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.
Modes and duration
Applicants wishing to enrol on the PG Cert pathway must complete it within the first two years of enrolling on the programme.
Tuition fees (2021/22)
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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
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Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
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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. Click here to view part of a chapter from our PG Cert, PG Dip and MSc.
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.
- 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.
- How to undertake systematic review
- An introduction to analysing data
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.
For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.
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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.
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
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.
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: 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.
- All applicants
- 30 July 2021
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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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