What will I learn?

This part-time programme is aimed at registered nurses, doctors, operating department practitioners and other healthcare professionals.

The programme aims to offer knowledge and expertise to provide a transition between theory and your own clinical practice. It draws together a collection of fundamental information in an e-learning format, with an emphasis on the general principles of surgical practice rather than on the management of specific conditions.

The multifaceted nature of caring for surgical patients is evaluated from an evidence-based perspective. Teaching considers the full journey of the surgical patient, starting with admission and preoperative preparation through to postoperative care and discharge.

Professional issues, including clinical governance and inter-professional practice, are also covered. Assessments are structured to enable you to evaluate the topic in relation to your practice areas of interest and professional base.

Many of the modules from this programme can also be studied on a standalone basis.

Distinctive features

  • The only multi-professional, distance-learning surgical practice course in the UK.
  • Our interprofessional approach to enhancing group work, discussion sessions and case-based presentations.
  • The emphasis on a biopsychosocial approach.
  • Longstanding expertise in developing and supporting e-Learning.

Which department am I in?

School of Medicine

Study options

Online/Distance (2 years)

Tuition fees
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Start date

21 September 2020, 20 September 2021

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students will be required to have a bachelor's degree with good grades from recognised Universities and Colleges in the United States to be considered. A minimum GPA of at least 3.0 is usually required and admissions tutors will pay special attention to key subject classes.

For international students

Students need to hold a higher education qualification, minimum of a BSc (Hons) grade 2:2 or equivalent, from a recognised institution.OR Be able to demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the Head of School or nominee, that they have held for a minimum of two years a position of responsibility of relevance to the proposed programme and Be working in a clinical area that is relevant to the programme they are undertaking for the full duration of their studies. (During their studies, if the student's relevant clinical employment ceases or where they are unable to attend work in the necessary clinical setting for any period of time (exceeding 3 months), then they are required to notify the programme team immediately in order that appropriate arrangements can be made. In the case of temporary absence but continued relevant clinical employment, leave of absence (Interruption of Studies) and/or extensions shall be considered. Students need to have an IELTS (Academic) of 6.5 with a 5.5 in each subskill. TOEFL: At least 90 overall with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading, and 20 for speaking.

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About this uni

Cardiff University is recognised by international employers from the globe-over, making its graduates highly sought after.

  • Ranked in the world’s top 100
  • Based in one of the safest capital cities in Europe
  • High quality teaching with highly qualified teaching staff
  • Recently invested GBP600m in its facilities