Higher Education / Degree Programmes

With the introduction of the European Working Time Directive, it is essential that further training opportunities are made available to surgical trainees who wish to supplement their training. The Royal College of Surgeons therefore supports the development of higher educational programmes which develop the knowledge and skills underpinning evidence-based clinical practice and research in surgery.

The Royal College of Surgeons of England has established a process for the accreditation of academic programmes in surgery and surgery related disciplines. In this, the College seeks to work in partnership with the providers of surgical education in higher education institutions to ensure the highest standards of education in surgery.

The process of accreditation by the Royal College of Surgeons of England has been designed to articulate closely with the course validation and quality assurance requirements that are common to most universities or Higher Education Institutions. Consideration for accreditation is undertaken by means of a review of all the programme documents and materials and 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 QAA Quality Code.

Higher Education Institutions may seek accreditation from The Royal College of Surgeons of England for modular, masters or equivalent programmes of study.

Benefits of Programme Accreditation


Having a programme accredited will demonstrate that the programme meets the standards as defined by the Royal College of Surgeons, 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 the RCS Website
  • Listing in RCS Bulletin
  • Use of RCS online participant evaluation, SCOPE

Further Information


Full details of the College’s fee structure can be reviewed on the Fees pages.Full details of the College’s monitoring requirements can be reviewed on the Monitoring pages. For further information about Programme Accreditation including the Criteria and Standards, please review the Guidance/FAQs pages.

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In order to apply for your activity to be accredited for the purposes of Higher Education / Degree Programmes, please select the link below:

Apply for Accreditation