MEd Surgical Education

Develop your practice as a surgical educator

Key information

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

Start date
October 2017

Information on tuition fees 2017-18

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

MEd Surgical Education
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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 challenging, stimulating yet 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 MEd qualification consists of eight modules (Modules 1-8), completed in full or part-time study mode. Full-time study mode is demanding and only suitable for students taking a year away from full time employment (e.g. overseas students).  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 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 (9 - 13 October 2017)
  • Module 2 - Introduction to learning and teaching (20 - 24 November 2017)
  • Module 3 - Introduction to assessment and appraisal (15th to 19th January 2018)
  • Module 4 - Introduction to simulation and technology enhanced learning (26th February - 2nd March 2018)
  • Module 5 - Theory and practice of learning, teaching and assessment (9th - 13th April 2018)

Modules 1-5 are assessed by extended writing (eg. essay style). Module coursework can be done in a range of formats (e.g. as oral and written group work, individual oral and written work or demonstration of skills). It 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 (e.g. simulation, engagement) at greater depth.  The module includes individual study, face-to-face teaching (3 days between 14 - 18 May 2018 - TBC), and assessment in the form of a supervised design project. 

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

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) (30 October - 3 November 2017): Comprises a taught educational research methods element (8a) and conducting an individually supervised research project, written up as a dissertation (8b). 

Module dates typically fall in the pattern indicated above, but are subject to confirmation.  Part-time MEd students complete Module 8 during year two of the course (e.g. in November 2017).

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 the College.  Dip-MEd in Surgical Education applicants must fulfill a level of: IELTS 7 with a minimum of 6.5 in each element (or equivalent).  For details of the standard required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants

If you have any questions about admissions matters please contact the relevant admissions team.

Is this programme for you?

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.

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.

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 a role they may have taken on without full and appropriate academic training. 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 Diploma 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. Both the PG Dip and MEd emphasise discussion with tutors and fellow students to enhance understanding and critical reasoning. Experiential learning and reflection help bring together theory and practice and develop professional judgment. The focus is on surgical education and training in specific contexts and a key benefit of the programme, particularly the PG Diploma stage, is practical training for students in various educational techniques (eg. teaching in theatre; assessing psychomotor skills; use of innovative simulation approaches).

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