Master of Surgery in Coloproctology (MCh/MS)

OVERVIEW

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. 

COURSE STRUCTURE

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

  • Colorectal Emergencies
  • Neoplasia
  • Intergrated Research
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Proctology and Functional Bowel Disorders
  • Clinical Management and Leadership
  • 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

TEACHING AND LEARNING

Teaching

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

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

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. 

ASSESSMENT

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.

AFTER THE COURSE

Our course is set at the level required of a first year UK consultant in coloproctology. You will be applying the knowledge and skills you acquire on the course assisting your working cases as your learning progresses.

CAREER DESTINATIONS

The course develops critical thinking and decision-making skills, which are the key skills for consultants in specialist medicine.

COURSE RELATED COSTS

You will be responsible for covering your costs of travel and accommodation for any optional study days you may wish to attend at UEA.  Core recommended textbooks are cited throughout the modules, which can be obtained locally through medical libraries, but you may wish to purchase your own.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Degree Subject: MBBS or overseas equivalent

Degree Classification: Pass, merit 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: 65 (minimum 65 in all components)
All scores must be less than two years old.

FEES AND FUNDING

FEES FOR APPLICATIONS TO THE JANUARY 2020 INTAKE:

***STUDENTS APPLYING NOW FOR JANUARY 2020 CAN BENEFIT FROM THE 2019 RATE OF £530/MODULE WHICH IS A SIGNIFICANT DISCOUNT ON THE REGULAR COURSE FEES. *** 

For illustration purposes, the total cost for a student wishing to complete a masters, starting in Jan 2020 would be 6 x £530 taught modules (£3180) + £1500 dissertation = £4680

PRICE AFTER JANUARY 2020 WILL BE:

£1000/module

£1500 for the dissertation

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.

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.

FURTHER INFORMATION

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.

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: specialist.courses@uea.ac.uk.  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 chris.speakman@nnuh.nhs.uk.

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)