Surgical Education

Aiming to challenge and develop your thinking and practice as a surgical educator.

Award titles

Postgraduate Diploma

Duration: 10 months part-time
(standalone course)

Master's degree (MEd)

Duration: 1 year full-time / 2 years part-time
(including PG Dip)

Key information

Start date: September 2019
Campus: St Mary's
Course overview
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Overview

These programmes use intensive face-to-face teaching, discussion and academic work to challenge and develop your thinking and practice as a surgical educator. Educational themes tailored to the unique features of surgical practice are explored throughout.

There is increasing emphasis across surgical specialities on sound education, assessment and appraisal, and a growing recognition that education is key to safe clinical practice and effective professional development.

Surgery with its professional emphasis on craft, performance and teamwork presents unique opportunities and challenges to educators and trainers.

The MEd and PG Diploma in Surgical Education programmes aim to challenge your thinking and develop your practice as a surgical educator. Successful completion of the programmes will develop your theoretical and practical understanding of surgical education and the judgment needed to innovate in this important and growing field.

The face-to-face nature of the course enables active discussion with peers and tutors and fosters a collaborative community atmosphere in which to develop your educational interests.

These programmes are of interest to those involved with the education of students and trainees in interventional and surgical specialities. Although we expect participants to bring relevant experience of medicine, surgery, and training in the workplace, we make few assumptions of prior knowledge in the field of education.

This programme is designed to produce graduates equipped to further careers in healthcare and surgery–related education; provide a solid foundation for those who intend to go on to study for an MD or PhD; develop understanding of processes involved in surgical education and research; provide a supportive learning environment; and attract highly motivated students.

Study programme

This course is made up of two progressional levels (PG Dip and MEd), and you can apply to either level in the first instance. Read more about how this works under 'Choosing your course' in the how to apply section.

The capstone module of the Diploma phase features options from which students may select. Not all are on offer every year but the portfolio includes topics such as Educational Supervision, Engagement, and Simulation.

Is this programme for you?

The programme is designed to produce graduates equipped to further careers in healthcare and surgery-related education, and provide a solid foundation for those who intend to go on to study for an MD or PhD. You develop an understanding of the processes involved in surgical education and research.

Careers

We anticipate that graduates of this programme will be well placed to advance their careers in a range of directions. Some may likely be senior in their ‘first’ profession; for this group the programmes will represent professionalisation for a role they may have taken on without full and appropriate academic training.

Our graduates are positioned to take increasing educational responsibility in Universities, Trusts and professional bodies, influencing policy and practice and empowered to carry out research in surgical education.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Structure

MEd

Core modules

You take all of the core modules below.

  • Policy and Context of Surgical Education
  • Introduction to Learning and Teaching
  • Introduction to Assessment and Appraisal
  • Introduction to Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning
  • Theory and Practice of Learning, Teaching and Assessment
  • Reflection for Surgical Education Project
  • Research Methods and Educational Research Project

Surgical Education Specialty Stream and Design Project Module

You choose one module from below.

  • Advancing Human Health Through Simulation
  • Developing Educational Supervisors
  • Technology-Enhanced Learning

Please note that not all speciality stream and design project modules run every academic year.

PG Dip

Core modules

You take all of the core modules below.

  • Policy and Context of Surgical Education
  • Introduction to Learning and Teaching
  • Introduction to Assessment and Appraisal
  • Introduction to Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning
  • Theory and Practice of Learning, Teaching and Assessment
  • Reflection for Surgical Education Project

Surgical Education Specialty Stream and Design Project Module

You choose one module from below.

  • Advancing Human Health Through Simulation
  • Developing Educational Supervisors
  • Technology-Enhanced Learning

Please note that not all speciality stream and design project modules run every academic year.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

  • Curriculum design project
  • Discussion groups
  • Field trips
  • Final Project
  • Journal clubs
  • Mini-lectures
  • On-line discussion forums
  • On-line lecture materials
  • Peer assessment
  • Reflective portfolio project
  • Research Proposal
  • Role-play
  • Seminars
  • Simulation-based learning
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Written and oral assignments

Assessment

  • Coursework (e.g. group projects, extended writing)
  • Dissertation

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is a 2.1 degree in science, engineering, computing, healthcare or education.

You must also have basic computing experience and three years' relevant experience.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the higher College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

How to apply

You can submit one application form per year of entry, and usually choose up to two courses.

How to apply

Choosing your course

This course is divided into two progressional levels of study:

  • PG Certificate (PG Cert)
  • Master of Education (MEd)

Each level of study has its own separate entry point; you can apply to either level in the first instance.

Read more about Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and MSc degrees

Making an application

All applicants to our Master's courses must apply online.

For full details on the online application process, please visit the admissions website.

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2019 entryFull feeTop-up fee*
Master of Education (MEd) £11,300 £2,260
Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) £9,040
* If you have already completed one of the above qualifications and are moving on to the next level of study, e.g. you've already completed the PG Dip and want to study the MEd, you will only need to pay the top-up fee for the course you’re applying for.

All applicants must apply to the PG Dip in the first instance, and pay the relevant PG Dip full fee.

If you successfully pass the PG Dip and want to progress to the next level of study (MEd), you only need to pay the top-up fee for the MEd.

The 2018 entry tuition fees listed above will apply throughout your progression through the different levels of study, though an annual inflationary increase will also be applied each year.

The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value for April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

If you choose to exit the course and then return at a later date to join the next level of study, you will pay the relevant top-up fee advertised in that year of entry. The 2018 entry tuition fees listed above will no longer apply.

Please note, it is not possible to apply for a Postgraduate Master's loan for this course, because the course you apply to in the first instance must be worth at least 90 ECTS credits. The PG Dip is worth fewer than 90 ECTS credits.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2019 entryFull feeTop-up fee*
Master of Education (MEd) £34,500 £6,900
Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) £27,650
* If you have already completed one of the above qualifications and are moving on to the next level of study, e.g. you've already completed the PG Dip and want to study the MEd, you will only need to pay the top-up fee for the course you’re applying for.

All applicants must apply to the PG Dip in the first instance, and pay the relevant PG Dip full fee.

If you successfully pass the PG Dip and want to progress to the next level of study (MEd), you only need to pay the top-up fee for the MEd.

The 2018 entry tuition fees listed above will apply throughout your progression through the different levels of study, though an annual inflationary increase will also be applied each year.

The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value for April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

If you choose to exit the course and then return at a later date to join the next level of study, you will pay the relevant top-up fee advertised in that year of entry. The 2018 entry tuition fees listed above will no longer apply.

Please note, it is not possible to apply for a Postgraduate Master's loan for this course, because the course you apply to in the first instance must be worth at least 90 ECTS credits. The PG Dip is worth fewer than 90 ECTS credits.

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,280 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

You must apply for the MEd in this course in order to be eligible for a Postgraduate Master's Loan.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

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