Perioperative Medicine MSc

London, Bloomsbury

This online MSc offers you the flexibility to study for between one and five years according to your individual needs without needing to attend UCL in person. You will be taught by a faculty of experts in this rapidly growing field to give you a specialist skill set. This programme is ideally suited to a wide multi-disciplinary team of professionals and offers the expected knowledge for a person to be considered a specialist in the Perioperative Medicine field.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
Programme only available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
Programme only available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Not applicable
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 30 Jun 2022

Applications closed


Application closes at 17:00 (UK time).

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.

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

Perioperative medicine is a rapidly evolving field committed to providing best-evidence care to surgical patients to improve their outcomes and experiences. Our course is designed around an exciting international syllabus equipping healthcare workers with the advanced knowledge and understanding required for the management of patients, contemplating, undergoing and recovering from surgery. The course this year will benefit from an additional route of study designed exclusively for Operating Theatre Practitioners, who specialise in a wide range of operating theatre department practices.

Students learn by walking the patient journey, from diagnosis to discharge. Students will gain an understanding of specific patient needs, become familiar with risk assessment and analysis of patient outcomes. Students will be introduced to the concepts associated with managing change in practice, aspects of quality, safety and leadership and the common pathologies including, ageing, cardiovascular disease and the epidemiology of surgical morbidity and mortality. Click here to view part of a chapter.  Additional modules added this year are designed specifically to support those students who work exclusively in the Operating Theatre Department, as surgical or anaesthetic workers or as Recovery Room nurses all of whom will be following a professional training programme in their own place of work. 

Who this course is for

All students should be enquiring and enthusiastic and be prepared to constructively challenge what they are taught and believe to be true. It is likely that many students undertaking this course will be in clinical practice and as such each must be able to balance their studies adequately with the many other competing interests they may have.
This MSc programme continues to attract doctors (anaesthetists, surgeons, physicians) specialist nurses, Pharmacists and many others engaged in the management of patients in the perioperative period. Each is committed to developing expertise in perioperative care through active participation in this innovative education forum. Entry requirements included.

What this course will give you

Perioperative Medicine is a new and exciting specialty where currently few high-quality learning opportunities exist. In this course UCL has combines its own personal strong reputation in the field with more than 40 international expert authors from over 25 international institutions to provide a state of the art, evidence-based product of the highest academic quality.

UCL is home to the Centre for Perioperative Medicine which benefits from collaboration with a wide professional group within the university. Through this association, the Perioperative Medicine Group collaborate with Health Services Researchers, Statisticians, Health Economists, Social Anthropologists and many other professionals, offering a diverse perspective on the subjects taught.  External to UCL an international faculty of experts have contributed work to offer a wider perspective and a unique international flavour to some important topics of study. This wealth of knowledge and expertise has enabled the development of a high-quality programme delivered directly by experts to students.

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

The foundation of your career

This is a higher degree with real value in the workplace as it prepares graduates for senior positions in the field. You 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. Alumni have gone on to lead services both in the UK and abroad, studied PhD’s in the field and taken senior positions in healthcare management.


UCL's Perioperative Medicine (POM) MSc will provide an internationally recognised academic qualification with real value in the workplace, as it prepares graduates for senior leadership positions in the field. Not only will graduates have enhanced their individual clinical knowledge, skills and attitudes, but they will also be equipped to influence POM service development and to teach and train the next generation of healthcare workers.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through distance 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 examination process will include both summative and formative assessment. Students are examined mainly by short answer questions, reflective practice and contributing to case-based discussions. Three of the newly introduced (alternative route) modules in Operating Theatre Department Practice require the development of a professional practice portfolio, undertaken in the students own clinical department.  We avoid long essay writing, rather, we focus on developing skills which have a positive advantage in the workplace. Students will develop a short PowerPoint presentation, a ‘professional sales pitch’ for clinical service improvement and a lay clinical summary of a complex medical case scenario.

As this course is delivered entirely online, this allows the student to work flexibly at their own speed and during a time that suits them. However, as a rough guide we would suggest each module would take approximately 15 notional hours to complete, (this includes the learning material and assessments). 

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.


The Masters programme itself is a modular postgraduate degree consisting of eight taught modules and a dissertation project consisting of original research, systematic review or Quality Improvement activity. The programme is completely online and can be taken in a flexible time period (over one to five years). You are encouraged to set your own timeline for programme completion and the flexible nature allows you to fit your learning activities in with your other professional and personal activities.

You are assigned to a course mentor and interact with a peer group. With the support of each, modules are undertaken and made more easy to negotiate by being further sub-divided into ‘chapters’, typically eight per module.

You will be expected to read, make notes, interact with both the summative and formative written questions and engage with peers to explore alternative ideas and solutions to questions posed by the faculty members. There will be audio-visual materials to aid learning and an opportunity to question faculty members on specific issues raised.

When you successfully complete your dissertation, course faculty will work with you to get your work published in a peer review journal where appropriate.

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 Perioperative Medicine. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Perioperative Medicine. Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Perioperative Medicine.




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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £12,900
Tuition fees (2022/23) £26,600

Programme only available on a modular (flexible) basis.

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Additional costs

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Funding your studies

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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.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

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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