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-7084E Credits: XX

More module information 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.

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Modules Available Starting in May

Code: MED-7082X Credits: XX

More module information will be available soon.

Modules Available Starting in September

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

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 

– 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 

You should plan on around 165 hours of study per 16-week module. You will also need to attend training days and be available for assessment by your local tutor in practical skills. There will be 35 hours per module of e-tutor support, in the format of mediated discussions of case presentations. 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. 

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’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 assessment format is a reflective essay, which will be submitted and marked online, and which can also be utilised as evidence towards your professional portfolio. 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

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Additional entry requirements

You must meet the following entry requirements for the course:

– ST 5 or above or equivalent

– Speciality Doctor/Associate specialists (two years in colorectal surgery) or equivalent

– EU resident

– GMC or equivalent

– MRCS or equivalent

You will also need to be available to attend (non-virtual) regional training days to discuss cases, and meet your tutors and fellow trainees.

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.

Course Reference Number: 7650138

How to Apply

You can apply online at: You will be required to include the following information with your application:

– Two references (one should be an academic reference)

– Your CV

– A personal statement

– Your GMC registration number or equivalent

– Copies of your graduation certificates

All applications for postgraduate study are processed through the Admissions Office and forwarded to the School for consideration.

Application Deadlines: 

Entry Point  Application Deadline
May 2022 16 May 2022
September 2022 5 September 2022
January 2023 23 January 2023
May 2023 15 May 2023
September 2023 4 September 2023
Course Reference Number: 7650138
Key details
Part Time
Degree of Master of Surgery
Duration (years)
Our e-learning Masters course, developed with support from the Royal College of Surgeons (England) offers a flexible and innovative training programme to help you achieve your goals. Currently, this course is the only programme to qualify specialists in colorectal surgery.  Our philosophy is to promote setting standards at this specialist level, tailored to your individual circumstances. Our aim is to prepare, assess and qualify you for year –1 level consultant specialist practice. This will be achieved through a combination of rigorous and engaging online activities and practical assessment of your surgical, communication and decision-making skills. 
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