Surgical Education

Key information

Start date: October 2017
CampusSt Mary's

PG Diploma
10 months part-time

MEd
1 year full-time
2 years part-time*

Course Directors
Prof Roger Kneebone
Dr Kirsten Dalrymple

Open to applications
You are strongly encouraged to apply before 1 August 2017
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.

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 in the how to apply section.

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.

The MEd programme has streams available in Simulation, Technology Enhanced Learning, and Engagement.

Structure

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

The MEd qualification consists of eight modules (Modules 1–8), completed in full or part-time study mode. Full-time study mode is only suitable for students taking a year away from employment.

The PG Diploma consists of Modules 1–7, is available in part-time study mode only, and takes ten months of sustained and intensive study from October to July.  

The programmes are based upon five intensive and one-week long taught modules with further private study for module preparation, coursework and assessment. The modules consist of: 

  • Module 1 – Policy and context of surgical education
  • Module 2 – Introduction to learning and teaching
  • Module 3 – Introduction to assessment and appraisal
  • Module 4 – Introduction to simulation and technology enhanced learning
  • Module 5 – Theory and practice of learning, teaching and assessment

Modules 1–5 typically have coursework during the module that is carried out in small groups. Modules are assessed by varying forms of extended writing.  

  • Module 6a/b – Surgical Education Specialty Stream and Design Project

This module provides an opportunity for students to study an area of interest (e.g. simulation, engagement) at greater depth. The module includes individual study, face-to-face teaching and assessment in the form of a supervised design project. 

  • Module 7 – Reflection for Surgical Education Project

Those students either progressing from the PG Diploma to the MEd, or taking the MEd in full-time study mode, also will complete:

  • Module 8a/b – Research methods (8a) and educational research project (8b)

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)

2017 entry
PG Dip £8,000
MEd (part-time) £5,000 per year*
MEd (full-time) £10,000

* Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

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.

Tuition fees (Islands and Overseas students)

2017 entry
PG Dip £24,500
MEd (part-time) £15,300 per year*
MEd (full-time) £30,600

* Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

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.

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 £10,000 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.

Entry requirements

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

2.1 UK Honours degree in a science, engineering, computing, healthcare or education subject plus basic computing experience. Normally three years' relevant healthcare experience and/or relevant teaching/education development and research experience is also required.

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.

ATAS certificate

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

How to apply

This course is divided into separate progressional levels of study, read more in the choosing your course section below.

How to apply

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.

Application process

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 2017. 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 2017 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.

Further information

Imperial students

Applying for your visa

Visit the International Student Support website for information on applying for a visa.

Imperial students

Scholarships

Use our search tool to find scholarships from Imperial, plus non-Imperial scholarships.