Advanced Gynaecological Endoscopy MSc

Run in partnership with the British Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy (BSGE), this ground-breaking programme is delivered by academics and clinicians with internationally recognised experience.

Why Surrey?

Our MSc Advanced Gynaecological Endoscopy programme provides gynaecologists with a firm theoretical background in diagnostic and operative gynaecological endoscopy, in combination with the development of clinical competence in operative laparoscopy and hysteroscopy.

Programme overview

The programme, run through a partnership between the British Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy (BSGE) and the University of Surrey, is aimed at gynaecologists in the UK and overseas with experience in gynaecological endoscopy. It is designed to allow participants to complete modules alongside their clinical development, and therefore will be particularly suitable for consultants and specialist registrars (or equivalent overseas grades).

The programme is delivered by academics and clinicians, many of whom have internationally recognised expertise. Our clinical advisors are Drs Andrew Kent and Christopher Guyer. Teaching is in the form of seminars, small group tutorials, workgroups and hands-on supervised clinical training. Students are provided with literature prior to attending via the university’s Virtual Learning Environment so that they can prepare for seminar discussions.

Module overview

Instrumentation, Surgical Safety and Risk Assessment

This module considers the principles of safe laparoscopic surgery, including the recognition and treatment of complications. The theory of optics and electronics of equipment, and the recording of operative images are also considered. The skills required for auditing clinical activity are developed.

Evidence-based Practice and Critical Appraisal

Within this module students will learn the skills of evidence-based practice, including the process of turning clinical problems into searchable questions, searching databases for evidence, critically appraising different types of evidence, and incorporating evidence into practice.

The Pathophysiology and Management of Adnexal Disease

This module considers the pathophysiology of different adnexal diseases and the appropriate diagnostic tests and management strategies for dealing with these. Students will also develop advanced surgical skills for the treatment of adnexal disease.

The Pathophysiology and Management of Endometriosis and Adhesions

This module considers the pathophysiology of endometriosis and the theories of its aetiology. Students will learn about different management techniques for endometriosis, and the relationship between endometriosis, adhesive tubal disease following pelvic infection, and infertility.

Advanced Surgical Techniques and Application of Medical Physics

This module will explore current technologies used in gynaecological endoscopy, and a detailed understanding of applied physics relating to energy sources is developed. Students will also develop advanced laparoscopic techniques such as intracorporeal and extracorporeal suturing.

The Pathophysiology and Management of Advanced Endometriosis

This module considers management strategies in the diagnosis and treatment of advanced endometriosis. Students will understand how the pelvic anatomy becomes distorted through endometriosis and how to recognise abnormal anatomy. Students will also develop advanced surgical techniques for dealing with recto-vaginal disease.

The Pathophysiology and Management of Uterine Disease

This module considers the laparoscopic and hysteroscopic management of abnormal uterine bleeding and uterine diseases. Theories underpinning the management of uterine disease are discussed and advanced laparoscopic and hysteroscopic skills are developed.

Principles of Research Methods

Within this module, students will learn the principles behind different research methods and will be able to use this knowledge to design an appropriate research project.

Application of Research Methods

This module allows students to put the research knowledge and skills gained into practice. Students will participate in all the stages of a research project and will gain the skills necessary for designing and undertaking the research dissertation.

 In this module, students will be guided through the process of research and will be supervised in undertaking their own research project.

Module dates

Module Attendance Credits
Induction Day 22 October 2014 -
Instrumentation, Surgical Safety and Risk Assessment 23-25 October 2014 15
Evidence-based Practice and Critical Appraisal 12-14 January  2015 15
The Pathophysiology and Management of Adnexal Disease 19-21 March 2015 15
The Pathophysiology and Management of Endometriosis and Adhesions 19-21 March 2015 15
OSCE (1)          12 June 2015  
Potential Exit with PGCert
Principles of Research Methods 15-16 June 2015 15
Advanced Surgical Techniques and Application of Medical Physics 19-21 November 2014 15
The Pathophysiology and Management of Advanced Endometriosis 19-21 June 2016 15
The Pathophysiology and Management of Uterine Disease 19-21 June 2016 15
OSCE (2)            11 June 2016  
Potential Exit with PGDip
Application of Research Methods 28-30 September 2015 15
Dissertation 20 September 2016 45
Exit with MSc

Why study Advanced Gynaecological Endoscopy?

  • A unique partnership between the British Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy (BSGE) and the University of Surrey has led to this ground-breaking programme of study. It combines thorough academic training with clinical skills training and is taught by recognised experts in the field
  • You will gain academic knowledge and skills in areas such as critical appraisal of published literature, application of evidence in clinical practice, understanding of the legal and ethical aspects of your work and the principles and application of research methods
  • Clinical skills will be enhanced in areas such as the use of endoscopic equipment, the management of adnexal and uterine disease and the management of endometriosis
  • If you wish to specialise in gynaecological endoscopy, the programme will establish a firm foundation for your future. If you are an experienced gynaecological endoscopist, you will enjoy the stimulus of looking at familiar work from a more critical perspective
  • Members of the British Society of Gynaecological Endoscopy are eligible to apply for a bursary to assist with course fees.

Time commitment

Each module requires 150 hours of blended learning time made up of a combination of face-to-face contact within the University, time with your clinical preceptor and personal learning time. The personal learning time allows you to read through the pre-module reading pack, undertake any pre-module tasks and, following attendance at the University, undertake each of the module assignments.

To reduce the visits required to the University, some of the modules have been designed to run back-to-back; for example, the Pathophysiology and Management of Adnexal Disease and the Pathophysiology and Management of Endometriosis and Adhesions modules each have one and a half days of contact but are scheduled together in a three-day block.

Over the complete MSc programme you will be required to attend the University on eight separate occasions. Outside of these scheduled visits, individuals will need to negotiate contact with their dissertation supervisor and their personal tutor as required.

The MSc contains ten separate modules, one of which is the research dissertation.

The Postgraduate Certificate award comprises four separate modules and no dissertation.

The Postgraduate Diploma comprises eight modules and no dissertation.

Teaching and assessment

All modules are formally assessed with either a written assignment, Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), or a critical reflective portfolio (which includes a log of clinical activity and a casebook of clinical competence) and case-based discussion.

Each critical reflective portfolio contains:

  • A clinical casebook of specified clinical procedures undertaken and assessed as competent by the preceptor
  • A 1,000-word summary of the ‘cases’ undertaken
  • A 2,000-word critical reflection on the clinical experience
  • A logbook of all clinical procedures undertaken during the clinical training programme

Each case-based discussion will include:

  • Three case summaries related to clinical conditions within the relevant module
  • Each case should contain:
    • 200-word summary of clinical presentation
    • 300-word referenced discussion of the case management
  • A logbook of all clinical procedures undertaken during the clinical training programme

MSc

All students registered on the MSc will be required to complete the following assessments:

  • Four 2,500–3,000-word written assignments
  • Two case-based discussions
  • Two 2,000-word critical reflective portfolios
  • Two OSCE examinations
  • One 12,000–15,000-word dissertation
  • One oral examination relating to the dissertation

PGDip

All students registered on the Postgraduate Diploma will be required to complete the following assessments:

  • Four 2,500–3,000-word written assignments
  • Two case-based discussions
  • Two 2,000-word critical reflective portfolios
  • Two OSCE examinations

PGCert

All modules are formally assessed with either a written assignment or a critical reflective portfolio (which includes a log of clinical activity and a casebook of clinical competence).

All students registered on the Postgraduate Certificate will be required to complete:

  • Two 2,500–3,000-word written assignments
  • Two case-based discussions
  • One OSCE examination

Clinical casebook procedures

1. The Pathophysiology and Management of Adnexal Disease

a. Ectopic pregnancy b. Salpingectomy/salpingo oophorectomy c. Ovarian cystectomy, for example, benign germ cell tumour d. Assessment of complex adnexal mass

2. The Pathophysiology and Management of Endometriosis and Adhesions

a. Pelvic survey and management of superficial endometriosis b. Management of small endometrioma (<5cm) c. Management of peritubal adhesions +/- cuff salpingostomy d. Division of filmy bowel adhesions to uterine or adnexal structures

3. The Pathophysiology and Management of Uterine Disease*

a. Subtotal hysterectomy or myomectomy with morcellation (under supervision) b. Total laparoscopic/laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy c. Hysteroscopic resection of type 1 or type 2 submucous fibromyoma

4. The Pathophysiology and Management of Advanced Endometriosis*

a. Block dissection of uterosacral ligaments, including entry into the recto-vaginal space b. Dissection of pelvic side wall and ureterolysis (under supervision) c. Treatment of endometrioma (>5cm) adherent to the sidewall

* Not applicable if studying for the PGCert award.

Preceptors

Participants in training grades are required to have a preceptor (mentor) to oversee their clinical work and provide help with their clinical casebook. Participants, such as UK consultants, regularly undertaking unsupervised surgical procedures in advanced gynaecological endoscopy are not required to have a preceptor, although they may wish to. They will, however, be required to complete a logbook of all their relevant clinical activity and will need to submit recordings of the casebook procedures.

Prior to being accepted onto the programme, all students in training grades will need to have secured a clinical placement in the UK or abroad and an appropriate preceptor who must be approved by the Clinical Programme Director. Preceptors are required to be a member of the BSGE or working in a BSGE-approved centre and be undertaking a range of level 3 endoscopic procedures (as classified by the Royal College of Gynaecology).

The preceptor has five key tasks:

  • To establish and oversee a learning programme with the trainee, based on mandatory learning outcomes and individually identified learning needs
  • To encourage the trainee to develop their skills and knowledge through reading and discussion about cases with the preceptor and other hospital colleagues, as well as through a process of reflection
  • To provide time in which to discuss cases and reflect on learning
  • To provide the opportunity for the trainee to undertake surgical procedures under the supervision of the preceptor
  • To assess the trainee’s clinical competence in carrying out specified surgical procedures

Academic staff

Teaching staff are drawn from a wide range of experts in the field and the Faculty, and include:

  • Dr Karen Ballard
  • Dr Jill Shawe
  • Mr Andrew Kent
  • Mr Chris Guyer
  • Professor Jeremy Wright
  • Mr James English
  • Professor Chris Sutton
  • Mr Mark Whittaker
  • Dr Tushna Vandrevala
  • Mr Saikat Banerjee
  • Mr Shaheen Khazali

Professional recognition

British Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy

This programme is delivered in partnership with the British Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy. The BSGE was founded in 1989 and exits to improve standards, promote training and encourage the exchange of information in minimal access surgery techniques for women with gynaecological problems. 

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Programme director

Amy Stubbs

Find out more

General Enquiries:

+44 (0)1483 681 681

pg-enquiries@surrey.ac.uk

Admissions Enquiries:

+44-(0)1483-682-222

admissions@surrey.ac.uk

Programme facts

Type of programme:

MSc

Programme length:

  • Part-time: 24-36 months

Start date:

Sep 2014

Entry Requirements

The applicant should be a gynaecologist with experience in gynaecological endoscopy, such as a specialist registrar or consultant (or overseas equivalent), and be competent in both written and spoken English. Applicants in training posts are required to have an approved preceptor before they can be accepted onto the programme.

You will take up to three modules as standalone courses before registering retrospectively for the MSc and counting the accumulated credits towards your degree.

English language requirements

IELTS min overall 7.0

IELTS min by component 6.5

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Fees

Study mode Start date UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Part-time Sep 2014 £980 per module £1,400 per module

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2014/15 only. All fees are subject to annual review.

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