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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

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.

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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 complete the Research Methods and Health Improvement 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 and Health Improvement in Health and Social Care module (30 credits) and at least one profession-specific module (30 credits). The remaining 60 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
HCT118 Research methods and health improvement in health and social care - 30 credits
Shared Modules
Module title
HCT145 Cardio-Respiratory Physiology and Pathophysiology - 30 credits
HCT251 Education in Practice – Personal and Professional Development of Self and Others - 30 credits
NRT058Global Public Health - 30 credits
NRT073Patient Safety and Clinical Risk - 30 credits
NRT105Partnership Working in Safeguarding Children - 30 credits
NRT112Therapeutic Practice in Safeguarding Children - 30 credits
NRT138Facilitating Learning and Teaching - 30 credits
NRT139Assessment and Evaluation - 30 credits
NRT149 Complexities of Care Management - 30 credits
NRT150 Transforming Care, Systems and Services through Leadership- 30 credits
NRT153 Advancing Assessment and Decision Making- 30 credits
NRT174 Analysing and Interpreting Advanced Practice- 30 credits
NRT177Health Policy and Economics - 30 credits
NRT199Evidencing Learning in Specialist Professional Practice - 30 credits
Profession Specific Modules
Module title
HCT094 Managing Care in Anaesthetic Practice Development- 30 credits
HCT095 Managing Care in Surgery Practice Development- 30 credits
MSc Dissertation
Module title
HCT093 Dissertation - 60 credits
NRT080 Systematic Review of the Literature (Dissertation module)
NRT079 Work-Based Project (Dissertation module)

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 30 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.

How to Apply

Please submit your application via the Cardiff University Online Application Service.

For further enquiries, please email the School of Healthcare Sciences PGT Admissions Office at


Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Dr Khalid Alnababrah  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2068 7103 



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