PDIP Coloproctology

Key facts

(REF, 2014)


Join UEA's award-winning online Specialist Clinical Mastership in Coloproctology - Europe's highest qualification taught by coloproctology consultants.

What does this course offer?

  • Developed with support from the Royal College of Surgeons (England), ACPGBI and a large active specialist faculty, we offer a unique solution to the training problems facing surgeons looking to progress in Coloproctology
  • Using an innovative online delivery, developed in-house over five years by a specialist team at Norwich Medical School, you’ll experience a challenging and rewarding educational experience
  • The Specialist Clinical Masterships (SCM) course is highly flexible and tailored specifically around the working lives of busy surgical practitioners
  • Most teaching and learning is via our dedicated Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which hosts a thriving online community of specialists from all over the world
  • Our focus on assessment of surgical skills combined with the rapid development of consultant-level critical thinking and communication earned the SCM programme the Gold award in 2013 for ‘Best Online Distance Learning Programme’
  • The Masters and PG Diploma are the only courses to formally qualify specialists in Coloproctology. 

Your online learning experience

  • As an SCM student you’ll engage fully online, in discussions on realistic cases, supported by continual assessments of your surgical knowledge, critical thinking and decision-making
  • All participation is asynchronous so you will never need to log on at set times
  • Each tutor-mediated forum discussion takes on a life of its own, fuelled 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 cases
  • In addition to online learning, if you are an EU or UK student you’ll attend face to face training days with tutors every 16 weeks. All training days are recorded and made available to our international students online.

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 trainees from ST5 and above, Speciality doctors / Associate Specialists (2 years in colorectal surgery) or equivalent from the UK and worldwide.

Student successes

Past students have cited a swift progression to more senior positions from having undertaken the Masters course. In particular, students report greater confidence in MDTs and their communication with peers and senior colleagues. You can expect to be able to apply knowledge and skills gained on the course directly to cases within weeks of starting.


We take assessment very seriously. There is a formal exam (2 papers) during each of the first two years for all Diploma and Masters students. Our international students sit the exam in their home countries. We also hold an OSCE exam, hosted in the UK for all Masters students to demonstrate their (non-surgical) procedural knowledge in planning and decision-making. All Masters students are monitored, through log-book evaluation, to ensure they have the necessary index surgical procedures required to qualify for the MS.

The deadline for applications for the 2018 course is 30 November 2017.

Course Modules 2017/8

Students must study the following modules for 40 credits:

Name Code Credits


The aim of this module is to demonstrate understanding of applied basic sciences including patho- physiological derangements in patients presenting with colorectal emergencies. They should demonstrate competency in managing patients with large bowel obstruction, massive lower GI bleeding, colorectal trauma, colonic perforation, ano-rectal emergencies, anastomotic leak, toxic megacolon and complications of diverticular disease.




Trainees will be competent in the appropriate diagnosis, evaluation and management of neoplastic diseases of the small bowel, colon and rectum. (anal cancer included in proctology module).



Students must study the following modules for 60 credits:

Name Code Credits








This is a CORE module on the MS, it is an optional module for the Postgraduate Diploma.



Students must study the following modules for 20 credits:

Name Code Credits


At the end of this module, student should be able to: 1. Critically discuss the inter personal skills required to manage conflict resolution drawing on examples in their working environment 2. Critically discuss the skills of innovation in developing creative solutions to problems arising within a team 3. Evaluate the processes required to develop a team to achieve new goals. 4. Summarise and evaluate the principles of service re-design 5. Analyse examples of coaching skills used to develop a team member to introduce single steps of change in a service re-design programme 6. Develop a business case to support the introduction of new technology to enhance onco-plastic breast surgery within their local health economy 7. Evaluate the key challenges for their clinical team within the latest government policies and financial constraints. Lead the team in formulating appropriate strategies to maintain highest standards of service within these constraints.




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. 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 ST 5 or above or equivalent; Speciality Doctor/Associate specialists (2 years in colorectal surgery) or equivalent; GMC or equivalent; MRCS or equivalent

Entry Requirement

Students must provide a current, full CV when they apply.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We 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, we require evidence of proficiency in English. We also will require a certain standard to be achieved on the written element of the test. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 7.0 (minimum 7.0 in all component)
  • PTE: 68 (minimum 68 in all components)

All scores must be less than two years old.


The next intake starts on 22 January 2018. There is no September intake to this course.

The deadline for applications is 30 November 2017.

Fees and Funding

Fees for the full course running from Jan 2018 will be:

  • UK/EU Students: £6,000
  • Overseas Students: £9,865

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.

You can apply online, or by downloading the application form.

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
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

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

    Next Steps

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