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Master of Surgery


Course details

Each unique Masters in Surgery (MCh) project is carried out over a minimum of one year and a maximum of two years (full-time).

Within this time you will be guided through your research project with the support of your supervisors and the RCSI School of Postgraduate Studies.

Develop your skills as a researcher at RCSI

You will have a range of resources, research development opportunities and training at your disposal during your MCh, including:

  • Core and optional modules as part of our research development training – all MCh scholars are expected to complete the Postgraduate Essentials (PC01) and Research Ethics and Integrity (PC04) core modules as part of their degree.
  • Access to the Vitae Researcher Development Framework, which allows you to map your competencies, identify areas for improvement and develop transferable skills
  • Dissemination of your research. The perfect starting point for this is our annual Research Day; apply for a poster or oral presentation and practice key presenting and communication skills.
  • Dedicated write-up space in our Postgraduate Suite in our new Library.

Key milestones

1. Project proposal

With the help of your supervisors, you will submit a comprehensive project proposal when applying to RCSI. This will help you to form a solid plan and kick-start your research.

2. Research development

Participate in the four core modules (PC01-PC04) on offer during your studies.

3. Submit your thesis

One external examiner and one internal examiner will assess your thesis. Thesis examination details are available here.

4. Graduation

If the thesis is deemed of sufficient quality, you will be conferred with an RCSI degree in your chosen field.