This Level 7 MSc Interstitial Lung Disease module is validated by the University of Hertfordshire.

ILD is an umbrella term relating to over 250 diseases which all have one common outcome in terms of chronic, progressive scarring of the lungs resulting ultimately in respiratory failure and death. While they account for perhaps only 15% of the respiratory disease burden, the outcomes for many is devastating.

Appropriate care for individuals with ILD relies on an effective diagnosis which is complex and has no standard tests available to support the process. Treatment options are limited which is why symptom control, including management of dyspnoea and distress, are key features discussed within the module along with the very real issues of involving patients in the decision-making of their treatment and management options.

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is one of the most common disease entities with approximately 4,000 new cases of the disease being diagnosed each year. Despite this, there is little research or evidence relating to this field of respiratory practice. While the module addresses IPF in some detail, the students will be exposed to alternative clinical trials and searches for new and effective treatments for different ILDs which can help inform the care of patients within their practice.

Please note, start dates are the date a course will begin, and study days are not scheduled to be the same as the start date. Course code: 7FHH1134

Study Days

This module is delivered by blended learning, with study days to support the online course. Please note that if low numbers of students book onto this module we may cancel study days at short notice. If this is the case, students already registered will be contacted by our Student Support Team and offered alternative options.

The university registration end date is set at 6 weeks before the start date of the module. Late applications can still be processed and will be considered on an individual basis. Please be aware that applications received less than 6 weeks before the start date of the module may result in a slight delay in accessing online learning materials. If you have any queries regarding the above please contact the programme administrator

Course Details
Assessment Method: 3,000 word assignment

Study Method: Distance learning (includes 1 study day)

Duration: 3 months (please see Study time info)

No. of Credits: 15 at Level 7

Accrediting Institution: University of Hertfordshire