About This Course
2 Years Part-time
Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.
€4,630 (Year 1) €4,630 (Year 2)
See Fees and Costs for full details.
€9,310 (Year 1) €9,310 (Year 2)
See Requirements for full details.
30 September 2022
17 October 2022
Our MCh programme aims to provide postgraduate education in surgery for clinical students (medical graduates), to enhance their academic understanding of the speciality, prior to or during early surgical training. The Master's programme will also provide structured research opportunities.
The MCh in Surgical Science is a two-year part-time programme with an annual intake, comprising of taught modules and a dissertation. The taught modules consist of formal teaching material and course work, individual assignments including case studies, journal reviews and clinical skills teaching towards the development of a competitive clinical, teaching and research portfolio.
- SY6001 Essentials in Surgery 1 - Infection prevention and management including antibiotic stewardship, wound management and healing (10 credits)
- MX6007 Surgical Metabolism - Optimising Metabolism and Fluid Management in the surgical setting (5 credits)
- MX6005 Professional Development in Surgery Research Methodology, Innovation and Device Development (15 credits)
Completion of Year 1 leads to the award of a Certificate in Surgical Science.
- SY6002 Essentials in Surgery 2 - Optimising efficiencies, pre-op screening and early discharge strategies, theatre process, pain management (15 credits)
- MX6006 Professional Development in Surgery 2 - Leadership and management strategies, self-care and human factors awareness, safety solutions and error reduction in surgery including radiation safety training, the surgeon as an educator (15 credits)
Completion of 60 credits in Years 1 and 2 leads to the award of a Diploma in Surgical Science.
- SY6003 Research Project in surgery - Research dissertation (30 credits)
Completion of 90 credits leads to the award of MCh Surgical Science.
Additional Teaching Mode Information
Teaching sessions consist of both online learning and face-to-face teaching sessions.
MCh Year 1: Online 80% / Face-to-face 20%
MCh year 2: Online 90% / Face-to-face 10%
Where students are overseas, we offer flexible remote participation in face-to-face sessions.
Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our Book of Modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.
In recognition of the significant clinical service commitments of all participants, the course delivery employs a blended learning approach with significant use of online learning resources. Contact teaching sessions are scheduled every two months and occur on Friday evenings and Saturdays in the Brookfield Health Sciences complex in UCC.
Assessment will involve written assignments, MCQs and Portfolio completion.
Who teaches this course?
This course is delivered by staff in the medical education unit and medical and surgical consultant staff with some external faculty.
Why Choose This Course
This innovative programme will provide you with a strong foundation with which to progress through specialist surgical and other postgraduate training. There is significant use of e-learning; therefore, campus-based contact teaching time is condensed recognising the work commitments of surgical trainees. The modular structure offered allows flexibility to trainees who can opt to access a one year Certificate or two-year Diploma/Masters.
This course combines a focus on surgical efficiencies such as innovative strategies in decision making, improving surgical key performance indicators and the development of the early career surgeon as a service and team leader.
Skills and Careers Information
This course/programme may appeal to those contemplating or embarking on a surgical career or those who wish to broaden their academic portfolio to enhance their competitiveness. It may also be attractive to overseas students who would like the opportunity to learn more about the surgical environment in Ireland and expand their academic repertoire and surgical management strategies.
On completion of the MCh students will be expected to have a sound knowledge and comprehension of strategies that improve surgical outcomes and will have developed evaluative, problem-solving, management and leadership skills. This will enhance the possibilities of securing core and higher specialist training opportunities. Those who continue to Masters level will have undertaken substantive research in their field of practice.
- Applicants for the MCh in Surgical Science will be medical graduates who attained their Degrees of MB BCh BAO, or equivalent, from a recognised medical school and
- Be eligible for full registration as a doctor with the Irish Medical Council.
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements. Please visit our PG English Language Requirements page for more information.
For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements. For more information see our Qualification Comparison page.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.
- In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
- Note that not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above. For more information contact the International Office.
Fees and Costs
The EU fee for this course is €4,630 (Year 1) €4,630 (Year 2).
The Non-EU fee for this course is €9,310 (Year 1) €9,310 (Year 2).
If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.
EU student fee payment
Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.
International student fee payment
International Students can pay in two equal instalments once they have paid the appropriate deposit. The initial payment is due on registration and the balance usually by the end of January.
How can I pay?
You can pay by Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.
If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at email@example.com.
How Do I Apply
1. Apply online
Once you have chosen your course you can apply online via the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. The majority of our courses have a non-refundable €50 application fee.
2. Gather supporting documents
Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.
- Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
- Any supplementary items requested for your course.
3. Application processing timeline
Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details.
For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.
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