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Advanced Surgical Practice (MSc/PgDip/PgCert)

Course Description

The Master of Science degree in Advanced Surgical Practice is an interprofessional, e-Learning (online) course intended for healthcare professionals – doctors, particularly trainee surgeons, registered nurses, and operating department practitioners. It is intended for those who work on surgical wards, operating theatres, post operative recovery units, high dependency units and those who want to specialise in the field of surgical and perioperative care and who want to enhance their career development.

Assessment: Students are assessed through six modular assignments (three leading to a Certificate and six leading to the Diploma). In addition to successfully completing these assessments, MSc students must complete a dissertation.

Students will access the modules through the medium of Learning Central which is Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (or VLE) which delivers the course materials. This is accessible via all forms of computer (desk top / lap top / tablet), smart phones and iPads; via a dedicated Learning Central application (downloadable from the Apple App. Store).

Available Modules:

Module 1: Research & Evidence Based Practice:
Content includes - Understanding evidence, planning research, audit, statistics, critical appraisal, searching the literature.

Module 2: Preoperative Management:
Content includes – preop. assessment, testing, optimization & consent.

Module 3: Fundamentals of Postoperative Practice:
Content includes - fluid management, nutrition & pain management.

Module 4: Management Options:
Content includes – team working, management, health economics, quality & safety, lean thinking.

Module 5: Operative and Clinical Options: Content includes – wound healing, trauma, infection control, liver surgery, neuro surgery, vascular surgery, care of the older adult.

Module 6: Professional Practice – Options: Content includes – ethics, legal issues, psychosocial issues.


Visit the Advanced Surgical Practice (MSc/PgDip/PgCert) page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Brendan Skelly (Surgical Trainee)

Brendan Skelly was a Surgical Trainee, who undertook the MSc in Advanced Surgical Practice. Video Testimonial available on the Course website.

(Student Profile)

Christian Camenzuli (Trainee Surgeon)

Christian was trainee surgeon from Malta. To watch his video testimonial please visit the course webpage.

(Student Profile)

Kasra Shaikhrezai (Trainee surgeon)

Kasra was a Trainee Surgeon. To watch his video testimonial, please visit the course website.


Cardiff University Masters Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

“This scholarship package will give high-calibre students the opportunity to study at a world-leading, research-intensive university and help ease the associated financial burdens.”Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-ChancellorWe are pleased to announce that the Taught Master's Excellence Scholarship Scheme for 2016/17 entry has been confirmed.We are committed to invest up to a total of £500,000 in this high value competitive scholarship scheme to support UK and EU students who are planning to start an eligible master's programme in September 2016.The scholarships are each worth a minimum of £3,000 and will be awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount.Scholarships will be awarded based on academic excellence.

Value of Scholarship(s)

min. £3000


Eligible programmes include taught full-time and part-time taught programmes leading to a master's. Not included are our distance learning programmes and taught programmes leading to a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, as well as research master's such as the MPhil and MRes.‘Home’ and ‘EU’ students only (as classified for fee paying purposes, tuition fee status is determined after submitting an application to study) who are accepted on to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master's degree, and with a firm focus on academic excellence.For applicants from countries outside the European Union, we also offer a range of highly prestigious international scholarships.

Application Procedure

We have two deadlines after which scholarship decisions will be made:6 April and 27 July 2016.The Masters Excellence Scholarship application form can be accessed once you have submitted an application to study to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master’s degree. Please note the additional details on our website and in the guidance documents provided.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Suitable for healthcare professionals with an interest or practice base in acute, chronic and palliative pain management. Applicants should: • Hold a UK higher education qualification, minimum of a BSc (Hons) or BA (Hons) grade 2:2 or above, from a UK institution; OR Hold a non-UK qualification equivalent to CQFW credit level 6 or above; OR Be able to demonstrate equivalent skills that are sufficient to meet the demands of the programme of study• have held for a minimum of two years a position of responsibility of relevance to the programme; • satisfy any applicable University language competency requirements

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