Surgical science and practice


Postgraduate part-time courses developing leadership skills for surgeons and other healthcare professionals

In partnership with the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences

The MSc in Surgical Science and Practice is designed to prepare senior surgical trainees for life as independent specialists by providing key skills and knowledge essential for modern professional practice, which are not fully represented within most postgraduate training.  We cover management skills, quality improvement, leadership, teamwork and patient safety, the principles of medical education and clinical research methods.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Patient Safety aims to provide an understanding of the basic science behind quality improvement methods and a professional level of understanding of the techniques for implementing, sustaining and measuring systems change, and for exploring and evaluating the effect of different approaches to improving safety in healthcare. It is especially suitable for people who are preparing for careers in higher levels of nursing, medical and general management with a specific interest in patient safety.

Both of these programmes are modular, and individuals may apply to take any module separately for professional training and for transferable academic credit.

"The MSc in Surgical Science and Practice covers critical aspects of the training of surgical specialists based on competentices. The teachers make you think out of the 'doctor's box - you are not just becoming a medical specialist, you will also be involved in research, quality improvement, teamwork, organisation, management and education."

Gabie de Jong, Surgical Registrar, The Netherlands 

Upcoming courses

Introduction to Surgical Management and Leadership

  • Professional development
  • Mon 14 May 2018 to 18 May 2018

Human Factors, Teamwork and Communication

  • Professional development
  • Mon 11 Jun 2018 to 15 Jun 2018

Quality Improvement Science and Systems Analysis

  • Professional development
  • Mon 19 Nov 2018 to 23 Nov 2018

Becoming a Medical Educator

  • Professional development
  • Mon 04 Feb 2019 to 08 Feb 2019

Surgical Technology and Robotics

  • Professional development
  • Mon 11 Mar 2019 to 15 Mar 2019