Perioperative Medicine MSc

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About the course

Perioperative Medicine MSc

Become a specialist in perioperative medicine on this highly innovative, online master's in perioperative medicine. You can study with us for between one and five years, without having to attend UCL in person. You will be equipped to lead services both in the UK and abroad, study a PhD, or go into a senior position in healthcare management.

About this 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, looking to develop as Surgical First Assistants or Anaesthetic workers or as Recovery practitioners.

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.

Who this course is for

This MSc programme attracts doctors, including anaesthetists, surgeons, physicians, as well as specialist nurses, pharmacists, ODPs, 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.


UCL's Perioperative Medicine MSc provides 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 be able to act on your understanding to bring about changes in perioperative processes and outcomes.

You not only enhance your individual clinical knowledge, skills, and attitudes, you also equip yourself to influence service development and to teach and train the next generation of healthcare workers.

Study mode and duration
Up to five-years flexible

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If you have any questions about studying Perioperative Medicine MSc at UCL, please contact us. You can email the course team at 


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