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Accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of England, this programme provides you with the comprehensive knowledge, and practical and technical skills required for the role of a cardiothoracic, general or orthopaedic surgical care practitioner (SCP). Read more
Accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of England, this programme provides you with the comprehensive knowledge, and practical and technical skills required for the role of a cardiothoracic, general or orthopaedic surgical care practitioner (SCP).

Course details]

With the support of your consultant surgeon mentor, your clinical area and the University, you study four modules that provide you with the necessary theoretical knowledge and skills to meet the requirements of an SCP. You also show your commitment to the ethos of a professional life and responsibilities which include lifelong learning, reflective practice, self-knowledge and continuing professional development to function as a valued member of the cardiothoracic, general or orthopaedic surgical team.

This course:
-Provides you with the detailed and comprehensive knowledge, and the operative and technical skills needed as a SCP in cardiothoracic, general or orthopaedic surgery
-Develops your critical thinking and decision-making skills to practice autonomously within the guidelines of your SCP role in cardiothoracic, general or orthopaedic surgery
-Promotes the ethos of lifelong learning and continuing professional development to function as a valued member of the extended cardiothoracic, general or orthopaedic surgical healthcare team
-Develops your research skills to search, retrieve, critically evaluate and synthesise the current evidence base underpinning cardiothoracic, general or orthopedic surgical care practice
-Develops you as a practitioner providing high-quality care throughout the patient journey in cardiothoracic, general or orthopaedic surgery based on sound clinical evidence and good judgement.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

What you study

Year 1 core modules
-Developing Core Surgical Care Practitioner Skills
-Evidence-based Practice

Year 2 core modules
-Cardiothoracic Surgical Care Practitioner Skills
or
-General Surgery Surgical Care Practitioner Skills
or
-Orthopaedic Surgical Care Practitioner Skills

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

The theory aspect of this programme is delivered in three block weeks at the University at the start of each semester. You also work with an identified consultant surgeon mentor in the field of cardiothoracic, general or orthopaedic surgery.

You are taught through five one-week study blocks in Year 1, and three one-week study blocks in Year 2. We use a variety of teaching methods in conjunction with practice-based learning in your workplace.

You are assessed through a variety of methods including practice-based competencies, a viva voce and written case studies.

Employability

On completion you are qualified as an SCP in cardiothoracic, general or orthopaedic surgery. These courses enable you to access a second specialist module independently, or progress to complete an MSc.

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Chelmsford, ICENI Centre, Broomfield Robotic Centre. Our course will provide you with the breadth and depth of experience to fully engage with all aspects of minimally invasive and robotic surgery including the latest technological advances. Read more

Campus

Chelmsford, ICENI Centre, Broomfield Robotic Centre

Overview

Our course will provide you with the breadth and depth of experience to fully engage with all aspects of minimally invasive and robotic surgery including the latest technological advances.
You’ll undertake laparoscopic simulation training, based at the ICENI Centre in Colchester, and you’ll also have access to the Robotic Centre at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford. The ICENI Centre is internationally recognised as a leading centre of excellence in the field of minimally invasive surgery. It combines the advanced multidisciplinary laparoscopic techniques practised at Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, with the highest-quality research infrastructure established here at Anglia Ruskin University.
We’re home to the Postgraduate Medical Institute (PMI), which has its own £10 million building on our Chelmsford campus. It features state-of-the-art laboratory and training facilities and lecture theatres linked with partner hospital sites. In conjunction with Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust, we’ve funded a £2 million building specifically for minimally-invasive surgery research and a training centre.
Designed by clinical experts, the course will prepare you to advance your career development and opportunities in this area of surgical specialism. On successful completion of this programme, you will be awarded a Master of Surgery which entitles you to use
MCh after your name. MCh is an abbreviation of Magister Chirurgiae, the Latin for Master of Surgery. Master of Surgery, rather than MCh, will appear on your certificate.

Core Modules

Core Principles of Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery
Research Studies
Major Project

Specialist modules

Principles of Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery – Gynaecology
Principles of Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery – Gastrointestinal
Principles of Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery – Urological
Principles of Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery – Vascular
In addition to the compulsory modules students select one speciality module from the above list to complete the course.

Optional modules

Global Leadership
Advancing Professional Decision Making

Modules are subject to change and availability.

Start dates

September 2017

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The Dublin Dental University Hospital provides a clinical doctorate programme those results in the award of a Doctorate in Dental Surgery (D.Ch.Dent.) from Trinity College Dublin. Read more

Course Details

The Dublin Dental University Hospital provides a clinical doctorate programme those results in the award of a Doctorate in Dental Surgery (D.Ch.Dent.) from Trinity College Dublin. There are six individual strands, five of which are currently available to applicants:

Orthodontics
Paediatric Dentistry
Periodontology
Prosthodontics
Oral Surgery

The three year clinical training programme is recognised as meeting the entry criteria for the speciality FFD examinations held by the Faculty of Dentistry, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

It is the intention of the courses to develop clinical skills in the light of currently available scientific knowledge. Students are required to attend a course of study and to pass written and clinical examinations throughout the course. There is a significant academic component including design and completion of a research project with the submission of a thesis at Doctorate level at the end of the third year. The thesis will be the subject of a viva voce examination.

The first year of the programme is designed to provide a background in relevant sciences and to develop basic skills within the chosen speciality. The emphasis during the 2nd and 3rd years is on the development of high levels of diagnostic ability, treatment planning, operative skills and patient management.

Oral Surgery: Course Director Professor Leo Stassen

MFD or equivalent is a requirement for entry on this course. Experience in a hospital setting and in oral surgery is advisable. Publications in peer review journals are an advantage. The emphasis will be placed on the practical aspects of Oral Surgery (dentoalveolar surgery, implants, intra-oral soft tissue surgery and bone grafting). There are strong links with Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and other dental specialties, especially Periodontology, Prosthodontics and Special Needs Dentistry. There is a very strong component of Conscious Dental Sedation and students undertake the ACLS Course. Oral Surgery is a recognised Dental Speciality in Ireland. There are strict criteria for entry on the Oral Surgery Specialist Register in Ireland and advice on this is available on the Dental Council website.

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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is the specialty concerned with the diagnosis and management of diseases, injuries and defects affecting the mouth, jaws, face and neck. Read more
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is the specialty concerned with the diagnosis and management of diseases, injuries and defects affecting the mouth, jaws, face and neck.

All units are based on the speciality of oral surgery but within the wider context of maxillofacial surgery. The three year course provides specialist oral surgery clinical training. You will undertake minor oral surgery under supervision, carried out under local anaesthesia, conscious sedation and general anaesthesia. You will also attend theatre to assist and observe major surgery and attend consultation clinics, trauma clinics, ward rounds and carry out ward duties.

The clinical component of the course consists of the following units:
-Surgical Basic Sciences (Basic surgical science, preoperative and postoperative care) and Patient Care (Assessing patients, medical aspects of patient care and control of pain and anxiety)
-Reflective Oral Surgery Practices
-Dental Tissues (Infections and inflammation of the teeth and jaws, removal of teeth and surgical implantology)
-Bone: Disease and Injury (Diseases of bone and the maxillary sinus, oral and maxillofacial injuries)
-Soft Tissues (Cysts, mucosal disease, premalignancy and malignancy)
-Salivary Tissue, Pain and TMJ (Salivary gland disease, facial pain and disorders of the temporomandibular joint)

You will attend weekly interactive seminars led by senior staff and some invited guest speakers. Some of these have actor patients present to allow you to rehearse your clinical skills. If you study the full three year MSc you will also attend external teaching events such as residential blocks for basic science applied to surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Aims

The course aims to:
-Provide dental practitioners with the knowledge and skills to undertake oral surgery in the context of wider knowledge of oral and maxillofacial surgery
-Provide you with the appropriate knowledge, understanding, intellectual skills, practical skills and attitude to practice oral surgery in selected cases
-Enable you to carry out critical evaluation, problem solving and use sound judgement for clinical problems
-Give you the knowledge to criticalyl understand the issues involved in the scientific basis of oral and maxillofacial surgery
-Ensure you are competent in the design and interpretation of original clinical research at the forefront of current dental research (including data collection and statistical analysis using appropriate computer software)
-Provide you with the knowledge and experience to plan, implement and complete a research project showing initiative and personal responsibility

Career opportunities

MSc courses are designed for dental practitioners who wish to further their knowledge of surgery and are a useful foundation for specialist training in this field.

The three year course provides specialist oral surgery clinical training.

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Distance learning. This advanced course is designed for qualified Plastic Surgeons who want to develop their medical knowledge, clinical competence and patient skills within the Cosmetic and Aesthetic fields. Read more

Campus

Distance learning

Overview

This advanced course is designed for qualified Plastic Surgeons who want to develop their medical knowledge, clinical competence and patient skills within the Cosmetic and Aesthetic fields. Our accredited course will develop the clinical knowledge and skills you’ll need to practice safe, efficacious ethical surgery. By the time you graduate you’ll have a thorough grasp of the key surgical techniques and the ability to apply them appropriately, in line with clinical needs, ethical considerations and patients’ wishes. The course will also train you to critically evaluate emerging research and to incorporate it into your practice, and to lead clinical, technical and service developments.

Our course combines a significant practice component with research studies and a major dissertation. You’ll be assessed on the below elements by:
1) 2 vivas examining the case studies presented and reports you submit from the course’s practice component
2) your portfolio containing a further 30 case studies, which must cover the 14 compulsory procedures
3) your log book detailing the cases you’ve undertaken
4 ) An essay of 6,000 words exploring professional decision making
Your Major Project, which is a 15,000- word report or research paper including critical discussions and reflections on how your findings apply to practice.

The Plastic Surgeons under instruction will observe, assist, be assisted and then operate independently but under the supervision of an experienced University appointed preceptor. They’ll care for their own private patients some of whom will be referred from their preceptor Surgeon. The Preceptor Surgeons are also members of the British Association of Plastic Reconstructive Aesthetic Surgeons.

This course will equip you to develop your career in private practice as a specialist aesthetic and cosmetic plastic surgeon. For six months during the course you’ll receive one-to-one supervision from a qualified consultant aesthetic plastic surgeon who is a registered member of UKAAPS. During this time you’ll observe them at work and carry out procedures under their expert supervision. This will provide the basis for much of your written work on the course. Our course is accredited by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.

On successful completion of this programme, you will be awarded a Master of Surgery which entitles you to use MCh after your name. MCh is an abbreviation of Magister Chirurgiae, the Latin for Master of Surgery. Master of Surgery, rather than MCh, will appear on your certificate.

Core modules, all stages

Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Practice

Core modules, PG Diploma and MCh stage

Advancing Professional Decision Making
Research Studies

Core modules, MCh stage

Major Project

Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change and availability.

Start dates

September 2017

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This programme aims to impart a robust scientific understanding of burns, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and to equip healthcare professionals (doctors, surgeons, nursing staff and physiotherapists) and scientists with the research techniques and translational tools necessary for research in this expanding field. Read more
This programme aims to impart a robust scientific understanding of burns, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and to equip healthcare professionals (doctors, surgeons, nursing staff and physiotherapists) and scientists with the research techniques and translational tools necessary for research in this expanding field.

Degree information

Students will acquire both scientific and clinical research skills in plastic and reconstructive surgery, develop the necessary transferable skills (laboratory, critical, synthetic), and acquire an appreciation of the needs and requirements of patients requiring this speciality.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits for the MSc. The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), one optional module (15 credits) and a research project (90 credits). A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) is offered. The programme consists of two core modules (30 credits) and two optional module (30 credits).

Core modules
-Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Burns
-Military Injury and Wound Healing
-Biomaterials in Regenerative Medicine
-Research Methodology
-Applied Tissue Engineering

Optional modules - choose one of the following options:
-Nanotechnology in Medicine
-Translation of Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine
-Advanced Surgical Skills in Microsurgery
-Stem cells and their applications in Surgery

Dissertation/report
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of ~15,000 words and a viva.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops, practical sessions, group discussions and distance learning. Assessment is through written examination, coursework, presentation, dissertation and viva voce.

Careers

Establishing a career in surgery is becoming very competitive, and students on this programme benefit from the latest knowledge and experience in this expanding field. On completion, graduates find they are in a better position to find placements due to the wide exposure they have had to emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, regenerative medicine, and speciality plastic surgery. This MSc also provide our students with an excellent foundation for further research either at MD or PhD level or for a career as a clinician or healthcare professional within this surgical speciality.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Plastic Surgery Trainee Registrar, NHS (National Health Service)
-MSc Burns, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, UCL
-PhD Interventional Science, UCL
-PhD Surgery and Interventional Science, UCL

Employability
This MSc focuses on research as well as theory and students acquire technical, laboratory-based skills. Networking is also one of the key aspects of this programme. Consultant plastic surgeons from both military and civilian backgrounds present lectures, giving students access to one-on-one contact and a multitude of networking opportunities.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This is the only MSc programme in burns, plastic and reconstructive surgery currently in the UK, and addresses a national need.

Clinical staff who undertake teaching include renowned consultants based at the Royal Free Hospital.

The Division of Surgery & Interventional Science is part of one of the most prestigious medical schools in Europe; it is made up of nearly 400 people from surgeons and oncologists to clinical trials specialists and researchers. Its aim is to understand the causes of human disease and develop innovative therapies and technology to improve the quality of life.

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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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This full-time, three-year Master's programme is designed for students either from UK/EU or overseas countries. The programme combines taught courses with a research component. Read more
This full-time, three-year Master's programme is designed for students either from UK/EU or overseas countries.

Degree information

The programme combines taught courses with a research component. Students attend teaching clinics, lectures, seminars, and carry out research leading to a project dissertation. There are supervised clinical and laboratory craft courses and the opportunity to observe at in-patient operating sessions.

Students undertake modules to the value of 360 credits.

Year One consists of core modules to the value of (135 credits). Year Two consists of core modules (135 credits), dissertation (90 credits). Year three (Advanced Training only) is non credit bearing. There are no optional modules for this programme.

Core modules
-Principles of Treatment Core Course (Oral/Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery)
-Clinical Care Core Course (Oral/Oral Maxillofacial Surgery)
-Dento-Alveolar Surgery 1
-Theory of Oral/ Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
-Dento-Alveolar Surgery 2
-Dento-Alveolar Surgery 3
-Trauma and Correction of Facial Deformity
-Oral Oncology
-Clinical Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
-Dento-Alveolar Surgery 4
-Clinical Science and Research Methods

Dissertation/report
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 10,000-12,000 words.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through clinical instruction on a one-to-one basis, theoretical instruction including seminar teaching, lectures, journal club, self-directed learning and problem-based learning.

Careers

The programme aims to offer education and training in oral surgery that will provide a solid foundation for progression towards higher surgical training and/or a research career in this field. Graduates who have recently completed the programme have returned to take up positions around the world as academics and clinicians in oral surgery.

Employability
Current students are planning, on completion of the programme, to sit the MOS (Membership in Oral Surgery) tri-collegiate examination of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The programme’s students benefit from the broad programme structure that includes operating sessions, outpatient clinics, lectures, demonstrations and seminars and the use of investigative techniques to illustrate the diagnosis and management of orofacial surgical disease

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This full-time, two-year Master's programme offers an understanding of applied clinical sciences and the concepts of oral surgery, with practical experience in dentoalveolar surgery. Read more
This full-time, two-year Master's programme offers an understanding of applied clinical sciences and the concepts of oral surgery, with practical experience in dentoalveolar surgery.

Degree information

The programme combines taught courses with a research component. Students attend teaching clinics, lectures, seminars, and undertake research study leading to a dissertation. There are supervised clinical and laboratory craft courses and the opportunity to observe at in-patient operating sessions.

Students undertake modules to the value of 360 credits.

Year One consists core modules (135 credits). Year Two consists of core modules (135 credits) and a dissertation (90 credits). There are no optional modules for this programme.

Core modules
-Principles of Treatment Core Course (Oral/Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery)
-Clinical Care Core Course (Oral/Oral Maxillofacial Surgery)
-Dento-Alveolar Surgery 1
-Theory of Oral/Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
-Dento-Alveolar Surgery 2
-Dento-Alveolar Surgery 3
-Trauma and Correction of Facial Deformity
-Oral Oncology
-Clinical Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
-Dento-Alveolar Surgery 4
-Clinical Science & Research Methods

Dissertation/report
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation (10,000 - 12,000 words).

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through clinical instruction on a one-to-one basis, theoretical instruction including seminar teaching, lectures, journal club, self-directed learning and problem-based learning.

Careers

The programme aims to offer education and training in oral surgery that will provide a solid foundation for specialist practice and progression towards higher surgical training.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Dentist, Efstathios Savvoulidis Dentists
-Dentist, Smile Dental Care
-Dentist, Adriana Delak Private Dental Office and studying PhD Oral Maxillo Facial Surgey, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Why study this degree at UCL?

Students benefit from the broad programme structure that includes operating sessions, outpatient clinics, lectures, demonstrations and seminars, and the use of investigative techniques to illustrate the diagnosis and management of orofacial surgical disease.

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We are pleased to deliver an innovative Level 7 Masters, MCh in Surgery with four individual awards in the specialist surgical pathways of. Read more
We are pleased to deliver an innovative Level 7 Masters, MCh in Surgery with four individual awards in the specialist surgical pathways of:
-Orthopaedics and Regenerative Medicine
-Otorhinolaryngology
-Urology
-Ophthamology*

*Subject to validation

Surgical pathways such as in General Surgery and Gynaecology and Emergency Obstetrics are planned to be included for the near future.

The theme of regenerative medicine and the teaching of practical skills through simulation runs through each of the specialist pathways and modules.

Orthopaedics and Regenerative Medicine

The specialist surgical field of orthopaedics has been central in the use of regenerative medicine. The focus in modern orthopaedics is changing as research exposes ever greater knowledge widening the spectrum of therapeutic options encompassing reconstruction, regeneration and substitution (Kim, S-J. and Shetty, A.A., 2011; Shetty, A.A. and Kim, S-J., 2013; Kim, J-M., Hans, J.R. and Shetty, A.A., 2014).

Research methods, studies in regenerative medicine and other emerging technologies feature poorly in the standard curriculum of the orthopaedic trainee. This limits the quality of research output, reduces the potential for innovation and slows the rates of adoption of transformative treatments for patients, while leaving the surgeon unable to critically evaluate new treatments.

This programme targets this deficiency with a strong emphasis on research methodology and critical analysis that is based on a platform formed of in-depth scientific knowledge and proven by translation into clinical practice.

Otorhinolaryngology

Otorhinolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat surgery – ENT) is a diverse surgical specialty that involves the management of both children and adults. In contrast to other surgical specialties the management of a significant number of conditions requires a non-surgical approach. An understanding of the pathogenesis and progression of pathology is essential. This surgical specialty is rapidly evolving. Significant progress has been made through regenerative medicine and technology, some locally through mobile platforms.

Entry into Otorhinolaryngology is competitive. This is often despite the fact that whilst at University many medical students may have had little, if any, formal training in ENT. Some junior trainees entering the specialty have had limited exposure which may affect their decision making.

The MCh in Surgery (Otorhinolaryngology) course aims to prepare a trainee to meet the challenges of the current and future challenges in Otorhinolaryngology. It provides an evidence based approach for the management of patients, and provides a foundation for those who will eventually undertake formal exit examinations in this specialty.

Urology

Urology is a surgical specialty dealing with the problems associated with the urinary tract and it deals with cancer, non-cancer, functional problems and diseases (Khan, F., Mahmalji, W., Sriprasad, S. and Madaan, S., 2013). In urology many problems can be managed with medications (for example treating erectile dysfunction and lower urinary tract symptoms have become largely by pharmaceutical agents) and this underpins the importance of understanding the basic science and molecular biology as applied to the specialty.

This surgical field is constantly evolving with technology being the main driver. Improvements have been made through lasers, optics, gadgets and robotics (Jeong, Kumar and Menon, 2016). Regenerative medicine is fast evolving in urology. The architectural simplicity of hollow structures (such as bladder) and tubes (such as the ureters and urethra) make them particularly amenable.

Despite the fact that many medical students may not have had a urology placement during their training (Derbyshire and Flynn, 2011) the specialty is very much sought after. Getting into urological training is very competitive. Doctors typically undertake research, obtain higher degrees and publish papers in peer-reviewed journals in order to advance their surgical training. A MCh in Surgery (Urology) will therefore be significantly valuable to you for not only your professional knowledge and skills but also to help you reach your goals of becoming a Consultant.

The MCh in Surgery (Urology) will prepare you to meet the challenges of current and future urologic medicine and surgery. All this provides a platform for further advancement of your scientific knowledge, innovative and forward thinking, career progression and camaraderie with fellow students.

Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology is a surgical specialty dealing with disorders of the eye and visual pathways. Although the treatment of eye conditions involves a range of therapeutic options, including medicine, laser and surgery, the surgical field in particular is constantly evolving with technology being the main driver. Improvements are being made through lasers, optics, and minimally invasive surgical procedures with enhanced outcomes for patients.

There is very little ophthalmology teaching in modern medical school curricula. However, the speciality is highly sought after with intense competition for a limited number of training positions. Therefore, doctors typically undertake research, obtain higher degrees and publish papers in peer-reviewed journals in order to advance their surgical training and improve their chances of achieving a training number. A MCh in Surgery (Ophthalmology) will provide you with a solid foundation and valuable qualification to enhance selection onto a career pathway in this highly competitive field, culminating in a Consultant appointment. The MCh in Surgery (Ophthalmology) will prepare you as a trainee surgeon to meet the challenges of current and future ophthalmology. Specifically, you will be taught to critically analyse and evaluate data through learning research methodology. You will then learn to apply this to clinical practice and to evaluate the different treatment options and new technologies with respect to patient benefit and outcomes. There will be the opportunity of studying a range of conditions and treatments in depth. All this provides a platform for further advancement of your scientific knowledge, innovative and forward thinking. A unique aspect of the MCh programme is the teaching of regenerative medicine. Regenerative medicine is fast evolving in ophthalmology, and this programme will help you to appreciate this area of medicine as applied to eye conditions. This is especially so in retinal conditions, optic neuropathies and glaucoma. The knowledge gained is critical not just for the local students from the United Kingdom but to any trainee from anywhere in the world.

The theme of regenerative medicine will run through each of the specialist pathway modules with its application, research and emerging technologies being critically explored. Although a key component and theme through this programme will be regenerative medicine, a further theme that will run through each of the modules is the teaching of practical surgical skills in each of the pathways and modules through simulation.

Aims of the Course

In order for you to be able to think in an innovative manner and to be prepared for modern challenges in surgery, this programme aims to develop your scientific insight into current and emerging technologies that will inform your clinical practice and help you to apply basic scientific discoveries to your clinical work for the benefit of your patients.

It aims to facilitate you to develop a critical understanding of current novel and potentially beneficial therapies that use regenerative medicine and digital health platforms in a way that will inspire and encourage you to use this knowledge and develop your own ideas. To be a competent, safe and compassionate surgeon, you need to be able to develop your critical, analytical and problem solving abilities.

The programme therefore will enable you to critically and analytically consider the evidence base presented to you, to confidently challenge this evidence and make comprehensive, considered and robust decisions on patient care. In doing so you will be enabled to think and work creatively and intellectually which in turn will stimulate you to search for new knowledge for the benefit of your patients and health care provision.

Further, this programme will enable you to be a lifelong learner, having developed critical, analytical and evaluative skills at Masters level, to undertake your own high quality research and search for innovation, which in turn will further progress your area of expertise. Integral to the programme is the need to develop and enhance a culture in you that ensures a willingness to challenge poor or bad clinical practice, improve service delivery and effect change.

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This two-year, part-time masters programme is offered jointly by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh, and is taught entirely online. Read more

This two-year, part-time masters programme is offered jointly by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh, and is taught entirely online. Both institutions have combined well previously to deliver an award-winning Master’s programme to support early surgical training, and continue to serve as a powerful brand in surgery.

You will be taught by experienced tutors – all leading clinicians in their field – and you will have access to well-defined and managed learning resources and educational material, including an unparalleled online library facility.

Illustrative cases will cover technical skills and procedures as well as core knowledge and clinical skills.

Online learning

Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Programme structure

Based on the UK Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum, this programme allows you to select advanced modules that match your declared subspecialty, and supports your study towards the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) examinations.

Year 1

Compulsory modules will cover the basic elements of subspecialties, for instance, emergency surgery and critical care including the assessment and the pre-/peri-/post-operative care of the surgical patient.

These modules will be taught and assessed using a clinical problem-based approach, supported by systems-based review of the course material.

Year 2

Academic modules will explore research and teaching methodology, whilst enabling students to develop the ability to analyse published evidence and enhance their interactive and written clinical communication skills. Students will also have the opportunity to complete an academic research project in Year 2 e.g. Original research or a Systematic Review in a relevant area of work. Following completion of the programme, students are encouraged to seek publication of their study in a peer-reviewed journal.

Students are supported throughout the programme through asynchronous discussions with e-tutors who are all leading clinicians in their field. Students also have access to a large learning resource, including subscriptions to key online books and journals. A written examination (MCQ) is held in the second year, following completion of core modules.

Career opportunities

The ChM provides advanced training for surgeons preparing for the intercollegiate fellowship examination and those approaching consultancy.



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This programme is for dental surgery graduates who wish to extend their knowledge, clinical practice experience and expertise in oral surgery. Read more

This programme is for dental surgery graduates who wish to extend their knowledge, clinical practice experience and expertise in oral surgery.

The programme will give you theoretical and practical understanding of oral surgery and how it relates to other dental specialities.

The syllabus includes components of the core competencies for oral surgery training for the General Dental Council and Royal College of Surgeons of England guidelines:

  • extraction of teeth & retained roots/pathology
  • management of associated complications including oro-antral fistula
  • management of odontogenic and all other oral infections
  • management of impacted teeth
  • management of complications
  • peri-radicular surgery
  • dentoalveolar surgery in relation to orthodontic treatment
  • intraoral and labial biopsy techniques
  • treatment of intra-oral benign and cystic lesions of hard and soft tissues
  • management of benign salivary gland disease by intra-oral techniques and familiarity with the diagnosis and treatment of other salivary gland diseases
  • insertion of osseointegrated dental implants including bone augmentation and soft tissue management
  • appropriate pain and anxiety control including the administration of standard conscious sedation techniques
  • management of adults and children as in-patients, including the medically at risk patient
  • management of dento-alveolar trauma and familiarity with the management and treatment of fractures of the jaws and facial skeleton
  • management of oro-facial pain including temporomandibular joint disorders
  • clinical diagnosis of oral cancer and potentially malignant diseases, familiarity with their management and appropriate referral
  • the diagnosis of dentofacial deformity and familiarity with its management and treatment
  • diagnosis of oral mucosal diseases and familiarity with their management and appropriate referral
  • control of cross-infection
  • medico-legal aspects of oral surgery

Programme structure

You will participate in lectures, seminars and a rehearsal of procedures in the clinical skills laboratory.

You will also undertake an integrated programme of theoretical, clinical and laboratory teaching.

Throughout the course you will be assessed by written examinations, case presentations, oral examination and the completion of a research project.

Career opportunities

This programme has been designed for dental surgery graduates who wish to specialise in oral surgery.



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Summary. Celebrating now the twenty-fifth anniversary of LASIK in 2015, Refractive Surgery commands far greater evidence-based clinical concordance amongst specialists performing preoperative surgical assessment, surgical technique and complication management, than ever before. Read more

Summary

Celebrating now the twenty-fifth anniversary of LASIK in 2015, Refractive Surgery commands far greater evidence-based clinical concordance amongst specialists performing preoperative surgical assessment, surgical technique and complication management, than ever before. This programme of study includes the best practice patterns based on the wealth of accumulated scientific knowledge of the last two decades and provides, for both the novice and experienced surgeon, a template for establishing safe and effective practice in the field. This programme has been designed in collaboration with The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) standards, curriculum and examination committees and is the only endorsed RCOphth refractive surgery programme complete fully online in the UK.

About

Students of refractive or cataract surgery are often in full-time employment and have difficulty attending taught programmes. Hence, a novel approach has been used where internationally renowned refractive specialists have given talks which are presented in an e-learning format enabling greater innovation, flexibility and creativity in curriculum design and delivery. This also enables you to study in your own time and location with the support of e-tutors and programme discussion pages. The Postgraduate Diploma in Cataract and Refractive Surgery (Theory) is suitable for ophthalmologists, optometrists, orthopists, nurse practitioners and ophthalmic technicians. This programme is the endorsed by the RCOphth as the only preparatory course in the UK for their Certificate in Laser Refractive Surgery examination. The programme offers a platform to learn the latest complex and sophisticated methodologies in laser and other refractive corneal and lens (IOL) based surgery including preoperative keratoconus screening, toric-IOL diagnostics and calculations, as well as understanding ocular and systemic co-morbidity when considering elective refractive surgery. A critical approach to multifocal IOL surgery is included based on published safety and efficacy as well as neuro-psychoadaptation. There is much attention focused on the systematisation and optimisation of surgical techniques. Advances in published knowledge provide a more established understanding of therapeutic refractive surgery for complications management.

Career options

The majority of students undertaking this online programme will do so for their continued professional development within their individual areas of employment for career enhancement.



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This course is designed for dentists who wish to advance their knowledge of this clinical specialty at a postgraduate level. There are four separate units. Read more
This course is designed for dentists who wish to advance their knowledge of this clinical specialty at a postgraduate level.

There are four separate units: Research Methods (15 credits); Biostatistics (15 credits); Specialist Clinical Component (90 credits); and, for MSc students, a dissertation (60 credits).

In the cases of the Research Methods and Biostatistics units, the aim is to enable you to become competent in the design, data collection, and simple analysis and interpretation of clinical research projects.

The aim of the Specialist Clinical Component is to give you an understanding of the scientific basis of oral and maxillofacial surgery with particular emphasis on current theories relevant to the diagnosis, treatment planning and clinical management of patients. The evidence base supporting clinical surgical practice is emphasised.

The Specialist Clinical Component permits observation of a wide range of surgery including facial trauma, implant and reconstructive, cancer and reconstructive, salivary gland and orthognathic surgery, as well as participation in dentoalveolar surgery.

The aim of the dissertation (for MSc students only) is to offer research training in identification, formulation and implementation of a specific research project. The research project is in line with the research themes of control of pain and anxiety or surgical implantology or oral cancer and health services research.

Aims

The course aims to provide dental practitioners with the knowledge and skills to undertake minor oral surgery in the context of a wider knowledge of oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Teaching and learning

Teaching and learning methods are designed to encourage you to take responsibility for your own learning and to integrate work with formal educational activities.

The core text book for the course is provided. This book, Master Dentistry Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Radiology, Pathology and Oral Medicine (ISBN 0443061920), has been produced by Division of Dentistry staff: Coulthard, Horner, Sloan and Theaker.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment is by essay and SBA's throughout the course and related to the taught units. You will also maintain a clinical surgical logbook and undertake a clinical competency test. There is also an oral examination.
-Research Methods: Formal assessment takes the form of two tutor marked assignments
-Biostatistics: Formal assessment takes the form of two tutor marked assignments
-Clinical component: This is assessed by written examination and clinical examination in the form of an oral presentation
-Dissertation (10,000-15,000 words)

Career opportunities

The course prepares you for a future career in clinical practice, teaching or research.

Some graduates return to established surgical practice whilst for many this degree forms the first step in training and they go on to pursue specialist clinical training and appropriate clinical examinations.

Graduates may find their advanced knowledge a good foundation for surgical dentistry, oral surgery or oral and maxillofacial surgery practice. Some graduates proceed to undertake higher research degrees such as MPhil or PhD.

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This full-time, one-year Master’s programme is designed to provide an understanding of applied clinical sciences and the concepts of oral and maxillofacial surgery, with practical experience in dentoalveolar surgery. Read more
This full-time, one-year Master’s programme is designed to provide an understanding of applied clinical sciences and the concepts of oral and maxillofacial surgery, with practical experience in dentoalveolar surgery.

Degree information

The programme combines taught courses with a research component. Students attend teaching clinics, lectures, seminars, and carry out research leading to a project dissertation. There are supervised clinical and laboratory craft modules and the opportunity to observe at inpatient operating sessions.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of six core modules (120 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits). There are no optional modules for this programme.

Core modules
-Principles of Treatment Core Course (Oral/Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery)
-Clinical Care Core Course (Oral/Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery)
-Dento-Alveolar Surgery 1
-Theory of Oral/Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
-Dento-Alveolar Surgery 2
-Clinical Science & Research Methods

Dissertation/report
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation (10,000 - 12,000 words).

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered via supervised clinical teaching on a one-to-one basis and theoretical instruction including seminar teaching, lectures, journal club, self-directed learning and problem-based learning.

Careers

One of the programme's aims is to contribute to the development of oral and maxillofacial surgery in other countries especially where healthcare challenges are different from the United Kingdom, recognising that trainees may have to contend with a higher prevalence of untreated disease, limited financial and technical resources, and potentially limited expertise and support for the speciality.

Employability
On completion of their studies, some graduates undertake senior house officer posts in UK teaching hospitals and take the opportunity to progress through specialist training posts to become NHS Hospital Consultants. Overseas graduates may return to their home country to continue their specialist training. Some graduates go into NHS or private dental practice whilst others pursue medical training or further research, teaching and academic careers.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The students benefit from the broad programme structure that includes operating sessions, outpatient clinics, lectures, demonstrations, practical clinical skills, seminars and the use of investigative techniques to illustrate the diagnosis and management of orofacial surgical disease.

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