MSc Perioperative Medicine

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About the course

This online MSc offers you the flexibility to study for between one and five years according to your individual needs without needing to attend UCL in person. You will be taught by a faculty of experts in this rapidly growing field to give you a specialist skill set. This programme is ideally suited to a wide multi-disciplinary team of professionals and offers the expected knowledge for a person to be considered a specialist in the Perioperative Medicine field.

About the degree

Perioperative medicine is a new and exciting specialty where few high-quality learning opportunities currently exist. Practitioners at the forefront of this fast-evolving field will be in a strong position to provide best-evidence care to surgical patients, to improve their outcomes and experiences. 

This online master's is designed around an exciting international syllabus, giving you the advanced knowledge and understanding to treat patients who are contemplating, undergoing or recovering from surgery. 

You will learn by walking the patient journey, from diagnosis to discharge, delve into specific patient needs, and become highly adept at-risk assessment and analysing patient outcomes. We include modules designed to support those who work exclusively in the Operating Theatre Department, as surgical or anaesthetic workers or as Recovery Room nurses.

UCL is home to the Centre for Perioperative Medicine which benefits from collaboration with a wide range of professional groups within the university, international experts, and similarly progressive units throughout the worldwide surgical community. This wealth of knowledge and expertise has enabled the development of a high-quality programme delivered directly by experts to students.

The programme is relevant to an international community of learners, who will benefit from growing their network and expertise through shared online education.

Who this course is for

This MSc programme attracts doctors, including anaesthetists, surgeons, physicians, as well as specialist nurses, pharmacists and many other professionals engaged in the management of patients in the perioperative period. Each is committed to developing expertise in perioperative care through active participation in this innovative education forum.

The course also offers an additional route of study exclusively for operating theatre practitioners, who work as surgical or anaesthetic workers or as recovery room nurses. All these students will be following a professional training programme in their own place of work.

What this course will give you

Access to material written and/or reviewed by more than 40 international expert authors from over 25 international institutions to provide a state-of-the-art, evidence-based course of the highest academic quality.

Excellent collaborative links with similarly progressive units throughout the worldwide surgical community.

Engagement with some of the key opinion leaders in perioperative medicine, including health services researchers, statisticians, health economists, social anthropologists, and many other professionals.

Academic confidence and experience with quality improvement strategies and systematic reviews.

An introduction to the concepts associated with managing change in practice, aspects of quality, safety and leadership, and common pathologies including ageing, cardiovascular disease and the epidemiology of surgical morbidity and mortality.


UCL's Perioperative Medicine (POM) MSc will provide an internationally recognised academic qualification with real value in the workplace, as it prepares graduates for senior leadership positions in the field. 

You will develop a deep understanding of the evidence base, and utilising this to effect changes in perioperative process and outcome is central to the programme.

Not only will graduates have enhanced their individual clinical knowledge, skills and attitudes, but they will also be equipped to influence POM service development and to teach and train the next generation of healthcare workers.

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