Search results - MSc in Surgical Science and Practice
|Types||Oxford Qualification - Part-time|
|Start date||Oct 2013|
|Application status||Applications being accepted|
|Application deadline||Fri 28 June 2013|
|Course contact||If you have any questions about this course, please email email@example.com or telephone +44 (0)1865 286954.|
The MSc in Surgical Science and Practice is a part-time, modular course to be completed in two to three years by surgical trainees.
Delivered in collaboration with the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences it is designed to prepare senior surgical trainees for life as independent specialists by providing key skills and knowledge essential for modern practice, which are not fully represented or are omitted from most postgraduate training curricula. The course is unique as its part-time nature is designed to allow students to fit their study around work.
The MSc in Surgical Science and Practice provides a foundation in some of the most important additional life long skills which the future leaders of the profession need to acquire. Surgeons in the future will work as part of multi-disciplinary teams in complex organisations, and will need to adapt and develop new skills and roles throughout their professional lives. Thus the syllabus covers management skills, quality improvement, leadership, teamwork and patient safety, as well as an introduction to the principles of medical education and clinical research methods. The knowledge gained during this course will stand students in good stead throughout their careers.Please keep me informed about the Surgical Science and Practice programme.
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The MSc in Surgical Science and Practice is a two to three year part-time course, organised around six compulsory modules, plus a work-based research project and dissertation. Students are full members of the University of Oxford and are matriculated as members of an Oxford college.
The course features a significant component of online and distance learning, as well as one week of intensive teaching in Oxford per module.
During the course there is an exceptional opportunity for an introduction, with hands-on experience, to leading edge modern surgical technology such as the Da Vinci robot. The programme also features lectures by staff from the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine based in the world-renowned Department of Primary Care Health Sciences.
Taught by global experts, the modules in this programme can also be taken as individual stand-alone courses.
- Becoming a Medical Educator
- Human Factors, Teamwork and Communication
- Introduction to Surgical Management and Leadership
- Quality Improvement Science and Systems Analysis
- Surgical Technology and Robotics
- The Practice of Evidence-Based Health Care (Surgery)
Each module takes place once a year, giving students the opportunity to individualise their patterns of study.
Selection criteriaThere may be specific subject requirements for your course, so do check the selection criteria below. These will be used by the University in assessing your application.
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The overarching aim of the MSc in Surgical Science and Practice is to provide the next generation of surgeons with the tools to build and lead successful surgical units delivering safe, high quality, high reliability care.
By the end of the course candidates will be able to understand the following important principles:
- How to evaluate clinical research evidence critically and understand how it should be interpreted and applied to one’s own context and practice.
- How to design, conduct and evaluate teaching and training for postgraduate clinicians, and how to assess curricula and teaching programmes.
- Financial and quality management ideas, and methods for analysing and restructuring the systems in which surgeons work.
- A theoretical understanding of the use of modern surgical technology linked to baseline practical training in minimally invasive and robotic surgical techniques.
- The teamwork, leadership and communication skills required for effective and safe working in a modern surgical environment.
What will you gain from attending the programme?
At the end of the programme you will be able to:
- Critically appraise relevant clinical research and estimate its validity and relevance to your practice.
- Understand in principle how to design your own clinical research studies, and what expert support you need to be successful.
- Understand basic business and financial planning in the health care industry.
- Develop your own business plans and cases for your practice.
- Understand the principles of leading a team and how to foster an appropriate culture to promote good teamwork and communication.
- Analyse and improve systems of work within surgery using standard industrial quality improvement and human factors principles.
- Understand how to act as a mentor and trainer for postgraduate trainees, how to set up and run courses and curricula, and how to evaluate and improve trainee progress.
- Understand and have some experience of using up to the minute surgical technology which is likely to become important during your career.
To complete the MSc, students will need to:
- Attend the six compulsory modules in Oxford, and undertake assessed written assignments for each module.
- Complete a dissertation on a topic selected by the candidate in consultation with the supervisor and approved by the Standing Committee.
The dissertation will be founded on a work-based research project that will build on the material studied in the taught modules. The dissertation should normally not exceed 15,000 words.
The project will normally be supervised by an academic supervisor from the University of Oxford, and an employer-based mentor.
The class-based modules include a period of preparatory study, a week of intensive face-to-face lectures and tutorials, followed by a period for assignment work. Attendance at modules is a requirement for study. Some non-classroom activities are provided at facilities elsewhere in the University, including surgical simulators and operating theatres on the University's hospital sites. The course includes taught material on research skills.
The taught modules include group work, discussions, guest lectures, and interaction and feedback with tutors and lecturers. Practical work develops the student's knowledge and understanding of the subject. This includes supervised access to surgical simulators and robots as part of the Surgical Technology and Robotics module.
A virtual learning environment (VLE) provides extensive support between modules.
University of Oxford libraries, including:
- Radcliffe Science Library
- Rewley House Continuing Education Library
- The Cairns Library at the John Radcliffe Hospital
- Bodleian Libraries e-Resources
Plus facilities from the Department of Continuing Education, including:
- The Graduate School
- WebLearn virtual learning environment
Accommodation is available at the Rewley House Residential Centre, within the Department for Continuing Education, in central Oxford. The comfortable, en-suite, study-bedrooms are rated 4-star, and come with free high-speed internet access and TV. Guests can take advantage of the excellent dining facilities and common room bar, where they may relax and network with others on the programme.
You will be required to pay an annual award fee for every academic year (or part-year) that you attend the course, and to pay module or dissertation fees as they become due. Fees must be paid in accordance with the Terms and Conditions [see below] for this programme. All amounts are in pounds sterling.
Fee rates for the academic year 2013-14 
MSc programme fee rates 
Annual award fee:
- £1,260 for Home/EU students or
- £5,960 for Overseas students (see note 1)
Module fee: £1,575 (per taught module)
Dissertation fee: £4,725 (equivalent to 3 module fees)
Illustration  for MSc programme (assumes completion within two years)
- 2 x annual award fee = £2,520
- 6 x module fee (6 taught modules) = £9,450
- 1 x dissertation fee = £4,725
- 2 x annual award fee = £11,920
- 6 x module fee (6 taught modules) = £9,450
- 1 x dissertation fee = £4,725
- Total: £26,095
1. The fee rates listed are for the academic year shown, and you should be aware that these rates will increase annually.
2. See the University of Oxford website for Home/EU and Overseas classification of students for fees purposes.
3. The Illustration is based on the fee rates for the academic year shown; however, fee rates for attendance in future years will increase, so students attending for more than one year should expect the total to be higher than is shown in the Illustration. The exact amount will depend on the fee rates set annually, and upon the years you are in attendance; these are normally published well before the start of each academic year, but for your own budgetary purposes you may wish to estimate a 5% annual increase on fee rates.
4. MSc students are matriculated and are full members of the Collegiate University; college fees are included within the MSc programme fees and are paid to the colleges on a student’s behalf.
ScholarshipsSources of funding: external grants, awards, scholarships and bursaries .
Clarendon Fund Scholarship
Applications completed before 18 January 2013 will automatically be considered for a Clarendon Fund Scholarship.
Other sources of funding
Details of funding opportunities, including grants, bursaries, loans, scholarships and benefit information are available on our financial assistance page.
Modules in this programme
The following modules can be studied as part of this programme:
Apply for this course
Applications for this course should be made online via the University of Oxford Graduate Admissions website. Please see the Graduate Course Guide and the Application Guide for more information on how to apply.
We will consider applications up until 28 June 2013.
All applications must have been fully completed before the application deadline in order to be considered. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to telephone interview on Thursday 25 July 2013.
Applications completed before 18 January 2013 will automatically be considered for a Clarendon Scholarship.
Please read our 'Contractual and financial information' before submitting your application.
If you would like to discuss the programme please contact:
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