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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

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration
Flexible: 1-5 years
Distance learning: available
Tuition Fees (2017/18)
£9,560 (FT) N/A (PT)
£19,010 (FT) N/A (PT)

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.
Location: London, Bloomsbury

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 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
Optional modules

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 is available on the department website: 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.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


UCL's Perioperative Medicine MSc 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 prepares graduates for 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 the programme.

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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.

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