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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 6.24k / 2015 cohort
  • Foreign: $ 19k / 2015 cohort
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 811pts.
  • Duration:
  • 2 years

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    The MEd’s face-to-face nature enables dynamic discussion amongst your peers and tutors and fosters a community atmosphere from which to collaborate and develop your educational interests.  Students consistently rate this as a strong point of the course.

    The MEd in Surgical Education attracts those involved in surgical or other interventional  specialities.  Applicants have shown a commitment to education and a desire to formalise and extend their knowledge and skills as surgical educators. 

    Our graduates have been in a position to take increasing educational responsibility in their University and or Trust, have influenced policy and practice in surgical education and have developed themselves as researchers in surgical education. 

    Teaching is organised into six core modules and an options module.  The content mentioned below isindicative only.

    Module1: Policy and context of surgical education

    This module includes orientation and induction to Imperial and studying for the MEd and addresses key issues within healthcare and social policy which impact upon surgical education.

    Module 2: Theory and practice of learning and teaching 1

    This module introduces a range of fundamental educational ideas, theories and principles. It forms the educational underpinning for the whole programme. Some basic teaching techniques are modelled and practised. (Exemption from this module is possible for those with certain entry qualifications.)

    Module 3: Theory and practice of learning and teaching 2

    This module builds on the material covered in ‘Theory and practice of learning and teaching 1’, consolidating and extending those principles and considering their application to practical teaching techniques within a range of clinical settings (with special reference to surgery).

    Module 4: Theory and practice of technology & simulation in surgery & education

    This module addresses specific issues relating to the use of technology (both surgical and educational) and simulation, building on the foundations laid in earlier modules.

    Module 5: Assessment and appraisal

    This module provides an overview of the purposes and application of assessment within learning and specifically within surgical education, together with an understanding of the range of assessment techniques available and the rationale for selecting them.

    Module 6: Research methods (6a) and dissertation (6b)

    Research methods form a taught element within the module (6a). This part of the module provides an overview of research methodology in surgical education.  The skills that are learned are consolidated by practical experience in designing, constructing and presenting a research project by dissertation (6b). The research project forms approximately one third of the programme and participants have an individually assigned supervisor for its duration.

    Module 7: Options Modules

    Normally participants study one module selected from the following options:

    A. Surgical Technology
    B. Health Management
    C. History and Archaeology of Medicine and Disease

    The programme comprises seven assessed modules. The modules can conveniently be thought of as falling into three categories: • A large taught core of five compulsory modules (modules 1-5). Each core consists of one week of intensive contact teaching time (approximately 35 hours) with further private study required to complete coursework and summative assessment. Some also have some premodule work. • Module 6, which comprises a taught research methods element and production of a research plan (6a) and conducting an individually supervised research project, written up in a dissertation (6b). Module 6a includes a pre-module assignment. Module 6b includes a required dissertation progress report that is treated as assessed coursework. • A taught ‘options module’(s) (module 7). Normally one option is selected. Modules 1 and 2 serve as the core, providing the foundation upon which more specialised knowledge is built. Module 7 provides a choice of options, each of which draws on teaching already available within Imperial. Modules 1 through 5 build upon one another and should be taken in order. For part-time students, modules 1-5 should be taken in year one. Modules 6 and 7 should be taken during year 2. Every participant must successfully complete attendance and study for 90 credit points at ‘M’ Level. The study pattern for each participant will vary, depending upon: their choice within Module 7, and whether they are studying full or part-time.
    Year One: Part Time Modules 1 – 5
     Year Two Modules 6 and 7

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    The minimum criteria for admission are: • Normally a degree in medicine or at least an Upper Second Class in a science, engineering, computing, healthcare or education subject and • Normally three years of relevant experience in a healthcare field (not necessarily surgery) and/or relevant teaching/education development and research experience and • For non-native speakers of English the normal College English language requirements will be required. Prior formal qualifications in education are not required 

    Applications are first reviewed by the Postgraduate Medical Admissions team at the Registry. The applications from eligible individuals are then reviewed by the Course Organisers. Applicants must: 
    o Satisfy the general entrance requirements of the College as well as those specified for the MEd in Surgical Education (see above) AND
    o Demonstrate insight into their reasons and suitability for undertaking the MEd in Surgical Education

    Dean's Master's Scholarships

    Home/EU Students

    • Full tuition fees and a stipend of £17,000

    • 5 places are available

    Overseas Students

    • Full tuition fees and a stipend of £17,000

    • 4 places are available

    Stipends will be paid in monthly instalments, subject to satisfactory progression. Awardees on courses which last more than a year will have their £17,000 stipend spread over the full lengh of the degree. 

    The Faculty offers a wide range of Master's degree courses, as well as PG Certificates and Diplomas, and all students will belong to the Graduate School, which provides a comprehensive Transferable Skills Programme. 

     For any queries not covered here, please email James Osborne (PGT Administrator, Faculty of Medicine) at

    Please note that there may be other scholarships offered by Schools, Institutes and Departments that make up the Faculty of Medicine. These are separate from the Dean's and Faculty Master's Scholarships described here and entail a different application process. 


    General Eligibility

    These awards are open to all students who have made an application to the Faculty of Medicine by 30 April 2015 for admission to study for a full time or part time Master's course* at Imperial College London, starting in October 2015 (*or PG Cert for a course where that is the only route to the higher degree).

    Please note that these awards can only be given to students who are studying a course run by the Faculty of Medicine. For a full list of these courses, please see our Master's Degree page. 

    It is not essential for applicants to have already received an offer of a place on a course, but the initial course application must be made before applying for a scholarship.

    Residence Eligibility

    Applications are accepted from talented candidates from Imperial College London, the UK and worldwide. There are no restrictions on nationality.

    Academic Eligibility

    • Candidates are expected to be able to provide evidence of outstanding academic ability. This will usually mean being among the highest achievers in their undergraduate cohort and in receipt of, or due to receive, a first class UK Honours degree or equivalent.

    • An applicant who does not meet this requirement (e.g. holds a second class undergraduate degree, is a health professional who did not undertake a degree course, or is from a non-traditional background*), will be considered if they are able to demonstrate that they have outstanding academic potential and substantial experience relevant to their chosen subject area. This should be included in the Personal Statement section of the application form. (*Those applicants without a degree will be required, where available, to pass a Special Qualifying Examination to gain entry to the chosen course).

    • Candidates with degrees from overseas institutions are strongly urged to determine if their scores/grades are equivalent to the relevant eligibility criteria.

    • Candidates who already have a postgraduate qualification should justify their request to have an additional postgraduate course funded by the faculty. This should be included in the Personal Statement section of the application form.

    • Candidates who wish to apply for a Master's course which starts as a PG Cert or PG Dip will only be considered if they are committed to completing the course to Master's level.

    • Scholarships awarded based on predicted grades will be conditional upon final results.

    How to Apply
    In order to be considered for the Dean's Master's Scholarships, potential candidates will need to have first applied for a place on a Master's course in the Faculty of Medicine. It is not essential to wait for an offer of a place to be made, but the initial course application must be made before submitting a scholarship application. To apply for a Master's course, please use our online admission system. 

    Once the application for the course has been submitted, those who wish to apply for a scholarship should complete our online form (Note: the Scholarship award panel will assess candidates on their scholarship application form NOT their course application, so make sure all key information is included in your scholarship application). The form will need to be completed in a single session, so please have the following information prepared:

    • Personal statement (not more than 1000 words).
    • Details of qualifications, achievements, awards, relevant experience and publications.
    • The title/s of the course/s which you have applied for.

    Shortlisting will take place in May 2015. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interviews which are currently scheduled for the week commencing Monday 8 June 2015. All interviews will take place via Skype between 9.00 and 17.00 BST. The scholarship application form includes a question regarding your country of residence in June 2015. We will use this information to identify your time zone and try to tailor your interview time accordingly, although we cannot guarantee that the slot allocated to you will be convenient for your time zone. 

    All candidates will be informed of the decision by the end of June 2015.


    We will use the references that you provide as part of your course application process. Please do not send references to us directly as we will be unable to accept them. It is not essential that we receive your references in time to consider your scholarship application, although their absence may weaken your application. It is therefore recommended that you contact your referees directly to ask that they respond to your course application reference request before Friday 8 May 2015 (one week after scholarship applications close).

    Terms and conditions

    When applying for Faculty of Medicine Master's Degree Scholarships, candidates must agree to Imperial's terms and conditions regarding scholarships and bursaries. 

    Please note, the following conditions override the standard Imperial terms and conditions:

    • Both part time and full time students are eligible to apply.

    • An offer of a place is not required before applying, but candidates must first apply for a Master's course run by the Faculty of Medicine before applying for a scholarship.

    • Candidates who do not apply through the online form will not be considered for the Dean's Master's Scholarships.

    • Successful applicants who receive a Dean's Master's Scholarship will not be allowed to accept any other form of scholarship or bursary provided by Imperial College London for study during the 2015/16 academic year.

    • Scholarship stipends will be paid in monthly instalments over the length of the course, subject to satisfactory progress. Students on courses which are part time or start as a PG Cert will have their stipend paid in equal monthly instalments over the full length of the course.

    • Awardees will be required to participate in a small number of promotional activities during the course of their studies and allow their image to be used by Imperial for publicity purposes. Such activities may include (but are not limited to) attending special events and producing occassional print or web copy.

    ​Deadline for applications is Midnight 30 April 2015

    Applicants will be given a decision by 30 June 2015.

    Applications are invited from outstanding candidates from Imperial College London, the UK and worldwide who have the potential to become leaders in their field. 

    Postgraduate Certificates and Diplomas are not currently available on this programme.

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