Postgraduate study
Health & Social Care

PgDip/MSc Evidence-based Medicine (Anaesthesia, Perioperative Medicine and Pain)

The PgDip and MSc Evidence-based Medicine (Anaesthesia, Perioperative Medicine and Pain) programmes provide a modular postgraduate education to meet your needs. The programmes offer specialty training within this area and will enhance your career progression towards a consultant post.

Course information

Part-time

  • PgDip: 2 years, MSc: 3 years

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September 2018 entry

  • Attendance, distance or flexible learning
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £561 per 20 credits
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Note: this course is available from September 2017.

The programmes are flexible and modular, covering a range of subject matters relevant to anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and pain. Credits from the component modules can be combined to provide a postgraduate certificate, diploma or master’s-level qualification. You study the central aspects of evidence-based medicine and research, and how to apply these to your anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and pain practice to enhance the quality of your individual clinical practice and broader service delivery. You share a number of modules with other master’s-level programmes giving you many opportunities to mix with other students and share academic and professional experiences. The emphasis is on integrating theory and clinical practice in a multi-professional working and learning environment.

You develop an ability to understand how evidence is generated, retrieved, evaluated and importantly, employed in practice. The programmes enhance inter-professional learning and direct the focus of learning toward evidence based clinical decision making and quality improvement to enhance service delivery. This is in line with the Government’s policy visions to develop evidence based, quality improvement driven professional practice.The programmes offer a structured and logical progression to learning, with a firm link to your anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and pain practice. As the majority of students are employed in specialty training posts we use a flexible approach to programme delivery.

Course structure

Core modules

Designing Research Projects

You gain the knowledge and skills you need to design and manage a primary or secondary research audit or evaluation project that’s relevant to your practice. You also cover research governance and ethics, and prepare for applying for ethical approval or release. And we prepare you for your dissertation if you choose to progress to the master’s programme.

Evidence-based Practice

You enhance your skills as a professional practicing evidence-based health care. This module also helps your transition to postgraduate study. You develop key skills that are transferable to subsequent modules, such as literature searching and using advanced critical appraisal skills as an integral part of decision making in health and social care. You also learn how to apply the principles of change management to implement evidence in practice. We use a variety of approaches to teaching including e-learning, formal lectures, seminars and practical activities.

Practical Statistics

You gain a solid grounding in the statistical concepts needed in analysing basic health and medical data. The indicative content provides an overview of the basic concepts in statistics. It leads you from understanding basic fundamentals up to multivariate analysis.

Quality Improvement in Evidence-based Anaesthesia, Perioperative Medicine and Pain

This module is for students undertaking the MSc Evidence-based Medicine (Anaesthesia, Perioperative Medicine and Pain) programme. It helps you successfully implement small-scale, locally-based service improvement initiatives and helps you engage with the quality improvement agenda. You develop your knowledge and understanding of the quality improvement agenda in the context of anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and pain, focusing on contemporary service improvement models, processes and tools.

Research Project Management

This module is focused on learning about the practical, everyday aspects of the management of primary (‘live’) research projects in health-related areas. You will be introduced to the principles and practices of effective research project management. This module focuses primarily on the second and third stages in the life-cycle of the research project (the execution and dissemination stages). You will learn about: the basics of costing research projects, how to engage in good ethical practice, some of the issues involved in the effective management of Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) (including those relating to safety reporting) and the good management of sensitive data. Other areas covered in the module include: participant recruitment strategies, compliance with data protection law, the different elements and activities associated with dissemination of research findings and working with others.

 

MSc only

Dissertation

Here you consolidate and develop further skills and knowledge from previous modules. More specifically you synthesise learning as you apply your research-related knowledge to identify a researchable problem, plan and execute a study. You use a range of different methodologies for your study, such as quantitative, qualitative or systematic review.

 

Modules offered may vary.

Where you study

Main campus for attending students, at home for distance learners.

How you learn

The learning and teaching strategy is as flexible as possible. You can choose to study by attending classes, by distance learning or flexible learning (a combination of attendance and distance learning).

For attending students, learning and teaching methods include key lectures, seminars involving group discussions and structured learning activities, practical computer lab classes and tutorial support.

For distance learners our virtual learning environment provides you with interactive structured learning materials such as written learning materials, narrated PowerPoint presentations, and structured learning materials and activities. Alongside this you can access a range of forums – discussion boards, wikis and blogs to support your discussion with module tutors and other students. Tutorial support is provided by email, phone or Skype.

If you are a flexible learner you can use these two approaches flexibly throughout each module depending on your personal needs and work commitments. Our learning and teaching strategy, and opportunities for feedback for flexible learners includes aspects of the attendance and distance learning strategies.

How you are assessed

We use a variety of assessment strategies. Formative assessment supports your learning in some modules. Each module is summatively assessed through a written report, seen exam, data analysis project, research proposal, quality improvement proposal, critical commentary and – for the MSc only – a dissertation.

Career opportunities

These programmes offer a structured and logical progression to learning with a firm link to your specialist area of practice. Most graduates are employed in specialty training posts and these programmes can support your career progression to consultant level.

Entry requirements

You should have a BSc in Medicine and be employed in the specialist field of anaesthesia, perioperative medicine or pain.

If you’re an international applicant you should have IELTS 6.5 (or above) if English is not your first language.

Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credits for previous study or related work experience which can be credited towards the course you want to study. Find out more about RPL.

Course information

Part-time

  • PgDip: 2 years, MSc: 3 years

More part-time details

September 2018 entry

  • Attendance, distance or flexible learning
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £561 per 20 credits
    More details about our fees

Contact details

Further information