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MCh Master of Surgery

Course Description

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.

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.

Twelve specialist pathways are available:

- MCh Breast Surgery
- MCh Minimal Access Surgery
- 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 Surgical Oncology
- MCh Trauma and Orthopaedics

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 is for experienced, qualified doctors who are aspiring to a career in their chosen surgical speciality and wish to enhance their surgical expertise.


The programme has been developed in response to local and national drivers that require doctors to develop an evidence-based approach to practice. You will develop a critical understanding of evidence-based practice and research methodologies and acquire the ability to evaluate, synthesise, generate and disseminate the findings of research.

The programme 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. Wrightington Hospital has a well-equipped bio-skills laboratory and new clinical simulation laboratory. You will develop high levels of autonomy and advanced decision-making skills, applying these within your specialist area of practice.


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 - the application of advanced knowledge of physiology, pathology, microbiology and imaging. The aim is to enable you to acquire an advanced understanding of the process of service innovation in the relevant subject area;
- 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.


During your course you will be attached to a consultant firm either at senior house officer (SHO) or middle grade level. You will have a named supervisor to guide you through your routine clinical work. The terms and conditions relating to your employment are governed by each individual Trust.


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.


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.


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 is an academic award and although the course takes cognisance of the Modernising Medical Careers Framework, you should note it is not a recognised training programme approved by the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board. The MCh is, however, accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons.


The MCh programme provides training in research methods so it is excellent preparation if you wish to progress to a research degree.

Visit the MCh Master of Surgery page on the Edge Hill University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

In addition to having, at minimum, a lower second-class honours degree in a health or social care related subject, you will also need to be registered with the General Medical Council to work in the UK and have been in the country for a minimum of three years. You must have demonstrable clinical expertise and some experience in surgery, be in employment and have access to placements within the specialist area of your chosen pathway.

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