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Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine

Our COVID-19 contingency plans for 2020-2021

Public health has never been more important. At a time of national and global crisis the role of anaesthesia is central in patient care. At BSMS we are adapting to the challenges posed by the pandemic and maximising opportunities for enhancing learning on the Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine course. Here is what you should know about the upcoming academic year (2020-2021).

The academic year will start as normal and term and module dates will not be changed. (Please see the Application Handbook for module dates). However, teaching will be delivered by a blend of in-person and online teaching, and we will adapt our timetables, teaching methods and course content to make the most of this approach. The balance of the blend will depend on the stringency of social distancing and other regulations in force at the time.

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.

Clare Ivermee - photo of student

“After completing the FRCA, I wanted to enhance my knowledge and understanding of clinical anaesthesia and particularly the developing area of perioperative medicine so that I could improve the care I provide to patients. The taught modules were really well supported and gave me the confidence to complete the dissertation.”

Clare Ivermee, MSc Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine graduate

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)

Anaesthesia postgraduate teacher with student

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.

Students will be able to develop the skills to become the high-achieving consultants and clinical leaders of the future. Tuition is provided in both clinical practice and key professional skills including leadership, service development, research and an appreciation of evidence-based practice.

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. 

Read more about scholorships here >


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.