MSc Trauma Surgery

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

Course Overview


The MSc in Trauma Surgery focuses on state of the art practical techniques and treatment strategies in Major Trauma, using small group teaching sessions, delivered by practicing clinicians who are experts in their fields.
The programme is aimed at all doctors with a committed interest in trauma care, with previous students becoming consultants in Trauma & Orthopaedics, Burns and Plastics, General & Vascular Surgery, Maxillo-facial Surgery, as well as Emergency Department Medicine and Intensive Care.

Key Features

The bedrock of the Programme is face to face teaching from those with in-depth professional experience of the topics in question . Defence Medical Services personnel may enrol on the MSc Trauma Surgery (Military) Programme, which has 2 dedicated Military Modules detailed below. 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 Defence Medical Services and 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 from its integration in damage control resuscitation to definitive reconstruction make this one of the most rewarding fields of medical endeavour. The Trauma Surgery Programme is constantly revised and refreshed in the light of new developments.

The Programme is unique in design, delivery and assessment with the innovative use cadaveric teaching and increasingly sophisticated simulation methods to enhance learning. Previous student experience has confirmed that these Programmes offer a robust practical and academic springboard , with graduates moving into consultant careers is all specialties involved in trauma care.

This is a part-time programme which spans roughly two calendar years, the first of which is the taught component which comprises of 5 clinical modules and one vital research methods teaching block, each 4 days long. The second year is dedicated to completing the dissertation. We welcome associate students who just wish to attend individual modules, or particular days from any part of the programme.


The Programme is part time with Part 1 comprising 5 clinical (20 credit) and 2 research methods (10 credit) modules and Part 2 being the dissertation. Each of the clinical modules follows a similar pattern with teaching and simulations delivered in the newly completed Morriston Teaching Centre, while the cadaveric teaching takes part in the Anatomy Suite of the Grove Building, located in the Singleton Campus. Each clinical module is 4 days long and the 2 day research methods modules run back to back as another 4 day block.

Current Modules



PMTM01 - Trauma: The Disease

Ian Pallister


PMTM02 - The Turning Point

Ian Pallister


PMTM03 - Healing & Rehabilitation

Ian Pallister


PMTM04 - Regional Trauma+**

Ian Pallister


PMTM05 - Definitive Reconstruction**

Ian Pallister


PMXMM00 - Immediate Management of Burns+

Peter Drew


PMTM00 Military Operational Surgical Training **(Military Pathway)

Chris Streets


PMTM06 Combat Surgery: Clinical & logistics ** (military Pathway)

Chris Streets


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


PMXMM00 - Immediate Management of Burns+ is available as an alternative to PMTM04- Regional Trauma+.

For those in the Military Pathway, modules PMTM00 (Military Operational Surgical Training)** and PMTM06 (Combat Surgery: Clinical & logistics)** are delivered at the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Academic Department of Military Surgery and Trauma (ADMST) Birmingham respectively. These modules are delivered as alternatives to PMTM04 and PMTM05 in the Civilian Pathway.

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 short 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, and a case presentation. There are three exit points: Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc.

For those students who are pre-MRCS (or equivalent) Part 1 will be completed over approximately 2 calendar years, with PMTM01, PMTM02 and PMTM03 in the first year, and PMM01/PMM07, PMTM04 and PMTM05 in the second year. Successful completion of each year accrues 60 credits and if a student wishes to conclude their studies after 1 year, they will exit with a Post-graduate Certificate.

For those post MRCS (or equivalent) the 5 clinical modules and 2 research methods modules are completed in approximately 1 calendar year. Completion of the taught component accrues 120 credits. If a student wishes to exit at this point they will be awarded a Post-graduate Diploma.
The MSc is awarded to those who successfully complete the Dissertation accruing an additional 80 credits.

Entry Requirements

The Programme is open to medical graduates who have successfully completed the ATLS programme. The Civilian Programme is particularly suitable for those in the specialties of Trauma & Orthopaedics, Burns & Plastic Surgery and Maxillo-facial Surgery. However, applications from all specialties involved in trauma care are welcomed.

Applicants are interviewed prior to a decision of an offer being made and must be able to demonstrate a credible interest in trauma surgery/care irrespective of their chosen specialty.

Supportive references are required. Subject to a satisfactory interview performance, the standard of a pre-interview critical appraisal and review of references, an offer will be made of entry into the Programme at Certificate, Diploma or MSc levels. For students whose performance is strong, it is possible to advance from Certificate to Diploma, and Diploma to MSc.

How To Apply

Applications are now being accepted for the academic year 2016/2017. To apply, you will need all of the following information:
Application form: this can be obtained by contacting the Postgraduate Admissions department on +44(0)1792 295358 or alternatively you can apply online

A structured CV in order to assess your clinical experience and career pathway: download the MSc Trauma Surgery structured CV template.

Two references from consultants in the relevant field of interest will be used to confirm clinical experience, career pathway as well as academic ability.

Evidence from your relevant employers and supervisors (Postgraduate Dean and College Tutor) that the you will be released from current obligations to attend the course.

Places on the course are limited. All candidates are interviewed and the offer of a place is made on a competitive basis following the interview which is scheduled for 21st June 2016.
For further information, e-mail or contact Ceri Jones, Programme Co-ordinator for MSc Trauma Surgery, on +44(0)1792 703904 or email:

Tuition Fees

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

UK/EU International
MSc Part-time £4,050 £8,400
PGDip Part-time £2,800 £5,600

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.

Trauma Surgery Video

Employability and Professional Development

Professional Developement

The College of Medicine offers the following M Level modules as standalone opportunities for prospective students to undertake continued professional development (CPD) in the area of Trauma Surgery.

You can enroll on the programme's associated professional development modules as either an Associate Student (who will be required to complete the module(s) assessments) or as a Non-Associate Student (who can attend all teaching sessions but will not be required to complete any assessments).

How to Apply

For information and advice on applying for any of the continuing education opportunities, please contact the College directly at


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