MSc Trauma Surgery (Military)

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    MSc 2Yr PT
    PGDip 2Yr PT
  2. Devoted to improving trauma care

Course Overview

Open to medical graduates (MBCHB, MBBS and equivalents), Post MRCS or equivalent and those with ATLS provider or instructor status, this innovative, highly practical and academically rigorous programme is aimed at those committed to a career devoted to improving trauma care. The part-time taught component (Part 1) consists of 5 clinical and 2 research methods modules which are delivered in 5 and 3 day blocks respectively. The clinical modules are arranged sequentially to take the students from immediate management, critical care, and on to healing recovery in the first 3 modules. The subsequent modules are devoted to Military Operational Surgical Training & Combat Surgery, delivered at the ADMST.

The first of the research methods modules focuses upon effective literature searches, critical appraisal of literature and the development of a portfolio reflecting this, and the second is dedicated to the preparation of a dissertation proposal. Part 2 is the completion of the dissertation itself.

Key Features

Trauma care is one of the most rapidly evolving areas in modern medicine. Improvements in the immediate (damage control) resuscitation have improved survival, underpinned by the lessons learnt from the most effective trauma systems in the developed world. Post-injury reconstructive surgery and rehabilitation now offer potentials for recovery which were previously inconceivable. Thus a sound grasp of the theory and practice of trauma surgery make this one of the most rewarding fields of medical endeavour. The Trauma Surgery Programmes are constantly revised and refreshed in the light of new developments. The Programmes are unique in course design, delivery and assessment with the innovative use of increasingly sophisticated simulation methods to enhance learning. Previous student experience has confirmed that these Programmes offer a robust practical and academic springboard for those committed to a career in trauma care.


The Programme is part time with Part 1 comprising 5 clinical (20 credit) and 2 non-clinical (10 credit) modules and Part 2 being the dissertation. Each of the Part 1 modules follows a similar pattern: students attend the Morriston Teaching Centre (with some sessions also delivered in the Anatomy Suite of the Grove Building) for the duration of the module, 5 days for the clinical and 3 for the non-clinical modules.

Current Modules



PMTM01 - Trauma: The Disease

Ian Pallister 


PMTM02 - The Turning Point

Ian Pallister 


PMTM03 - Healing & Rehabilitation

Ian Pallister 


PMTM00 - Military Operational Surgical Training

Mark Midwinter


PMTM06 - Combat Surgery: Clinical & logistics

Mark Midwinter


PMM01 - Evidence-based health and social care 

Ann John


PMM07 - Health research methods and preparation for dissertation         

Hayley Hutchings


PMMM22 - Dissertation 

Hayley Hutchings/Ian Pallister         


Additional alternative modules are under development including Immediate Management of Burns, and Civilian General & Vascular Surgery in Trauma.


Each clinical module follows a similar template with core knowledge being delivered in topic areas by means of lectures, and consolidated with case discussions and practical simulations/workshops. Assessment is based upon the ability of the students to apply their knowledge both in simulations, short answer written papers, essays and case presentation.  There are two exit points: Postgraduate Diploma and MSc.  

Entry Requirements

The Programme is open to medical graduates who are post MRCS (or equivalent) and have also successfully completed the ATLS programme. The Military Programme is open to regular and territorial personnel from any surgical specialty.  

Applicants must be able to demonstrate a credible commitment to a career in trauma surgery/care irrespective of their chosen specialty.

Supportive references are required.

How To Apply

Application is via the University on-line system.  In addition to the standard form, the structured CV is required along with supportive references.

All applicants are subject to a competitive interview process. Only those with credible applications, appropriately supportive references and sound interview performances (including a written critical appraisal) are offered places on the programme.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MSc Part-time £2,050 TBC
PGDip Part-time £1,300 TBC

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees do not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying costs.

There are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course.

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