Part Time
Postgraduate Credit (non-award bearing)


UEA's new international online programme can lead to a Master's degree in Breast Oncoplasty, and was inspired by the award-winning UK Specialist Clinical Mastership degree course in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery.

Why Choose This Course

  • Using an innovative online delivery method, developed by a specialist team at Norwich Medical School, you’ll experience a challenging and rewarding educational experience.
  • All modules are taken as stand-alone options for CPD accreditation, but can build to a full postgraduate award in Breast Oncoplasty.
  • The Mastership course is highly flexible and tailored specifically around the working lives of busy surgical practitioners.
  • All teaching and learning is facilitated by our dedicated Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which hosts a thriving online community of students and senior specialists from all over the world.
  • Our focus on the development and assessment of consultant-level critical thinking and communication earned the Norwich Medical School a Gold award in 2013 for the fore-running UK/EU Specialist Clinical Masterships programmes; this course is based on the same award-winning approach.

Your Online Learning Experience

  • As a Masters student you’ll engage fully online in discussions around realistic cases, supported by continual assessments of your surgical knowledge, critical thinking and decision-making.
  • All participation is asynchronous so you will never be required to log on at set times, and will have flexibility to complete each week's tasks.
  • Each tutor-mediated forum discussion takes on a life of its own, fueled by the growth of shared reading, personal experience and tutor guidance, all contributed at convenient times.
  • Each topic brings new expertise and insights that are directly applicable to your own practice.
  • All students will be expected to actively contribute to each forum of the course, where the clinical discussions around cases will form the basis for learning.

What Experience Do I Need?

The course is highly rigorous, but incredibly rewarding for a motivated candidate wishing to progress quickly in this specialist field. We accept qualified surgeons including general, breast or plastic surgery from the UK and worldwide. All applications are reviewed personally and considered on merit so it is important to include any relevant experience that would support your application. 

Practical experience

There is no practical training provided as this course is delivered on-line.

However, students on this programme will be considered for unpaid observership positions in oncoplastic surgery in the UK, should they wish to take these up. Students may also be eligible to undertake local breast surgery fellowships in their country of residence, where available. It is the responsibility of students to cover travel and accommodation and to ensure the correct visa requirement for any associated trips.


Modules are undertaken in isolation without an assessment component, in order to provide CPD evidence for an individual's portfolio. However, individuals wishing to obtain formal university credits to contribute towards a postgraduate qualification will need to successfully complete a written assessment for each module. All assessment is usually undertaken from within your home country. Details of each assessment will be provided ahead of time within the student handbook.
The deadline for applications for the 2018 course is 10 July 2017.

Student Successes

Past students on our forerunning UK Masters course have cited the course as instrumental in obtaining swift progression to more senior positions. In particular, students report greater confidence in multi-disciplinary team meetings and their communication with peers and senior colleagues. You can expect to be able to apply knowledge and skills gained on this course directly to your current practice.

Course Modules 2018/9

The course offers the flexibility to select modules based on your professional interest rather than students being required to register up-front for the full academic qualification (PG Certificate, Diploma or Masters).  Modules may be studied in any order and you may also choose to study two modules in parallel (option available from July 2018).


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

  • IELTS: 7.0 (minimum 6.0 in each section and 7.0 in writing)

  • PTE (Pearson): 68 (minimum 55 in each section and 68 in writing)

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. We may also accept other evidence of English proficiency so please contact if you wish to check your personal circumstances.


The next intake starts on 17 July 2017 however it is possible to enroll at the start of any module where it is available.

Fees and Funding

The fee for a single module (not including the dissertation) for 2017/18 is £1000, 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 Principles of Breast Oncoplasty

  2. Completion and passing of 6 modules can lead to a PG Diploma in Principles of Breast Oncoplasty

  3. Completion and passing of 6 modules plus the dissertation can lead to a Masters of Surgery in Principles of Breast Oncoplasty

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 £3000 includes formative e-tutor support and assessment of your dissertation thesis.

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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