Master of Surgery (by module)


Course details

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.

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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 This module will equip you with the tools to prepare, manage, and design a substantial research project.
Leading and Managing your Organisation/Service The aim of this module is to provide you with hands-on experience in the industry of medical invention, from identifying unmet needs to developing clinical and market strategies. The module also seeks to build your awareness of the various roles of clinical professionals (surgeons) in the design and development of medical devices.
Surgery in the Developing World The aim of this module is to introduce surgeons in training to the global healthcare context and specific issues relevant to the surgical profession. You are expected to gain awareness of surgical needs unique to developing countries and in humanitarian crises.
Research Dissertation In order to successfully achieve the qualification of a Master of Surgery, you must complete a substantial research dissertation in a specialty of your choice. The dissertation must be original scholastic work, though not necessarily lab- based, suitable for peer-reviewed publication in a journal of high impact. You will consult with supervisors at regular intervals throughout the research process and will have at least six months to complete the dissertation.