Frequently Asked Questions
We have tried to answer as many frequently asked questions as possible. If you can't find the answer to your question, please contact us directly.
Can you provide a letter of invitation for visa purposes?
We are unable to provide an official letter of invitation to our short courses. We will provide a booking confirmation email that you may wish to use for your visa application.
Are short courses repeated every year?
Many of our short courses run yearly, however some take place every two years. Courses aren’t guaranteed until they are available for booking on our website.
When will bookings open for online/in-person short courses?
We aim to confirm the courses running in 2021/22 by early autumn and open for registration and bookings shortly thereafter. (We currently recommend registering in September 2021, prior to bookings opening soon after.)
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Are the short courses accredited?
Bristol Medical School short courses in Population Health Sciences are not formally accredited for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). You are advised to assess the content of the course and make a judgement about their CPD value.
Can bookings be taken in advance?
We cannot take bookings in advance. Once bookings formally open, you will be able to book a place on any available course for that academic year. All bookings are subject to availability, some courses are very popular so we recommend you book as soon as possible.
I'm on the waiting list, will I get a place?
Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that you will get a place as this depends on the length of the waiting list and your position on it. If a place becomes available, you will be invited to attend and have a limited time to respond to our invitation.
Paying for Short Courses
How much are courses?
Courses are individually priced. Please see individual course pages for confirmation of fees payable.
When do I need to pay for my course?
Prompt payment is required to secure a confirmed place on a course. Applicants must pay their course fees:
- within one month of the booking date where the booking is more than two months in advance of the course, or
- at least one month in advance of the course start date where the booking is two months or less in advance of the course, or
- immediately where the booking is one month or less in advance of the course.
Can I pay for a course by invoice?
Our preferred method of payment is by credit or debit card via our Online Shop. Invoices can be used to pay for courses, but will incur an additional £40 non-refundable administration fee. To pay by invoice you will first need to obtain a purchase order number from your organisation and send it to us along with details of your booking to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will then send an invoice to your organisation.
What discounts do you offer?
Subject to availability we offer a number of fee waivers and discounts to eligible individuals.
Attending a Short Course
Do I need to bring a laptop to an in-person short course?
You may wish to bring your own laptop however none of the courses require it. Any in-person short course that involves the use of computer software will have the availability of computers for student use.
Can you provide accommodation during the course?
We are not able to provide accommodation. Participants will need to secure their own accommodation if necessary.
Can I just attend one day of a multiple day short course?
To attend any of our courses, payment must be made for the entire course. It’s not possible to only pay for one day. As our courses are very popular, we ask that course participants attend every day as there are often others on the waiting list who could make use of the full course.
How many attendees are on each short course?
The number of participants on each course will vary, however unless there are exceptional circumstances, in-person courses will not exceed 35 participants and online short courses will not exceed 60 participants.
What happens if I need to cancel? Can I send someone else in my place?
If you need to cancel your booking, we ask for as much notice as possible. Applicants cancelling more than 4 weeks before the start of a course will receive a full refund. We cannot refund fees if a cancellation is made 4 weeks or less before the start of a course. We are unable to allow participants to send people other than those named in their place. This is to give those on the waiting list the option of attending.
Find out more
We may need to make responsive changes to our courses at short notice in order to follow the latest Public Health, Government and University guidance.