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Surgery and Interventional Science

Perioperative Medicine MSc

Perioperative medicine - the care of patients considering, preparing for, having and recovering from surgery, is an emerging and collaborative speciality. We have developed a new and innovative distance learning MSc in Perioperative Medicine that will involve reviewing and understanding the current literature, appraising the evidence and questioning current practices. With a faculty from the leading lights at UCL, UK and abroad, the MSc in Perioperative Medicine will help you develop skills that you can take back to the bedside and clinic to improve the care of high risk surgical patients. Accessible full or part-time, it is ideally suited to those working ‘at the coalface’. As a true multidisciplinary speciality the MSc in Perioperative Medicine welcomes applications from all healthcare professionals with a minimum of a second-class U.K. Bachelor’s degree in biomedical science or an equivalent overseas qualification.

Key Information

Modes and duration
  • Flexible: 1-5 years
Programme start date
September 2016

Degree Structure

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.

Programme Directors


  • MSc 
  • PG Diploma
  • PG Certificate

Mode of study

  • Flexible Distance-Learning

- PG Certificate: 1-2 years
- PG Diploma: 1-5 years
- Masters: 1-5 years

Tuition fees

  • Please visit the UCL Prospective Students website for tuition fees for the 2016-17 academic year. 

Application deadline

  • Applications are open for the 2016-17 academic year.

Programme Administrator


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