Specialist Course Specialist Course

Onco-aesthetic Breast Surgery

This unique course will provide accreditation in Breast Surgery techniques, tailored to the need of each individual learner, and utilising existing online modules in oncoplastic and aesthetic breast surgery.

Students will be practising breast and plastic surgeons. They will chose freely from the full range of current online modules available for the established oncoplastic breast courses, and the newly approved aesthetic breast course. In this way, they can build a course which is tailored to their own clinical an educational requirements.

Specialist modules will provide higher level theoretical understanding of all aspects of the management of breast disease, including the development of critical reasoning and decision making for complex breast surgery. Applicants can also choose to enhance their management and leadership skills, and research knowledge by engaging in these stand-alone modules.

Allowing students to select from a full range of currently available modules will empower them to tailor their learning to their individual needs, and thus support their clinical and professional practice accordingly. Students will be able to enrol on a maximum of two modules simultaneously, thus providing sufficient time to engage with the educational process and achieve the required online participation and assessment standards.

Course Structure

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 delivered in two-week topics, with learning outcomes mapped to the UK ISCP breast and plastic surgery curricula. You will also be required to undertake approximately 15 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
  • 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.

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.


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.

What’s next?

This course attracts both trainees and senior consultants seeking to acquire or hone 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, Miss Sue Down on Sue Kim Down
If you are ready to apply for this course, then please click this link:

PG Dip Onco-Aesthetic Breast surgery