MSc in Regional Anaesthesia

University of East Anglia

Is offering a MSc in Regional Anaesthesia to UK resident students from September 2012

Norwich Medical School at the University of East Anglia have developed first higher degree qualification in Regional Anaesthesia in the UK with support from the major anaesthetic organisations, including the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA), the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) and Regional Anaesthesia United Kingdom (RA-UK).

It is clear that there is a substantial need for a higher qualification in regional anaesthesia to evidence the skills and knowledge of those trained in this subspecialty.  Whilst regional anaesthesia is the biggest and most popular sub-speciality in anaesthesia  a major obstacle for current trainees working toward CCT is a lack of time for high quality learning in this area. In response we have developed a part-time work-based study programme using e-learning and distance learning methods that offers students a high standard of teaching along with the flexibility they require, while also taking into account the requirements of the European Working Time Directive (EWTD) and Modernisation of Medical Careers (MMC).

Flexible Training

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.

Our Curriculum

Our course offers both theoretical and practical elements .It is being designed to reward students stepwise over a 3-year study period.

Theory Element

  • The course comprises 6 compulsory modules towards the MSc degree.
  • On completion of the first 3 modules, students will receive a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) and after completion of 6 modules  a Post Graduate Diploma (PGDip) and after acceptance of a research dissertation, the MSc degree.
  • Each module will last 16 weeks and will offer students 35 hours of e-tutoring within an estimated 165 hours of reading and research required over 3 years.
  • Topics covered will include anatomy, pharmacology, neurophysiology, methodology, research, clinical governance and anaesthesia in various sub-specialities and special situations.
  • There will be a standard bi-weekly format, with tests at the end of each 2-week period involving MCQs, EMQs and/or script concordance methods.

Practical Element:

We will help students to achieve a high standard in performing the basic blocks and prepare them for a practical examination that will take place at the end of the 6 module theory course. We will have in place practical learning objectives for common blocks, a description of the range of competencies required by students, and clearly defined problem-based assessments. The methods of assessment will be clearly described, and the delivery of training will follow an integrated pattern as part of the theory.

How to Apply: Please see the link below:

Enquiries about possibly applying or interest in this course, write to Dr Stef Oosthuysen (Co-leader) at: