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Advanced Surgical Practice

These online modules provide Continuing Professional Development (CPD) education for healthcare professionals who want to specialise in the field of surgical and perioperative care.

Standalone modules are an excellent way to enhance your knowledge and contribute to your continuing professional development portfolio. Successful completion of each module will provide you with institutional credit, but the standalone modules listed here are not designed to build towards a specific award (e.g. PgCert/PgDip/MSc). If you are interested in study leading to a named award, please view our MSc Advanced Surgical Practice.

Each standalone 20 credit Level 7 module runs once per academic year and is delivered entirely online via distance-learning. There are a variety of formative and summative assessment methods used, such as: written assignments, wiki development, blogs, MCQs, online group work, development of guidelines, and PowerPoint presentations.

This module will provide you with increased understanding and knowledge of the research process and statistics, to critically evaluate, synthesize and reflect on research evidence in relation to clinical practice.

This module will build on your knowledge and understanding of patient care during the pre-operative period. This should be achieved first, by gaining firm background knowledge of management of the pre-operative period; particularly the aspects not commonly dealt with in daily practice. Secondly by examining current literature, which will assist in forming considered opinions or judgements about controversial or traditional practices not supported by evidence.

This module gives the opportunity to evaluate the patient assessment and evaluation processes and postoperative interventions/management. This includes learning about the use of physiological and psychological theory and research to address the impact of the surgical insult and formulate appropriate management plans.


6 March - 15 May 2023

The aim of the module is to provide you with the opportunity to investigate and evaluate management issues within a health care environment.

On completion of the module you should be able to reflect on management theory and synthesise to support clinical practice, evaluate the impact of change theory in recognising ways of optimising integration of different ways of working and change and assess the impact of local, national and international health care management strategies on patient care, strategic planning and staff working outcomes.


21 August - 30 October 2023

This module will allow you to review issues that are of interest or that they want to expand your knowledge of. There will be a variety of module topics and while you will receive all the topics, you will only be required to answer one assignment question. These topics will allow you to investigate how perioperative care may change in relationship to the underlying condition of the patient.


13 November 2023 - 22 January 2024

This module will provide you with the opportunity to investigate and evaluate professional issues within a health care environment, in relation to surgical practice. On completion of the module the student should be able undertake a variety of tasks which include to evaluate how the professional practice issue affects patient choice and management; evaluate how the professional practice issue affects health care professional decision making and management options; synthesize the theoretical perspectives to inform practice.


4 February - 15 April 2024

We reserve the right to cancel the delivery of a standalone module. This could happen if a course is under-subscribed or if there is a change in circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have minimum student numbers required before they can run. This is to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered. When this happens we will issue a full or partial refund depending on whether any classes took place.

Entry requirements

In addition to satisfying the University’s minimum entry requirements, including English language requirements, applicants must:

  • hold a qualification in a relevant clinical subject
  • be currently working in a relevant clinical area with at least 2 years' experience in the field.

Applicants who do not meet the above requirements should contact the Postgraduate Taught Admissions Team, School of Medicine for advice.

How to apply

Please contact our Postgraduate Taught Medical Admissions Team at for details on how to apply.

Funding and fees

Please check our fees pages for tuition fees for these programmes.

Postgraduate Taught Admissions Team

School of Medicine