Norwich Medical School


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Start Year
Part Time
Degree of Master of Surgery
Duration (years)

Modules Available Starting in January

Code: MED-7061E Credits: 20

This module covers Benign Breast Disease and Mastalgia, Family History and Imaging, Congenital and Acquired Breast Anomalies, Nipple Discharge and Breast Infection, Screening and QA Process, Patient Declining Treatment / B3 Lesions and the Lymphatic System.

Code: MED-7064X Credits: 20

More module information will be available shortly.

Code: MED-7094X Credits: 20

Note: This module is available only to final year existing students after the successful completion of six 20 credit modules.
The aim of the Research Dissertation is to enable students to demonstrate their depth of knowledge developed through the whole MS programme and to demonstrate insight into the rigorous process of research. The focus of the dissertation is determined within each programme of study, and to demonstrate skills in critical appraisal and systematic review, where appropriate. This should give practitioners experience of designing, conducting and reporting research.


Modules Available Starting in May

Code: MED-7063X Credits: 20

This module covers Screening and DCIS, Management of the Axilla, Postmenopausal and Premenopausal Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer in High Risk Patients, Locally Advanced Breast Cancer and Metastatic Breast Cancer.

Code: MED-7066X Credits: 20 

This module is about developing candidates as clinical leaders. It covers - How to write a business case, Innovation and strategy, Personality and leadership, High performance teams, Understanding your organisation, Managing resources and Healthcare economics


Modules Available Starting in September

Code: MED-7062D Credits: 20

This is the Oncoplastic Breast Conserving Surgery Module. This module will start with a reading week before 14 weeks of online teaching commences. Topics in this module include: Pre-Operative Decision making Local Glandular Displacement Principles of Mammoplasty Therapeutic Mammoplasty Local Pedicle Flaps Lipomodelling Breast Symmetrisation

Code: MED-7065E Credits: 20

The module examines service improvement and innovation and provides the scope and skills for you to undertake an evidence-based service improvement project. At the start of this module you must begin to think about their Research Dissertation. It is your responsibility to find a local Supervisor, who will be the primary contact during the dissertation, to arrange sponsorship, funding and ethics


The course is comprised of six 16-week-long online modules, providing advanced learning in the following specialist areas: 

  • Applied Basic Sciences and Benign breast disease 
  • Management of Malignant Breast Cancer 
  • Integrated Research 
  • Oncoplastic Breast Conserving Surgery 
  • Oncoplastic Breast Reconstruction 
  • Clinical Leadership and Management 

Each module is delivered in two-week topics, with learning outcomes mapped to the UK ISCP breast surgery curriculum. You will also be required to undertake approximately 10 hours of independent study each week, including: 

  • Reading core texts and the latest clinical papers 
  • Discussing an online clinical case with your peers to draw out learning opportunities and evidence-based practice 
  • Completing formative assessments to aid your learning, including multiple choice questions and script concordance tests 
  • Constructing a personal management plan for the clinical case to demonstrate your understanding of the topics


All teaching takes place online and includes the use of validated postgraduate clinical methods, including advanced case-based discussions and formative script concordance testing. 

Our tutors are all experienced senior clinicians working both in the UK and internationally, maximising your exposure to global discussions and comparisons of best practice. 

Independent Study 

The course works best where modules are undertaken in parallel with your clinical duties in breast surgery however, this is not essential.  

You will need to demonstrate a minimum of 80% online engagement to receive CPD accreditation for each module. 

You will also have the option to take a summative written assessment for each module; complete it successfully and you will be awarded 20 university credits. Acquire 60 credits and, in addition to your CPD accreditation, you will also be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate. Successfully complete assessments for 6 modules and you will acquire 120 credits and receive a Postgraduate Diploma. If you then decide to complete a 60 credit Master’s dissertation project, you will achieve 180 credits in total, and a Master’s degree. 

The assessment format for the clinical modules is a reflective essay, which will be submitted and marked online, and which can also be utilised as evidence towards your professional portfolio. All essay submissions must be your own original work as there are strict penalties for plagiarism and collusion. 

Your research and management modules will involve the online submission of a  personal project related to the module outcomes. 

All assessments are marked according to the UEA postgraduate senate scale, and detailed feedback is provided based on this structure. 


Important Information:

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring and review of modules. Where this activity leads to significant change to a programme and modules, the University will endeavour to consult with affected students. The University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff. Availability of optional modules may be restricted owing to timetabling, lack of demand, or limited places. Where this is the case, you will be asked to make alternative module choices and you will be supported during this process. 

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Entry Requirements

Degree classification

Pass, merit or equivalent

Degree subject

MBBS or overseas equivalent

Additional entry requirements

ST 5 or above, Associate Specialist (2 years in breast surgery), GMC registered and MRCS or equivalent.

Students for whom english is a foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English or those whose degree was not taught in English. To ensure such students benefit fully from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. We also will require a certain standard to be achieved on the written element of the test. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 7.0 (minimum 7.0 in all component)

  • PTE: 76 (minimum 76 in all components)

All scores must be less than two years old.


This course is open to UK, EU and International applicants. The annual intake for this course is in January, May and September each year.
Course Reference Number: 7613880

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees for the Academic Year 2023/24 are: 

  • UK/International Students: £7,500 (£1000 per module and £1500 for the Dissertation module)

For illustration purposes, the total cost should a student wishing to complete a masters is therefore 6 x £1000 taught modules + £1500 dissertation = £7500

Part-time students can pay per module studied. However, module fees may be subject to an annual increase.

If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for Home students). 

Further Information on tuition fees can be found here

Course related costs

Core recommended textbooks are cited throughout the modules, which can be obtained locally through medical libraries, but you may wish to purchase your own. 

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of additional course-related costs. 

Course Reference Number: 7613880

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

To apply please use our online application form.


If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

Course Reference Number: 7613880
Key details
Part Time
Degree of Master of Surgery
Duration (years)
Delivered entirely online, our course is designed to provide surgeons the world-over with access to high-quality education in oncoplastic breast surgery.  Using training techniques developed over eleven years by a specialist educational team at Norwich Medical School, our award-winning course is comprised of six core modules. Each module will allow you to acquire selective CPD accreditation and can also be used to build towards a full Master’s award (MCh/MS) in Principles of Breast Oncoplasty.  
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