Advanced Surgical Practice (MSc)
n/a (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / 2 years part-time (distance / e-Learning)
To offer knowledge and expertise to enhance evidence-based practice and to be able to teach others, especially from an interprofessional perspective. The programme does not attempt to incorporate all surgical specialities but draws together a collection of fundamental information in an e-Learning format. The programme provides a transition in knowledge between theory and the students own clinical practice. Emphasis is placed on the general principles of surgical practice rather than on the management of specific conditions.
- Unique – presently there are no other e-learning, interprofessional surgical and perioperative care programmes at this level.
- Interprofessional approach to enhance group work, discussion sessions and case-based presentations.
- Emphasis on a biopsychosocial approach.
MSc programme with Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma exit points.
An e-Learning, inter-professional programme for Registered Nurses, Doctors, Operating Department Practitioners and all other healthcare professionals. The taught component introduces the student to the multifaceted nature of caring for surgical patients, from admission through to discharge. The modular approach allows students to evaluate care from an evidence-based perspective, starting with admission and preoperative preparation through to postoperative care and discharge. Professional issues, including clinical governance and inter-professional practice, will be covered. The e-Learning assessments are structured to allow students to evaluate the topic in relation to their practice areas of interest and professional base.
The majority of students are self-funded; however some students obtain awards from charities and trusts. The programme takes two years to complete inclusive of the dissertation component (9 months for the Postgraduate Certificate stage; 9 months for the Postgraduate Diploma stage and a further six months for the dissertation stage).
Students will access the modules through the medium of Learning Central which is Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which delivers the programme materials. This is accessible via all forms of computer (desk top / lap top / tablet).
Approximately 10-15 hours per week required on independent learning and assessment. As the programme is purely e-Learning there are no direct contact hours with the programme team but to support students in their learning, the programme team are available via discussion board, email, video calls & telephone.
- Module 1: Research & Evidence Based Practice: Content includes - Understanding evidence, planning research, audit, statistics, critical appraisal, searching the literature
- Module 2: Preoperative Management: Content includes – preop. assessment, testing, optimization & consent.
- Module 3: Fundamentals of Postoperative Practice: Content includes - fluid management, nutrition & pain management
- Module 4: Management Options: Content includes – team working, management, health economics, quality & safety, lean thinking
- Module 5: Operative and Clinical Options: Content includes – wound healing, trauma, infection control, liver surgery, neuro surgery, vascular surgery, care of the older adult.
- Module 6: Professional Practice – Options: Content includes – ethics, legal issues, psychosocial issues.
- Module 7: DISSERTATION
Enhanced understanding of evidence based medicine through academic appraisal of the relevant resources.
Valued added to CV with many students reporting that attainment and / or current participation on the MSc lead directly to promotion. Many students were also stimulated to pursue academic careers via further study up to PhD.
'The flexibility of study and the distance learning nature, the very supportive tutors as well as the interaction with other participants helped to relieve any stress related to assignment submissions and promote more understanding of the subjects studied.'
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'The course offered by Cardiff University in comparison to other similar courses in the UK allowed me to pursue the same aims in a part time nature in conjunction with my day job as a trainee surgeon. The flexibility of study and the distance learning nature, the very supportive tutors as well as the interaction with other participants helped to relieve any stress related to assignment submissions and promote more understanding of the subjects studied.
'The material taught through the course has been very well constructed to promote “learning how to learn” attitude, highlight concepts and encourage evidence based medicine. I would say that these are the very important skills that I have gained through the course rather than a bulk of memorised facts and I find myself using them in my everyday surgical practice. '
In addition to satisfying the requirements of the Cardiff University General Entrance Requirements, including English Language requirements, at the discretion of the relevant Board of Studies, applicants will:
- hold a UK higher education qualification, minimum of a BSc (Hons) grade 2:2 or above, from a UK institution with relevant degree awarding powers as detailed by the Department of Education and Skills; OR
- hold a non-UK qualification equivalent to CQFW credit level 6 or above as defined and detailed by the National Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom (NARIC); OR
- be able to demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the Head of School or nominee, equivalent skills that are sufficient to meet the demands of the programme of study in question; AND
- be able to demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the Head of School or nominee, that they have held for a minimum of two years a position of responsibility of relevance to the proposed programme. The student has to be working in a clinical area, that is relevant to programme they are undertaking. If the student's relevant clinical employment ceases or where he/she is unable to attend work in the necessary clinical setting for any period of time (exceeding 3 months), then they are required to notify the programme team immediately in order that appropriate arrangements can be made. In the case of temporary absence but continued relevant clinical employment, leave of absence (Interruption of Studies) and/or extensions shall be considered. In the event that a student's relevant clinical employment ceases then the University reserves the right to withdraw the student from the programme. Please refer to the University regulations on 'Fitness to Practice" for further information.
There are limited scholarships available for international/overseas students through the International Office. Please refer to the information on this page for further detail.
Tuition Fees 2016/17
Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.
|UK & EU||International|
|Part-time||MSc: £3,875||MSc: £5,625|
|Deposit||Includes a £1,000 deposit. More information about our deposit policy.||Includes a £1,000 deposit. More information about our deposit policy.|
Next intake: September each year
Name: Mr Billy McWilliams
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2074 3216