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Managing Care in Perioperative Practice (MSc/PgDip/PgCert)

1 year (+ dissertation) (Full-time) / 2 years (+ dissertation) (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)

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Course Aims

The only Masters programme of its kind in the UK, this course offers knowledge and expertise to develop students’ evaluative, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Students will increase their practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding of managing care in perioperative practice, so that they can apply these skills in the further advancement of care in this field.

Special Features

Course Description

The Programme is offered in full-time and part-time modes for students wishing to achieve the MSc award. Full-time students undertake all modules during one academic year, while part-time students undertake modules over 2 years. The modular structure of the programme allows students to select the most appropriate profession-specific modules and shared or generic modules from a suite of modules within the postgraduate provision of the School of Healthcare Studies.

For the Postgraduate Certificate, students need to complete the Research Methods in Health and Social Care module (30 credits) and at least one profession-specific module (30 credits).

To be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma, students need to complete the Research Methods in Health and Social Care module (30 credits) and at least two profession-specific module (30 credits). The remaining 30 credits can be made up of either another profession specific module and/or shared modules available within the MSc suite of optional modules.

Students who proceed to successful completion of a research project and subsequent dissertation will be eligible for the award of a Master of Science degree.

Course Structure

Compulsory Module
Module title
HCT024 or HCT075 Research Methods in Health and Social Care - 30 credits
Generic Modules
Module title
HCT032 Ethics in Health and Social Care - 10 credits
Shared Modules
Module title
HCT045 Cardio-Respiratory Physiology and Pathophysiology - 30 credits
HCT251 Education in Practice – Personal and Professional Development of Self and Others - 30 credits
Profession Specific Modules
Module title
HCT094 Managing Care in Anaesthesia Practice - 30 credits
HCT095 Managing Care in Surgery Practice - 30 credits
HCT097 Managing Care in Day Surgery Practice - 30 credits
MSc Dissertation
Module title
HCT093 Dissertation - 60 credits

The course is modular in format with contact days arranged in blocks of 2-3 days spread over the academic year. Module timetables are available from the Postgraduate & Cont Ed Unit.

Please note that your module choice must total 120 credits with at least 60 credits being in profession specific or shared modules.

Entry Requirements

Suitable for healthcare professionals working in the field of perioperative practice, including Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) and Registered Nurses (RNs).

Students admitted to the course should be in possession of:

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person. It is essential that all international students contact Sherran Milton prior to completing their SIMs application.


Tuition Fees:

  • UK & EU Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
  • UK & EU Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
  • International Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
  • International Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Mrs Sherran Milton  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2068 7718 

Fax: +44 (0)29 2068 7796 


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