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Surgery and Interventional Science

MSc in Perioperative Medicine

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.

Mode of study

  • Flexible: 2-5 years

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

  • Risk and Outcomes and the Surgical Insult
  • Perioperative Fluid Management and Perioperative Bleeding and Clotting
  • Cardiopulmonary Disease and Assessment
  • Quality Improvement in Perioperative Care
  • Significant Non-cardiac Pathology
  • Cancer and Microbiology
  • Surgery
  • Health Politics, Statistical Method and Personal Development and Experimental Medicine and Design


  • There are no optional modules for this programme.


All students undertake an independent dissertation of up to 12,000 words; this will either be a piece of original research or a systematic review relating to a topic encountered in any of the eight core modules.

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.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website:


A Perioperative Medicine MSc from UCL will provide an internationally recognised qualification and on completion you will be equipped to pioneer progress and develop quality improvements in this new field. This will greatly enhance your own 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: 1 - 5 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU: £8,875 (MSc), £5,870 (PG Dip), £2,985 (PG Cert)
  • Overseas: £17,250 (MSc), £11,350 (PG Dip), £5,770 (PG Cert)

Application deadline

  • 31 August 2015

Programme Administrator


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