Perioperative Studies (Top-up) (Distance Learning) BSc(Hons) 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

About the course

Whatever your current role in the operating department, wherever you're based in the world, if you already hold a professional qualification you can enhance your skills and take an opportunity to boost your career by studying for a Perioperative Studies Top-up degree with us online.

This course is designed to provide perioperative practitioners with the opportunity to study for a top-up degree without having to physically attend university. Developed as a result of talking to theatre managers, the Perioperative Studies Top-up BSc(Hons) course aims to meet the real-world career development needs of practitioners.

As it's a distance learning course, all of the modules are delivered online via our virtual learning environment, so you can learn whenever and wherever suits you, as long as you've got regular access to a computer with a reliable internet connection. You'll be able to gain the benefits of being taught by leading academics, and get the support of fellow students, while fitting in your studies flexibly around your work.

You'll have the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills, enhance your understanding of perioperative practice and link this to evidence based practice. You'll also be encouraged to develop new theories and explore how these can impact on patient care.

Ready to take the next step in your career? Looking to refresh your academic skills so you can develop and implement changes in your practice? This could be just the course to help you achieve your goals.

Start date:
11 / 09 / 2017


2 years part-time.

Entry requirements

Due to the top-up nature of this degree, the course is suitable for all Operating Department Practitioners (Diploma HE, City and Guilds 752, NVQ 3 or Cert HE) and registered nurses working in a perioperative setting.

•  You must be employed in a perioperative setting and hold current registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

•  Have access to a computer with a reliable internet connection and the ability to access and use online study guidance and support as this course is delivered through distance learning.

•  Candidates for whom English is not the first language are required to have International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at a score of 7.0 with no lower than 6.5 in any single component.

Please note: UCAS points are based on the new UCAS tariff, introduced for courses starting in 2017/18.


Admissions Assistant
Tel. 01484 472199

Follow us on Twitter @HudduniSSPRD_HSC
Visit our Facebook page

Places available:


(this number may be subject to change)

Huddersfield, HD1 3DH

Course content

Year 1

Developing an Understanding of Research Processes and Methods (Distance Learning)

This module provides you with the opportunity to evaluate and critically appraise published healthcare research, as well as develop an understanding of different designs, methods and approaches to research. Emphasis will be placed on utilising a structured systematic process of reviewing research that provides the necessary evidence to support and develop clinical practice. You'll evaluate and have the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of published research within the context of ethical, national and local healthcare provision. Assessment will be through coursework.

Advancing Perioperative Practice (Distance Learning)

This module provides the opportunity to advance your existing knowledge of patient care by exploring and analysing evidence based practice and current research. You’ll examine professional principles that impact on contemporary perioperative practice. You’ll develop an online learning log analysing strategies that enable enhanced performance within the care team. Integral to this process is the examination of your professional role and responsibilities in managing patient care. Assessment will be through coursework.

Year 2

Leadership and Management in Health Professional Practice (Distance Learning)

This module provides the opportunity to develop your understanding of leadership and management in healthcare practice. You’ll have the chance to explore legislation, understand how to lead teams and solve problems to promote high quality care. The module provides the opportunity to enhance the skills you already possess and further develop you as a capable, autonomous, accountable, and reflective practitioner using examples and scenarios from practice. Assessment is through one piece of coursework involving the interpretation, reflection and critically evaluation of a critical incident related to your own field of professional practice.

Research-Based Project (Distance Learning)

You’ll examine an area of current practice under the supervision of a member of academic staff and submit a research based project which demonstrates an appreciation of the area of practice and research processes. The project design can have a variety of methodologies including literature review, audit, production of learning materials or a proposal for a future empirical study. You’ll be assessed through one piece of coursework which meets the required structure of a research project.

Maria, graduated Perioperative Studies (Top-up) (Distance Learning) BSc(Hons) in 2016

“I chose to study this course at the University as it provided me with the opportunity to further my education through studying online which meant my full-time employment was not affected. The course made me appreciate the need for research and evidence based practice, as well as reminded me to question practices in the future where is feel necessary. The course lecturers were all great and provided excellent advice and feedback via email and during online seminars.”

Teaching and assessment

Throughout the course you'll be required to undertake guided study using the University's virtual learning environment. This will involve recorded lectures, discussion boards, guided reading and undertaking research.

As this is a distance learning course, the majority of interactions between you and the University will be via the internet and email. This means that you'll need regular access to a computer with a broadband connection to the internet and an up to date web browser such as Firefox, Safari, Chrome or Internet Explorer with up-to-date plugins (such as Flash). The University has a system called the Student Digital Driving Licence which will carry out a check of your computer to see if you have these.

The module leaders will provide support through regular communications, using a variety of methods including online tutorials, discussion boards, emails, telephone conversations or web cams. The University has a system for online video seminars, called UniConnect, and Skype may also be used, which you're able to download. Both Skype and UniConnect (Adobe Connect) also have apps available for many mobile devices.

The assessment methods used are varied and include a combination of coursework, a learning contract, Wiki and research based project.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.


You'll not be required to undertake clinical placements, however for the Supporting Learning in Practice module you'll require access to a student or another learner in a clinical setting for a minimum of three weeks.

Career opportunities

The modules have been developed with the aim to assist the career enhancement of theatre practitioners, as they provide the opportunity to develop an understanding of and implement advanced perioperative theories. This may help the career development of practitioners and their ability to analyse and develop clinical practice.

How much will it cost me?

Tuition fees for students joining the course in 2017/18 are £3,300. Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise.

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Further study

Progression to a postgraduate course is dependent on successful completion of your undergraduate studies. There may also be minimum qualification requirements such as a first class or higher second (2.1) degree. Please check the course details to confirm this.

How to apply

We hope you're interested in what you've seen. If you would like to apply to join us, please complete the part-time online application form and refer to the guidance notes provided.

Please note, the closing date is 31 July 2017.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.