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Surgery by Module - MCh

The Master of Surgery (MCh) by module is the first in Ireland to incorporate a taught component in addition to the research dissertation.

Available over one year on a full-time basis or two years part-time, programme modules are designed to equip you with a versatile skill set that will help you better meet the demands of higher surgical training.

The programme greatly benefits medical graduates planning a surgical career in obtaining a higher degree in surgery. This programme can be undertaken before, during or on completion of a structured surgical training programme.

Learning outcomes

This programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge to:

•Understand the major principles of healthcare ethics and law and their application to a surgical setting.

•Understand the legal, regulatory and ethical requirements in the conduct of human subject clinical research.

•Recognise issues and circumstances in healthcare practice and clinical research that raise potential legal liability.

•Understand the frameworks necessary to analyse and critically evaluate claims based on expert knowledge.

•Develop an idea into a comprehensive research strategy.

•Recognise and manage errors in surgical practice due to human error or medical/surgical devices.

•Understand the medical device design and development process, from concept to commercialisation.

•Comprehend the role of surgery in global health and policymaking in emerging health systems of developing countries.

•Analyse stakeholders and organisational culture within the organisation or service which they work.

Entry requirements

To be considered eligible for the programme, you must:

•Hold the degree of MB/BAO/BCh or equivalent medical degree*.

•Be recognised by the Opens in new windowIrish Medical Council or any other EU medical regulatory registration body.

•Possess good undergraduate and postgraduate records and references.

•Must not be in full-time employment.

*A period of no less than three years must have elapsed from the time you obtained your degrees – not less than two years of which must have been spent in the practice of surgery and surgical science - before you can apply for the MCh.


1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

Careers or further progression

Your future

The Master of Surgery (MCh) by module is open to all surgical specialties. The programme's multidisciplinary structure enables you to build an understanding of the complex challenges and opportunities facing surgical professionals in the greater context of healthcare.

Further enquiries

Emer Pyke, Programme Administrator
Professor John O'Byrne, Programme Director

Subjects taught


Research Methods: Protocol Design, Development, and Analysis This module will equip you with the tools to prepare, manage, and design a substantial research project.

Leading and Managing your Organisation/Service
The aim of this module is to provide you with hands-on experience in the industry of medical invention, from identifying unmet needs to developing clinical and market strategies. The module also seeks to build your awareness of the various roles of clinical professionals (surgeons) in the design and development of medical devices.

Surgery in the Developing World
The aim of this module is to introduce surgeons in training to the global healthcare context and specific issues relevant to the surgical profession. You are expected to gain awareness of surgical needs unique to developing countries and in humanitarian crises.

Research Dissertation
In order to successfully achieve the qualification of a Master of Surgery, you must complete a substantial research dissertation in a specialty of your choice. The dissertation must be original scholastic work, though not necessarily lab- based, suitable for peer-reviewed publication in a journal of high impact. You will consult with supervisors at regular intervals throughout the research process and will have at least six months to complete the dissertation.

Application date

Applications are now open for the part-time Master of Surgery (by module) beginning in August 2020. Please note that applications close on Friday, 17 April 2020.

Online Application forms are available at:

Course fee

Fees and funding

EU applicants: €8,550

•Year 1: €5,150
•Year 2: €3,400

Non-EU applicants: €12,825
•Year 1: €8,000
•Year 2: €4,825

Please note
•There is a non-refundable online application fee of €100.
•All students also need to pay an annual NUI fee of €45.
•Fees are subject to annual review

Enrolment and start dates

Beginning August 2020

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