1.Course Duration?
  • A Postgraduate Diploma is usually 9 month’s duration.


2.Course Structure?
  • The course structure is a blended form of learning. There are 1-2 days of initial workshops, followed by participating on online activity.
  • The online knowledge is tested on a regular basis via the internet. There may also be 1-3 workshop days during the course as well. The workshops are held at a central venue. The course is otherwise delivered local to the student.


3.How are the “Practical skills” acquired?
  • The “practical skills or core competencies” to be acquired are listed in the “Clinical skills booklet.” These are gradually acquired during the course though various online media activities.


4.What are the course costs? Are there any discounts and bursaries?
  • Costs are detailed on our website. Usually there is payment of registration fees, course fee, examination fee and resit examination fees. Discounts are not available but some bursaries occasionally are awarded.


5.Please give some details of modules and topics?
  • Each course has several knowledge based topics. These are grouped into modules. After completion of each topic an online test is taken. Mini tests are conducted every 2-3 modules. All of this is completed online.


6.What and who is a clinical supervisor?
  • The clinical supervisor is usually a consultant specialist sometimes a GP with special interest who has agreed to allow you access to educational activity in the hospital or the community. They will assist in the acquisition of the practical skills and provide time for the discussion topics. He/she will supervise your clinical training. This activity is mandatory for PGDIP Minor Surgery students.
  • There is no payment for the mentor but the individual is provided with a “Certificate of Mentorship”. This can be used for CPD purposes, annual appraisal, revalidation and as a activity when applying for higher merit awards.


7.What is the exam format and structure?
  • The examination is paper based and covers the whole syllabus. It is structured as “Single Best Option”, “Extended Matching Question” and “Diagnostic Clinical Quizzes”. There is no oral section. The online tests and mini exams are structured similarly so there are no surprises.
  • You MUST have completed all the online tests related to each topic, the mini test and case studies (if required on your course), prior to the examination.
  • Your “Clinical Skills Booklet” must be fully completed, signed up and forwarded to Rila prior to the examination (mandatory for PGDIP Minor Surgery ONLY). It must also be brought to the examination. Please make a copy of your Booklet for your own files.
  • The result of the examination is posted to the candidate within3 weeks of the examination date.


8.Foreign students: Can I get a job after the course?
  • Non UK/EU students will require recognition of their primary qualification (MBBS) or pass the PLAB 1 & 2 of the General Medical Council to be registered to work in UK. The Postgraduate course will allow them, once successful in their registration, to apply for appropriate jobs and the course will enhance their prospects of gaining employment.

If you have any questions, then upon request, our enrolment advisor will contact you with help and/or assistance with your application.

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