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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    PG Diploma: 10 months part-time. MEd: 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip, Other

  • Course Fees

    Home/EU: £9,700 per year (FT); £ 4,850 per year (PT)/ Overseas: £29,700 per year (FT); £14,850 per year (PT)

Course Content

Course content

All part-time students must register for the PG Diploma in the first instance

MEd and PG Diploma in Surgical Education

The MEd and PG Diploma in Surgical Education programme aims to challenge your thinking and develop your practice as a surgical educator. The programme offers a sound theoretical background to the principles of surgical education, an introduction to educational research methods, and the opportunity for intellectual growth and development within a stimulating and supportive environment. Its face-to-face nature enables dynamic discussion amongst your peers and tutors and fosters a community atmosphere from which to collaborate and develop your educational interests.

Programme structure
The PG Diploma consists of Modules 1-7, is available in part-time study mode only, and is delivered over a ten-month period.

The MEd qualification consists of eight modules (Modules 1-8), completed in full or part-time study mode.

The programme comprises five core modules (Modules 1-5) each consisting of one week intensive contact teaching time with further private study required to complete module preparation, coursework and assessment.

The modules consist of:

Module 1 - Policy and context of surgical education (mid October)
Module 2 - Introduction to learning and teaching (late November)
Module 3 - Introduction to assessment and appraisal (mid January)
Module 4 - Introduction to simulation and technology enhanced learning (late February)
Module 5 - Theory and practice of learning, teaching and assessment (late March)

Modules 1-5 are assessed by extended writing. Module coursework can be done in a range of formats but is typically carried out in small groups, often during the module.

Module 6a/b - Surgical Education Specialty Stream and Design Project: Selected at the beginning of the course this module provides an opportunity for students to study an area of interest at greater depth. The module includes individual study, three days face-to-face teaching (mid May 2017), and assessment.

Module 7 - Reflection for Surgical Education Project: Spans the PG Diploma stage and draws on learning across the modules to produce a reflective portfolio on teaching and learning.

Those continuing on to the MEd, or doing the MEd in full-time study mode, will also complete:

Module 8a/b - Research methods (8a) and educational research project (8b): Comprises a taught educational research methods element (8a) and conducting an individually supervised research project, written up as a dissertation (8b).

Part-time MEd students complete Module 8 during year-two of the course (e.g. in November).

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement:
Normally a 2.1 UK honours degree in a science, engineering, computing, healthcare or education subject plus basic computing experience. We also accept international qualifications of an equivalent standard. For guidance see our Country Index.
Additional requirements
Normally three years’ relevant experience in a healthcare field and/or relevant teaching/education development and research experience are necessary to take full advantage of this challenging programme.

English language requirements
All candidates must demonstrate English language proficiency for admission to Imperial College. Standards of proficiency are available on the College website.

Is this programme for you?
This programme is designed to: produce graduates equipped to further careers in healthcare and surgery –related education;

Our graduates are positioned to take increasing educational responsibility in Universities, Trusts and professional bodies.

Career prospects
We anticipate that graduates of this programme will be well placed to advance their careers in a range of directions. Many are likely to be fairly senior in their ‘first’ profession; for this group the programmes will represent professionalisation for their existing role. Participants are likely to be seeking career advancement through possession of an appropriate degree at Masters level for careers in royal colleges, NHS trusts (or their national equivalents) and in universities, for example in academic departments of surgery.

Key benefits

The PG Dipoma and MEd programmes in Surgical Education aim to challenge your thinking about surgical education. They embrace surgical education’s interdisciplinary nature by engaging, not only clinical educators, but also scholars from the social sciences, humanities and craft professions to illuminate teaching and learning in surgery. The PG Dip programme develops new areas of teaching to reflect contemporary research and scholarship, and ensures that the themes of surgery and education are always linked.

The MEd component provides the opportunity to learn research skills and carry out a research project under supervision.

Visit the MEd / PG Dip Surgical Education page on the Imperial College London website for more details!





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