- Distance Learning
- Part Time
The clinical management of burn patients has developed significantly over the last few decades. This relates to multiple factors including a better understanding of the pathophysiology of the burn wound, improvements in critical care, as well as advances in skin tissue engineering and burn rehabilitation.
There are a vast range of contradictory practices around the world, and this innovative distance learning programme, recognised by both the British Burn Association (BBA), and the International Society of Burn Injury (ISBI) attempts to fill a void in postgraduate burn care education.
This course is ideal for any of the following professionals:
- Surgical trainees who are applying for a National Training Number (NTN) to enter the specialty of plastic surgery and burns. Studying the course will not only give students sound knowledge of burn care in practice, but most importantly, will display dedication and enthusiasm towards the specialty, which can be very advantageous at the point of application.
- Doctors and Allied Health Care Professionals (AHPs) e.g. nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, who are already in the field / practicing in burns and wishing to further their knowledge and improve their practice on burns units. For some AHP positions, having an MSc is now mandatory for career progression within the clinical service framework.
- International professionals who do not have access to postgraduate burn care education in their own countries and would like to improve their practice utilising evidence based principles and further their knowledge relating to burn care.
Typical career paths include:
- National Training Number in plastic surgery and burns.
- Progression within clinical services. For those seeking promotion of any job advancement, this degree will go a long way to help them by enhancing their CV.
- Entry into academia. Distinction graduates of the programme may, upon course director / lead recommendation, be invited to contribute to the course and this may potentially help professionals pave an academic pathway.
Why study your postgraduate degree in Burn Care at Queen Mary?
Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry is comprised of two world renowned teaching hospitals, St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London, which have made, and continue to make, an outstanding contribution to modern medicine. We were one of the top five in the UK for medicine in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.
The Barts and the London’s Academic Plastic Surgery Group is based at the Centre for Cell Biology and Cutaneous Research (CCBCR) at The Blizard Institute. The CCBCR is composed of the academic unit of Dermatology and the Cancer Research UK Skin Tumour Laboratory, and is one of the largest cutaneous research centres in Europe.
The Centre comprises a large group of full time clinical and non-clinical research workers. A major research programme has been in place for more than 25 years in collaboration with initially, St Andrew's Hospital, Billericay and, more recently, Broomfield Hospital in Cell and Tissue Engineering.
The Centre for Cell Biology and Cutaneous Research was the first to use laboratory-grown skin to treat burns and chronic wounds in the UK in the early 1980's. This has led to the establishment of research fellowships for many young plastic surgeons, and they have had some considerable success in acquiring higher degrees as well as providing tissue engineered products for patients around London.
Programme aims and objectives
Consisting of academic and clinical material delivered over a distance learning web platform, as well as optional clinical days and online tutorials, this programme covers the entire spectrum of burn care with an emphasis on principles and instruction in a wide range of techniques.
The course aims and objectives are to:
- provide an understanding of the structure and function of skin, the pathophysiology of burn wounds, inhalational injuries, the systemic response to burns, wound healing and scarring
- foster insight into the acute and long-term management of burn injuries, scar management, rehabilitation and reconstruction of burns
- provide a thorough foundation in the principles of burn anaesthesia, symptom management and burn critical care, and highlight the importance of medicolegal and psychosocial aspects of burn practice
- enable understanding of the use of dressings and tissue-engineered products
- deliver the educational foundation for excellent burn care to physicians, surgeons and allied professionals practicing within the multidisciplinary burn team environment
Key course information:
- Our course is the only burns specific and exclusively distance learning programme in the world
- A truly international course with students, staff and alumni from all around the globe
- A small select number of students allows for excellent student support and personalised input from the course faculty
- Recent collaboration with Imperial University, London (provision of burns simulation sessions during clinical days) is an example of how the department utilises the latest education trends
- Close collaboration with the South East Burns Network facilitates to enhance clinical immersion
- Regular updates on course material to match the rapidly evolving burn care provision
- Unique historical video materials including footage of Z. Janzekovic, Maribor, Slovenia performing tangential excision and grafting
The department seeks to continue building collaborations around the world and recent additions to our faculty / contributors include:
- Miss Ruthann Fanstone - Chelsea & Westminster Burn Centre, London, UK
- Dr Sarah Smailes - Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, UK
- Mr Peter Moorgat - OSCARE clinic, Belgium
- Associate Professor Dale Edgar - Fiona Stanley Hospital, Western Australia
- Mr Hazim Sadideen - Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, UK
- Dr Mark Brewin - Salisbury Laser Clinic, UK
- Miss Ezinna Rospigliosi - Katie Piper Foundation, UK
- Teresa Tredoux - St Andrews Centre for Burns & Plastic Surgery, Chelmsford UK
- Dr Patricia Richardson - St Andrews Centre for Burns & Plastic Surgery, Chelmsford UK
- Dr Andrew Lumley - St Andrews Centre for Burns & Plastic Surgery, Chelmsford UK
Distance Learning / Flexible Study
The course has been designed so that students can continue working full-time in their current employment whilst studying the degree. A succinct material delivery format and realistic assignment deadlines are structured to allow students to pace their work accordingly.
Typically students will need to allocate 4-6 hours of study per week.
Additionally, there are online tutorials every month via Adobe Connect / Skype using a variety of modalities (lectures, case study discussions, journal club) and there are delivered by various burn specialists. The online tutorials are not compulsory but they do happen in the evenings / weekends (time zones considered) so that students can attend after work.
For more information about Distance Learning at within the School of Medicine and Dentistry, please visit the School's Distance Learning web page.
The MSc in Burn Care is available to study part-time over two academic years and the PG Certificate in Burn Care is available to study part-time over one academic year.
There are eight taught modules and the dissertation. Each module is subdivided into individual weekly chapters and these include a short synopsis of key facts in the form of lecture notes and relevant up to date burns literature.
Year One (PG Cert and MSc students):
- Skin Structure and Function / Burn Pathophysiology
- Fluid Resuscitation / Smoke Inhalation / Critical Care
- Anaesthesia / Pain and Pruritus / Dressings and Skin Substitutes
- Acute Burn Wound Care / Acute Surgery
Year Two (MSc students):
- Fundamentals of Burn Reconstruction
- Burn Rehabilitation / Multidisciplinary Team
- Medicolegal Practice / Psychology / Psychiatry
- Research and Ethics (Evidence Based Medicine)
In addition, MSc students also complete a 15,000 word Dissertation in Burn Care at the end of their second year.
Assessment is made by weekly essay or multiple choice question (MCQ) assignments, and an OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) will be held at the end of the academic year.
Clinical Days (optional)
Clinical days allow students and faculty to meet, and aim to deliver clinical immersion. We typically visit a burn or academic unit in the UK or overseas where students tour the facilities and receive talks on burn care related topics.
Previous venues have included Vienna/Austria, Munich/Germany, Marrakech/Morocco, Maribor/Slovenia, Broomfield Burn Unit/UK and the National Skin Bank, Liverpool/UK. There is also a social and networking aspect to these events.
Alternative formats have included moulage and burn simulation scenario sessions using the latest trends in simulation methodology and professional actors/make-up artists to provide realistic conditions for clinical immersion training.
The clinical days are not compulsory but highly recommended to enhance knowledge, meet fellow students and the academics, and to increase your overall knowledge of the subject area.
Have a look at some highlights of the 2015/16 clinical days held here in London.
Minimum of 12 months clinical experience within the relevant clinical area, plus a degree or higher qualification in Medicine or healthcare related subjects, such as Nursing and Healthcare, Dietetics and Nutrition, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Social Work.
Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency.
English language requirements should be:
- IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in the Writing and Speaking sections) *
* QMUL also accepts alternative English language qualifications. For a more comprehensive list, please go to the QMUL website.
The Admissions department are also willing to consider 'A letter provided from the academic office of their University confirming studies were taught and examined in English'. If it meets their requirements, they may accept this in lieu of IELTS.
Overseas students attending clinical days will require an appropriate travel visa according to Queen Mary University of London regulations (holiday visas are not permitted). A copy of the appropriate visa will need to be sent to the department prior to attending the clinical day/s. Further advice is obtainable via the International Students Adviser in our Advice and Counselling Services.
Tuition fees: fees are charged at a Home/EU rate for UK and EU nationals, and an overseas rate for International students. The fees for students starting in September 2017 are as follows:
Home/EU = £4,300 each year, over two years
International = £7,400 each year, over two years
Home/EU = £2,850
International = £4,900
Charity funded bursaries
A number of UK charities will consider the provision of financial support on an informal basis to UK based applicants with confirmed places on the Burn Care course.
For more information, please email email@example.com.
More funding opportunities
As part of QMUL, the Blizard Institute are committed to providing education which is accessible to all. We aim to offer a number of competitive bursaries and scholarships for student's studying our taught programmes. For full details on all opportunities offered by the Institute, please see our funding web pages.
Dr Karl Walsh
Country of origin: England, UK
Year of graduation: 2015
Current employment: Core Surgical Trainee doing Plastics in the North West, Royal Preston Hospital
"A fantastic course, well run! Encouraging for juniors like myself who are keen to learn.
I chose this course because it offered an online course dedicated to burn care. This is something that I want to do as a career. The distance learning format was excellent and allowed me to continue other commitments at home. The course lead, Mr Goutos, was great with the webcam tutorials and was contactable for support.
I learnt various skills including: time management, managing clinical duties, learning about the science of burn care which has been useful when writing papers, analysing papers and critiquing them. I enjoyed the assignments, they were challenging but I learnt a lot from them. I liked the study days and involvement of different specialists e.g. Ruthann Fanstone."
Career and employment
"I'm currently working as a Core Surgical Trainee doing Plastics in the North West, Royal Preston Hospital. I always wanted to do burns and plastics and be a burns surgeon mainly. After this role I would like to into a PhD; burns/wound healing topics.
Learning about my specialty, which I knew very little about before, enabled me to gain the experience needed to be successful in my current job. I'm now planning to get a plastics registrar job and train within the specialty."
Advice for future students:
- "Do this course!
- If you are like me and caught the burns bug early in your training, this course is for you. I feel more prepared and understand about different concepts relating to burn care."
Country of origin: India
Year of graduation: 2015
Current employment: Occupational Therapist, Burns Unit, Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar
"The distance learning Burn Care course is an excellent area for professional growth.
I chose this particular course as it fitted my area of interest and I wanted to progress my career in Burns. I really like the distance learning option as I was able to work flexibly, especially as I'm a working mother.
The course provided me with the skills to increase my expertise in Burn Care and has opened up opportunities with regards to future job roles. I wish to now do a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy."
Dr Muntazir Mahdi
Country of origin: Pakistan
Year of graduation: 2015
Current employment: Registrar Burns & Plastic Surgery, Ministry of Health Saudi Arabia, King Fahd Specialist Hospital, Al-Gassim Saudi Arabia
"I chose the Burn Care MSc at Queen Mary as it suited my circumstance, living and working in Saudi Arabia. I was currently working full-time and I could get a high standard of up to date education, online, about my field of interest.
In spite of recent hikes in tuition fees, the cost of the course is still much lower than other courses.
The distance learning format was very convenient and time management was very easy.
The course enabled me to improve my skills and analyse clinical studies and research papers. Also to improve in clinical practice and clinical decision-making."
Career and employment
"I'm currently working for the Ministry of Health Saudi Arabia, at the King Fahd Specialist Hospital Buraidah A-Gassim. I have also recently joined the Burns & Plastic Surgery Unit at the University Hospital of South Manchester. The MSc in Burn Care has most definitely helped me to understand and integrate to the burn care practices in the UK.
I am looking forward to advancing my career in Burns & Plastic Surgery with a special interest in burns and reconstruction. I think the MSc in Burn Care is a plus for me in my profile, for my future goals. I am planning to proceed for the FRCS Plastic Surgery through Article 14 of the Royal College of Surgeons."
Advice for future students:
- "Plan your assignments with the schedule in advance
- Take every opportunity to attend the clinical days
- Prepare well and make sure to attend all the online tutorials
- Communicate with fellow students in the student café"
Mr Ali Hussam Alden Yousif
Country of origin: Iraq
Year of graduation: 2015
Current employment: Lower Limb Fellow, Royal Liverpool University Hospital - reconstructive surgery, dealing with acute trauma cases and combined cases with orthopaedics
"The Burn Care course was strongly recommended by colleagues and was comprehensive and up to date. I gained a very broad knowledge and skills in dealing with burn injuries.
Having the degree is not just good on the CV but, more importantly, is applying the knowledge and experience into clinical life when dealing with patients clinical needs.
I plan to continue a career in plastic surgery, a burn fellowship job is my next target."
Country of origin: UK
Year of graduation: 2015
Current employment: SpR Burns and Plastics
"What I enjoyed the most was the wide range of the curriculum content and the ability to consolidate this with essays at the end of each section.
I found the distance learning format to be very easy to use and to read through. This really helped as I could study around my full time work, this meant tuition fees etc. and the horrid nature of being a full time student was no longer an issue, and I could still develop myself professionally.
An important point to note about this Burn Care Masters course in particular, is that it is essential for one to be working concurrently, as the course is a highly applicable and translational one, requiring clinical experience, therefore less suited to a full time student with no clinical experience.
I gained many generic skills - communication, IT, presentation, research skills, interpretation of papers etc. - but also many clinical skills to build on what I had already experienced or been taught by my consultant trainers. It was also very useful to discuss such topics in theatre with seniors which gave further insight into the variety of clinical management for any given case.
Personally I feel that the degree has been very helpful, particularly in clinical management on a daily basis where I work, by giving me confidence in my clinical knowledge.
I am now hoping to pursue higher surgical training in burns and plastics."