MSc/PgDip/PgCert Peri Operative Medicine

How can clinical teams help prepare patients for surgery? What evidence is there behind care delivery for high-risk patients? Can perioperative medicine reduce complications for surgical patients?

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Our new part-time masters degree supports anaesthetists approaching consultant level to become perioperative specialists.

It’s also designed to further develop the practice of consultant anaesthetists or non-anaesthetic medical specialists (including geriatricians, intensivists, and surgeons) who provide perioperative medical care.

Our course focuses on clinically orientated case-based learning.

We teach you via blended learning, through methods such as online sessions, on-campus tutorials, and group work to help you network and share best practice with fellow students.

As well as studying core units, you’ll typically choose one option unit. These may include: Quality and Safety in Perioperative Care (QI, human factors and simulation), The Perioperative Specialist (set up pre-operative clinics; Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing; surgical multidisciplinary team care; advanced care plan/end of life care), and Education and Training in Practice.

You’ll complete a dissertation as your final assignment, typically an investigative research project, a systematic review or a contribution to quality improvement in perioperative medicine in your clinical environment. 

On our MSc Perioperative Medicine course, you’ll learn from clinical staff working at Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust (MFT) and Manchester Met.

Our teaching team includes research-active perioperative specialists holding senior roles at regional and national levels. They have day-to-day expertise in the management of major surgery, cancer, trauma and critically ill surgical patients.

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

You’ll further develop your knowledge and skills in perioperative medicine and provide evidence to support progression to a consultant level role.

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Entry requirements

Applicants must be a UK qualified Physician or international equivalent with clinical practice experience in the care of perioperative patients, e.g. anaesthesia, critical care medicine, surgery, acute, respiratory or geriatric medicine.

Course details

Our teaching team hold senior roles in perioperative medicine and their experience spans the areas of anaesthesia, respiratory medicine, geriatrics, surgery and intensive care medicine.

As you’ll be part of a multidisciplinary team in your clinical role, you’ll also have teaching from practitioners including nurses and physiotherapists.

Year 1

  • Evidence based practice (core)
  • Pre-operative Assessment and Preparation (core)
  • Post-operative Care and Complications

Year 2

  • High Risk Surgical Patient (core)
  • Research Methods of Quality Improvement (core)
  • The Perioperative Specialist (optional)
  • Quality and Safety in Perioperative Care (optional)
  • Education and Training in Practice (optional)

Year 3

  • Project in Practice

Postgraduate Medicine

Postgraduate Medicine is a university wide initiative that brings together medical educators, researchers and healthcare professionals.

In collaboration with NHS partners, we have developed a suite of taught masters courses aimed at upskilling medical professionals in the areas needed most by Trusts and residents across the region. Alongside taught masters, we have a flexible CPD portfolio shaped to meet the needs of the health and social care sector.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £800 per 20 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Loans of up to £10,906 for many Postgraduate Courses

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Alumni Loyalty Discount

Rewarding our graduates

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How to apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

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If you are unable to apply online, you can apply for postgraduate taught courses by completing the postgraduate application form. There are exceptions for some professional courses – the course information on our on-line prospectus will give you more information in these cases.

Please note: to apply for this course, you only need to provide one reference.

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.


Programme Review
Our programmes undergo an annual review and major review (normally at 6 year intervals) to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. For further information on when we may make changes to our programmes, please see the changes section of our Terms and Conditions.

Important Notice
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