Advanced Surgical Practice (MSc-PgDip-PgCert)

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  • Objectives
    The aim of the course is to allow students to develop their knowledge to an advanced level in all aspects of surgical and perioperative care. It will provide the opportunity to explore surgical and perioperative care as a multidimensional phenomenon through the module assignments and through taught components. The course also helps those who teach within the surgical and perioperative care setting at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels to further their knowledge and teach others more effectively.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Requirements:
    A candidate for a Master of Science Degree (MSc) in Advanced Surgical Practice must have held, for a minimum period of two years, a position of responsibility of relevance to proposed programme and must satisfy the University that he, or she, is of the required academic standard to complete the course. Candidates should also hold a good Honours degree, usually at second class Honours level or above, or a non-UK qualification recognised by the University as being equivalent to this. Alternatively, candidates should have a non-graduate qualification which the University has deemed to be of a satisfactory standard for the purpose of postgraduate admission.

    English Language Requirements

    The University requires postgraduate students whose first language is not English to have one of the following:

    An overall score of 6.5 in the British Council IETLS, with a minimum score of 6.5 in the written module;
    An overall score of 580 in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a grade of 237 in the computer-based test (CBT)
    An overall score of 90 or above in the TOEFL internet-based test (iBT)
    A GCE or GCSE in English Language at Grade C or above.
  • Academic title
    Advanced Surgical Practice (MSc/PgDip/PgCert)
  • Course description
    Course Description:
    Patients undergoing surgery need to be managed through interprofessional initiatives. These initiatives must be based on specialist knowledge, rigorous research and an advanced understanding of the concepts involved in caring for a patient from admission to discharge.

    This is a two-year, part-time distance learning course. The course consists of eight modules over the twenty-four month taught period; students then have a further year in which to complete their dissertation. The following modules will be studied:

    Module 1: Research and statistics
    Module 2: Acute pain and symptom management e.g. postoperative nausea and vomiting
    Module 3: Pre-operative care
    Module 4: The management of fluids, electrolytes and nutrition
    Module 5: The management of cardiovascular and respiratory systems
    Module 6: Surgical pathology and wound care
    Module 7: Options: Specific patient problems
    Module 8: Options: Professional Issues
    More detailed module information is available from the course team. Students who achieve marks of 50% and above for the module assignments and at least a 50% pass in the dissertation will be awarded a Master of Science Degree (MSc) in Advanced Surgical Practice.

    In conjunction with the distance learning modules, there are compulsory residential components where various teaching methods will be used to present practical and theoretical material to support the modules. The course fees cover these components. The 1 year (maximum) allocated for the dissertation does not incur a charge.


    The student will be expected to submit and pass:

    Four 3,000-word assignments for the Postgraduate Certificate:
    Eight 3,000-word assignments for the Postgraduate Diploma:
    Completion of the Diploma and a 20,000-word dissertation for the Master of Science Degree.

    Special Features:
    -Unique – presently there are no other distance learning, interprofessional surgical and perioperative care courses at this level
    -E-learning strategies are currently being incorporated to enhance student learning
    -Interprofessional approach to enhance group work, discussion sessions and case-based presentations
    -To support students in their learning, the course team are available 09.00-17.00 Monday-Friday (excluding certain holiday periods) and we guarantee to respond to student queries within 2 working days.
    -The course is supported by an excellent distance learning library, with access to many on-line journals and the provision of course documentation to ensure students are well equipped in their academic activities.

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