MSc, PG Cert, PG Dip Surgical Care Practice

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If you're currently a trainee surgical care practitioner, working as part of a surgical team in a hospital and would like to develop your knowledge and skills, our part-time course accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of England is for you.

Already have an ARU degree? You may be eligible for our Alumni Scholarship for students starting postgraduate courses.

The role of surgical care practitioner (or SCP) is relatively new, driven by the needs of hospitals and healthcare providers. SCPs manage the clinical care of patients but also assist with technical and operative interventions – overlapping with some of the care traditionally offered by doctors.

Our postgraduate degree gives you the skills and knowledge you need to pursue a career in surgical care. You’ll also benefit from undertaking the Intercollegiate Basic Surgical Skills Course (BSSC), to develop you core surgical skills and techniques.

It’s designed for registered nurses, operating department practitioners, allied health professionals currently working as a trainee SCP.

You’ll learn in the lecture hall, our skills lab, ARU Anatomy Centre and the workplace.

For enquirers, please contact the admissions tutor, [email protected].

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Facilities and services

Study Surgical Care Practice at ARU and benefit from:

  • purpose-built skills labs offering the very best in experiential learning
  • registered, practicing tutors and lecturers who’ll make sure you’re being taught the latest techniques and give you the support you need to succeed.
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Outstanding student support

As a postgraduate student at ARU you’ll benefit from:

  • award-wining learning facilities
  • full use of our IT and library facilities, with library resources accessible 24/7 online
  • support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.
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Royal College of Surgeons

Our Surgical Care MSc course is accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) and based on the RCS’s national curriculum, so you can be sure you’ll graduate with the skills you need to succeed as a surgical care practitioner.


By completing this course you'll achieve an MSc Surgical Care Practice, which leads to the title of Surgical Care Practitioner (SCP). SCPs work in surgical teams in a number of specialities, including urology, trauma and orthopaedics, cardiothoracic, plastic and reconstructive surgery, neurosurgery, paediatrics, general, vascular, maxillofacial, otorhinolaryngology and gynaecology.

Graduation doesn’t have to be the end of your time with us. You might choose to embark on a postgraduate research programme at ARU. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and save £400 on your fees.

Apply now for MSc, PG Cert, PG Dip Surgical Care Practice

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