Norwich Medical School

PGDIP POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN PRINCIPLES OF ONCO-AESTHETIC BREAST SURGERY

Key details 

PGDIP POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN PRINCIPLES OF ONCO-AESTHETIC BREAST SURGERY

Start Year
2022
Attendance
Part Time
Award
Postgraduate Diploma
Duration (years)
2

Modules commence in January, May and September. Students will be permitted to select one or two modules that are available at each start point.

Modules Available in January

Code MED-7067E Credits XX

This module will provide participants with comprehensive knowledge in all aspects of breast reduction surgery in female and male patients, including initial patient assessment, choice of surgical approach, essential elements of informed consent, management of post-operative complications including medico-legal issues. Clinical case discussions will cover auto-augmentation, augmentation mastopexy and massive weight loss surgery. Topics will be discussed in depth on-line, analysing the most up-to-date evidence and identifying models of best practice. Participants will develop their decision-making and critical thinking skills, and can compare their learning to expert opinions in the field.

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-7064E Credits 20

This module covers: Principles of Implant Selection Implant / ADM Immediate and Delayed Reconstruction LD Reconstruction TRAM / DIEP Reconstruction Other Free Flap Reconstruction Options and LN Transfer Secondary Breast Reconstruction Symmetrisation and NAC Reconstruction

Modules Available in May

Code MED-7068X Credits 20

This module will provide participants with comprehensive knowledge in all aspects of breast augmentation, including the assessment of patients, consideration of psychosocial issues, informed consent, selection of appropriate devices, optimal peri-operative care, management of post-operative complications and effective addressing of medico-legal issues. Topics will be discussed in depth on-line, analysing the most up-to-date evidence and identifying models of best practice. Participants will develop their decision-making and critical thinking skills, and can compare their learning to expert opinions in the field.

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 in September

Code MED-7158D Credits 20

More module information will be available soon.

Code MED-7062D Credits 20

This module covers Pre-Operative Decision Making, Local Glandular Displacement, Principles of Mammoplasty, Therapeutic Mammoplasty, Local Pedicle Flaps, Lipomodelling and Breast Symmetrization

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. 

You can choose to undertake a combination of the following 16-week-long online modules, providing advanced learning opportunities in oncological and aesthetic breast surgery. 

You must complete at least one oncoplastic module and one aesthetic module within your studies to qualify for the combined onco-aesthetic award. 

Oncoplastic modules 

  • Benign breast disease 
  • Malignant breast disease 
  • Oncoplastic breast conserving surgery 
  • Oncoplastic breast reconstruction 

Aesthetic modules 

  • Breast Augmentation 
  • Breast Reduction 
  • Mastopexy 
  • Complex aesthetic breast surgery 

Generic modules 

  • Leadership and management 
  • Integrated research module 

Each module is structured as 7 or 8 two-week topics, with learning outcomes mapped to the UK ISCP breast surgery curriculum, which all UK surgeons are expected to work to. We designate time for background reading and revision, and you will 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 (SCT). SCTs help you develop your critical thinking. 
  • Constructing a personal management plan for the clinical case to demonstrate your understanding of the topic and develop your decision-making skills. 

You will need to demonstrate a minimum of 80% online engagement to receive CPD accreditation for each module. Following adequate online participation and successful completion of a summative assessment covering the 16-week module, you will be awarded 20 credits. If you acquire 60 credits at the end of your first year and decide to leave the course, you’ll finish with a Postgraduate Certificate; 120 credits (6 modules) over two years will earn you a Postgraduate Diploma if you decide to leave.

Teaching 

All teaching will take place online, using range of teaching techniques, including peer-group (PBL) discussion and specialist formative testing. 

Our e-tutors are all highly experienced senior clinicians working both in the UK and internationally, so you will be able to maximise your exposure to global discussions and comparisons of best practice. 

Independent Study 

You will complete the course in parallel with your clinical duties in breast or plastic surgery. We allocate time for background reading and will provide you with access to the UEA online library to facilitate your evidence-based learning. 

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. 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

Degree classification

Pass, merit or equivalent

Degree subject

MBBS or overseas equivalent

Additional entry requirements

MRCS examination or equivalent.

Students for whom english is a foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit fully from postgraduate study – which are conducted in English - we require evidence of proficiency in English.  Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 7.0 (minimum 7.0 in each section )

  • PTE (Pearson): 76 (minimum 76 in each section)

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests

Intakes

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: 7495562

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees for the Academic Year 2022/23 are: 

£1000 per module

£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).  

We estimate living expenses at £1,023 per month. 

Further Information on tuition fees can be found here

 

Scholarships and Bursaries 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates. 

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. 

If you choose to undertake the summative assessment for each module, and if this is in the form of a face-to-face written paper, you will need to cover any travel and accommodation costs associated with this. 

Course Reference Number: 7495562

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University. Students apply for one stand-alone module initially by applying online. Students wishing to take additional modules in the future can then do so through the UEA Learning and Teaching Service, without needing to reapply.

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

FURTHER INFORMATION

To request further information & to be kept up to date with news & events please use our online enquiry 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
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

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

Course Reference Number: 7495562
Key details
Attendance
Part Time
Award
Postgraduate Diploma
Duration (years)
2
This unique course combines the disciplines of oncoplastic and aesthetic breast surgery. Delivered entirely online, our course is designed to provide surgeons the world-over with access to high-quality education in onco-aesthetic breast surgery. Using training techniques developed over seven years by a specialist team at Norwich Medical School, our course is comprised of six core modules. Each module will allow you to acquire CPD accreditation supporting your professional appraisal, and can also be used to build towards a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma award in Onco-Aesthetic Breast Surgery. This challenging and rewarding programme has a flexible structure designed around the working lives of busy surgical practitioners. It is facilitated by our dedicated Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), which hosts a thriving online community of students and senior specialists from all over the world.
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