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Trauma Surgery MSc/PGDip

Course Description

Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Trauma Surgery at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Postgraduate loans are also available to English and Welsh domiciled students. For more information on fees and funding please visit our website.

The MSc in Trauma Surgery focuses on state of the art practical techniques and treatment strategies in Major Trauma, using small group teaching sessions, delivered by practicing clinicians who are experts in their fields.
The programme is aimed at all doctors with a committed interest in trauma care, with previous students becoming consultants in Trauma & Orthopaedics, Burns and Plastics, General & Vascular Surgery, Maxillo-facial Surgery, as well as Emergency Department Medicine and Intensive Care.

Key Features of the Trauma Surgery Programme

The bedrock of the Programme is face to face teaching from those with in-depth professional experience of the topics in question . Defence Medical Services personnel may enrol on the MSc Trauma Surgery (Military) Programme, which has 2 dedicated Military Modules detailed below. Trauma care is one of the most rapidly evolving areas in modern medicine. Improvements in the immediate (damage control) resuscitation have improved survival, underpinned by the lessons learnt from the Defence Medical Services and the most effective trauma systems in the developed world. Post-injury reconstructive surgery and rehabilitation now offer potentials for recovery which were previously inconceivable. Thus a sound grasp of the theory and practice of trauma surgery from its integration in damage control resuscitation to definitive reconstruction make this one of the most rewarding fields of medical endeavour. The Trauma Surgery Programme is constantly revised and refreshed in the light of new developments.

The Trauma Surgery Programme is unique in design, delivery and assessment with the innovative use cadaveric teaching and increasingly sophisticated simulation methods to enhance learning. Previous student experience has confirmed that these Programmes offer a robust practical and academic springboard , with graduates moving into consultant careers is all specialties involved in trauma care.

This is a part-time programme which spans roughly two calendar years, the first of which is the taught component which comprises of 5 clinical modules and one vital research methods teaching block, each 4 days long. The second year is dedicated to completing the dissertation. We welcome associate students who just wish to attend individual modules, or particular days from any part of the programme.


The Trauma Surgery Programme is part time with Part 1 comprising 5 clinical (20 credit) and 2 research methods (10 credit) modules and Part 2 being the dissertation. Each of the clinical modules follows a similar pattern with teaching and simulations delivered in the newly completed Morriston Teaching Centre, while the cadaveric teaching takes part in the Anatomy Suite of the Grove Building, located in the Singleton Campus. Each clinical module is 4 days long and the 2 day research methods modules run back to back as another 4 day block.

Modules on the Trauma Surgery programme typically include:

Trauma: The Disease
The Turning Point
Healing & Rehabilitation
Regional Trauma
Definitive Reconstruction
Immediate Management of Burns
Military Operational Surgical Training (Military Pathway)
Combat Surgery: Clinical & logistics (military Pathway)
Evidence-based health and social care
Health research methods and preparation for dissertation

Professional Development

The Medical School offers the following M Level modules as standalone opportunities for prospective students to undertake continued professional development (CPD) in the area of Trauma Surgery.

You can enroll on the programme's associated professional development modules as either an Associate Student (who will be required to complete the module(s) assessments) or as a Non-Associate Student (who can attend all teaching sessions but will not be required to complete any assessments).

How to Apply

For information and advice on applying for any of the continuing education opportunities, please contact the College directly at .


Postgraduate study has many benefits, including enhanced employability, career progression, intellectual reward and the opportunity to change direction with a conversion course.

From the moment you arrive in Swansea, specialist staff in Careers and Employability will help you plan and prepare for your future. They will help you identify and develop skills that will enable you to make the most of your postgraduate degree and enhance your career options. The services they offer will ensure that you have the best possible chance of success in the job market.

The student experience at Swansea University offers a wide range of opportunities for personal and professional development through involvement in many aspects of student life.

Co-curricular opportunities to develop employability skills include national and international work experience and study abroad programmes and volunteering, together with students' union and athletic union societies, social and leisure activities.

Visit the Trauma Surgery MSc/PGDip page on the Swansea University website for more details!

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100 Swansea University Master's Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Swansea University is offering 100 Master’s Scholarships, each worth £3000 towards tuition fees for UK/EU students starting eligible master’s courses in September 2017.Eligible courses include:All LLM programmes (including LLM by Research)All MA programmes (including MA by Research)All MRes programmesAll MSc programmes (including MSc by Research)Please note that MPhil, GDL/CPE and LPC programmes are not eligible for the Swansea University Master’s Scholarship scheme.

Value of Scholarship(s)



You must have, or expect to achieve, a minimum 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent).You must hold an offer to study on an eligible master’s course at Swansea University from September 2017. Programmes commencing in January, April and July 2017 are not eligible.

Application Procedure

Please visit our website for more details on how to apply.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

The programme in Trauma Surgery is open to medical graduates who have successfully completed the ATLS programme. The Civilian programme is particularly suitable for those in the specialties of Trauma & Orthopaedics, Burns & Plastic Surgery and Maxillo-facial Surgery. However, applications from all specialties involved in trauma care are welcomed. Applicants are interviewed prior to a decision of an offer being made and must be able to demonstrate a credible interest in trauma surgery/care irrespective of their chosen specialty. Supportive references are required.

Last Updated

10 July 2017

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