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Surgical Gastroenterology and Minimally Invasive Surgery

Surgical Gastroenterology and Minimally Invasive Surgery MCh

This course develops your specialist expertise within surgical gastroenterology at postgraduate level. Delivered with support from consultants in surgical gastroenterology this course is aimed at qualified doctors working within surgical gastroenterology who wish to gain a postgraduate qualification.


Course overview

You develop your understanding of the concepts and principles underpinning the care of patients undergoing gastroenterology surgery as well as your ability to find, critically evaluate and apply relevant research evidence to ensure clinical effectiveness. The knowledge and skills you develop enhance your clinical decision making and research practice within surgical gastroenterology enabling you to contribute to the knowledge base. You are encouraged to focus on topical issues within current surgical gastroenterology 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.

The course enables you to:

  • further develop an understanding of the principles and clinical concepts underpinning practice in surgical gastroenterology and minimally invasive surgery
  • further develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to perform evidence-based practice and research within the specialist field of surgical gastroenterology and minimally invasive surgery
  • foster a commitment to lifelong learning and an inquisitive approach to clinical practice in surgical gastroenterology and minimally invasive surgery that will enable you to acquire skills to practice safely and enhance your practice.

*This course is subject to formal reapproval by the University and is subject to change prior to September 2022 cycle/intake. New course content should be available on this page by June 2022.

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Course details

Course structure

Year 1 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.

Implementing Evidence Based Practice

You gain the knowledge and skills to use research evidence to inform your clinical practice. You develop focused questions, undertake a structured search, critically evaluate research evidence, apply evidence to practice and evaluate the application to practice. The module also supports you in making the transition to studying at master’s level.

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.

Surgical Gastroenterology and Minimal Access Surgery

You extend your knowledge and understanding of the key concepts underpinning evidence-based surgical gastroenterology practice whilst working in specialist surgical gastroenterology. You further develop your knowledge and understanding of applied surgical gastroenterology topics such as anatomy and physiology, clinical assessment and investigation, evidence-based surgical gastroenterology and minimally invasive surgery practice for common upper and lower gastro-intestinal disorders, and advanced clinical decision-making.


Year 2 core modules

Dissertation and Research Article

You plan, undertake and write up a research project relevant to your subject. A range of research methodologies can be utilised such as quantitative, qualitative, systematic review, evaluation and audit methods. You will also gain experience in writing a research article for publication.


Modules offered may vary.


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 surgical gastroenterology.

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.

How you are assessed

We use a range of summative assessment methods throughout including written reports, proposal, written and oral exams, statistics mini project, computer based statistics exam, dissertation thesis and research article.

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 ansd include a range of relevant activities. They may take place at any of the local NHS trust sites and you are expect6ed to cover any associated travel costs.


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 surgical gastroenterology
  • GMC registration
  • International/overseas applicants must have been offered employment through the Medical Training Initiative and have IELTS 7 or above before applying
  • Admission will be dependent on successful interview

Full-time route

  • Medical degree (MBBS and MRCS or equivalent postgraduate degrees such as MS or DNB)
  • Recent work experience within general or gastroenterology 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

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.

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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 surgical gastroenterology y. 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.


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