This innovative course is based around six advanced modules, covering all areas of coloproctology and a wide range of relevant transferrable skills. The course is designed to complement your day-to-day clinical practice, so each session is delivered asynchronously, meaning that you won’t need to log-on at set times. For each module, you will be expected to actively contribute to the online forum, which will focus on clinical discussions of realistic cases. Your learning will be supported by continual formative assessments of your surgical knowledge, critical thinking and decision-making.

Practicing coloproctologists are naturally able to bring their own experiences into the discussions hence this programme, which is based on our 2011 gold-award winning surgical Masters, has gone from strength to strength to be a unique specialist course, delivered worldwide. 

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

  • Colorectal Emergencies
  • Neoplasia
  • Research, Audit and Service Evaluation
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Proctology and Functional Bowel Disorders
  • Management and Service Delivery
  • Research Dissertation

Each module is delivered in two-week topics, with learning outcomes mapped to the UK ISCP colorectal surgery curriculum. Every student is different, but you will be required to undertake up to 10 hours of independent study each week, which can include:

  • Reading core texts and the latest clinical papers relating to the cases being discussed
  • 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 topic
  • You will need to demonstrate a minimum of 80% online engagement to receive CPD accreditation for each module.

The course offers you two routes of study, accredited and non-accrediited - you need to let us know before you start the module which route you would like to follow.  To obtain an accrediited module, you will be required to undertake a written assessment at the end of the module.  The non-accredited route provides CPD points and a document specifying the topics you have covered.

If you are working towards a University accredited module, you will undertake a summative written assessment at the end of the module to earn 20 credits. Acquire 60 credits and you can leave with a Postgraduate Certificate in Coloproctology. Successfully complete assessments for 6 modules and this will result in120 credits to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. If you decide to go on to complete a 60 credit dissertation project, you will achieve 180 credits in total, and be awarded a Master’s degree (MS/MCh) in Coloproctology


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

Our e-tutors are all highly experienced senior consultant 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

We hope you would allocate time for background reading and we provide you with access to the UEA online library to access all the materials you need for your evidence-based learning.  It is highly likely that as a practicing surgeon, you will complete the course in parallel with your clinical duties in coloproctology which means that you can put into practice what you learn straight away; this combination of clinical practice and Problem Based Learning is a powerful one for your professional development. 

What’s next?

This course attracts both trainees and senior consultants seeking to acquire new or develop existing skills and credentials in an ever-more competitive, global arena. Our graduates tell us that they feel more confident, knowledgeable and better equipped for their roles.

To discover more about the course, please email the admini team on:  If you have a specific question about your eligibility for the course in terms of your surgical experience, please contact the course leader Mr Chris Speakman on

If you are ready to apply for this course, then please click this link:

Study Coloproctology at UEA

Best e-learning programme – UK Gold, Learning Technologies Awards (2013)