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University of East Anglia UEA: Oncoplastic Breast Surgery

Institution University of East Anglia UEA View institution profile
Department Norwich Medical School
Telephone 01603 591515
Study type Taught



Breast cancer cases globally are on the increase. In 2011, Norwich Medical School, with support from the Royal College of Surgeons (England), Association of Breast Surgery (ABS), British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS), developed this unique course for surgeons looking to develop skills in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery. UEA’s award-winning e-learning approach has resulted in a suite of new super-specialist courses, delivered entirely online, and requiring no travel by its students. 

This course has been carefully designed to integrate with the working lives of clinical practitioners. Students undertake six in-depth modules covering benign breast disease, malignant breast disease, oncoplastic breast conservation, oncoplastic breast reconstruction, research and service evaluation, and management and service improvement. 

The educational focus is on consultant-level critical thinking and decision-making for surgeons while they gain practical experience in their clinical posts. 

About This Course

As a Specialist Clinical Mastership (SCM) student at Norwich Medical School, you’ll take part in fully-online discussions centered around realistic cases within our dedicated Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) – a thriving online community of specialists located all over the world. 

The course is based around six advanced modules, covering all areas of oncoplastic breast surgery and a host of relevant transferrable skills. Each topic will bring with it new expertise and insights directly applicable to your own clinical practice. As such, each tutor-mediated forum discussion will take on a life of its own, fueled by shared reading, personal experience and tutor guidance. 

The course is designed to complement your day-to-day clinical practice, so each session is delivered asynchronously, meaning that you will not be required to log on at set times. Your online learning will be supported by formative assessments of your surgical knowledge, critical thinking and decision-making. You will participate in virtual module training days and workshops with our expert tutors, which are also recorded for student revision purposes on the VLE. 

The course is designed for surgeons with demonstrable experience in core breast oncology. We accept breast or plastic surgery trainees from level ST5 level or above, from the UK and overseas. 

Should you demonstrate competency in core oncoplastic breast surgery procedures, you will be able to proceed onto the final dissertation year to obtain a Master’s degree. If you are unable to fully demonstrate operative competency, you will not move onto the final year and can complete your study with a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma. In these cases, you will still benefit fully from the theoretical and decision-making skills that you have gained on the course. 


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