Postgraduate Certificate in Surgical Science and Practice (exit award only) (new regulations)

  • 1. The Medical Sciences Board, jointly with the Continuing Education Board, shall elect for the supervision of the course a Standing Committee, which shall have the power to arrange lectures and other instruction.

  • 2. The Postgraduate Certificate is only available to students admitted for the degree of M.Sc. in Surgical Science and Practice. The course is available on a part time basis only and shall consist of instruction in the theory and practice of Surgical Science and Practice.

  • 3. The policy of the Continuing Education Board on variable intensity part time study shall apply to this award.

  • 4. The minimum period of registration on the Postgraduate Certificate shall be three terms and the maximum period of registration shall be twelve terms.

[For students starting before MT 2017:

  • 5. Every candidate will be required to satisfy the examiners in the following:

    • (a) Participation, to the satisfaction of the Course Director, in any three of the modules selected from either Schedule A or Schedule B below.

    • (b) Written assignments related to each of the modules selected from Schedule A, each of not more than 4,000 words in length.

    • (c) Assignments consisting of multiple choice questions or structured short questions, online project working and practical tests related to each of the modules selected from Schedule B.

  • The assignments set out in clause 5(b) and (c) shall be forwarded, usually through a specified electronic submission system, to the examiners c/o Registry, Department for Continuing Education, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA, for consideration by such date as the examiners shall determine shall notify candidates.]

[For students starting from MT 2017:

  • 5. Candidates must follow a course of instruction for three modules selected from Schedules A and B. Every candidate will be required to satisfy the examiners in the following:

    • (a) Written assignments related to each of the modules selected from Schedule A, each of not more than 4,000 words in length.

    • (b) Assignments consisting of multiple choice questions or structured short questions, online project working and practical tests related to each of the modules selected from Schedule B.

  • The assignments set out in clause 5(a) and (b) shall be submitted via the approved online submission system to the examiners for consideration by such date as the examiners shall determine shall notify candidates.]

  • 6. Candidates may be required to attend a viva voce examination at the end of the course of studies at the discretion of the examiners.

  • 7. The examiners may award a distinction to candidates for the Postgraduate Certificate.

  • 8. Candidates who fail to satisfy the examiners in any of the assignments under [For students starting before MT 2017: 5(b) or (c)] [For students starting from MT 2017: 5(a) or (b)] above may be permitted to resubmit work in respect of the part or parts they have failed on not more than one occasion for each assignment without being required to repeat attendance at the relevant module or modules. The resubmission shall normally be within one year of the original failure.

  • 9. Provided the Standing Committee is satisfied that a student on the award has undertaken equivalent study, of an appropriate standard, normally at another institution of higher education, or has appropriate work experience to an equivalent standard, the committee may permit the candidate to be exempted from [For students starting before MT 2017: attendance and] the submission of a written assignment in respect of up to three modules. In exercising this discretion the Standing Committee shall take into consideration the length of time that has elapsed since the study or work experience was undertaken.

  • 10. The Standing Committee may deem satisfactory completion of a module (including the associated assessment) prior to registration for the award as having met the [For students starting before MT 2017: attendance and] examination requirements in respect of that module. Such discretion will normally only be exercised if the time elapsed between commencement of the accredited module concerned and registration for the award is not more than two years. The maximum number of modules taken prior to registration for the award that may count in this way shall be three.

Schedule A

[For students starting before MT 2018: The practice of evidence-based health care 

Quality improvement science and systems analysis

Introduction to surgical management and leadership

Becoming a medical educator

Any other module as defined by the Course Director and approved by the Standing Committee.]

[For students starting from MT 2018: Evidence Based Surgery

Quality improvement science and systems analysis

Leadership and Management in Health

 Becoming a Clinical Educator

Any other module as defined by the Course Director and approved by the Standing Committee.]

Schedule B

Human factors, teamwork and communication

[For students starting before MT 2018: Surgical technology and robotics]

[For students starting from MT 2018: Healthcare Innovation and Techology]