University of East Anglia

Coloproctology (Part time) (PGDip)


Norwich Research Park

Norwich, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

PG Diploma Coloproctology (Part time)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Norwich Medical School at the University of East Anglia have developed the first higher degree qualification in coloproctology in the UK. The traditional Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) in General Surgery does not provide specialist recognition in coloproctology and a recent nationwide survey of more than 100 surgical trainees carried out via the Association of Surgeons in Training (ASIT) and The Dukes Club indicated that more than 60% of respondents thought a specialised MS qualification would be beneficial for a future career in coloproctology. Due to European Working Time Regulations and shift patterns in work, time is one of the biggest obstacles trainees face in developing the skills and competencies required for a successful career in coloproctology. Our MS in Coloproctology is therefore designed to complement current training systems and prepare students for a year 1 consultant coloproctologist post. The heart of the course will be the e-learning hub – a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) within which all the learning and forum discussions will take place. The VLE will provide a repository for all students’ training needs, from access to directed reading, to feedback from course tutors. It will allow students great flexibility to progress in a goal-directed way when they themselves have the time to study. Problem-based learning scenarios will encourage students to identify learning objectives through researching the literature, ensuring that theory and practice are soundly evidence-based on strong scientific principles. Students will receive adequate mentoring support, both online and locally, from the time of enrolment until they complete their research project. Colorectal Surgery is the largest sub-speciality in general surgery and our course aims to enhance the knowledge and skills of Colorectal Surgeons. We offer flexible pathways, including the award of a postgraduate diploma after the completion of 6 modules including passing the practical aspect of the course. Successful completion of an additional 15,000 word dissertation will make students eligible for the award of MS in Coloproctology.


Quality assurance given by UEA and The Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS). Some of the faculty are Fellows of the RCS and play key roles in national training of coloproctology trainees.

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