Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

MCh in Surgical Science and Practice

The new MCh in Surgical Science and Practice will start in August 2019.

This Masters programme is designed to give prospective students the essential knowledge, skills and behaviours required to maximise their competitiveness for entry to surgical training programmes anywhere in the world.

The Masters is a 1-year full-time programme delivered entirely in RCSI's new state-of-the-art National Surgical and Clinical Skills Centre. The facilities of the new centre will be used to develop participants' clinical skills and also the technical and non-technical skills required to optimise opportunities for their entry onto a structured programme of postgraduate surgical training.

The programme will start in summer 2019. If you would like to receive more information about the programme, you can register your interest now.

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Course Modules

The content of the programme will be delivered through six taught modules:

Core knowledge and clinical judgement

Candidates will be provided with tuition and learning resources for both the Basic Sciences and Clinical Surgery. Clinical judgment training will focus on diagnoses and clinical decision-making.

Surgical technical skills

This module will teach fundamental surgical skills and basic surgical procedures in a non-critical environment using simulation technology and a faculty of experienced surgeons.

Professional development and practice

This module will focus on areas such as healthcare process improvement /LEAN healthcare/ 6-Sigma, healthcare economics, technology/medical device innovation etc..

Basic clinical skills

Candidates will develop the skills necessary to obtain a comprehensive patient history, conduct a thorough physical examination, perform basic clinical tests and interpret data in a spectrum of patient care settings.

Non-technical skills

Decision-making, communication, teamwork and leadership, self-awareness and insight, conflict resolution and error management play a key role in surgical practice and will be explored in this module.

Research methodology

This module aims to develop the student's ability to search databases and critically appraise the international literature on topics relevant to patient care generally and to their area of practice.

Entry requirements


  • MB BCh BAO holder (or equivalent level-8 undergraduate medical degree)
  • Average IELTS score of at least 6.5 (no domain < 6.5)


View the MSSP course overview (PDF)

Any queries regarding the MCh in Surgical Science and Practice should be addressed to the following:
Surgical Affairs
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
121 St. Stephens Green
Dublin 2