University of East Anglia UEA

University of East Anglia UEA

Regional Anaesthesia

Norwich Medical School at the University of East Anglia have developed the 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).

Entry requirements

MBBS or overseas equivalent; students must be GMC accredited; Post FRCA (or equivalent); ST5 and Career Grade Doctors with 2 yrs experience or Consultant Anaesthetists. Please note that currently this course is only available to UK-based students. All applicants who are not a British national and/or whose first language is not English will need to demonstrate a suitable level of English language proficiency. This is equivalent to an IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 7.0 in all components, although we do accept many other types of qualifications or tests. In accordance with the UK Border Agencies Tier 4 visa guidelines, we will also waive the English language requirement for applicants who meet the defined nationality test or who have completed a degree level course in 1 of the listed countries.

Course modules

The course comprises 6 compulsory modules towards the MSc degree. Topics covered will include anatomy, pharmacology, neurophysiology, methodology, research, clinical governance and anaesthesia in various sub-specialities and special situations.

Assessment methods

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.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time September 2016 - 3 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of East Anglia Norwich NR4 7TJ East of England

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