UCL Graduate degrees


Anaesthesia and Perioperative Science MSc

The MSc is designed to equip individuals 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 a faculty of currently practicing experts in the peri-operative field. This programme is suited to both experienced healthcare professionals or life science graduates.

Key information

Programme starts

January 2021

Modes and duration

Part time: 2 years

Students will also attend clinical placements in addition to the academic requirements.

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 1 October 2020
Close: 19 October 2020
Please note that applications are currently closed.

Tuition fees (2021/22)

See Fees Note (below) (PT)
See Fees Note (below) (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 Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees. Tuition fees are paid for by the University College London Hospitals Charity.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

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. Applications from registered healthcare professionals (examples are nurses or operating department practitioners) with at least three years clinical experience and/or degree level studies will also considered.

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

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

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.

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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About this degree

This MSc covers all components of the UK Royal College of Anaesthetists' curriculum (2008) and includes aspects of professionalism, life sciences and practical skills. As part of the programme, students will complete a systematic review, learning the fundamentals of data synthesis, analysis and reporting in an area of clinical practice which interests them.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of ten core modules (150 credits) and a dissertation/research project (30 credits).

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Anaesthesia and Perioperative Science.

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.

Compulsory modules

The following modules are compulsory. The successful completion of the module assessments is necessary for the awarding of the degree.

In addition to the following modules, students will undertake a 30 credit dissertation concurrently with modules 9 and 10.

  • An Introduction to Clinical and Professional Practice
  • Fundamentals of Physiological Sciences
  • Conduct of Anaesthesia and Peri-operative Care
  • Monitoring, Equipment and Practical Science in Anaesthesia
  • Cardiorespiratory Physiology and Support
  • Homeostasis, Pain and the Nervous System
  • Peri-operative Medicine, QI and Research
  • Critical Incidents and Advanced Clinical Practice
  • Writing a Systematic Review
  • Systematic Reviews in Perioperative Medicine

Dissertation/research project

Students will undertake a piece of original research (which might be a systematic review), or undertake Quality Improvement activities in the field of anaesthesia or perioperative care. This will culminate in a dissertation of 10,000–15,000 words (30 credits).


The clinical placement will be provided by University College London Hospitals.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through distance e-learning, clinical placement, high-fidelity simulations, tutorial groups, lab practicals, and self-directed study. Summative assessment requires students to maintain a record of in-training experience, submit essays and presentations, and contribute to group discussions. Formative 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.

Additional costs

Students will be required to join the Royal College of Anaesthetists in order to access the Lifelong Learning Platform which houses the necessary documents for the student’s record of in-training experience. The cost of this is TBC.

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


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


Students will be awarded a bursary from the University College London Hospitals Charity, ranging from £10-15k p.a. dependant on set criteria.

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


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 peri-operative team and to extend the NHS blended workforce ambition. This Anaesthesia and Perioperative Science MSc will provide an internationally recognised qualification, essential for entrance into the UK based career as an Anaesthesia Associate. [accessed August 18, 2020]

International career opportunities are also possible.

Graduates will have amassed clinical knowledge, skills and attitudes, indispensible for the provision of safe anaesthetic and perioperative services.


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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Anaesthesia and Perioperative Science MSc is a brand new programme for 2021. UCL is the only UK institution to offer this MSc as a two-year programme. Only one other institution in the UK offers a similar professionally recognised qualification, although only offering a PG Dip after 27months.

In this MSc, UCL combines its world leading peri-operative medicine faculty with clinically practicing Consultant Anaesthetists and qualified Anaesthesia Associates providing expert tuition. UCL in collaboration with University College London Hospitals 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 placement in the University College London Hospitals. Our small cohort of students will receive one-on-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.

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.

This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.

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.

Who can apply?

This MSc programme is open to healthcare professionals interested in expanding their knowledge and skills to take on more responsibility for perioperative patients and to biomedical or life science graduates interested in embarking on a rewarding and engaging career in healthcare.

Your proven academic abilities make you an ideal candidate for this challenging programme.

Application deadlines

All applicants
19 October 2020

Please note that applications are currently closed.

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 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.

Motivated and eager individuals who are keen to work-hard and are interested in developing this role within the NHS.

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