Courses and qualifications in Perioperative Medicine


The Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine course is based on areas of clinical practice and professional skills that are relevant to all anaesthetic trainees.

Face-to-face tuition will be provided in cutting-edge aspects of patient care using an evidence based approach to provide knowledge of clinical practice which extends beyond the scope of the training programme and represents many of the most important areas of development for clinical anaesthesia. The course also includes modules which enable students to gain an in-depth understanding of the professional skills essential for a successful career in the NHS.

Key Facts

MSc, PGDip, PGCert
Part-time: 3 years

Eligible applicants


Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath and the University of Brighton Falmer campus

Course Leader
Dr Chris Carey

General enquiries

Key Areas of Study

  • Assessment and optimisation
  • High-risk anaesthesia
  • Emergency care
  • Research methods and critical appraisal
  • Communication, learning and teaching in health and social care
  • Leadership and change management in clinical services

Course Structure
Modules are assessed by 3,000 word written assignments which are centred on case studies or a relevant topic agreed between the student and the module leader.

Assessment and Optimisation (20 credits)
High Risk Anaesthesia (20 credits)
Research Methods and Critical Appraisal (20 credits)

PGCert modules PLUS
Emergency Care (20 credits)
Leading and Transforming Services (20 credits)
Communication, Learning and Teaching in Health and Social Care (20 credits)

PGDip modules PLUS
Dissertation (60 credits)

Career Opportunities
This course is intended to provide anaesthetists with the clinical and professional skills they need to achieve high levels of success in consultant practice.

The course content has been carefully considered to reflect the needs of NHS trusts when recruiting consultant staff and also the wider priorities of the NHS in developing clinical leadership, service development and education.

Entry Requirements
Applicants should have a medical degree plus a minimum of two years’ UK National Health Service experience in anaesthesia. Applicants are normally expected to be in clinical practice throughout the course.

This course is only open to applications from UK/ EU/ Island residents.

Fees and Funding
The fees listed below are the overall costs for full-time courses taken in the academic year 2018-19. Where courses are taken part-time over more than one academic year, fees are usually charged pro-rata for the modules taken during each academic year.

UK / EU / Island students £7,840

UK/ EU/ Island students £5,226

UK/ EU/ Island students £2,613

HEKSS bursaries for up to 60% of course fees are available for anaesthetic trainees working within the NHS. Please ask for further details.

All BSMS students on Masters courses accredited jointly by the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton, including the PG Clinical Diploma Physician Associate course, are eligible to apply for University of Sussex postgraduate scholarships in 2018/19.

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