Master of Surgery

Master of Surgery

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Course title Master of Surgery
Course code PMSURPET6
Postnominal M.Ch.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 6 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Evening (mainly by Research)
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Godfrey La Ferla
Delivered by Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
This degree would help prepare medical trainees doing their basic surgical or anaesthetic training to develop their academic and scientific skills. It would serve as a stepping stone to academia or also to higher surgical training, bridging the gap between the basic science and clinical fields of Medicine and Surgery.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of one of the following qualifications:

(a) the degree of Doctor of Medicine and Surgery or

(b) a qualification deemed by Senate, on the recommendation of the Board, to be equivalent to the qualification listed in paragraph (a).

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2019.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 5,700
Fee per semester: Eur 950

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 13,400
Yr 1: Eur 6,700 - Yr 2: Eur 6,700 - Yr 3: NIL
This programme would enable students to:

1. Describe the epidemiological principles in surgical practice
2. Understand the various statistical techniques and apply them to data analysis
3. Discuss research ethics and the application of law in terms of surgical practice
4. Carry out a critical appraisal of the academic literature
5. Explain the current knowledge of tumours including the use of tumour markers, tumour growth and spread, the surgical and other modes of treatment, and reconstruction following such treatment
6. Discuss the prevention and treatment of sepsis in the surgical environment, including the ward, operating theatre and intensive care setting
7. Describe the principles of cardiovascular, lung and renal physiology and their application to the acutely ill patient
8. Discuss the pathophysiology and management of the patient airway
9. Explain the current theories of pain physiology, management of acute and chronic pain and postoperative pain control
10. The clinical use of non-steroidal anti inflammatories, opiates, muscle relaxants and related drugs in surgical operation
11. Discuss the postoperative care of patients, including drains, intravenous fluids, patient mobilization and nutrition
12. Discuss the prevention and treatment of common postoperative complications such as deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism
13 Understand the process of selection of patients for anaesthesia and contraindications for anaesthesia
14. Select a topic for independent study, commence background reading and draft a research proposal
15. Undertake laboratory or bench work under supervision, collect results and analyse them statistically
16. Be able to propose and discuss mechanisms to explain the results and write a dissertation of 35,000 to 40,000 words
This course is mainly targeted at MD graduates, the majority of whom nowadays intend to specialise further and pursue a career in General Surgery or in one of the surgical specialties (such as Otolaryngology, Ophthalmology, Urology, Neurosurgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Gastro-Intestinal, Colorectal and Plastic Surgery) as well as candidates intending to specialise in Anaesthesia and Orthopaedic Surgery.
Entry to higher specialist training rotations in surgical disciplines is highly competitive both locally and overseas.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2019/0.

Last Updated: 2 May 2019

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