• For Entry: September | January | May
  • Duration: 12 months
  • School: Medicine
  • Study Mode: Part Time+Distance Learning

Develop skills as a practitioner or leader of the NHS. Explore ways to work with the rest of a multi-disciplinary team to deliver safe access to urgent care.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

The Postgraduate Certificate in Urgent Care is a part-time, online learning course for students who are also working full time.  We are the only Scottish university to offer a course looking at this area.
There is an increasing emphasis on how General Practitioners deliver out of hours healthcare to those in remote and rural areas in Scotland and in particular to those who require rehabilitation, re-ablement, palliative and end of life care.
The Certificate in Urgent Care provides allied healthcare professionals working in out of hours service with the skills required to deliver high quality care to patients. Our students lead and organise high quality healthcare services that meet the needs of the patient population.  This practical education will be underpinned by critical understanding of the theoretical perspectives and organisational models.

We offer a flexible programme. There are three intakes per year with students studying modules for twelve weeks commencing in January, May and September. Successfully completing all three modules provides you with the Postgraduate Certificate.


Dundee is a world leader in the development of online distance learning materials with taught postgraduate programmes having an enviable reputation.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

How you will be taught

Teaching is delivered via an e-learning environment that combines a range of exciting interactive tools and assessment techniques, including:

  • Podcasts
  • Quizzes
  • Interactive e-learning material
  • Discussion boards
  • Webinars
  • Video clips
  • Formative feedback

Students are supported by an online introductory programme. This will allow you to familiarise yourself with the tools, processes and facilities which will be available to you during your academic journey.

How you will be assessed

  • Each module is assessed individually via written assignments
  • The written assignment will focus on students’ abilities to apply the concepts introduced in the module into their day-to-day or future work at their own workplace.
  • Students will be asked to contribute to discussion boards and other online environments

Feedback activities will be included throughout each module to give students feedback on their progress.


What you will study

There are three compulsory 20-credit modules (SCQF level 11 credits) which you will study to gain the Certificate:

  • Leadership in Healthcare & Healthcare Education
    • You will learn how to facilitate critical analysis of current thinking in leadership and change management and how this can be applied to your workplace. This module will also address aspects such as power, authority, ethics and influence.
  • Urgent and Unscheduled Care
    • This will enhance your understanding of urgent and unscheduled health care and develop your competence as practitioners and organisers of these services. It will focus on models and systems of care and the barriers and challenges to this.
  • Intermediate Care – the Frail Patient
    • You will develop your knowledge and skills in order to allow you to actively participate in the delivery, development and evaluation of intermediate health care services. The content of this module includes prevention, rehabilitation, reablement and recovery.

Many early career healthcare professionals have limited experience in urgent and unscheduled care. This course will not only improve your understanding of urgent and unscheduled care, but also provide you with the skills and knowledge to have a deeper understanding of the issues involved in this important area of practice as well as the leadership skills to make and take your own future opportunities forward.

Graduate level or equivalent. Healthcare qualification in a relevant subject. Students must be working within the health professions.

 EU and International qualifications

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.5
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0

 Equivalent grades from other test providers


English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

 Discover our English Language Programmes

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

 Find out more about fee status

Fee statusFees for students starting 2019-20
Scottish and EU students WITHDRAWN
Rest of UK students WITHDRAWN
International students (non-EU) WITHDRAWN
Fee statusFees for students starting 2020-21
Scottish and EU students Withdrawn
Rest of UK students Withdrawn
International students (non-EU) Withdrawn

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students will increase by no more than 5% per year for the length of your course.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

In order to apply, please complete the application form and email it to urgentcare@dundee.ac.uk

Along with the application form, please also submit a copy of your degree certificate(s), CV/Resume, evidence of English language proficiency and a passport style photo of yourself.

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