Master of Surgery Coloproctology

Part Time
Postgraduate Credit (non-award bearing)


Your online learning will be supported by continual formative assessments of your surgical knowledge, critical thinking and decision-making.

As a student on this course, you’ll take part in fully-online, tutor-mediated discussions, centered around realistic cases, within our VLE. This innovative course is based around six advanced modules, covering all areas of coloproctology and a host of relevant transferrable skills. The course is designed to complement your day-to-day clinical practice, so each session is delivered asynchronously, meaning that you won’t need to log-on at set times. For each module you will be expected to actively contribute to the online forum, which will focus on clinical discussions of cases. Your online learning will be supported by continual formative assessments of your surgical knowledge, critical thinking and decision-making.


Practicing coloproctologists are naturally able to bring their own experiences into the discussions hence this programme, which is based on our 2011 gold-award winning surgical Masters, has gone from strength to strength to be a unique specialist course, delivered worldwide.

Course Structure

This course is comprised of six, 16-week-long online modules, providing advanced learning in the following specialist areas:

  • Colorectal Emergencies
  • Neoplasia
  • Research, Audit and Service Evaluation
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Proctology and Functional Bowel Disorders
  • Integrated Research 
  • Clinical Leadership and management     

Each module is delivered in two-week topics, with learning outcomes mapped to the UK ISCP colorectal surgery curriculum. Every student is different, but you will be required to undertake up to 10 hours of independent study each week, which can include:

  • Reading core texts and the latest clinical papers relating to the cases being discussed
  • Discussing an online clinical case with your peers to draw out learning opportunities and evidence-based practice
  • Completing formative assessments to aid your learning, including multiple choice questions and script concordance tests
  • Constructing a personal management plan for the clinical case to demonstrate your understanding of the topic
  • You will need to demonstrate a minimum of 80% online engagement to receive CPD accreditation for each module.

The course offers you two routes of study, accredited and non-accrediited - you need to let us know before you start the module which route you would like to follow. To obtain an accrediited module, you will be required to undertake a written assessment at the end of the module. The non-accredited route provides CPD points and a document specifying the topics you have covered.

If you are working towards a University accredited module, you will undertake a summative written assessment at the end of the module to earn 20 credits. Acquire 60 credits and you can leave with a Postgraduate Certificate in Coloproctology. Successfully complete assessments for 6 modules and this will result in120 credits to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. If you decide to go on to complete a 60 credit dissertation project, you will achieve 180 credits in total, and be awarded a Master’s degree (MS/MCh) in Coloproctology


All teaching takes place online, using a range of teaching techniques, including peer-group (PBL) discussion and specialist formative testing.

Our e-tutors are all highly experienced senior consultant clinicians working both in the UK and internationally, so you will be able to maximise your exposure to global discussions and comparisons of best practice.

Independent Study

We hope you would allocate time for background reading and we provide you with access to the UEA online library to access all the materials you need for your evidence-based learning. It is highly likely that as a practicing surgeon, you will complete the course in parallel with your clinical duties in coloproctology which means that you can put into practice what you learn straight away; this combination of clinical practice and Problem Based Learning is a powerful one for your professional development.

After the course

This course attracts both trainees and senior consultants seeking to acquire new or develop existing skills and credentials in an ever-more competitive, global arena. Our graduates tell us that they feel more confident, knowledgeable and better equipped for their roles. To discover more about the course, please email the admini team on: If you have a specific question about your eligibility for the course in terms of your surgical experience, please contact the course leader Mr Chris Speakman on

Career Destinations

The course develops critical thinking and decision-making skills, which are the key skills for consultants in specialist medicine.

Course related costs

Core recommended textbooks are cited throughout the modules, which can be obtained locally through medical libraries, but you may wish to purchase your own. If you choose to undertake the summative assessment for each module, and if this is in the form of a face-to-face written paper, you will need to cover any travel and accommodation costs associated with this.

Teaching and Assessment

Each module is undertaken in isolation without an assessment component, allowing you to gain CPD evidence for your portfolio. However, if you do want to obtain formal university credits to contribute towards a postgraduate qualification, you will need to successfully complete a written assessment for each module.

The summative assessment comprises of a written reflective essay-style assessment, which will be submitted and marked online.

The research and management modules will require the online submission of a piece of written work, which will be marked according to the UEA postgraduate senate scale, the national scale for higher education marking.

Course Modules 2019/0


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject MBBS or overseas equivalent
  • Degree Classification Pass, merit or equivalent
  • Special Entry Requirements MRCS examination or equivalent

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit fully from postgraduate study – which are conducted in English - we require evidence of proficiency in English.  Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 7.0 (minimum 7.0 in each section )

  • PTE (Pearson): 65 (minimum 65 in each section)

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests. 

Fees and Funding

The fee for a single module (not including the dissertation) is £1,000, which includes all tuition and assessment associated with the module. Modules undertaken as CPD only (without formal assessment) will be the same cost as the fully assessed module.

  1. Completion and passing of 3 modules can lead to a PG Certificate in Coloproctology

  2. Completion and passing of 6 modules can lead to a PG Diploma in Coloproctology

  3. Completion and passing of 6 modules plus the dissertation can lead to a Masters of Coloproctology

The dissertation component, should you wish to complete a Masters qualification, lasts a complete year and can only be undertaken once the required number of taught modules has been successfully passed. The dissertation fee of £1,500 includes formative e-tutor support and assessment of your dissertation thesis.




For illustration purposes, the total cost for a student wishing to complete a masters, starting in Jan 2020 would be 6 x £530 taught modules (£3180) + £1500 dissertation = £4680



£1500 for the dissertation

For illustration purposes, the total cost should a student wishing to complete a masters is therefore 6 x £1000 taught modules + £1500 dissertation = £7500

Part-time students can pay per module studied. However, module fees may be subject to an annual increase.

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University. Students apply for one stand-alone module initially by applying online. Students wishing to take additional modules in the future can then do so through the UEA Learning and Teaching Service, without needing to reapply.

Further Information

To request further information & to be kept up to date with news & events please use our online enquiry form.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

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