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The degree 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, Surgical Laboratory Skills, Patient Safety and Human Factors, Surgical Education and a research thesis (30 ECTS). The topic of the thesis will be chosen by the professor of surgery in consultation with the candidate and their surgical tutor. 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 parttime over two years, or full time over one year.


1. Progression opportunities: MCh students learn in a highly interactive environment, and are involved in the creation of surgical scenarios using high-fidelity simulation.

2. The combination of professional surgical training and research output will appeal to graduates intending to apply for Higher Surgical Training (HST) schemes in surgery or similar medical specialities.

3. Shortlisted previously for a national Postgraduate Course of the Year (Health Sciences) Award.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements
Successful candidates will hold a primary degree in medicine and be conferred with the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, and Bachelor of Obstetrics. They should also be selected for the Basic Surgical Training Programme (BST) national programme. Candidates not on the BST programme may be eligible and will be interviewed. Successful candidates should be registered with the Irish Medical Council. Competence in English language equivalent to IELTS 6.5 is required.


1 year full-time, 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 provide a new dimension to day-to-day care of patients in need of surgical procedures.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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