MSc / PGCert in Burn Care

Both programmes are designed specifically to provide a core curriculum for physicians, surgeons as well as professions allied to Medicine (nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, dieticians, psychologists) keen to gain a solid foundation in the management of burn patients. The programmes start in October. The MSc programme runs for two academic years while PGCert is a shorter course of 8 months.   The The 88 Successful completion of the course results in the awarding of either an MSc or PGCert in Burn Care from the Queen Mary University of London.

Key Features

  • Online distance learning
  • Comprehensive and current curriculum
  • Live online tutorials
  • Clinical days at regional burn centres and national/international conferences
  • Forums for case and topic discussions at your convenience
  • Audiovisual materials to illustrate burn care management


Course Content

Programme Structure

  • Two year part-time for MSc; 8 months part time for PGCert
  • Web-based, distance learning
  • Optional national/international Clinical Days

Programme Content

The intensive programmes consist of structured distance learning, covering the entire spectrum of Burn Care with an emphasis on the fundamental principles and education in a wide range of techniques. Specific topics are covered in a total of eight modules for the MSc and four modules for the PGCert. Each modules consist of 10 teaching packages:

  • Online text, selected reading, self-assessment
  • Multi-media material covering filmed discussion and techniques

You will also have access to two Clinical Days per year with live video links to operating theatres, or filmed material from these events. Your are expected to gain additional hands on experience by attending Burn Centres locally. The programme in no sense provides hands-on surgical training.

 The Modules

  1. Skin Structure & Function/ Burn Pathophysiology (MSc/ PGCert)
  2. Medicolegal Practice/ Psychology/ Psychiatry (MSc only)
  3. Fluid Resuscitation/ Smoke Inhalation/ Critical Care Management (MSc/ PGCert)
  4. Anaesthesia/ Pain & Pruritis/ Dressings & Skin Substitutes (MSc/ PGCert)
  5. Acute Burn Wound Care/ Acute Surgery (MSc/ PGCert)
  6. Fundamentals of Burn Reconstruction (MSc only)
  7. Burn Rehabilitation/ Multidisciplinary (MSc only)
  8. Research Methods & Ethics in Burn Care (MSc only)
  9. Dissertation – 15000 words (MSc only)


Course Contributors

Course Director

Professor Simon Myers PhD FRCS(Plast)

Course Lead & Honorary Clinical Lecturer

Mr Ioannis Goutos BSc(Hons) MBBS(Hons) MRCSEd

Programme Contributors and Advisory Board

Professor Peter Dziewulski FRCS(Plast)

Mr Bruce Philp FRCS(Plast)

Professor Bishara Atiyeh MD FACS

Mr Ghassan Abu-Sitta FRCS(Plast)

Mr Sudip Ghosh MS FRCS(Plast)

Mr Jorge Leon-Villapalos MD FRCS(Plast)


MSc/ PGCert Eligibility Criteria

MBBS or equivalent. Bachelors Degree in Nursing/ Occupational Therapy/ Physiotherapy/ Dietetics & Nutrition/ Psychology.

IELTS score of 6.5 or TOEFL 590 or more is required for International Programme students.



  • Each of the teaching packages includes a weekly on-line assignment, all of which must be successfully completed
  • A viva voce examination must be passed at the end of each academic year for the degree to be conferred
  • For the MSc Programme, a 15,000 word dissertation must be submitted at the end of the second year