Surgery & Medicine - Surgical Science & Practice

Why Surgical Science and Practice at RCSI Dublin?
This innovative one-year full-time Masters in Surgical Science and Practice programme presents a new approach to early surgical education and training –?you will cover the entire curriculum for Core Surgical Training, as defined by the Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum Programme in just one year.

During your studies, you will acquire core knowledge and clinical skills through immersive simulation. In addition to the knowledge, skills and behaviours components, you will also undertake a module which addresses various elements of professional development.

Course Details
The one-year full-time Masters in Surgical Science and Practice (MChSSP) is delivered over three-terms across a full academic year running from mid- August to mid-June.

The programme commences with a two-week boot camp covering basic sciences.

All five integrated modules then run concurrently from Monday to Friday each week from early September. The majority of the programme is delivered face-to-face with time also allocated for online and directed study.

Significant time is allocated within the schedule for supervised repeated practice, revision and formative assessment with comprehensive feedback to facilitate enhancement of skills and attainment of all competencies.

Learning outcomes
This programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge to:
• Function effectively and efficiently in any surgical setting worldwide.

• Develop your personal effectiveness in terms of decision-making, situational awareness, stress management and error avoidance.

• Develop your interpersonal skills in leadership, teamwork, communication with colleagues, patients and relatives.

• Lead safety and quality improvement interventions in your organisations.

• Attain your membership of the Royal College of Surgeons.

Subjects taught

• Core Knowledge and Clinical Judgement
You are provided with tuition and learning resources for both the basic sciences and clinical surgery in this module. Clinical judgment training will focus on diagnoses and clinical decision-making.

• Clinical Skills
You will develop the skills necessary to obtain a comprehensive patient history, conduct a thorough physical examination, perform basic clinical tests and interpret data in a spectrum of patient care settings.

• Technical Skills
This module teaches fundamental surgical skills and basic surgical procedures in a non-critical environment using simulation technology and a faculty of experienced surgeons.

• Non-Technical Skills Decision-making, communication, teamwork and leadership, self- awareness and insight, conflict resolution and error management play a key role in surgical practice and are explored in this module.

• Professional Development
This module focuses on areas such as healthcare process improvement /LEAN healthcare/ 6-Sigma, healthcare economics, technology/medical device innovation etc.

• Research Methodology
This module aims to develop your ability to search databases and critically appraise the international literature on topics relevant to patient care generally and to your area of practice.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements
To be eligible for entry, you must hold an MB/BCh/BAO (or equivalent level-8 undergraduate medical degree)* recognised by the World Health Organisation. If English is not your first language, you will also need to supply a copy of an academic?Opens in new windowIELTS examination,?or equivalent,?with?an?overall?score of at least 6.5 and no individual band below 6.5*.

As part of the application process?you are?required to submit the following supporting documentation:
• CV
• Copy of passport
• Copy of educational transcripts?
• Proof of sponsorship (where?applicable)
• Evidence of English?language?qualification* where?applicable).

Application dates

How to apply
Applications are now open for our MCh in Surgical Science and Practice programme for 2022-2023 intake.

Applications will close on 1 June 2022, or sooner if places are filled, so we advise you to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

All applications are assessed on a rolling basis and places offered accordingly (offers may be made subject to meeting all application criteria at a later time).

If you have any questions in relation to deadlines or availability please email

Assessment Info

Formative assessment occur continuously over the entire programme and include participation in classroom activities, group work, technical and non-technical skills assessments and online assignments.

Summative assessment involve:

•A 2,000-word written assignment per module.

•Participation in a group project and presentations in each module.

•A 300-word submission to a weekly discussion forum, (6-8) per module.

•Integrated technical and non-technical skills OSCEs.

•A 3,000-word research report/paper.


1 year
Delivery: Full-time

The one-year full-time Masters in Surgical Science and Practice (MChSSP) is delivered over three-terms across a full academic year running from mid- August to mid-June.


EU applicants: €17,250
Non-EU applicants: €34,500

Please note
•All students also need to pay an annual NUI fee of €45.
•Fees are subject to annual review.

Enrolment dates

Starting August 2020

Post Course Info

Your future
The overall aim of this programme is to prepare you for commencing surgical training in the clinical environment at a more advanced level, with documented and verifiable knowledge, skills and behaviours which will accelerate your training and contribute to enhanced patient safety.

This programme will help you become more competitive for entry to surgical training anywhere in the world.

Read about the experiences of some of our alumni below to learn more about the programme.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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