Surgical Education

Develop your practice as a surgical educator

Award titles

Postgraduate Diploma

Duration: 10–24 months part-time
(standalone course)

Master's degree (MEd)

Duration: 1 year full-time / 2 years part-time
(including PG Dip)

Key information

Start date: October 2018
CampusSt Mary's

Applications for 2018

Open to applications for 2018 entry
Course overview
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Overview

These programmes use intensive face-to-face teaching, discussion and academic work to challenge and develop your thinking and practice as a surgical educator. Educational themes tailored to the unique features of surgical practice are explored throughout.

There is increasing emphasis across surgical specialties on sound education, assessment and appraisal, and a growing recognition that education is key to safe clinical practice and effective professional development.

Surgery with its professional emphasis on craft, performance and teamwork presents unique opportunities and challenges to educators and trainers.

The MEd and PG Diploma in Surgical Education programmes aim to challenge your thinking and develop your practice as a surgical educator. Successful completion of the programmes will develop your theoretical and practical understanding of surgical education and the judgment needed to innovate in this important and growing field.

The face-to-face nature of the course enables active discussion with peers and tutors and fosters a collaborative community atmosphere in which to develop your educational interests.

These programmes are of interest to those involved with the education of students and trainees in interventional and surgical specialties. Although we expect participants to bring relevant experience of medicine, surgery, and training in the workplace, we make few assumptions of prior knowledge in the field of education.

This programme is designed to produce graduates equipped to further careers in healthcare and surgery –related education; provide a solid foundation for those who intend to go on to study for an MD or PhD; develop understanding of processes involved in surgical education and research; provide a supportive learning environment; and attract highly motivated students.

Our graduates are positioned to take increasing educational responsibility in Universities, Trusts and professional bodies, influencing policy and practice and empowered to carry out research in surgical education.

Study programme

This course is made up of two progressional levels (PG Dip and MEd), and you can apply to either level in the first instance. Read more about how this works under 'Choosing your course' in the admissions section.

The capstone module of the Diploma phase features options from which students may select. Not all are on offer every year but the portfolio includes topics such as: Educational Supervision, Engagement, and Simulation.

Is this programme for you?

The programme is designed to produce graduates equipped to further careers in healthcare and surgery-related education, and provide a solid foundation for those who intend to go on to study for an MD or PhD. You develop an understanding of the processes involved in surgical education and research.

Careers

We anticipate that graduates of this programme will be well placed to advance their careers in a range of directions. Some may likely be senior in their ‘first’ profession; for this group the programmes will represent professionalisation for a role they may have taken on without full and appropriate academic training.

Participants are likely to be seeking career advancement through possession of an appropriate degree at Masters level for careers in royal colleges, NHS trusts (or their national equivalents) and in universities, for example in academic departments of surgery.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Structure

MEd

Core modules

You take all of the core modules below.

  • Policy and Context of Surgical Education
  • Introduction to Learning and Teaching
  • Introduction to Assessment and Appraisal
  • Introduction to Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning
  • Theory and Practice of Learning, Teaching and Assessment
  • Reflection for Surgical Education Project
  • Research Methods and Educational Research Project

Surgical Education Specialty Stream and Design Project Module

You choose one module from below.

  • Advancing Human Health Through Simulation
  • Developing Educational Supervisors
  • Technology-Enhanced Learning

Please note that not all speciality stream and design project modules run every academic year.

PG Dip

Core modules

You take all of the core modules below.

  • Policy and Context of Surgical Education
  • Introduction to Learning and Teaching
  • Introduction to Assessment and Appraisal
  • Introduction to Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning
  • Theory and Practice of Learning, Teaching and Assessment
  • Reflection for Surgical Education Project

Surgical Education Specialty Stream and Design Project Module

You choose one module from below.

  • Advancing Human Health Through Simulation
  • Developing Educational Supervisors
  • Technology-Enhanced Learning

Please note that not all speciality stream and design project modules run every academic year.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

  • Curriculum design project
  • Discussion groups
  • Field trips
  • Final Project
  • Journal clubs
  • Mini-lectures
  • On-line discussion forums
  • On-line lecture materials
  • Peer assessment
  • Reflective portfolio project
  • Research Proposal
  • Role-play
  • Seminars
  • Simulation-based learning
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Written and oral assignments

Assessment

  • Coursework (e.g. group projects, extended writing)
  • Dissertation

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2018 entry
Postgraduate Diploma £8,480
MEd £2,120
Tuition fees are listed separately, please read the following text.

This course is divided into two progressional levels of study. Each level results in two separate qualifications (PG Dip and MEd). The tuition fees listed above apply separately to each qualification.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

If you apply to the MEd, please note that you will study the previous level of the course if you have not already done so. You should therefore add up the tuition fees (i.e. MEd fee is the PG Dip fee plus the MEd fee). Any payments made in subsequent academic years will have an inflationary increase applied (as described above), but only to the outstanding balance for that year.

Please note, you can’t get a Postgraduate loan from the UK government for a Postgraduate Diploma, only the MSc is eligible.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2018 entry
Postgraduate Diploma £26,000
MEd £6,500
Tuition fees are listed separately, please read the following text.

This course is divided into two progressional levels of study. Each level results in two separate qualifications (PG Dip and MEd). The tuition fees listed above apply separately to each qualification.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

If you apply to the MEd, please note that you will study the previous level of the course if you have not already done so. You should therefore add up the tuition fees (i.e. MEd fee is the PG Dip fee plus the MEd fee). Any payments made in subsequent academic years will have an inflationary increase applied (as described above), but only to the outstanding balance for that year.

Please note, you can’t get a Postgraduate loan from the UK government for a Postgraduate Diploma, only the MSc is eligible.

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,280 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

You must apply for the MEd in this course in order to be eligible for a Postgraduate Master's Loan.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Admissions

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is at least a 2.1 UK Honour's degree in science, engineering, computing, healthcare or education.

Normally three years of relevant experience in a healthcare field (not necessarily surgery) and/or relevant teaching/education development and research experience.

Practical experience of surgery, surgery-related practices and training in this domain are necessary to take advantage of this challenging programme.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification. 

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the higher College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

Choosing your course

This course is divided into two progressional levels of study:

  • PG Diploma (Dip)
  • Master of Education (MEd)

Each level of study has its own separate entry point; you can apply to either level in the first instance.

Depending on the level of study you choose, you may complete more than one qualification simultaneously. For example:

  • If you enter at the PG Dip level, as this is the first level of study, you can choose to exit the course at the completion of your studies with only this qualification.
  • If you enter at MEd level, you will complete the PG Dip as part of your studies though will graduate with one award (MEd).

If you have already graduated from one level of study for this course and re-enter the next level of study following a break, you will not have to repeat studies relating to the qualification that you have already gained e.g. if you have a PG Dip, you would not complete it again as part of studying for the same MEd.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Although courses will remain open until they are filled, applicants for this course are strongly encouraged to apply by 1 August 2018. Early applications allow us to communicate important information around key dates with applicants directly.

If you need a visa to study in the UK, we advise that you apply by 1 July 2018 to ensure that your visa is processed and approved prior to the start of the course.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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