University Programme Accreditation
Providing a quality mark for surgical education
It is essential that further opportunities are made available to surgical trainees who wish to supplement their formal training programme. We are therefore keen to support the development of Higher Education Institution (HEI) programmes which enhance the knowledge and skills underpinning evidence-based clinical practice and research in surgery.
We have established a process for the accreditation of HEI programmes in surgery and surgery related disciplines. In this, we seek to work in partnership with the providers of surgical education in HEIs to ensure the highest standards of education in surgery.
Benefits of Programme Accreditation
Having a programme accredited will demonstrate that the programme meets the standards as defined by the RCS, and that it offers a high-quality learning experience. Recognition of these factors may assist in attracting students. Accredited programmes will also receive the following benefits:
- Peer review from a panel of leading surgeons
- Use of the RCS Logo on programme materials and website
- Use of the strap line ‘Accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of England’
- Listing on RCS Website
- Listing on RCS Accreditation Portal
- Listing in RCS Bulletin
- Use of RCS participant evaluation materials
How to apply
Our accreditation process for HEI programmes has been designed to articulate closely with the course validation and quality assurance requirements that are common to most universities. We review the programme documents and materials, and conduct a panel visit. The criteria against which proposals would be considered are in line with those for the approval of an undergraduate programme to comply with the Quality Assurance Agency's Quality Code for Higher Education.
In order to apply, a programme organiser must register with the RCS Accreditation Portal and complete an application under 'Higher Education / Degree Programmes'. The fee structure for Programme Accreditation and further information about the process can be reviewed on the RCS Accreditation Portal.
RCS Accreditation cycle
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Initial desk-based review of application for re/accreditation, including assessment of course participant feedback.
At each step of the process, the applicant may be asked for further information, or to amend the educational activity they provide, to meet RCS Education Standards.
If the application is viable, a visit to the education provider by a RCS re/accreditation review panel - including one or more senior surgeons - takes place.
Report of the review panel to RCS Quality Assurance Operational Group. This may include conditions and recommendations for the provider.
If the QAOG supports accreditation for the application, it makes a re/accreditation recommendation to RCS Council. This may include conditions and recommendations for the provider.
RCS Council makes the final decision on awarding accreditation. If awarded, accreditation lasts for three years. Accreditation may be accompanied by conditions to be met and/or recommendations to be considered by the applicant. The accreditation is accompanied by ongoing monitoring of educational provision.
||Period of accreditation
|MCh Master of Surgery in Otorhinolaryngology||Edge Hill University||July 2014 - June 2017||MCh Programme Lead: Dr Steve Jones|
|MCh Master of Surgery in Trauma and Orthopaedics||Edge Hill University||July 2014 - June 2017||MCh Programme Lead: Dr Steve Jones|
|MCh Master of Surgery in Rhinology||Edge Hill University||July 2014 - June 2017||MCh Programme Lead: Dr Steve Jones|
|MSc in Orthopaedic Science (distance learning)||University of Dundee||Initially accredited July 2013; reaccredited February 2017 - January 2020||MSc Programme Lead(s): Professor Rami J Abboud, Dr Tim Drew|
|MCh Orth Master of Orthopaedic Surgery||University of Dundee||Initially accredited July 2013; reaccredited February 2017 - January 2020||MCh Orth Programme Lead(s): Professor Rami J Abboud, Dr Tim Drew|
|MSc Trauma and Orthopaedics||University of Salford||Reaccredited July 2016 - June 2019||Head of Department, School of Health: Mrs Susan Buttress|
|Egyptian Military Medical Academy programme||Egyptian Military Medical Academy, Cairo, Egypt||February 2017 - January 2020||Dr Ahmed Tawdi, 7 Ihsan Abdul Quddus Street, Tamiflu, Cairo, Egypt|
If you have any queries about HEI programme accreditation that are not covered in our standards and frequently asked questions, please contact the Quality Assurance Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 020 7869 6236/6221.