Postgraduate study
Nursing, Midwifery & Health Professions

MCh General and Oncoplastic Breast Surgery

This course develops your specialist expertise within general and oncoplastic breast surgery at postgraduate level.

Course information

Full-time

  • 1 year

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2019 entry

Part-time

  • 2 years

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2019 entry

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Delivered with support from consultants in general and oncoplastic breast surgery, this course is aimed at qualified doctors working within general or oncoplastic breast surgery who wish to gain a postgraduate qualification. You develop your understanding of the concepts and principles underpinning the care of patients undergoing general or oncoplastic breast surgery, as well as your ability to find, critically evaluate and apply relevant research evidence to ensure it is clinically effective.

The knowledge and skills you develop enhance your clinical decision making and research practice withingeneral and oncoplastic breast surgery, enabling you to contribute to the knowledge base. You are encouraged to focus on topical issues within oncoplastic breast surgery practice, concentrating on aspects of practice that are relevant to your specific interests and practice. The course can be undertaken over one year full time or two years part time.

You develop your understanding of the concepts and principles underpinning the care of patients undergoing breast surgery. You advance your ability to find, critically evaluate and apply relevant research evidence to ensure it is both clinically and cost effective. The knowledge and skills you develop enhance your clinical decision-making and research practice within oncoplastic breast surgery, enabling you to contribute to the knowledge base. You are encouraged to focus on topical issues within current oncoplastic breast surgery practice and concentrate on aspects of practice that are particularly relevant to your specific interests and practice.

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You develop:

  • an understanding of the principles and clinical concepts underpinning practice in general (including emergency general surgery) and oncoplastic breast surgery
  • the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to perform evidence-based practice and research within the specialist field of oncoplastic breast surgery
  • a commitment to lifelong learning and an inquisitive approach to clinical practice in general (emergency) and oncoplastic breast surgery that enables you to acquire the skills to practice safely.

Where you study

You study at Teesside University main campus for the majority of modules.
Delivery of the Clinical module is mainly at James Cook University Hospital with some sessions at other local trusts.

Course structure

Core modules

Developing 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 course.

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.

General and Oncoplastic Breast Surgery

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.

 

and one optional module

Dissertation and Research Article

 

Modules offered may vary.

Where you study

You study at Teesside University main campus for the majority of modules.
Delivery of the Clinical module is mainly at James Cook University Hospital with some sessions at other local trusts.

How you are assessed

Summative assessment methods utilise a range of approaches such as: written report, computer based statistics exam, statistics mini project, statistical analysis, written research proposal, oral and written exam, essay, improvement proposal, research project, dissertation thesis and journal article for publication. You receive formative feedback on your progress for all modules throughout the course. Feedback is provided electronically for all assessed work through the student intranet.

Work Placement
Full time students have the opportunity to undertake and optional observational experience within a clinical setting. A clinical advisor devises and individualised plan for each student which is detailed in a learning contract. Observational opportunities are spread across the course and include a range of relevant activities. They may take place at any of the local NHS trust sites and you are expected to cover any associated travel costs.

How you learn

You learn through lectures, seminars, practical activities, clinical simulation, computer lab work and group work. The majority of teaching is delivered by principal and senior lecturers at Teesside University. The specialist module is delivered by appropriately qualified clinical staff including consultants in general and oncoplastic breast surgery.

Full time students study across two days a week and are expected to devote the remaining time to individual study including the optional observational experience.

Part time students have the option to undertake most sessions by attendance, distance or flexible learning but attendance for the specialist module is compulsory and this is scheduled for approximately one day a month across the first year of the course.

Career opportunities

The course supports your career development by enhancing the research, evidence based practice skills and principles underpinning specialist clinical practice that are required within the specialist field of general and oncoplastic breast surgery. It provides an additional masters level qualification that may be used to support career progression. Engaging in research and a record of publication are important aspects in career progression if you are aiming to achieve a consultant position. Providing an opportunity to develop your research skills and to support you in preparing your work for publication is an important element of the course.

Entry requirements

Admission Criteria Part-time Route
• Medical degree (MBBS and MRCS or equivalent postgraduate degree)
• Working within general surgery at or above F2/SHO/ST3 or equivalent and with an interest in oncoplastic breast surgery
• GMC registration
• International/overseas applicants must apply through the Medical Training Initiative and have IELTS 7 or above
• Admission will be dependent on successful interview

Admission Criteria Full-time Route
• Medical degree (MBBS and MRCS or equivalent postgraduate degrees such as MS or DNB)
• Recent work experience within general or oncoplastic breast surgery
• International/overseas applicants must have IELTS 6.5 or above
• Admission will be dependent on successful interview

All offers for the full-time route will also be subject to:

• A successful health workplace risk assessment
• A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

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Health conditions requiring adjustments

For this particular course, you may need to undertake an occupational health or work-based risk assessment check. If you have a disability, specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism spectrum condition, sensory impairment or medical condition that may require reasonable adjustments during an external placement, in the university or in a clinical practice area, this must be declared as part of the enrolment process. If you are unsure you can contact the relevant admissions or course tutor for guidance.

Course information

Full-time

  • 1 year

More full-time details

2019 entry

Part-time

  • 2 years

More part-time details

2019 entry

Contact details

Further information