Norwich Medical School


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Start Year
Part Time
Degree of Master of Surgery

Modules Available Starting in January

Code: MED-7083E Credits: 20

This module will cover IBD & Ulcerative Colitis, Acute Severe UC, Crohn’s and Enterocutaneous Fistula, Crohn’s and Perianal Disease, Chronic Inflammatory Mass, Dysplasia and Cancer, Patient & Ileoanal-pouch Surgery

Code: MED-7084E Credits: XX

More information about this module will be available soon.

Code: MED-7095X Credits: XX

This module is for final year January start, and only after 6 complete 20 credit modules.

More information about this module will be available soon.


Modules Available Starting in May

Code: MED-7082X Credits: XX

More information about this module will be available soon.

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-7081D Credits: 20

At the end of this module, candidates will be able to demonstrate knowledge of principles of operative management options for large bowel obstruction. They will be able to evaluate the role of conservative, laparoscopic and open surgical options in patients with perforated diverticular disease and demonstrate understanding of indications for early surgery. Scenario topics include colonic perforation and diverticular complication and large bowel obstruction.

Code: MED-7065D 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.

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. 


The course allows you to decide to which level you wish to train: 

  • For the PGDip, you’ll need to complete six compulsory modules. These include 4 subject related modules (1. Colorectal emergencies, 2. Neoplasia, 3. Inflammatory bowel disease and 4. Proctology and functional bowel) and 2 generic modules (1. Management and service delivery and 2. Integrated research). 
  • For the Master’s level qualification you will follow the same as the PGDip, and, in addition, you will need to complete a year-long Dissertation module. 

Each module is delivered over 16 week period.   

You should plan on around 165 hours of study per 16-week module. There will be 35 hours per module of e-tutor support, in the format of mediated forum discussions. We use a Problem Based Learning approach in two-week blocks with follow-up online assessment. For each task, we provide links to relevant literature and resources directly through our VLE, saving you time and allowing you to progress in a targeted way. There are MCQs and various other learning resources including videos to help learning about the topic. 

You will need to demonstrate a minimum of 80% online engagement to receive CPD accreditation for each module. A summative written assessment for each module; complete it successfully and you’ll be awarded 20 university credits. Acquire 60 credits and, in addition to your CPD accreditation, you’ll also be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate. Successfully complete assessments for 6 modules and you’ll acquire 120 credits and receive a Postgraduate Diploma. 

If you then decide to complete a 60 credit Master’s dissertation project, you’ll achieve 180 credits in total, and a Master’s degree. The summative assessment format for 4 subject related modules is 4000 word reflective essay, which will be submitted and marked online. Your research and management modules will involve the online submission of a piece of written work, marked according to the UEA postgraduate senate scale. 


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Entry Requirements

Degree classification

Pass, merit or equivalent

Degree subject

MBBS or overseas equivalent

Additional entry requirements

ST5, Speciality Doctor/Associate specialist (two years in colorectal 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 intakes for this course are in January, May and September each year. 
Course Reference Number: 7630496

Fees and Funding

Fees for the full course running from Jan 2024

UK & International Students: £7,500 (full-time)

£1000 per 20 credit module. £1500 for the 60 credit dissertation module.

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

Further Information on tuition fees can be found here

Course related costs

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

Course Reference Number: 7630496

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: 7630496
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Part Time
Degree of Master of Surgery
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