Master of Surgery (by module)

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EU: €6,300 / Non-EU: €12,579 1/2 Years Apply

Course Description

The Master of Surgery (MCh) by module is the first in Ireland to incorporate a taught component in addition to the research dissertation.

Available over one year on a full-time basis or two years part-time, programme modules are designed to equip you with a versatile skill set that will help you better meet the demands of higher surgical training.

The programme greatly benefits medical graduates planning a surgical career in obtaining a higher degree in surgery. This programme can be undertaken before, during or on completion of a structured surgical training programme.

Learning outcomes

This programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge to:

  • Understand the major principles of healthcare ethics and law and their application to a surgical setting.
  • Understand the legal, regulatory and ethical requirements in the conduct of human subject clinical research.
  • Recognise issues and circumstances in healthcare practice and clinical research that raise potential legal liability.
  • Understand the frameworks necessary to analyse and critically evaluate claims based on expert knowledge.
  • Develop an idea into a comprehensive research strategy.
  • Recognise and manage errors in surgical practice due to human error or medical/surgical devices.
  • Understand the medical device design and development process, from concept to commercialisation.
  • Comprehend the role of surgery in global health and policymaking in emerging health systems of developing countries.
  • Analyse stakeholders and organisational culture within the organisation or service which they work.


  • Research Methods: Protocol Design, Development, and Analysis
  • Leading and Managing your Organisation/Service
  • Surgery in the Developing World
  • Research Dissertation

Entry requirements

To be considered eligible for the programme, you must:

  • Hold the degree of MB/BAO/BCh or equivalent medical degree*.
  • Be recognised by the Opens in new windowIrish Medical Council or any other EU medical regulatory registration body.
  • Possess good undergraduate and postgraduate records and references.
  • Must not be in full-time employment.

*A period of no less than three years must have elapsed from the time you obtained your degrees – not less than two years of which must have been spent in the practice of surgery and surgical science – before you can apply for the MCh.

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