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.
*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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This degree is approved as part of the training programme in paediatric dentistry by the Specialist Advisory Committee in Paediatric Dentistry, for those in possession of a training number awarded by the Postgraduate Dental Dean for Scotland.
Our programme will develop your knowledge and skills in all areas of paediatric dentistry, including diagnosis, treatment planning, clinical skills and all aspects of patient management.
You will also complete a supervised piece of research and learn research methodology, data analysis and the ability to report results appropriately.
Your syllabus will include:
We start with an introductory programme of lectures, seminars and rehearsal for procedures in the clinical skills laboratory.
This is followed by five structured terms, which will cover the clinical care of patients, seminars, journal clubs and trauma discussion groups, plus your supervised research dissertation.
There are examinations at the end of each term and regular essay and critical appraisal exercises.
This programme has been designed for those practitioners ready to specialise in paediatric dentistry.
This course has been produced in consultation with clinical specialists and in partnership with specialist spinal centres to ensure that it provides the appropriate content for you to progress in spinal management in the current climate. Not only will you have input from our own, highly experienced staff, you will also be taught by clinical experts who are in current practice.
Key lectures and case discussion sessions delivered on campus days with consultant guided distance learning coupled with work-based learning tailored to individual aspirations. This course will also give you access to expertise in clinical assessment, spinal pathology management strategies as well as specialist surgical skills workshops.
Modules can also be taken as stand-alone courses for continuing professional development.
The course runs full-time over one year and part-time over three years giving you the chance to exit with the following awards:
Part-time study with elements of distance learning is delivered in blocks for those involved in busy clinical practice.
Observational clinical placements in hospitals and specialist units are arranged for full-time students in the specialist areas of spinal orthopaedics, lower limb orthopaedics and upper limb orthopaedics.
Delivery is by full-time (one year) and part-time attendance (three years) at the University. Please note: international applicants are only able to apply for the full-time route.
A programme of formal lectures, case discussion seminars and workshops, together with online learning is delivered to students by a team of orthopaedic consultants, radiologists, advanced therapists and other specialists. Attendance is between three to six days depending on the module with distance online learning released weekly, live webinars and tutorials using a variety of media. Both full and part-time students are taught together.
All supportive material from the taught days is recorded on our virtual learning environment, Blackboard.
Each module in the course employs a variety of teaching strategies considered most appropriate for delivery of the aims and objectives. A student-led approach to learning will be encouraged throughout with directed and personal study will perform an integral part of the course.
For those attending full-time, additional observational placements are an integral part of the course. These are arranged for specialist areas of spinal orthopaedics, in key spinal departments.
Research skills sessions are integrated throughout the course.
This course allows for a variety of assessments, depending on the module you will be undertaking and can include:
The course is delivered in new state of the art practical and workshop facilities.
Extensive online resources are available to aid study.
A number of the specialist workshops will maximise the use of specialist facilities available at the University.
This course has been produced in consultation with clinical specialists to ensure that it provides the appropriate content for orthopaedic trainees and advanced practitioners in both primary and secondary care. You will gain the skills and qualification to compete for specialist posts in orthopedics within the NHS and private sector.
This course addresses the needs of orthopaedic trainees and of experienced non-medical health professionals who have been training/developing in their clinical roles.
Many doctors have advanced to higher posts in surgery as a result of completing the MSc.
Non-medical health professionals have advanced to specialist roles. Completion of the Extended Proficiency module provides students with an electronic portfolio of evidence of practice competency.
You will also gain networking opportunities with experts and peers in the field of spinal management.
The course works with a number of orthopaedic companies to provide specialist workshops.
There are also a number of bursaries available through these companies.
Not only will you have input from our own, highly experienced staff, you will be taught by clinical experts who are in current practice. Among these are internationally renowned Professors Max Fehily, Philip Turner and David Sochart.
Upon successful completion of this course it would be possible to progress on to a PhD, or a PhD via publication. We offer a range of research degrees relevant to your area of practice.