Anaesthesia and Perioperative Science MSc

London, Bloomsbury

The MSc is for experienced healthcare professionals or life science graduates, who must apply via NHS jobs to ensure a placement. Placements are limited are are not advertised year-round. The course equips you with the necessary academic and professional qualities to undertake the role of Anaesthesia Associate (AA). Blending online learning with practical skills in the clinical environment, you will be taught by currently practising experts in the perioperative field.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
2 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 13 Jul – 01 Aug 2022

Applications closed


Application closes at 17:00 GMT.

Applications should be made directly to NHS trusts who will be sponsoring clinical placements. If successful at interview, prospective students will then be processed by the UCL admissions team. Please check the NHS jobs website for adverts.

Entry requirements

Either a minimum of an upper second-class Honours degree in biomedical science or biological science from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Or registered healthcare professionals (examples are nurses or operating department practitioners) with at least three years clinical experience and/or degree level studies with minimum upper second-class qualification.

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

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

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

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

This MSc covers all components of the UK Royal College of Anaesthetists' curriculum and includes aspects of professionalism, life sciences and practical skills. Students will complete a systematic review, learning the fundamentals of data synthesis, analysis and reporting in an area of clinical practice which interests them.

Who this course is for

This programme is for healthcare professionals with three years' experience who wish to expand their knowledge and skills to take on more responsibility for perioperative patients. It will also benefit biomedical or life science graduates who are interested in embarking on a rewarding and engaging career in healthcare.

What this course will give you

The MSc Anaesthesia and Perioperative Science is a new programme launched in 2021. UCL is the only UK institution to offer this MSc as a two-year programme.

UCL combines its world leading perioperative medicine faculty with clinically practicing Consultant Anaesthetists and qualified Anaesthesia Associates providing expert educational materials.

UCL in collaboration with University College London Hospital and selected partners offer a wealth of knowledge and expertise, enabling the development of a high-quality programme delivered directly by experts to students.

This programme is delivered by a combination of innovative e-learning methods and clinical placements in selected partner NHS trusts. Our small cohort of students will receive one-to-one tuition in the hospital setting and engage with their fellow students in weekly tutorial sessions. Each student will be assigned an educational supervisor and mentor to guide them in their journey through this programme.

The foundation of your career

This MSc is one of only two university programmes which provides the professional qualification necessary for entrance into the profession of Anaesthesia Associate. This NHS career is an exciting and progressive career path.

Students will learn the required knowledge and develop the practical skills necessary for clinical proficiency in the field of anaesthesia.


The role of Anaesthesia Associate is a new and evolving role in the NHS. It is an exciting opportunity to train to become a member of the perioperative team and to extend the NHS blended workforce. This MSc Anaesthesia and Perioperative Science provides an internationally recognised qualification, essential for entrance into the UK based career as an Anaesthesia Associate.

International career opportunities are also possible. Graduates will have amassed clinical knowledge, skills and attitudes which are vital for the provision of safe anaesthetic and perioperative services.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through distance e-learning, clinical placement, high-fidelity simulations, tutorial groups, lab practicals, and self-directed study. Formative assessment requires students to maintain a record of in-training experience, submit essays and presentations, and contribute to group discussions. Summative assessment will be short answer and multiple-choice questions, and a practical examination managed by the Royal College of Anaesthetists.

15-20% of a student's time will be provided content in e-lectures, tutorials, and skills training. Approximately 50% will be in the clinical environment, dependant on the educational and practical requirements of the learner. The remainder will be independent study.


Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Anaesthesia and Perioperative Science.


The clinical placement will be provided by selected NHS trusts with a partnership agreement with UCL. Applicants must understand that these placements will be in locations within the UK, with the same NHS trust, for the duration of the two-year programme. More details on location will be provided prior to applications opening.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £6,450
Tuition fees (2022/23) £13,300

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

Additional costs

Access to a computer and internet. Transport costs to and from clinical placements. Accommodation during clinical placement.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

Funding will be provided by the NHS trust providing the clinical placement.

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

Next steps

For programmes commencing in the 2020/21 academic session, e.g. before 1 August 2021, there is an application processing fee of £80 for online applications and £105 for paper applications.

When we assess your application we would like to learn the following.

  • Why you want to study Anaesthesia and Perioperative Science at graduate level.
  • Why you want to study Anaesthesia and Perioperative Science at UCL.
  • What particularly attracts you to this programme.
  • How your academic and professional background meets the demands of this 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.

We're interested in motivated and eager individuals who are keen to work hard and are interested in developing this role within the NHS.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

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