Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Surgical Gastroenterology and Minimally Invasive Surgery

Teesside University · School of Health and Life Sciences

Entry requirements

  • You must have a medical degree (MBBS, MRCS or equivalent postgraduate degree)
  • You must work within surgical gastroenterology at F2/SHO/ST3 (or equivalent)

Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credits for previous study or related work experience which can be credited towards the course you want to study.

Months of entry


Course content

This course develops your specialist expertise within surgical gastroenterology at postgraduate level. Delivered with support from consultants in surgical gastroenterology this course is aimed at qualified doctors working within surgical gastroenterology who wish to gain a postgraduate qualification.

You develop your understanding of the concepts and principles underpinning the care of patients undergoing gastroenterology surgery as well as your ability to find, critically evaluate and apply relevant research evidence to ensure clinical effectiveness. The knowledge and skills you develop enhance your clinical decision making and research practice within surgical gastroenterology enabling you to contribute to the knowledge base. You are encouraged to focus on topical issues within current surgical gastroenterology practice, concentrating on aspects of practice that are relevant to your specific interests and practice. The course can be undertaken over one year full time or two years part time.

The course enables you to:

  • further develop an understanding of the principles and clinical concepts underpinning practice in surgical gastroenterology and minimally invasive surgery
  • further develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to perform evidence-based practice and research within the specialist field of surgical gastroenterology and minimally invasive surgery
  • foster a commitment to lifelong learning and an inquisitive approach to clinical practice in surgical gastroenterology and minimally invasive surgery that will enable you to acquire skills to practice safely and enhance your practice.

We have used a flexible approach to course delivery. For the majority of modules you can choose to attend taught sessions or study by distance learning.

What you study

In Year 1 you study a number of modules which develop your understanding of the principles underpinning clinical practice in surgical gastroenterology and minimally invasive surgery - these develop your skills in evidence-based practice, research methods and statistics.

In Year 2 you undertake a dissertation which includes developing a research paper for publication as well as the research project, OR a dissertation plus an option module.

Course structure

Year 1 Core modules

• Designing Research Projects

• Evidence-based Practice

• Practical Statistics

• Surgical Gastroenterology and Minimal Access Surgery

Year 2 Core modules

• Dissertation

• Dissertation and Research Paper

How you learn

We use a range of learning and teaching methods. For most modules you can choose to attend classes or study by distance learning. Our taught classes use key lectures, group discussions, case-based discussions, practical activities, clinical simulation work and computer lab sessions. All distance learning is supported through the virtual learning environment where learning materials are available in a variety of forms including written materials, narrated PowerPoint presentations, interactive materials and electronic discussion forums. You receive supervision and support from your personal tutor, course leader, module leaders, academic supervisors and clinical advisers. You are also expected to undertake some self-study to support your learning.

How you are assessed

We use a range of assessment methods throughout including formative assessment, written reports, statistical analysis, written and oral exams and a research project.

Career opportunities

You improve your career prospects by developing your specialist knowledge in surgical gastroenterology to postgraduate level and enhancing your research and evidence-based practice skills.

Information for international students

If you are an international student you must apply through MTI - you will need to have IELTS 6.5 or above (or equivalent).

Fees and funding

For funding information, please contact the University Finance Office, +44 (0)1642 342171, email finance@tees.ac.uk

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MCh
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

School of Health & Social Care
+44 (0) 1642 384110