PG Diploma Onco-Aesthetic Breast Surgery

Part Time
Postgraduate Diploma


This unique course combines the disciplines of oncoplastic and aesthetic breast surgery. Delivered entirely online, our course is designed to provide surgeons the world-over with access to high-quality education in onco-aesthetic breast surgery.

This unique course combines the disciplines of oncoplastic and aesthetic breast surgery. Delivered entirely online, our course is designed to provide surgeons the world-over with access to high-quality education in onco-aesthetic breast surgery. Using training techniques developed over seven years by a specialist team at Norwich Medical School, our course is comprised of six core modules. Each module will allow you to acquire CPD accreditation supporting your professional appraisal, and can also be used to build towards a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma award in Onco-Aesthetic Breast Surgery. This challenging and rewarding programme has a flexible structure designed around the working lives of busy surgical practitioners. It 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.


This unique course will provide accreditation in Breast Surgery techniques, tailored to the need of each individual learner, and utilising existing online modules in oncoplastic and aesthetic breast surgery.

Students will be practising breast and plastic surgeons. They will choose freely from the full range of current online modules available for the established oncoplastic breast courses, and the newly approved aesthetic breast course. In this way, they can build a course which is tailored to their own clinical and educational requirements.

Specialist modules will provide higher level theoretical understanding of all aspects of the management of breast disease, including the development of critical reasoning and decision making for complex breast surgery. Applicants can also choose to enhance their management and leadership skills, and research knowledge by engaging in these stand-alone modules.

Allowing students to select from a full range of currently available modules will empower them to tailor their learning to their individual needs, and thus support their clinical and professional practice accordingly. Students will be able to enrol on a maximum of two modules simultaneously, thus providing sufficient time to engage with the educational process and achieve the required online participation and assessment standards.

Course Structure

You can choose to undertake a combination of the following 16-week-long online modules, providing advanced learning opportunities in oncological and aesthetic breast surgery.

You must complete at least one oncoplastic module and one aesthetic module within your studies to qualify for the combined onco-aesthetic award.

Oncoplastic modules

  • Benign breast disease
  • Malignant breast disease
  • Oncoplastic breast conserving surgery
  • Oncoplastic breast reconstruction

Aesthetic modules

  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breast Reduction
  • Mastopexy
  • Complex aesthetic breast surgery

Generic modules

  • Leadership and management
  • Integrated research module

Each module is structured as 7 or 8 two-week topics, with learning outcomes mapped to the UK ISCP breast surgery curriculum, which all UK surgeons are expected to work to. We designate time for background reading and revision, and you will be required to undertake approximately 10 hours of independent study each week, including:

  • Reading core texts and the latest clinical papers
  • 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 (SCT). SCTs help you develop your critical thinking.
  • Constructing a personal management plan for the clinical case to demonstrate your understanding of the topic and develop your decision-making skills.

You will need to demonstrate a minimum of 80% online engagement to receive CPD accreditation for each module. Following adequate online participation and successful completion of a summative assessment covering the 16-week module, you will be awarded 20 credits. If you acquire 60 credits at the end of your first year and decide to leave the course, you’ll finish with a Postgraduate Certificate; 120 credits (6 modules) over two years will earn you a Postgraduate Diploma if you decide to leave. However if you choose to progress to complete your third year with its dissertation module, you’ll earn 180 credits and a Master of Surgery degree.

Teaching and Learning


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

Our e-tutors are all highly experienced senior 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

You will complete the course in parallel with your clinical duties in breast or plastic surgery. We allocate time for background reading and will provide you with access to the UEA online library to facilitate your evidence-based learning.


You will need to demonstrate a minimum of 80% online engagement to receive CPD accreditation for each module. You will also have the option to take a summative written assessment for each module; complete it successfully and you’ll be awarded 20 university credits. Acquire 60 credits and, in addition to your CPD accreditation, you’ll also be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate. Successfully complete assessments for 6 modules and you’ll acquire 120 credits and receive a Postgraduate Diploma. The assessment format is a reflective essay, which will be submitted and marked online, and which can also be utilised as evidence towards your professional portfolio. Your research and management modules will involve the online submission of a piece of written work, marked according to the UEA postgraduate senate scale.

Study abroad or Placement Year

Students on this programme will be considered for unpaid observership positions in oncoplastic surgery in the UK. You may also be eligible to undertake local breast surgery fellowships in your country of residence, where available. It will be your own responsibility to arrange and pay for your travel and accommodation for any trip, and to ensure you have any required visas in place.

After the course

Past students have cited a swift progression to more senior positions having completed our full Master’s course. They’ve also reported additional benefits, such as confidence in multidisciplinary teams and improved communication with peers, senior colleagues and patients.

You can expect to apply the knowledge and skills you’ll gain immediately in your clinical practice.

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.

Course Modules 2020/1

Students will select 20 - 40 credits from the following modules:


Name Code Credits


This module covers Benign Breast Disease and Mastalgia, Family History and Imaging, Congenital and Acquired Breast Anomalies, Nipple Discharge and Breast Infection, Screening and QA Process, Patient Declining Treatment / B3 Lesions and the Lymphatic System




This module will provide participants with comprehensive knowledge in all aspects of breast augmentation, including the assessment of patients, consideration of psychosocial issues, informed consent, selection of appropriate devices, optimal peri-operative care, management of post-operative complications and effective addressing of medico-legal issues. Topics will be discussed in depth on-line, analysing the most up-to-date evidence and identifying models of best practice. Participants will develop their decision-making and critical thinking skills, and can compare their learning to expert opinions in the field.




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 will begin to think about your Research Dissertation. It will be your responsibility to find a local Supervisor, who will be the primary contact during the dissertation, to arrange sponsorship, funding and ethics.






Students will select 20 - 40 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits


This module covers: Principles of Implant Selection Implant / ADM Immediate and Delayed Reconstruction LD Reconstruction TRAM / DIEP Reconstruction Other Free Flap Reconstruction Options and LN Transfer Secondary Breast Reconstruction Symmetrisation and NAC Reconstruction




This module covers Screening and DCIS, Management of the Axilla, Postmenopausal and Premenopausal Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer in High Risk Patients, Locally Advanced Breast Cancer, Metastatic Breast Cancer






Students will select 20 - 40 credits from the following modules:


Name Code Credits


The aim of the module is to develop a depth of knowledge of designing audit, service evaluation and practical research.








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

Fees for the full course running from Jan 2020 will be:


£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

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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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