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Brighton & Sussex Medical School

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: Open to UK applicants only (and EU applicants who are appointed to a post within Health Education England Kent, Surrey and Sussex (HEE KSS)

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

Course Leader: Dr Vanessa Fludder

Course Administrator: Charlotte Street

Read Charlotte Street's profile here >

General enquiries:

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

We are not taking new student intake in 2024/25 so please do not apply at this 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


  • Emergency Care (20 credits)
  • Leadership and Change Management in Clinical services (20 credits)
  • Communication, Learning and Teaching in Health and Social Care (20 credits)


  • PGDip modules


  • 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 NHS experience in anaesthesia. Applicants are normally expected to be in clinical practice throughout the course.

This course is only open to UK applicants only (and EU applicants who are appointed to a post within HEESE). 

Fees and funding

The fees listed below are the overall costs for full-time courses taken in the academic year 2023/24. 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. If you do not have settled status in the UK and require a work visa, then you will be fee assessed as Overseas and will therefore be subject to the International fee rate.


UK / Island students £9,980


UK / Island students £6,654


UK / Island students £3,327


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 2023/24. 

Read more about scholarships here >


A number of bursaries are available for Anaesthetic trainees employed by the NHS in the HEESE region. Please contact the Course Leader for further information.

Apply here

Applications are made through the University of Brighton online portal.

We are not taking new student intake in 2024/25 so please do not apply at this time.