Taught course

Anaesthesia and Perioperative Science

UCL - University College London · Division of Surgery and Interventional Science

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Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Honours degree in biomedical science or biological science from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applications from registered healthcare professionals (examples are nurses or operating department practitioners) with at least three years clinical experience and/or degree level studies will also considered.

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc is designed to equip individuals with the necessary academic and professional qualities to undertake the role of Anaesthesia Associate (AA). Blending online learning with practical skills in the clinical environment, you will be taught by a faculty of currently practicing experts in the peri-operative field. This programme is suited to both experienced healthcare professionals or life science graduates.

Anaesthesia and Perioperative Science MSc is a brand new programme for 2021. UCL is the only UK institution to offer this MSc as a two-year programme. Only one other institution in the UK offers a similar professionally recognised qualification, although only offering a PG Dip after 27months.

In this MSc, UCL combines its world leading peri-operative medicine faculty with clinically practicing Consultant Anaesthetists and qualified Anaesthesia Associates providing expert tuition. UCL in collaboration with University College London Hospitals offer a wealth of knowledge and expertise, enabling the development of a high-quality programme delivered directly by experts to students.

This programme is delivered by a combination of innovative e-learning methods and clinical placement in the University College London Hospitals. Our small cohort of students will receive one-on-one tuition in the hospital setting and engage with their fellow students in weekly tutorial sessions. Each student will be assigned an educational supervisor and mentor to guide them in their journey through this programme.

Fees and funding

Please see UCL website for full information about fees and costs for this programme.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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


The programme is delivered through distance e-learning, clinical placement, high-fidelity simulations, tutorial groups, lab practicals, and self-directed study. Summative assessment requires students to maintain a record of in-training experience, submit essays and presentations, and contribute to group discussions. Formative assessment will be short answer and multiple-choice questions, and a practical examination managed by the Royal College of Anaesthetists.

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 3108 6773