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Surgical Care Practice (MSc/PgDip)

2 years PgDip (+ 12 months full-time or + 18 months part-time for MSc) (Full-time) / n/a (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)

Surgical Care Practice

Course Aims

The aims of the course are to provide an opportunity for students to explore the principles, theory and practice of surgical care. The course prepares students for employment as Surgical Care Practitioners.

Special Features

Course Description

The course is offered in full-time mode to Postgraduate Diploma stage, followed by an optional 12 months full-time, or 18 months part-time study, for students wishing to achieve the MSc award. Demonstrating clinical competence is a requirement in each of the first two years of the programme.

Carefully selected modules enable students to gain theoretical and practical knowledge, and practical skills are gained in a series of study blocks held in the School of Healthcare Sciences. The remainder of the students’ time is spent building upon this knowledge and developing skills through additional theoretical input and practical instruction in the clinical environment during clinical placement periods. Students who wish to achieve the MSc award undertake a dissertation on completion of the taught modules.

Career Prospects

Students undertaking the programme will already be employed in a Trainee SCP post. However, as the programme is built upon the Department of Health Curriculum Framework for SCPs, the award is mobile within the UK.

Entry Requirements

The course is suitable for healthcare professionals working in the field of perioperative and surgical care, most notably Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) and Registered Nurses (RNs), and extended scope physiotherapists working in a surgical setting.

Applicants must be employed in the role of Trainee Surgical Care Practitioner at the commencement of the programme. Organisational support in the form of appropriate senior management sign off is also required as part of the Lead Surgeon application.

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.

Applications are welcomed throughout the year up to the 30th June. However, the programme will only run if there are sufficient numbers. Prospective applicants will be informed as to whether or not their programme will run by 1st July.

Tuition Fees:

  • UK & EU Full Time (fees are for 2015/16, unless otherwise stated):
    for PgDip. MSc (post diploma) fees are £1,623.
  • UK & EU Part Time (fees are for 2015/16, unless otherwise stated):
    for MSc (Post Diploma).
  • International Full Time (fees are for 2015/16, unless otherwise stated):
    for PgDip. £5,400 for MSc (Post Diploma).
  • International Part Time (fees are for 2015/16, unless otherwise stated):
    for MSc (Post Diploma).

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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