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3 years

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Qualification type

MEd - Master of Education

Subject areas

Surgery Health Care / Medicine Teaching / Training Health Education

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Course Summary


This course use intensive online teaching, discussion and academic work to challenge and develop your thinking and practice as a surgical educator. Educational themes tailored to the unique features of surgical practice are explored throughout. There is increasing emphasis across surgical specialities on sound education, assessment and appraisal, and a growing recognition that education is key to safe clinical practice and effective professional development. Surgery – with its professional emphasis on craft, performance and teamwork – presents unique opportunities and challenges to educators and trainers.

These courses aim to challenge your thinking and develop your practice as a surgical educator. You will develop your theoretical and practical understanding of surgical education and the judgment needed to innovate in this important and growing field. They will be of interest to those involved in the education of students and trainees in interventional and surgical specialities. Although we expect participants to bring relevant experience of medicine, surgery, and training in the workplace, we make few assumptions of prior knowledge in the field of education. These courses will equip graduates to further careers in healthcare and surgery–related education and provide a solid foundation for those who intend to go on to study an MD or PhD.

This course offers two pathways to achieve the full MEd qualification. Each has a different proportion of online learning and blended learning during the Postgraduate Diploma stage. Blended learning is a mixture of online and on campus learning.

You must choose which you want to enrol in when applying. Either pathway allows you to exit with a Postgraduate Certificate after your first year or a Postgraduate Diploma after your second.

Pathway 1 – Fully Online Postgraduate Diploma

On this pathway you will complete the Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma entirely online. After completing these you will move on to the MEd, which is delivered with a blend of online and on campus learning.

Pathway 2 – Blended Postgraduate Diploma

On this pathway, you will complete the Postgraduate Certificate online, while the Postgraduate Diploma will be delivered in a blended format of on campus and online modules. As with the other pathway, the MEd stage will be delivered in a blended format.

Graduates of these courses will be well placed to advance their careers in a range of directions. If you are a senior in your ‘first’ profession, these courses could represent professionalisation for a role you may have taken on without full and appropriate academic training. As a graduate, you will be well positioned to take increased educational responsibility in universities, trusts and professional bodies, and influence policy and practice. You will also be empowered to carry out research in surgical education.


Learning and Teaching in Surgical Environments - Core
Educational Design and Evaluation - Core
Introduction to Learning, Teaching and Becoming a Surgical Educator - Core
Impact of Policy and Context on Surgeon Educators - Core
Assessment of and for Learning - Core
Critical Understanding of Surgical Education - Library Project - Core
Theories and Scholarship Underpinning Surgical Education Practice - Core
Simulation for Surgical Education - Core
Research Methods and Educational Research Project - Core

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Entry requirements

Students need to have a minimum requirement of 2.1 Bachelor's Degree with Honours in medicine or a science, engineering, computing, healthcare, or education subject (or a comparable qualification recognised by the College). We normally also require three years of relevant experience in a healthcare field (not necessarily surgery) and/or relevant teaching/education development and research experience. Practical experience of surgery, surgery-related practices and training in this domain are necessary to take advantage of this challenging programme. You should be actively involved in education activity while undertaking this programme.

Department profile

Get your head start at Imperial with our wide range of Master’s programmes. Our postgraduate courses draw on recognised excellence in research to help you advance your career in academia, healthcare or industry. Medical and healthcare expertise is more important than ever. Make your mark on the medical world with a postgraduate degree from Imperial College London. We will equip you with the latest skills and techniques enabling you to bring...more

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