Taught course

Surgical Education

Imperial College London · Biosurgery and Surgical Technology

Entry requirements

  • Normally a degree in medicine or at least an upper second class in a science, engineering, computing, healthcare or education subject
  • Normally three years' relevant experience in a healthcare field (not necessarily surgery) and/or relevant teaching/education development and research experience
  • Prior formal qualifications in education are not required

Months of entry


Course content

This full-time or part-time Master's level programme is designed for professionals such as: surgeons (from any surgical specialty and at any level of training), anaesthetists, nurses, operating department staff those from Allied Health Professions, from other specialties that undertake invasive procedures such as obstetrics or interventional radiology, or those with a background in education and training.

The MEd offers a sound theoretical background to the principles of surgical education, a rigorous academic training, an introduction to appropriate research methods and practice, and the opportunity for intellectual growth and development within a challenging, stimulating yet supportive environment.

Programme features

  • Core modules and an options choice
  • Taught in several week-long blocks
  • Use of innovative simulated training equipment
  • The opportunity to learn appropriate research skills and carry out a research project under supervision
  • Discussion with tutors and fellow participants to enhance understanding and critical reasoning
  • Experiential learning and reflection to help bring together theory and practice and develop professional judgment in the area of education and training
  • Use of learning technology to support learning and to share information
  • Examination by means of submitted work and the use of coursework
  • An opportunity to focus on education and training in specific contexts and for specific purposes
  • Expert tutors who are practitioners and researchers in the field
  • An introduction to key literature and research, with the reading of a selection of this material built into pre and post module periods
  • Practical training in a range of educational techniques, e.g. for teaching in the theatre or assessing psychomotor skills.

The programme develops new areas of teaching to reflect contemporary research and scholarship, and ensures that the themes of surgery and education are always linked.

It aims to attract highly motivated UK and overseas students who are seeking a good basis from which to assume more responsibility and take on a leadership role in this rapidly growing field (in deaneries, surgical colleges, school of surgery, universities or hospitals), and those who intend to go on and study for a PhD.

Information for international students

Overseas and EU students are encouraged to apply for the course. Interested parties can be put in touch with former/current students or the course organisers for further information.

Fees and funding

UK students
£10,000 full time
International students
£30,600 full-time

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

For more information on the Postgraduate Master's Loan scheme and other funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MEd
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment30
Dissertation (15000 words)
Extended writing of various forms70

Course contact details

Dr Kirsten Dalrymple or Susan Clark
020 3312 7931 (Ms Clark)