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The MCh enables experienced, qualified doctors to develop an evidence- based approach to health care practice and to obtain a postgraduate qualification whilst enhancing their surgical clinical expertise within the NHS. Read more

The MCh enables experienced, qualified doctors to develop an evidence- based approach to health care practice and to obtain a postgraduate qualification whilst enhancing their surgical clinical expertise within the NHS.

The programme has been designed in collaboration with senior surgeons and academics and is at the cutting edge of both contemporary surgical practice and research. It will allow you to extend your knowledge and skills to advanced levels within your specialist area of work. The clinical modules focus on practical skills in operative surgery with the use of interactive teaching aids and practical workshops.

You can choose from eighteen established specialist pathways or pursue a generic MCh Surgery pathway which offers the potential to develop expertise in an alternative relevant sub-speciality.

  • MCh Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • MCh Colorectal Surgery
  • MCh Emergency and Trauma
  • MCh Minimal Access Surgery
  • MCh Neurosurgery
  • MCh Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • MCh Ophthalmology
  • MCh Orthopaedics (Foot and Ankle)
  • MCh Orthopaedics (Hand and Wrist Surgery)
  • MCh Orthopaedics (Hip and Knee)
  • MCh Orthopaedics (Spine)
  • MCh Orthopaedics (Upper Limb Surgery)
  • MCh Otorhinolaryngology*
  • MCh Paediatric Orthopaedics
  • MCh Rhinology*
  • MCh Rhinology and Facial Plastic Surgery
  • MCh Surgery
  • MCh Surgical Oncology
  • MCh Trauma and Orthopaedics*

*Pathways currently accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons (England).

Whichever pathway you choose, the programme will be delivered in partnership with Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust. Wrightington Hospital is recognised as a Centre of Excellence (Orthopaedic Surgery) and has clinical facilities / laboratories that will provide you with excellent learning opportunities.

What will I study?

This programme consists of three distinct 20 credit clinical modules, two 30 credit clinical research modules and a 60 credit dissertation. Topics covered will include: Specialist aspects of evidence based practice in surgery; Qualitative and quantitative research methods; Critiquing research findings; Writing a research proposal; Analysis of quantitative data; Systematic reviews; Research governance and ethics; Focus on a significant piece of investigative enquiry from conceptualisation through to completion.

How will I study?

The programme is delivered over two to three years, commencing in September each year. The academic year runs from September through to July, though the dissertation submission will be in September of the second year, with the option to defer the dissertation to the third year. You will experience a variety of teaching and learning strategies including lectures, seminars, individual and group tutorials and independent guided study.

An online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is used for some components of the programme. The surgical modules have elements of practice-based learning and involve the completion of a log of practical experience which complements the course material. The dissertation allows you to focus on a significant piece of investigative enquiry from conceptualisation through to completion.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods include a research proposal, written assignments, completion of online activities and discussions, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), clinical log books, seminar presentations and a dissertation.

Who will be teaching me?

The programme team consists of experienced academic staff from across Edge Hill University and expert clinicians from Wrightington Hospital. This collaborative approach provides a team of high calibre individuals to support your learning. Additionally, leading surgeons from related specialities are invited as guest speakers on the surgical modules. Edge Hill University enjoys an excellent reputation for the teaching quality of its programmes. All staff involved in the delivery of modules and pathways within this programme are currently involved in scholarly and research related activities which are congruent with their teaching responsibilities.

What are my career prospects?

Medical professionals need to continually seek ways to improve their career prospects in an increasingly competitive job market where a postgraduate qualification is often now deemed essential.

The MCh provides a highly relevant qualification for doctors working in a specialist area of surgical practice which will add to your portfolio of qualifications and provide you with opportunities for professional development supported by expert clinicians and academics.

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The programme provides postgraduate education for doctors specialising in surgical gastroenterology and is delivered in collaboration with South Tees NHS Foundation Trust. Read more

The programme provides postgraduate education for doctors specialising in surgical gastroenterology and is delivered in collaboration with South Tees NHS Foundation Trust.

Course details

During the programme you study the underpinning principles of evidence-based surgical gastroenterology and minimally invasive surgery. you will focus on developing your clinical knowledge and understanding of surgical gastroenterology practice and the research skills necessary to be an evidence-based practitioner able to undertake clinical research. The programme enables you to:

  • further develop an understanding of the principles and clinical concepts underpinning practice in surgical gastroenterology and minimally invasive surgery
  • further develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to perform evidence-based practice and research within the specialist field of surgical gastroenterology and minimally invasive surgery
  • foster a commitment to lifelong learning and an inquisitive approach to clinical practice in surgical gastroenterology and minimally invasive surgery that will enable you to acquire skills to practice safely and enhance your practice.

We have used a flexible approach to course delivery. For the majority of modules you can choose to attend taught sessions or study by distance learning.

What you study

In Year 1 you study a number of modules which develop your understanding of the principles underpinning clinical practice in surgical gastroenterology and minimally invasive surgery - these develop your skills in evidence-based practice, research methods and statistics. 

In Year 2 you undertake a dissertation which includes developing a research paper for publication as well as the research project, OR a dissertation plus an option module.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

  • Designing Research Projects
  • Evidence-based Practice
  • Practical Statistics
  • Surgical Gastroenterology and Minimal Access Surgery

Year 2 core modules

  • Dissertation
  • Dissertation and Research Paper

Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

We use a range of learning and teaching methods. For most modules you can choose to attend classes or study by distance learning. Our taught classes use key lectures, group discussions, case-based discussions, practical activities, clinical simulation work and computer lab sessions. All distance learning is supported through the virtual learning environment where learning materials are available in a variety of forms including written materials, narrated PowerPoint presentations, interactive materials and electronic discussion forums. You receive supervision and support from your personal tutor, programme leader, module leaders, academic supervisors and clinical advisers. You are also expected to undertake some self-study to support your learning.

How you are assessed

We use a range of assessment methods throughout including formative assessment, written reports, statistical analysis, written and oral exams and a research project.


You improve your career prospects by developing your specialist knowledge in surgical gastroenterology to postgraduate level and enhancing your research and evidence-based practice skills.

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Programme description

The DClinDent in Paediatric Dentistry is a three-year, full-time programmes which allows the pursuit of specialist training, attainment of a Taught Professional Doctorate in Paediatric Dentistry and preparation for the Tri-Collegiate Specialty Membership Examination in Paediatric Dentistry administered by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

The DClinDent aims to provide doctoral level educational opportunities to enable students to develop, consolidate and enhance their range of academic and clinical competencies to enable independent and reflective practice at the standard of a specialist in Paediatric Dentistry.

Programme structure

The programme commences with an initial module of four to six weeks based in the clinical skills laboratory to allow the postgraduate to become familiar with the rationale and clinical techniques used in the Department of Paediatric Dentistry at the Edinburgh Dental Institute. During the initial months, there is an introduction to the dental literature and to research methodology. The remainder of the programme follows a consistent pattern where six sessions each week are spent in the clinical care of patients. The remaining four sessions each week are dedicated to the academic and research programmes as well as personal study.

Programme structure:

Year 1

  • The Management of Anxious Children and Adolescents
  • Clinical Patient Care 1
  • Research methodology and patient safety

Year 2

  • Clinical Patient Care 2
  • Dissertation

As available in Years 1 or Year 2:

  • Dental Caries and Periodontal Disease in the Child and Adolescent
  • Examination, Diagnosis, Management and Treatment of Oro-Dental Trauma
  • Paediatric Oral Medicine, Oral Surgery and Oral Pathology
  • Management of developmental anomalies
  • Management of Medically, Physically and Intellectually Compromised Patients

Year 3

  • Systematic Review
  • Clinical Patient Care 3
  • Clinical Governance Project
  • Specialist-Level Clinical Case-Reports

The clinical component is taught mainly on clinic where students undertake supervised management of patients. In the first two years, the academic content of the programme will be delivered in the form of lectures and seminars with critical appraisal and discussion of the relevant literature. In the final year, the taught component of the course will be restricted to minimal use of lecture/seminar-format for the Systematic Review and Clinical Governance Project.

For Year 1 and Year 2 students, there will be a written assessment at the end of each term. In addition, Year 2 students will also be assessed on four unseen cases and on presentation of three personally-treated cases. Year 2 students will also submit a dissertation which they will defend during a viva-voce examination.

Successful completion of the first two years of the programme will allow students to proceed to Year 3 of the programme. In Year 3, students will be assessed on a clinical governance project, a systematic review of a topic related to Paediatric Dentistry, two fully documented patient case presentations and two unseen cases.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the DClinDent, the student will be able to:

  • critically understand both the clinical and research practice for the discipline of Paediatric Dentistry which will include the scientific basis and evidence-base that supports the speciality
  • analyse and manage complex problems within their discipline
  • demonstrate the scientific principles of critical evaluation and analytical thinking for a range of clinical problems
  • interact and work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team amongst dental, medical and surgical specialties
  • apply transferable knowledge, skills and values from previous clinical practice for application in novel situations
  • design and organise a Systematic Review
  • exhibit clinical competence at the level of a specialist for an appropriate range of treatment techniques
  • show competence in the selection, planning, implementation, interpretation and dissemination of clinical audit

Career opportunities

The programme is aimed at qualified dental practitioners who wish to further enhance their evidence-based knowledge and skills in Paediatric Dentistry to attain a Professional Doctorate and also at individuals preparing for the Tri-Collegiate Specialty Membership Examination in Paediatric Dentistry.

The latter facilitates access to the United Kingdom General Dental Council Specialist Register in Paediatric Dentistry, allowing an individual to practice as a specialist and with further training, appointment as a substantive/honorary NHS Consultant.

Likewise, for overseas students attainment of both a Professional Doctorate and a College Speciality Membership normally allows appointment within their own country at the Specialist/Consultant level.

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Our Endodontics MSc is designed to give you the skills to successfully and confidently manage more complex and demanding endodontic cases. Read more

Our Endodontics MSc is designed to give you the skills to successfully and confidently manage more complex and demanding endodontic cases. We will provide the latest evidence-based knowledge in endodontology enabling you to successfully integrate endodontic therapy with other aspects of restorative dentistry, and learn research methodology

This course is mostly delivered online, so you can study anywhere in the world with minimum disruption to your professional and personal life while benefitting from world-class teaching.

Key benefits

  • Internationally renowned centre of excellence for teaching and research in dentistry.
  • Pioneers of distance learning in dentistry with over 20 years’ experience.
  • Intensive face-to-face residential blocks to learn and practice contemporary clinical techniques at world-class training facilities.
  • Course material delivered by a team of highly experienced clinical tutors and academics, many of whom are world-leaders in their field.
  • Multi-authored online course text material supported by extensive references and access to institutional library facilities.
  • Combines online learning, clinical practice and face-to-face teaching for minimal disruption to family and work commitments.


This is a three-year programme leading to an MSc in Endodontics. You will study the scientific basis of endodontology, diagnosis and treatment planning for patients with complex endodontic problems, and clinical treatment of patients with endodontic and other restorative problems. You will also study and develop research methodology skills to enable you to undertake a research project and further your expertise. We will train you with the latest evidence-based knowledge in endodontology and enable you to successfully integrate endodontic therapy with the other aspects of restorative dentistry.

Our programme director, Dr Federico Foschi, has helped many dental graduates, both nationally and internationally, to achieve their postgraduate goals, broaden their horizons and confidently manage more complex and demanding endodontic cases.

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Please note - The provision of any clinical opinions, treatment planning, treatment plans and/or any advice in relation to care of individual patients will not be provided by the teachers and staff of the programme. Patient treatment and care is the sole responsibility of the treating clinician. Advice regarding the suitability of a clinical case for submission for the clinical module can be given at the tutor’s discretion.

Intensive face-to-face training blocks

Delivered primarily online, the course also provides 14 days of intensive teaching and practical training in London. Our expert tutors will give you guidance on complex dental procedures at our specialist postgraduate teaching centre, LonDEC, situated at our Waterloo Campus, which offers state-of-the-art dental training facilities. These blocks are an invaluable way to consolidate learning and progress to the final year.


You will be taught mostly online through King's E-learning and Teaching Service (KEATS) which provides information, interactive questions, assignments, use of bibliographic databases and reading material. This gives you the freedom to study without interrupting your work and personal life, and to put your skills directly into practice. Our students participate in online tutorials and discussion groups, interacting with expert tutors and their fellow students. Face-to-face lectures and hands-on training take place in blocks in the first two years. Students are required to undertake and build a reflective log of clinical work in their own general practice. 

Course format and assessment

60% per cent of each module will be assessed through exams and 40% through assignments, with the exception of the Operative Procedures module and the Endodontic retreatment/Surgery & restoration of endodontically treated teeth module, which will be assessed through clinical portfolios, and your final project, which will be a 10,000-word written report.

You can take your exams in London or, for overseas students, at centres in your country of residence.

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