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Surgical Studies

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Surgical Studies

Key facts

MSc, PGDip, PGCert

Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 3 years

Eligible applicants: UK, EU, international*

Location: University of Brighton, Falmer campus, University of Sussex, Falmer

Course Leader: Anouk van der Avoirt >

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This course is jointly 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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Information for international students can be found in the international postgraduate prospectus. 


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Key areas of study

Three clinical modules:

  • Advanced professional issues in surgery
  • Perioperative care in surgery
  • Principles and practice of simulation in surgery

Three professional modules:

  • Research methods and critical appraisal
  • Leadership and change management in clinical services
  • Communication, learning and teaching in health and social care

Research-based dissertation

Course overview

This course is designed to provide and prepare surgeons for advanced posts and practice. It is modular with six one-week teaching blocks.

The course is not designed to duplicate the preparation for the Royal College exams; instead it will cover topics not routinely covered by standard training or included in mainstream textbooks. The emphasis is on acquiring knowledge and skills which will prepare students for advanced practice in surgery.

Seb Chong

"This programme is fantastic for covering such topics as research, leadership, ethics and medical law, which are all highly relevant to surgery and yet receive little attention in the traditional surgical curriculum. I have highly enjoyed studying these subjects in depth." -

Sebastian Chong, MSc Surgical Studies student

Course structure

PG Cert

Advanced Professional Issues in Surgery

Principles and Practice of Simulation in Surgery

Research Methods and Critical Appraisal



Perioperative Care of the Surgical Patient

Communication, Learning and Teaching in Health and Social Care

Leadership and Change Management in Clinical Services  


Perioperative Care of the Surgical Patient

Communication, Learning and Teaching in Health and Social Care

Leadership and Change Management in Clinical Services  


Career opportunities

This course will support the professional who is looking to become a better rounded surgical expert.

It will marry theory with practical skills in a variety of subjects to produce a thorough learning experience. The professional modules encompass the three crucial areas of research, leadership and education to equip the surgical leaders of tomorrow with the knowledge and skills necessary for their jobs.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have an undergraduate medical degree, and should be able to demonstrate an ability to study at this level. It is expected that students will be in clinical practice throughout the programme.

Applications will also be considered from other professionals in appropriate clinical practice (theatre and surgical practitioners and physician associates).

For international students a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 is required.

This course is open to applications from UK/ EU/ Island residents and international students. 

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 £10,926

International £15,156


UK / EU / Island students £7,284

International £10,104


UK / EU / Island students £3,642

International £5,052

Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex (HEKSS) have provided funding for a number of Surgical Studies students with bursaries covering 80% of the course fees. Bursaries are available to any doctors, nurses and allied health professionals employed by the NHS within HEKSS.

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Applications are made through the University of Brighton online portal. 

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