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The Master's in Surgery (MCh) is designed to enhance the academic and professional development of surgical trainees and to improve patient safety. Running parallel with the Basic Surgical Training Scheme (BST), this programme will provide surgical trainees with the academic and scientific research skills needed for progression to higher surgical training schemes and academic surgery.

The programme consists of six innovative modules and a research thesis designed around the two core learning outcomes of the MCh—the surgeon as a scholar and the surgeon as an advocate for patient safety. The modules (60 ECTS) include: Informatics, Research Methods, Biostatistics, Translational Research, Patient Safety and Human Factors, Surgical Education, and a research thesis (30 ECTS). The topic of the thesis will be chosen by candidate in consultation with the Professor of Surgery. With all candidates working full-time, the programme modules are delivered using flexible, interactive and modern learning methodologies, with workshops scheduled for weekends. The MCh may be taken part-time over two years, or full-time over one year.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
Successful candidates will hold a primary degree in medicine and be conferred with the degrees of Bachelor's of Medicine, Bachelor's of Surgery, and Bachelor's of Obstetrics. Successful candidates should be registered with the Irish Medical Council. Competence in English-language equivalent to IELTS 6.5 is required.

Application dates

WHEN TO APPLY: NUI Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.


1MCH3: 1 year full-time, 1MCH1: 2 years part-time.

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Career Opportunities
Graduates will provide evidence-based practice and research in the field of surgery. Upgraded knowledge, skills and attitudes add a new dimension to day-to-day care of patients in need of surgical procedures.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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