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Perioperative Medicine MSc

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 range of healthcare professionals who care for surgical patients, including anaesthetists, surgeons, geriatricians and physicians.

Covid-19 programme updates

Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2020

Modes and duration

Flexible: 1-5 years
Distance learning: available

Applicants wishing to enrol on the PG Cert pathway must complete it within the first two years of enrolling on the programme.

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 1 November 2019
Close: 28 August 2020
Notification
Due to the large number of applications received, this programme is no longer accepting applications for 2020/21 entry. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Applications for 2021/22 entry will open later in the year.

Tuition fees (2020/21)

UK/EU:
£10,860 (FT)
Overseas:
£21,580 (FT)


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. 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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About this degree

Perioperative medicine is a rapidly evolving field committed to providing best-evidence care to surgical patients to improve their outcomes and experience. 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.

Students learn by walking the patient journey, from diagnosis to discharge. Understanding the individual needs of patients and how to assess risk and outcomes will be followed by an outline of the surgical inflammatory response. Students will be introduced to statistical study design as it applies to research and understand changes in guidance. Quality, safety and leadership are covered in great detail.

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.

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a 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.

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 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
  • Elderly Medicine
  • Special Topics in Perioperative Care
  • Dissertation/ Research Project

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

Optional modules

  • How to undertake systematic review
  • An introduction to analysing data
Covid-19 module updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be updates to the modules for your chosen programme of study this year. Some modules may not be available or may need to be moved to a later term or year of study. These updates are relevant for 2020-21 academic year only.  The full list of modules will be available in the module catalogue from late August.  From the first week of September, you will be invited to complete module selection from Portico, our student record system. There may need to be additional updates or changes to modules during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available.

Dissertation/report

Students will undertake a piece of original research (which might be a systematic review), or undertake Quality Improvement activities, 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 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. 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.

Covid-19 contact hours on campus
In Term One, while campus will be open, all the learning activity for the core content of your modules will take place online – including lectures, tutorials, seminars and assessments. By “core content” we mean everything you need to learn to complete the module successfully. In addition to these online contact hours, we will be offering some face-to-face educational activities for students on campus, and we will provide alternative online activities for those students unable to join us on campus. These activities, which will include contact with academic staff, will be relevant to your programme of study may include seminars, academic and employability skills workshops, small-group or individual tutorials, lab and practice-based teaching. UK Government safety guidelines will limit the amount of ‘in person’ activity we can offer and while it will vary from programme to programme, is likely to be no more than 1-2 hours per week. This will vary across departments, particularly if your programme includes laboratory/practical/studio/workshop sessions. You will be updated with more specific details as they are available and your timetable will indicate which sessions will be on campus and which will be available online.
Covid-19 assessment updates
There may be changes to the format of assessments for modules in this programme due to COVID-19. These will be summarised for each module on the module catalogue from 17 August 2020.   If any changes to assessments need to be made during the academic year due to updates in government guidance, these will be communicated to you as soon as possible from your department.    
Communicating further Covid-19 mitigation plans
We are continuing to follow UK Government guidance, as well as the expertise of our researchers, including specialists in health, education, human behaviour and infection prevention, to make sure UCL is as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. If it becomes necessary to make further changes to your programme as a result of new guidance/regulations, UCL and your department will communicate these as soon as this becomes clear. We will keep you up-to-date with our plans throughout term one, so you have the information you need to be able to take decisions that are right for your circumstances. Please ensure that you keep in touch with your department by regularly checking your UCL emails, Moodle courses, the Coronavirus FAQs for Students page and any UCL online groups or social media you follow.

Additional costs

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

Accessibility

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.

Funding

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.

Careers

UCL's Perioperative Medicine (POM) MSc will provide an internationally recognised 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.  

Employability

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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

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 a centre of academic excellence, Surgical Outcomes Research Centre (SOuRCe). Through this association, the Perioperative Medicine Group has attracted collaborations with an international faculty of experts in this new and exciting specialty. 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 distance, who will benefit from shared online educational activities.

Department: Division of Surgery & Interventional Science

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Application and next steps

Applications

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 £80 for online applications and £105 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

This MSc programme is designed for doctors (anaesthetists, surgeons, physicians) and nurse specialists engaged in the management of patients in the perioperative period, and who are committed to developing expertise in perioperative care through active participation in this innovative education forum. Entry requirements include a first degree (2:2 or better) in a health/biomedical science related subject including a medical or nursing degree.

Application deadlines

All applicants
28 August 2020

For more information see our Applications page.

Apply now

What are we looking for?

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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