Taught course

Advanced Surgical Practice

Cardiff University · School of Medicine

Entry requirements

Suitable applicants should: Hold a UK higher education qualification, minimum of a BSc (Hons) or BA (Hons) grade 2:2 or above, from a UK institution with relevant degree awarding powers as detailed by the Department of Education and Skills; OR Hold a non-UK qualification equivalent to CQFW credit level 6 or above as defined and detailed by the National Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom (NARIC); OR Be able to demonstrate equivalent skills that are sufficient to meet the demands of the programme of study in question and be approved as such by the Head of School; AND satisfy any applicable University language competency requirements as detailed in the Cardiff University Senate regulations – please see the Cardiff University website Senate Regulations for further detail (briefly detailed below). PLEASE NOTE that all students enrolling for this programme must be in relevant paid employment, i.e. in a relevant clinical area. If you are unsure of the required detail of this specification please contact the programme team for advice. Applicants whose first language is not English must satisfy the Cardiff University General Entrance Requirements including the English Language requirements*. Please see our English language requirements webpages for further information. There is no formal deadline for this course. However, it is advised that applications are submitted before the 31 July 2015.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme aims to offer knowledge and expertise to enhance evidence-based practice and to be able to teach others, especially from an interprofessional perspective. The course does not attempt to incorporate all surgical specialities but draws together a collection of fundamental information in an e-Learning format. The course provides a transition in knowledge between theory and the students own clinical practice. Emphasis is placed on the general principles of surgical practice rather than on the management of specific conditions.

Special Features
  • Unique – presently there are no other e-learning, interprofessional surgical and perioperative care courses at this level.
  • Interprofessional approach to enhance group work, discussion sessions and case-based presentations.
  • Emphasis on a biopsychosocial approach.

Course Description

An e-Learning, inter-professional course for Registered Nurses, Doctors, Operating Department Practitioners and all other healthcare professionals. The taught component introduces the student to the multifaceted nature of caring for surgical patients, from admission through to discharge. The modular approach allows students to evaluate care from an evidence-based perspective, starting with admission and preoperative preparation through to postoperative care and discharge. Professional issues, including clinical governance and inter-professional practice, will be covered. Some of the modules are core; others allow student choice. The e-Learning assessments are structured to allow students to evaluate the topic in relation to their practice areas of interest and professional base.

There are approximately forty places are offered each year and the majority of students are self-funded; however some students obtain awards from charities and trusts. The course takes two years to complete inclusive of the dissertation component (9 months for the Postgraduate Certificate level; 9 months for the Postgraduate Diploma level and a further six months for the dissertation stage) spanning just over two academic years.

Full details can be found on our website: http://courses.cardiff.ac.uk/postgraduate/course/detail/p005.html

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent required

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
24 months


distance learning
18 months


distance learning
18 months

Course contact details

Mr Billy McWilliams
+44 (0)29 2074 3216