Course Overview

The degree in Surgery (MCh) is designed to enhance the academic and professional development of surgical trainees and to improve patient safety. Running parallel with the basic surgical training scheme (BST), this programme will provide surgical trainees with the academic and scientific research skills needed for progression to higher surgical training schemes and academic surgery.

MCh students learn in a highly interactive environment, and are involved in the creation of surgical scenarios using high fidelity simulation. The combination of professional surgical training and research output will appeal to graduates intending to apply for higher surgical training (HST) schemes in surgery or similar medical specialties. Surgeons require recognised postgraduate research and academic qualifications for progression to higher surgical training schemes.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Who Teaches this Course

Dr John Newell
Dr Paul O’Connor
Dr Roisin Dwyer
Dr Micheál Newell
Dr Nicola Miller
Dr Dara Devitt

Requirements and Assessment

Assessment is via continuous assessment, evaluation of contribution to group discussions, module projects and research thesis.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Successful candidates will hold a primary degree in Medicine and be conferred with the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, and Bachelor of Obstetrics. They should also be selected for the Basic Surgical Training Programme (BST) national programme. Candidates not on the BST programme may be eligible and will be interviewed. Successful candidates should be registered with the Irish Medical Council. Competence in English language equivalent to IELTS 6.5 is required.

Additional Requirements


1 year, full-time (in service)
2 years, part-time

Next start date

September 2016

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

Please see the review/closing dates for further information.

Next start date

September 2016

NFQ level

Mode of study


ECTS weighting




PAC code

GYM51 full-time
GYM62 part-time

Course Outline

The programme consists of six innovative modules and a research thesis designed around the two core learning outcomes of the MCh—the surgeon as a scholar and the surgeon as an advocate for patient safety. The modules (60 ECTS) include: Informatics, Research Methods, Biostatistics, Surgical Laboratory Skills, Patient Safety and Human Factors, Surgical Education, and a Research Thesis (30 ECTS). The topic of the thesis will be chosen by the Professor of Surgery in consultation with the candidate and their surgical tutor. With all candidates working full-time, the programme modules are delivered using flexible, interactive, and modern learning methodologies, with workshops scheduled for weekends. The MCh may be taken part-time over 2 years, or 1 year full-time (12 months).

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates will provide evidence-based practice and research in the field of surgery. Upgraded knowledge, skills and attitudes provide a new dimension to day-to-day care of patients in need of surgical procedures.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,345 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Tuition

€5,121 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Non EU

€13,750 p.a. 2015/16

Full time EU fee for M.Ch. Surgery €5,345 p.a. [GYM51]

Part time EU fee for M.Ch. Surgery €2,730 p.a. [GYM52]

Find out More

Programme Director

Professor Michael Kerin
T: +353 91 524 390




 National Postgraduate Course of the Year (Health Science) 2014