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Medicine - Surgical Science

Course Outline
The aim of the programme is to provide postgraduate education in surgery for clinical students (medical graduates), to enhance their academic understanding of the speciality and to provide thorough clinical training. The Masters programme will also provide structured research opportunities.

The MCh in surgical science is a two-year part-time programme with an annual intake, comprising of taught modules, clinical attachments and a minor thesis. The taught modules consist of formal teaching material and course work, individual assignments including case studies and journal reviews, clinical skills teaching and practical exercises, as well as assessment of clinical skills and expected attendance at academic meetings.

Who teaches this course
This course is delivered by staff in the medical education unit and medical and surgical consultant staff with some external faculty

Why Choose This Course

This innovative programme will provide you with a strong foundation with which to progress through specialist surgical and other postgraduate training. There is significant use of e-learning therefore campus based contact teaching time is condensed recognizing the work commitments of surgical trainees. The modular structure offered allows flexibility to trainees who can opt to access a one year certificate or two year diploma/masters.

This course combines a focus on surgical efficiencies such as innovative strategies in decision making, improving surgical key performance indicators and the development of the early career surgeon as a service and team leader.

Entry requirements

Applicants for the MCh in Surgical Science will be required to have attained a medical qualification of the NUI or an equivalent institution, and to be eligible for full registration as a doctor with the Irish Medical Council.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.


2 years part-time. Course Delivery Method: Online

In recognition of the significant clinical service committeemen's of all surgical trainees course delivery employs a blended learning approach with significant use of online learning resources. Contact teaching sessions are scheduled every two months and occurs on Friday evenings and Saturdays in the Brookfield Health Sciences complex in UCC.

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information

On completion of the MCh students will be expected to have a sound knowledge and comprehension of strategies which improve surgical outcomes and will have developed evaluative, problem solving, management and leadership skills. This will enhance possibilities of securing higher specialist training opportunities Those who continue to masters level will have undertaken substantive research in their field of practice.

Further enquiries

Prof. James Harty
00 353 21 4901290

Mary Ahern

Subjects taught

Year 1

SY6001 Essentials in surgery 1 (10 credits)

Infection prevention and management including antibiotic stewardship , wound management and healing .

MX6007 Surgical Metabolism (5 credits)

Optimising Metabolism and Fluid Management in the surgical setting

MX6005 Professional Development in Surgery Research Methodology, Innovation and Device Development (15 credits)

Completion of year 1 leads to the ward of a certificate in surgical science

Year 2

SY6002 Essentials in surgery 2 (15 credits)

Optimising efficiencies, pre-op screening and early discharge strategies, theatre process, pain management.

MX6006 Professional development in surgery 2 (15 credits)

Leadership and management strategies, self-care and human factors awareness, safety solutions and error reduction in surgery including radiation safety training, the surgeon as educator .

Completion of 60 credits in year 1 and 2 leads to the award of a diploma in surgical science

SY6003 Research Project in surgery (30 credits) Research dissertation

Completion of 90 credits leads to the award of a masters in surgical science

**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year.

In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments.

Assessment method

Assessment will involve written assignments, MCQs and Portfolio completion.

Application date

Closing dates

Closing Dates for Application

Applications for 2018 start dates will open on November 1st 2017.

EU Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught programmes (detailed below).

Some programmes have a specific closing date. Applicants are advised to consult with the postgraduate prospectus for programmes with a specific closing date.

The UCC rounds EU application system closing dates for Postgraduate Taught courses are detailed below. However, we would advise applicants to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:
For all completed applications received by January 15th 2018 Offers will be made by January 29th 2018

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2018 Offers will be made by March 15th 2018

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2018
Offers will be made by May 15th 2018

For all completed applications received by July 2nd 2018
Offers will be made by July 16th 2018

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places.

While there is no official closing date for Research courses applicants are advised to submit their application at least two months ahead of their proposed start date. There are four official Research start dates – September/October, January, April and July.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date October 2018

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