MCh Surgery

  • International Students Can Apply
  • Professional Accreditation


Course Length:2-3 Years Part-Time
Start Dates:September 2020
Department:Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine
Location:Edge Hill University
Wrightington Hospital
  • Study a postgraduate programme for experienced, qualified doctors who are registered with the General Medical Council and eligible to work full-time in the UK or who have successfully applied for an International Training Fellowship;
  • Advance your clinical practice in your specialist area of surgical clinical expertise;
  • Develop a sound understanding of research and an evidenced-based approach to your clinical practice;
  • Benefit from a course accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons (selected pathways only).

The MCh enables experienced, qualified doctors to develop an evidence- based approach to health care practice and to obtain a postgraduate qualification whilst enhancing their surgical clinical expertise within the NHS. Edge Hill University is an accredited Surgical Training Centre with the Royal College of Surgeons (England).

The programme has been designed in collaboration with senior surgeons and academics and is at the cutting edge of contemporary surgical evidence-based practices. It will allow you to extend your knowledge and skills to advanced levels within your specialist area of work. The clinical modules focus on practical skills in operative surgery with the use of interactive teaching aids and practical workshops.

You can choose from a range of specialist pathways or opt for a general surgery route.

  • MCh Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • MCh Colorectal Surgery*
  • MCh Emergency and Trauma*
  • MCh General Surgery*
  • MCh Gynaecology
  • MCh Minimal Access Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • MCh Minimal Access Surgery*
  • MCh Neurosurgery
  • MCh Oncoplastic and Reconstructive Breast Surgery
  • MCh Ophthalmology (Cataract and Refractive Surgery)
  • MCh Ophthalmology (Medical Retina)
  • MCh Orthopaedics (Foot and Ankle)*
  • MCh Orthopaedics (Hand and Wrist Surgery)*
  • MCh Orthopaedics (Hip and Knee)*
  • MCh Orthopaedics (Spine)*
  • MCh Orthopaedics (Upper Limb Surgery)*
  • MCh Otorhinolaryngology*
  • MCh Paediatric Orthopaedics*
  • MCh Reproductive Medicine
  • MCh Rhinology*
  • MCh Rhinology and Facial Plastic Surgery*
  • MCh Surgical Gastroenterology
  • MCh Surgical Oncology*
  • MCh Trauma and Orthopaedics*
  • MCh Urogynaecology
  • MCh Urology

*Pathways currently accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons (England).

Whichever pathway you choose, the programme will be delivered in partnership with Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust. Wrightington Hospital is recognised as a Centre of Excellence (Orthopaedic Surgery) and has clinical facilities / laboratories that will provide you with excellent learning opportunities.

In Depth

What will I study?

This programme consists of two 30 credit clinical research modules, a 60 credit work-based learning module and a 60 credit dissertation. Topics covered will include:

  • Specialist aspects of evidence based practice in surgery – the application of advanced knowledge of physiology, pathology, microbiology and imaging. The aim is to enable you to acquire an advanced understanding of the process of service innovation in the relevant subject area;
  • Qualitative and quantitative research methods;
  • Critiquing research findings;
  • Writing a research proposal;
  • Analysis of quantitative data;
  • Systematic reviews;
  • Research governance and ethics;
  • Focus on a significant piece of investigative enquiry from conceptualisation through to completion.

How will I study?

The programme is delivered over two to three years, commencing in September each year. The academic year runs from September through to July, though the dissertation submission will be in September of the second year, with the option to defer the dissertation to the third year. You will experience a variety of teaching and learning strategies including lectures, seminars, individual and group tutorials and independent guided study.

An online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is used for some components of the programme. The surgical modules have elements of practice-based learning and involve the completion of a log of practical experience which complements the course material. The dissertation allows you to focus on a significant piece of investigative enquiry from conceptualisation through to completion.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods include a research proposal, written assignments, completion of online activities and discussions, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), clinical log books, poster presentations, clinical audit, seminar presentations and a dissertation.

Who will be teaching me?

The programme team consists of experienced academic staff from across Edge Hill University and expert clinicians from Wrightington Hospital and other specialist hospital trusts. This collaborative approach provides a team of high calibre individuals to support your learning. Additionally, leading surgeons from related specialities are invited as guest speakers on the surgical modules. Edge Hill University enjoys an excellent reputation for the teaching quality of its programmes. All staff involved in the delivery of modules and pathways within this programme are currently involved in scholarly and research related activities which are congruent with their teaching responsibilities.


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HEA4065Clinical Research Part 1: Critical Appraisal (30 credits)

Clinical Research Part 1: Critical Appraisal introduces you to the research process through the recognition of the fundamental stages of research design. Based on the principles of ‘Good Clinical Practice’ and wider health and wellbeing research, you will focus on appraisal of the research question, design, methods, ethical issues, and data management and analysis strategies. In addition, you will be introduced to the principles of critical appraisal and modes of critical analysis in order that knowledge, regarding research design, can be applied to develop appropriate critical appraisal skills.

Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Practical(s): 40%.

HEA4066Clinical Research Part 2: Developing a Research Proposal (30 credits)

Clinical Research Part 2: Developing a Research Proposal introduces you to the research process including philosophical fundamentals of both quantitative and qualitative traditions and a range of research methodologies. The module will guide you through the crucial stages of developing a research proposal. From conceptualisation of the research question, choosing the most appropriate design, planning methods, addressing ethical issues, identifying data management and data analysis strategies, and planning dissemination, the module will introduce you to various clinical and practitioner research approaches and the necessary considerations to enable a rigorous plan of enquiry.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

HEA4081Dissertation for Health and Social Care Professionals (60 credits)

Dissertation for Health and Social Care Professionals enables you to focus upon a significant piece of investigative enquiry from conceptualisation through to completion. Within this module, ‘research’ is interpreted as including empirical research involving qualitative and/or quantitative methods, service evaluation, clinical audit, systematic review or a negotiated investigative enquiry unique to your own field of specialism, for example historical/archival research. The subject chosen will reflect (and be directly relevant to) an identifiable area of the programme’s curriculum content and will be negotiated and agreed with the course team.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

HEA4247Work-Based Learning in Clinical Practice (60 credits)

Work-Based Learning in Clinical Practice enables you to develop the specialist clinical knowledge, understanding, skills and behaviours needed to identify strategies to advance clinical practice in your specialist clinical area. You will develop a critical insight into the structure and function of the NHS, focusing on strategies for safe and effective delivery of healthcare. You will have the additional opportunity to enhance your advanced knowledge and understanding of the complexities of high-quality healthcare provision through a case/team-based approach. Patient safety is at the hub of any work-based learning activity and you will therefore also develop organisational leadership skills through exposure to quality enhancement projects to ensure sustainable improvements in patient care and management.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%, Practical(s): Pass/Fail Element.


You can expect to receive your timetable at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day or evening of the week.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

In addition to having a medical degree, you will also need to be registered with the General Medical Council to work in the UK or alternatively have successfully applied for an International Training Fellowship. You must have demonstrable clinical expertise and some experience in surgery.

For further information regarding eligibility for International Training Fellowships, please email

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

Medical professionals need to continually seek ways to improve their career prospects in an increasingly competitive job market where a postgraduate qualification is often now deemed essential.

The MCh provides a highly relevant qualification for doctors working in a specialist area of surgical practice which will add to your portfolio of qualifications and provide you with opportunities for professional development supported by expert clinicians and academics.


Tuition Fees

If you are joining the MCh in academic year 2020/21 and are already registered with the General Medical Council, you can expect your tuition fees to be £16,000 for the entire programme, subject to meeting the programme’s UK residency criteria and completing the course within three years.

Alternatively, if you are appointed as an International Training Fellow (and sponsored via this programme to register with the General Medical Council), you can expect the tuition fee to be £35,000 for the entire course, subject to completing the programme within three years.

Financial Support

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2020/21 guide at

Financial support information for international students can be found at


How to Apply

If you wish to apply for this programme, please email your CV to Julia Berry at in the first instance.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about this programme, please contact:

If you would like to talk to the programme leader about the course in more detail, please contact:

Course Changes

Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.

4th September 2019 - Change of Modules

The programme structure for all pathways has been revised with HEA4247 Work-Based Learning in Clinical Practice (60 credits) replacing HEA4067 Evidence Based Clinical Practice (20 credits), HEA4194 Biomedical Sciences (20 credits) and each 20-credit pathway-specific module.

4th September 2019 - New Pathways Added

New pathways added in Cardiothoracic Surgery and Neurosurgery.

11th July 2019 - New Pathways Added

New pathways added in Cardiothoracic Surgery, Ophthalmology (Cataract and Refractive Surgery) and Ophthalmology (Medical Retina).

24th June 2019 - New Pathways Added

New pathways confirmed in Gynaecology, Oncoclastic and Reconstructive Breast Surgery, Reproductive Medicine, Urogynaecology and Urology.

4th October 2018 - New Pathway Added

A new pathway has been added in Surgical Gastroenterology.