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anaesthesia and perioperative medicine

BSMS > Postgraduate > Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine

Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine

Key facts

MSc, PGDip, PGCert

Part-time: 3 years

Eligible applicants: UK, EU

Location: Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath and the University of Brighton Falmer campus

Course Leader: Dr Chris Carey >

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This course is validated by the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex.

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Further information about this course can be found in the Course Application Handbook.

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Key areas of study

  • Assessment and optimisation
  • High-risk anaesthesia
  • Emergency care
  • Research methods and critical appraisal
  • Communication, learning and teaching in health and social care
  • Leadership and change management in clinical services

Course overview

The Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine course is based on areas of clinical practice and professional skills that are relevant to all anaesthetic trainees.

Face-to-face tuition will be provided in cutting-edge aspects of patient care using an evidence based approach to provide knowledge of clinical practice which extends beyond the scope of the training programme and represents many of the most important areas of development for clinical anaesthesia. The course also includes modules which enable students to gain an in-depth understanding of the professional skills essential for a successful career in the NHS.

Anaesthesia postgraduate teacher with student

"The strength of this specific course
lies in the face-to-face classroom
teaching sessions. Discussions with
knowledgeable figures in this field
and the exchange of views and ideas
provide a wealth of knowledge hard to
achieve by distance learning

Dr Rasha Abouelmagd, MSc Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine student

Course structure

Modules are assessed by 3,000 word written assignments which are centred on case studies or a relevant topic agreed between the student and the module leader.


Assessment and Optimisation (20 credits) 

High Risk Anaesthesia (20 credits)

Research Methods and Critical Appraisal (20 credits)


PGCert modules PLUS

Emergency Care (20 credits)

Leading and Transforming Services (20 credits)

Communication, Learning and Teaching in Health and Social Care (20 credits)


PGDip modules PLUS

Dissertation (60 credits)

Career opportunities

This course is intended to provide anaesthetists with the clinical and professional skills they need to achieve high levels of success in consultant practice.

The course content has been carefully considered to reflect the needs of NHS trusts when recruiting consultant staff and also the wider priorities of the NHS in developing clinical leadership, service development and education.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a medical degree plus a minimum of two years’ UK National Health Service experience in anaesthesia. Applicants are normally expected to be in clinical practice throughout the course.

This course is only open to applications from UK/ EU/ Island residents. 

Fees and funding

The fees listed below are the overall costs for full-time courses taken in the academic year 2020-21. Where courses are taken part-time over more than one academic year, fees are usually charged pro-rata for the modules taken during each academic year.  


UK / EU / Island students £8,262


UK/ EU/ Island students £5,508


UK/ EU/ Island students £2,754


All BSMS students on Masters courses accredited jointly by the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton are eligible to apply for University of Sussex postgraduate scholarships in 2020-21. 

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A number of bursaries may be available for up to Approx 60% of the course fee for Anaesthetic trainees employed by the NHS in the HEKSS region. Please contact the course lead for further information.  

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Applications are made through the University of Brighton online portal. 

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