Department of Renal Medicine


Renal short courses

The Department runs the following short CPD teaching courses:

These are short courses run over two or three days and each covers a wide breadth, ranging from the patient pathway to therapies to cutting edge science.

The course faculties are recognised experts in their field and are drawn from Britain, Europe, and the United States.

Applied Renal Physiology

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Applied Renal Physiology course had to be cancelled. However, we will be running the course again in 2021.  Dates to be confirmed. Please contact the Course Administrator at Med.Cfnevents@ucl.ac.uk if you would like to pre-register for the course.

This unique UK course intregrates understanding of renal physiology and electrolyte and acid/base disorders that many find confusing.

The 3-day course features lectures from international physiology and nephrology experts, small group case discussions and workshops in order to ground participants in the pathophysiology and clinical management of electrolyte and acid/base disorders, hypertension and fluid management.

Who is this course for?

It is intended for both clinicians and scientists - trainees in Nephrology, General (Internal) Medicine and Intensive Care Medicine, Consultant Nephrologists and General Physicians, and those working in veterinary medicine and non-clinical grades.


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the course schedueld for 17th, 18th and 19th June 2020 has been cancelled.

Please contact Med.Cfnevents@ucl.ac.uk if you have any queries regarding this.

This is a comprehensive 3-day course on dialysis and the management of patients with end stage renal failure.

The management of end stage renal failure by dialysis forms a central component of all renal units. However, it is often the least intensively taught component of nephrology training.

This course is a thorough introduction to dialysis, from basics to new developments. Our expert faculty provides comprehensive coverage of all aspects of dialysis and ESRF through a mixture of informal lectures and workshops.

Who is this course for?

The course is aimed at Specialist Registrars in nephrology, but is also of interest to other healthcare professionals involved in the management of patients with chronic renal failure.

Renal Transplantation

Our Renal Transplantation course covers clinical aspects of transplantation from donor and recipient selection, through surgical and medical management post-transplant.    Using a combination of interactive lectures and case-based discussions, our expert faculty will provide an essential update on transplantation as well as the opportunity to discuss practical aspects of difficult cases.

Who is this course for?

It is designed for trainee nephrologists and trainee renal transplant surgeons, and also  recently appointed consultants in these fields. Renal transplant nursing staff will also find the course valuable in their clinical practice.  

The next course will be on 16 - 18th September 2020. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this course will now be live-streamed.  Participants will also be able to access the archived version for four weeks after the event date.  Registration and online booking is now open through UCL Online Store and details of the course programme, venue and fees can be found on our course webpage.

Infectious and Global Nephrology

This is a 2-day course covering renal disease secondary to infectious agents and the management of acute and chronic kidney disease in resource-poor environments. 

Day 1 is aimed at those with an interest in infectious diseases or nephrology and covers pathophysiology, clinical presentation and management of both globally common and clinically important infectious agents causing renal disease. Through a mixture of informal lectures, case discussions and workshops, topics covered will range from acute sepsis-related AKI such as malaria, to direct involvement of the kidney by viruses, bacteria, mycobacteria, fungi and parasites as well as the pathological consequences of remote infection such as post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis, cryoglobulinaemia and infection-associated IgA nephropathy.

On day 2 the focus will be on non-infectious renal disease around the world including the epidemiology of, and practicalities of managing, AKI and CKD in low-income countries, along with the challenges of establishing and running dialysis and transplant programmes in resource-poor settings. The course will also provide an ideal networking opportunity through informal discussions with a number of clinicians who have successfully delivered clinical and research projects around the world.

The next course will be run in 2021.  Exact dates to be confirmed.  If you would like to pre-register for the 2021 course please email the Course Admin Team at Med.Cfnevents@ucl.ac.uk