Burn Care

Postgraduate Certificate ( 1 year Part-time Distance Learning )


Burn Care

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 is a vast range of contradictory practices around the world, and this innovative distance learning degree, 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.

Bursary available

Queen Mary University of London – London and Southeast Burn Network Bursary [pdf]

The faculty at Queen Mary University of London PGCert/MSc Burn Care are happy to announce that a new bursary scheme is available to LSEBN staff wishing to study for the postgraduate certificate in burn care.

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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/practising in burns and wish to  improve their practice on burns units. For some AHP positions, having a Postgraduate degree 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.

Career progression

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 helping this 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.

Programme aims and objectives:

Consisting of academic and clinical material delivered over a distance learning web-based 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.

Why study your MSc 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, being 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 & 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 for Cutaneous Research (CCBCR) 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 CCBCR 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.


Distance learning students will have access to the college online library facilities. This gives access to a large number of relevant journals. Students will have access to other academic literature and journals in the same way as on-site students.


For more information please contact: academic-plastics@qmul.ac.uk


MSc Burn Care is available to study part-time, over 2 years, by distance learning.

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 South East Burns Network burn facilities to enhance clinical immersion.
  • Regular updates on materials 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 Moortgat – 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
Ezinna Rospigliosi – Katie Piper Foundation, 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 on Adobe Connect / Skype using a variety of modalities (lectures, case-based discussions, journal club) and these are delivered by various burns specialists. These are not compulsory and happen in the evenings/weekends (time zones considered), so that people can attend after work.

For more information about Distance Learning please visit the School’s Distance Learning web page.

Clinical Days (optional)

Clinical days  aim to deliver clinical immersion through visits to burn /academic units or sponsored conference attendances in the UK and overseas. These provide the opportunity for students and faculty to meet and expand their professional network.

Previous venues have included Vienna/Austria, Munich/Germany, Marrakech/Morocco, Maribor/Slovenia, Broomfield Burn Unit/UK and National Skin Bank, Liverpool, UK.

These 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.


  • Module 1 – Skin Structure and Function/Burn Pathophysiology
  • Module 2 – Fluid Resuscitation/Smoke Inhalation/Critical Care
  • Module 3 – Anaesthesia/Pain and Pruritus/Dressings and Skin Substitutes
  • Module 4 – Acute Burn Wound Care / Acute Surgery


For more information please contact: academic-plastics@qmul.ac.uk

Entry requirements

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.

International applicants

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 any of the following:

  • Grade B at A-Level
  • IELTS (overall score of 6.5, with 6.0 in the Writing and Speaking modules)

Students who require immigration permission to attend clinical days in the UK will need to obtain the appropriate visa permission which allows you to study.

This would usually be Short-term Student permission (not Standard Visitor permission). You can find further information about the application process for Short-term Student immigration permission on the Advice and Counselling service website.

A copy of the appropriate visa will need to be sent to the department prior to attending the clinical day. Contact Advice and Counselling for further information.


For more information please contact: academic-plastics@qmul.ac.uk

Learning and teaching

As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge.

The course is delivered using a variety of teaching methods. 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 material.

There is an ever expanding library of video material, which includes unique historical material as well as modern footage focusing on instructional techniques in burn care.

We additionally provide frequent online seminars / tutorials as a means of reinforcing key principles outlined in the syllabus and encouraging interaction among students and faculty. These sessions comprise a combination of PowerPoint based lectures, clinical case presentations as well as journal club discussions of burns literature utilising the principles of evidence-based medicine.

The optional clinical days embedded into the course provide unique opportunities to expand knowledge and network within the international burns community.


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.


For more information please contact: academic-plastics@qmul.ac.uk


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Part time DL £3,053

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Part time DL £5,460

Part time fees are charged per annum over two years for a two year programme and per annum over three years for a three year programme. A percentage increase may be applied to the fees in years two and three.

This increase is defined each year and published on the intranet and in the Tuition Fee Regulations. A 3% increase was applied to the unregulated university fees in 2019/20. Further information can be viewed on our University Fees webpage, including details about annual increases.


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Two bursaries of £1000 each are available for eligible candidates each year towards the cost of the academic fee.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Burn Care specific bursaries

The QMUL London Southeast Burns Network bursary – for students wishing to complete the PG Certificate in Burn Care.

This scheme is due to start in 2016 and involves the award of two bursaries for staff employed by the burn units / centres / facilities within the London and Southeast Burns Network (Broomfield, East Grinstead, Stoke Mandeville, Chelsea & Westminster hospitals).

Each bursary equates to £1,000 towards the cost of completing the one year PG Certificate course. Upon successful completion, graduates may choose to upgrade to the MSc programme by completing the 4 remaining modules and the 15,000 word dissertation. The upgrade fees will be the sole responsibility of the student.

To apply, please use the ‘Apply now’ link and complete your online application form for the PG Certificate in Burn Care. Once completed, please email academic-plastics@qmul.ac.uk and attach the following documents: CV, statement detailing your current role, reasons for applying for the bursary and two references from senior colleagues (one of which needs to be the clinical lead of your burn service).

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 on the charity funded bursaries, please email academic-plastics@qmul.ac.uk.


Dr Karl Walsh

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 wanted to do as a career. The distance learning format was excellent and allowed me to continue other commitments at home. The Course Director, Dr Ioannis 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 go into a PhD; burns/wound healing related 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 if for you. I feel more prepared and understand about different concepts relating to burn care.”

Jayasree Chandramouli

Country of origin: India

Year(s) of graduation: 2014-2015

Current employment: Occupational Therapist, Burns unit, Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar

“The distance learning MSc Burn Care 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 Buraidah 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 Al-Gassim. I have also recently joined the Burns & Plastic Surgery unit in 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 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 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 Royal College of Surgeons.”

My 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 the fellow students in the student café.”

Mr Ali Hussam Alden Yousif

Country of origin: Iraq

Current employer: Royal Liverpool University Hospital – Lower Limb Fellow. 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 need.

I plan to continue a career in plastic surgery, a burn fellowship job is my next target.

Sandy Abeysiri

Country of origin: UK

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 fulltime work, this meant that 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 Burns 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.


For more information please contact: academic-plastics@qmul.ac.uk


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