PDIP Oncoplastic Breast Surgery

"It was a perfect way to get the theoretical knowledge to complement the practical aspects of my training."

In their words

Dr Sarah Tang

Key facts

(REF, 2014)


Join UEA's award-winning online Specialist Clinical Mastership in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery - Europe's highest qualification lead by the UK's leading Oncoplastic Consultants.

Why Choose This Course

  • Developed with support from the Royal College of Surgeons (England), ABS, BAPRAS and an active 150-strong specialist faculty, we offer a unique solution to the training problems facing surgeons looking to progress in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery
  • 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 us the Gold award in 2013 for ‘Best Online Distance Learning Programme’

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 in breast or plastic surgery from the UK and worldwide. If you are a surgeon with relevant experience who is not on a formal training programme we would also welcome your application which will be considered on merit.

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 12 January 2018. Applications must be complete by this date, including all supporting documents and references.

Course Modules 2018/9

Students must study the following modules for 40 credits:

Name Code Credits


You'll cover the following areas of benign breast disease and mastalgia, nipple discharge and breast infection, congenital and acquired breast anomalies, family history and imaging, lymphatic system, management of B3 lesions screening plus the QA process.




You'll cover screening and DCIS, management of the axilla, postmenopausal breast cancer, premenopausal breast cancer, locally advanced breast cancer, breast cancer in young women and metastatic breast cancer.



Students must study the following modules for 60 credits:

Name Code Credits


You'll cover the following areas of the principles of implant selection, implant/ADM immediate/delayed breast reconstruction, LD reconstruction, TRAM/DIEP reconstruction, other free flaps and LN transfer, secondary breast reconstruction, symmetrisation and NAC reconstruction.




You'll cover pre-operative decision making, local glandular displacement, principles of mammoplasty, therapeutic mammoplasty, local pedicle flaps, lipomodelling and breast symmetrisation.




The module examines service improvement and innovation and provides the scope and skills for you to undertake an evidence-based service improvement project. At the start of this module you must begin to think about your Research Dissertation. It is your responsibility to find a local Supervisor, who will be the primary contact during the dissertation, to arrange sponsorship, funding and ethics.



Students must study the following modules for 20 credits:

Name Code Credits


The aim of this 16 week module is to equip you with the skills and knowledge required to function as a consultant oncoplastic surgeon in the NHS as set out in the 'e-learning for Health' Clinical Leadership Competency Framework.




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.

Further Reading

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject MBBS or overseas equivalent
  • Degree Classification Pass, merit or equivalent
  • Special Entry Requirements ST 5 or above, Associate Specialist (2 years in breast surgery), GMC registered and MRCS or equivalent.

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 for the 2018 course is 12 January 2018. Applications must be complete by this date, including all supporting documents and references.


In the first two years, you will be required to attend a module study day each 16 weeks and to sit an exam after 32 weeks.  These events will be held either at UEA or other publicised venues; details will follow shortly.

Fees and Funding

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

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

Fees for the full course running from Jan 2019 will be:

  • UK/EU Students: £6,200
  • Overseas Students: £10,534

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.

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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    admissions@uea.ac.uk or
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