Advanced Minimally-Invasive Surgery PG Cert

Distance learning programme

This mixed-mode PGCert course introduces you to the innovative field of Minimally-Invasive Surgery and the latest technologies that will place you at the forefront of modern surgical training. You will learn about the importance of imaging in MIS and how this can lead to future innovation. Our highly innovative programme combines cutting-edge VR and SoMe technology with advanced theoretical training and telementoring in Robotics and Laparoscopy.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2023/24)
Fees to be confirmed
Part-time = 1 year.

Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)
Fees to be confirmed
Part-time = 1 year.

Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
1 academic year
2 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2023
Applications accepted
All applicants: 17 Oct 2022 – 30 Jun 2023

Applications open


Application closes at 17:00 (UK time).

Entry requirements

A recognised medical degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of equivalent standard. In addition, basic surgical training or equivalent in a surgical specialty e.g. MRCS, MRCOG or overseas equivalent.

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Level 2

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

The full-time and part-time versions of this programme are taught primarily online with some teaching taking place on campus in London. As such, international students who apply to this programme are not eligible to apply for a regular Student visa for full-time study in the UK.

To attend the on-campus teaching sessions for this course, international students will ordinarily use a UK Standard Visitor visa for study.

Please note that UK immigration rules are subject to change by the UK Government, as such, there is no guarantee that the current rules referred to here will be in place for the duration of your study with UCL.

Should you have any questions regarding visa compliance, please contact the UCL Student Immigration Compliance Team.

Equivalent qualifications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

Our modern, flexible and inclusive Postgraduate Certificate is for surgical trainees who are keen to learn the latest and most optimal techniques in surgery. It combines flexible, blended online learning with a residential hands-on component.

Four equally-weighted modules will introduce you to the innovative field of MIS. You will develop an understanding of the clinical importance as well as the benefits and limitations of MIS. You will also learn how to build a successful training programme, how to understand the importance of imaging in MIS, and how this can lead to future innovation in VR.

The course is mostly taught online, with on-demand content and flexibly-placed live lectures and surgery demonstrations. It also includes a residential component for the VR module which can be taken flexibly.

This programme gives busy professionals the ability to plan their lives around their study and to continue to work and earn whilst studying at their convenience. It is particularly well-suited to overseas students who might be unable to access high quality surgical education and the latest technologies.

Who this course is for

The programme is well suited for busy clinicians who are keen to learn the latest and most optimal techniques in Minimally Invasive Surgery. It is also suitable for surgeons in training to complement their clinical career and expand their academic skills to focus on areas of practice.

What this course will give you

  • UCL and UCL Hospitals (UCLH) have highly advanced simulation facilities for surgical training as well as excellent collaborative links with other similarly progressive units throughout the worldwide surgical community.
  • The technology we use will enable you to be mentored and assessed by surgeons in Europe and USA, using state-of-the-art telestration equipment.
  • You have an opportunity to learn advanced skills in Minimally Invasive Surgery.
  • The module structure allows our students to work with experienced academics. 
  • Engage directly with some of the key opinion leaders in surgery.
  • Tailor your practice to learn operative skills, observe the latest procedures, and be at the forefront of modern surgery.
  • You will be taught to use SoMe in Surgery by pioneers of the movement.
  • Graduates can expect to be academically confident.

The foundation of your career

A close networked alumni group meets throughout the year, either online or at UCL. Our alumni contribute to events such as #LondonCRS congress that takes place once a year virtually or at UCLH, and in projects aimed at expanding and promoting the course knowledge within the professional arena.


This PGCert award will support your progress in career advancement and becoming more established.

Modern surgical careers have many facets to them. Many of the current NICE guidelines promote surgical technologies and recommend that patients are offered them where possible. There is also an increasing drive towards technology-based healthcare to improve patient outcomes and offer better value for money.

Trainee surgeons must now address technology within their surgical training. As well as developing traditional skills of critical appraisal and interpretation of evidence, you are now expected to be able to undertake precision procedures with excellence and to understand the technologies that reach the operating theatre.

Our Minimally-Invasive Surgery programme supports the unique combination of theory, practice and innovation you will need for a fast-moving, competitive and evolving discipline.

Graduates who wish to pursue further study will receive appropriate guidance to support you with those ambitions.

Teaching and learning

Students will be assessed by: 

  • coursework essays
  • online oral/video presentations
  • case studies
  • role-play
  • formative direct observation.

Students receive a clear timetable for each module with detailed synchronous sessions in the UK time zone (mostly between 12-2 pm for the live sessions), along with the estimated time you should allocate to each activity.

You will also have access to recorded materials to check at your convenience. This gives busy professionals the ability to plan their lives around their study and to continue to work and earn whilst studying.


The PGCert consists of four core modules:

  • Introduction to MIS
  • Digital Health
  • Virtual Reality in Surgery
  • Imaging in Surgery.

There are no optional modules.

Part-time PGCert students attend online 1 day per week between September and April for lectures and tutorials.

PGCert students who opt to study flexibly may select which two modules they will attend each year in one of two ways.

Option 1

  • Year 1 in terms 1 and 2: Half-day (1 module) per week
  • Year 2 in terms 1 and 2: Half-day (1 module) per week

Option 2

  • Year 1 in term 1 or term 2: 1 day per week (2 modules)
  • Year 2 in term 1 or term 2: 1 day per week (2 modules)

The rest of the academic year is used for examinations.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits. Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Advanced Minimally-Invasive Surgery.


A clinical placement is not a required component of the programme. However, for students wishing to experience clinical practice in the UK or specialist surgery practice at UCLH, short clinical placements can be arranged.  Placements can be undertaken and forward planning with course faculty is advisable to ensure you can make the most of the experience.

A clinical placement does not impact grades.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2023/24) Fees to be confirmed £7,100
Tuition fees (2023/24) Fees to be confirmed £11,700

Part-time = 1 year.

Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.

Additional costs

Student will be expected to arrange their own financial support for travel / accommodation in London during the residential block.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Next steps

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • Why you want to study Advanced Minimally-Invasive Surgery at graduate level.
  • Why you want to study Advanced Minimally-Invasive Surgery at UCL.
  • What particularly attracts you to this programme.
  • How your academic, professional and personal background meets the demands of this programme.
  • Where you would like to go professionally with your award.

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying will match what this programme will deliver.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

Choose your programme

Please read the Application Guidance before proceeding with your application.

Year of entry: 2023-2024

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