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Biological Basis of Diseases (HE6) AdvDip (CPD)

Biological Basis of Diseases (HE6) AdvDip (CPD)

Key information

Qualification type

Advanced Diploma

Subject areas

Medical Sciences

Course type


Course Summary

Our stand-alone professional development course in the Biological Basis of Diseases offers an introduction to pathophysiology. If you’re a healthcare professional, this course is specifically designed to develop your understanding of the mechanisms of disease and how these processes damage cells, tissues and organs, resulting in clinically overt disease.

Course Details

Aimed at healthcare professionals working in both generalist and specialist roles, this advanced professional development course is designed to develop your understanding of pathophysiology and its importance in the clinical context. Our expert team will focus on integrating basic science with clinical practice, helping you develop a broad base of knowledge that will support your clinical decision making.

We’ll guide you as you develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the mechanisms and aetiological factors that underpin the development of disease in human adults. Starting with key processes that have the ability to affect all organ systems, such as infection, immune responses, and tissue growth disorders, we’ll explore how these core disease processes can affect individual organ systems, as well as create multisystem and systemic disorders. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn about non-organ specific pathophysiology, such as sepsis and ageing.

We’ll support you to use your pathophysiological knowledge to solve complex inter-related patient problems, including the impacts of co-morbidity. The ultimate aim of this course is to help you make more informed decisions when assessing and managing patients in order to improve patient outcomes.

Course Highlights:

  • Our dedicated academic team brings extensive health and social care experience to the course content. Along with their passion for service excellence in health and social care settings, they’re also currently engaged in highly relevant research, which means they can add valuable context and insight to your learning.
  • The course is designed to provide the flexibility to fit in with busy home and working lives.
  • As you study this course, we’ll encourage you to develop the skills, values and behaviours so popular with employers. These include action planning, personal impact and confidence, self-awareness, social and ethical responsibility, respect, and commitment to quality.
  • The course is part of a professional development framework, and you can use the credits you’ll gain by completing the course successfully towards the University of Bolton’s BSc (Hons) Professional Studies (Health and Social Care).

Key Features:

  • The University of Bolton has been offering high-quality courses designed to meet the health and social care sector’s needs for over 30 years, so we have the knowledge and experience to anticipate and respond to changes in the health and social care sector.
  • Our courses and programmes respond directly to the requirements of the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF), which is at the heart of the career and pay progression aspect of Agenda for Change.
  • We review the course curriculum regularly to ensure we include and apply contemporary theories.
  • On successful completion of this course, you’ll be awarded an Advanced Professional Development qualification in Biological Basis of Diseases worth 20 credits at Level HE6.

Career Opportunities

This course offers academic progression in the specialist field of pathophysiology.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


14 weeks

Start date



Biological Basis of Diseases

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Tuition fees for part-time postgraduate courses are set per module and usually charged per module. Please contact the university for more accurate fees at the time of admission.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Tuition fees for part-time postgraduate courses are set per module and usually charged per module. Please contact the university for more accurate fees at the time of admission.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

You must have an appropriate healthcare related qualification; for example, registered nurse, allied health professional or paramedic. It’s expected that you’ll have a very good understanding of human anatomy and physiology from your previous studies or professional experience - this will be assessed when you apply. You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.

University information

The University of Bolton dates back to 1825 and has a long and distinguished history of providing a quality education. Situated on a modern friendly campus near the centre of Bolton, the University is home to 11,000 students who have ranked the University as No.1 for student satisfaction in the North West, Complete University Guide 2020. Many of our Postgraduate courses are professionally accredited. Postgraduate study is challenging,...more