M.Sc. Blended

Surgical Science and Practice

University of Oxford

24 months
8165 GBP/year
1730 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The MSc in Surgical Science and Practice from the University of Oxford is a part-time course which provides a strong foundation in some of the most important additional skills the future leaders of the surgical profession will need to acquire.


About this course

The MSc in Surgical Science and Practice from the University of Oxford prepares senior surgical trainees for life as independent specialists and focuses on key skills and knowledge essential for modern practices, some of which are not fully represented or are omitted from most graduate training curricula. The modular nature of the course allows you to fit study around your work.

The programme will appeal to trainees in all surgical disciplines and to newly qualified consultants/specialists who seek to enhance their understanding and professional skills. Applicants will usually be in the later years of their surgical training.

Surgeons work as part of multidisciplinary teams in complex organisations, and will need to adapt and develop new skills and roles throughout their professional lives. The MSc syllabus covers management skills, quality improvement, leadership, teamwork and patient safety, development and implementation of surgical technologies, as well as an introduction to the principles of medical education and clinical research methods. It also includes taught material on research skills. The knowledge gained during the course will stand you in good stead throughout your career.

You will complete six modules which are taught by experts in their field:

  • Becoming a Clinical Educator
  • Human Factors, Teamwork and Communication
  • Leadership and Management in Healthcare
  • Quality Improvement Science and Systems Analysis
  • Healthcare Innovation and Technology
  • Practice of Evidence-Based Health Care

Programme Structure

  • Each module includes a period of preparatory study and one week of face-to-face teaching in Oxford, which is then followed by a period for assignment work. 
  • The modules can be studied in any order and each module normally takes place once a year giving you the opportunity to individualise your patterns of study. 
  • It is expected that students will spend 10-15 hours per week in private study working on assignments and dissertations in addition to time spent in classes or participating in on-line learning.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • Applications may remain open after this deadline if places are still available


180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours in medicine, which must be recognised by the GMC and the MRCS.
  • Applicants whose undergraduate degree is in biomedical science, rather than medicine, will also be considered for entry to the course.
  • For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA normally sought is 3.6 out of 4.0.

To be eligible for the course, you will need to:

  • hold a primary qualification in medicine recognised by the GMC and the MRCS, or an equivalent diploma in basic surgical training and education degree in the case of overseas candidates;
  • have held or currently occupy a training or service post at ST1 level or above (UK candidates), or provide evidence of basic surgical training including a logbook (overseas candidates);
  • possess an entry level qualification for specialist training in surgery, eg MRCS or international equivalent;

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    8165 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8165 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • National

    1730 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1730 GBP per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Oxford

939 - 1530 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


You will be automatically considered for the majority of Oxford scholarships, if you fulfil the eligibility criteria and submit your graduate application by the relevant January deadline. Most scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and/or potential. 

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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