MSc Regional Anaesthesia

Latest News - UEA Partnership with ESRA, 10% Discount for ESRA Members

The UEA's Norwich Medical School is delighted to announce that the European Society of Regional Anaesthesia & Pain Therapy (ESRA) has joined forces to support the MSc in Regional Anaesthesia, which is the highest qualification in RA worldwide.

Through its membership, ESRA will bring unmatched expertise in the field of RA to help guide and evolve this important qualification to meet the needs of RA professionals throughout Europe and beyond.

UEA will work closely with the ESRA board to develop and build on the gold award-winning educational approach that has already produced the most skilled and knowledgeable RA trainees in the UK. The MSc offers a tangible qualification that is ideally suited to practicing anaesthesia trainees and experienced practitioners wishing to progress in or understand the deeper principals of RA. The highly flexible (blended e-learning course) can be undertaken while in full time practice or whilst undertaking a fellowship.

In addition to a guaranteed 10% discount for all ESRA members, ESRA are looking into supporting ESRA member students with additional educational bursaries, ensuring that those students willing to apply themselves have an equal opportunity to substantially discount the cost of their three year course.

To apply for the 2016 intake, please visit the UEA's course pages here and clearly state your ESRA membership number at the top of your personal statement.

For the first time since the course was launched in 2012, we are greatly looking forward to equipping our graduates not only with valuable credentials in RA, but also a unique pan-European perspective when applying for RA posts across Europe and the UK.

To enquire about ESRA membership benefits and to apply, click here.


"I am convinced that the UEA MSc in RA will become a measure of both academic and clinical excellence, surpassing in value any other currently available qualification in Regional Anaesthesia, nationally and internationally."
- Sean Tighe, President of RA-UK and Consultant Anaesthetist


Who is the Course for?

Our e-learning Master's course is the first higher degree qualification in Regional Anaesthesia (RA) in the UK, and has been developed with support from the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA), the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) and Regional Anaesthesia United Kingdom (RA-UK).

There has long been a need for anaesthesia trainees to be able to focus on regional anaesthesia, with the discipline proving the most popular sub-specialty amongst anaesthesia students.

The syllabus has been designed by our specialist faculty team to complement realworld professional development. Enhanced knowledge of regional anaesthesia fits well with good anaesthetic practice by providing superior analgesia compared to opiate-based methods. Expertly delivered, RA plays an important role in all surgery and the excellent analgesia provided by RA techniques forms the basis of all enhanced recovery programmes within the NHS.

Our philosophy is to set the highest standards at this specialist level, whilst accommodating your individual progression path. This will be achieved through a combination of rigorous and engaging online activities and practical assessment of your regional anaesthetic, communication and decision making skills.


This first year covers applied anatomy, the neurophysiology and pharmacology of pain, and regional anaesthesia methodology. By the end of the first year, you will have knowledge of the microanatomy of nerves, ultrasound, needle design, safe practice of RA and sterility, among other fundamental elements of regional anaesthesia.

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Last modified: Friday, 5 February 2016, 3:38 PM