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Perioperative Medicine MSc

Perioperative Medicine is a rapidly evolving and exciting field committed to providing excellent care to surgical patients. This new Master’s programme, delivered via e-learning, will address the challenges posed by the high-risk surgical patient and is designed to equip those involved in managing surgical care with extensive knowledge, underpinned by best evidence, and encourage a deep understanding of the specialty.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Flexible: 1-5 years

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

£9,020 (FT)
£17,770 (FT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 5 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016
Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.
Fees note: Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. The tuition fee schedule for 2016/17 entry can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in biomedical science or nursing or a medical degree, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

Students learn by walking the patient journey, from diagnosis to discharge. Developing an understanding of the individual needs of patients and how to assess risk and outcomes will be followed by an outline of the surgical inflammatory response. Students will be introduced to statistical study design as it applies to research and understand changes in guidance. Quality, safety and leadership matters are covered in great detail.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a dissertation/report (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, flexible study, up to five years) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, flexible study, up to two years) is offered.

Core Modules

  • The Landscape of Perioperative Medicine
  • Towards a New Model in Perioperative Care
  • Data and Statistics in Perioperative Care
  • Quality, Safety and Leadership in Perioperative Care
  • The Evolving Paradigm in Perioperative Care
  • Perioperative Pain and Cancer Disease
  • Perioperative Issues for an Ageing Population
  • Special Topics in Perioperative Care


  • There are no optional modules for this programme.


Students will undertake a piece of original research (which might include a Systematic Review), developed and presented in the style of a nominated peer-reviewed journal and students will be encouraged to publish this work as part of their learning experience.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered entirely through distance e-learning methodology. A wide range of learning styles are catered for within the programme material including vodcasts, podcasts, formal written text, online seminars, case reviews and graphics. The MSc adopts a range of examination styles including short answer questions, short essay writing, reflective practice and contributing to case-based discussions. The examination process will include both summative and formative assessment and help develop students’ writing styles.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Perioperative Medicine MSc


This course is currently subsidised for all students currently enrolled and is reviewed annually. More information on funding from the Division of Surgery can be found on our website.

For a comprehensive list of funding opportunities available at UCL visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


A Perioperative Medicine MSc from UCL will provide an internationally recognised qualification and on completion students will be equipped to pioneer progress and develop quality improvements in this new field. This will greatly enhance individual clinical practice, in addition to furthering opportunities in academia, education, management and leadership roles.


Perioperative Medicine MSc is a higher degree with real value in the workplace as it equips its graduates to occupy senior positions in the field. Students will develop a deep understanding of the evidence base, and utilising this to effect changes in perioperative process and outcome is central to this programme.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Perioperative medicine is a new and exciting specialty, currently with few high-quality training opportunities. The Perioperative Medicine Group at UCL has brought together an expert multi-disciplinary team dedicated to providing excellence in perioperative medicine. This is reflected in our key involvement in societies such as Evidence Based Perioperative Medicine (EBPOM) and the journal, Perioperative Medicine.

UCL is home to a centre of academic excellence, Surgical Outcomes Research Centre (SOuRCe). Through this association, the Perioperative Medicine Group has attracted collaborations with an international faculty of experts in this new and exciting specialty. This wealth of knowledge and expertise has enabled the development of a high-quality programme delivered directly by experts to students.

This new programme, delivered by innovative e-learning methods seeks to develop an international community of learners, not limited by distance, who will benefit from shared online educational activities.

Student / staff ratios › 152 staff › 266 taught students › 141 research students

Department: Division of Surgery & Interventional Science

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

This MSc programme is designed for doctors (anaesthetists, surgeons, physicians) and nurse specialists engaged in the management of patients in the perioperative period, and who are committed to developing expertise in perioperative care through active participation in this innovative education forum.

Application deadlines

All applicants
29 July 2016

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:
  • why you want to study Perioperative Medicine at graduate level
  • why you want to study Perioperative Medicine at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

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