The Masters Programme in Respiratory Practice, originally developed by REUK – including individual Level 7 modules – is now delivered as part of Education for Health’s portfolio of training and education, retaining REUK’s strong legacy in supporting the development and delivery of respiratory services across both primary and secondary care.

The MSc Respiratory Practice, accredited by the University of Hertfordshire, focuses on the development of a unique inter-professional postgraduate provision relating to respiratory practice.

Meeting the needs of a diverse range of healthcare practitioners
The programme is designed to meet the needs of a diverse range of healthcare practitioners who are adapting to a changing evidence base, to changes in their own roles and to the dynamic political and economic climate.

Students studying within this programme are able to focus on specific areas relating to their practice and this results in highly motivated students who are passionate about respiratory care. This is reflected in the fact that year on year, 37.5% of students achieving the MSc have done so with distinction.

The MSc Respiratory Practice has two stepping off points

  1. PG Certificate (PGC) Respiratory Practice and
  2. PG Diploma (PGD) Respiratory Practice,
    providing you with an excellent opportunity to explore your own respiratory practice and to place this in the context of a rapidly changing evidence base.

The PGC explores assessment and examination with the added benefit of students being able to either study the diagnostic element or another specific subject within the PGD, and is ideal for students who wish to exit with a PGC with a disease specific element such as asthma or COPD.

The PGD enables focus on specific areas and treatment options; it incorporates a degree of flexibility to ensure your professional needs are addressed, and it is possible to gain significant credit for previous study.

The final dissertation module provides the student with a range of opportunities which include small scale research, service audit, service evaluation and literature review.

Increase your knowledge and understanding, whilst exploring your own practice
The programme provides the student with the opportunity to significantly increase their knowledge and understanding of respiratory practice as it applies to their specific role, and through networking and discussion, that of others. Importantly the programme is designed to encourage the student to critically explore their own practice and there is potential for the dissertation to complement and assist the student and the part they play in service delivery.

The programme affords students the opportunity to APCL (Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning) relevant academic study into the MSc pathway. Credit will normally be awarded for certificated credit gained within a 5 year period, if you want to find out more about this, please contact us on For medical staff undertaking the programme, their registered medical qualification is equivalent to 15 credits at level 7 against the Respiratory Examination module.

Supporting a flexible approach to your continued professional development
There is no set cohort intake date for programme students and modules can be studied in any order or on a stand-alone basis. This provides students with a degree of flexibility within the programme.

Students have up to six years to complete the full MSc programme and applicants would normally have, at minimum, a lower second-class honours degree in a health or social care related subject. Practitioners entering the programme will normally be expected to have experience working within respiratory care. However those without experience will be able to discuss their eligibility with the Programme Leader and their own line manager.
In order to ensure that all applications are eligible to undertake stand-alone modules, prospective students are required to complete an official stand-alone admission form, in which their qualifications, previous and current experience, are clearly stated. Students without an Honours degree must demonstrate knowledge and skills at a level equivalent to that of degree study prior to commencement, please talk to the Programmes team.

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