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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 interntational students can be found in the international postgraduate prospectus. 


*For international students, this course will be available part-time in 2018-19 and full-time in 2019-20.

Watch our video below to find out more about this course.

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.

"We are excited about the development of this new course at BSMS. We have designed it to go beyond normal training opportunities to provide in sights and learning which you can’t get from textbooks. We want to promote surgery as an advanced clinical and academic discipline within future healthcare."

Anouk van der Avoirt
Course leader

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 2019-20. 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 £10,602

International £15,012


UK / EU / Island students £7,068

International £10,008


UK / EU / Island students £3,534

International £5,004

Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex (HEKSS) will fund up to fifteen Surgical Studies students starting in 2019-20 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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