fees and funding >


A number of bursaries are available for trainees employed by the NHS in the HEESE region. Please contact the Course Leader for further information.