Course Comparison

Course MSc Surgical Care Practitioner (Abdominal, Pelvic and General Surgery) MSc Contemporary Healthcare (Education)
Award Master of Science - MSc Master of Science - MSc
Duration 1 year 3 years
Course type Part-time Part-time
Placement - -
Location Plymouth Plymouth
Provider School of Nursing and Midwifery School of Nursing and Midwifery
Entry requirements

To apply for this programme, you'll need:

  • a named consultant surgeon who will be your clinical supervisor
  • a current and live registration with either the Nursing and Midwifery Council (Part 1 or 2) or the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • successful completion of PgDip Surgical Care Practitioner (Cardiothoracic Surgery) or equivalent
  • a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check (previously CRB)
  • a satisfactory occupational health clearance.


A relevant degree with honours or an equivalent professional qualification. Other qualifications accompanied by substantial experience in an appropriate field may also be considered. Non-standard applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

You must be employed full-time in an appropriate role within a suitable hospital able to provide training with a UK setting, and you must have support of the clinical manager to undertake this programme of study whilst employed.


We are unable to take international students on this programme as they have to be in an employed position as a trainee surgical care practitioner.


Scholarships are available for postgraduate taught programmes. Tell me more about scholarships and bursaries.

To be eligible for the MSc Contemporary Healthcare (Education) you must:

  • be registered in the same part or sub-part of the register as the students you support
  • have completed three years post-registration experience
  • have extended your professional knowledge, skills and competency to at least first degree level
  • have access to HEI undergraduate and post-registration/ postgraduate learning opportunities
  • support inter-professional learning and working and support practice development
  • contribute to decisions about fitness for practice
  • have the ability to teach and assess in HEI and practice setting.