Advanced Minimally-Invasive Surgery MS
This MS programme is focused, practical-based, highly innovative and "hands-on", mixing the cutting-edge of VR and SoMe with advanced practical training and telementoring in robotics and laparoscopy from some of the world's most renowned expert surgeons. This degree incorporates latest technologies that will place students at the forefront of modern surgical training.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2018/19)
- £14,790 (FT)
- £28,370 (FT)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.
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.
English language requirements
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: Good
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
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.
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About this degree
Students learn advanced practical skills in minimally-invasive surgery and have the opportunity to improve their laparoscopic and robotic skills.
Academic surgeons who are experts in their field and recognised as thought leaders in surgery teach on this programme.
You will learn about and develop Virtual and Augmented Reality models at the cutting edge of surgery and be among the only group of students who are specifically taught on the use of SoMe in surgery by some of the pioneers of this movement.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The MS consists of six core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a research dissertation (180 credits).
A Postgraduate Certificate is also available and consists of four core modules (60 credits).
- The Concept of Minimally-Invasive Surgery (PG Cert & MS)
- Training Concepts/Models in the Minimally-Invasive Surgery (PG Cert & MS)
- Imaging in Surgery (PG Cert & MS)
- Virtual Reality in Surgery (PG Cert & MS)
- mHealth (MS)
- Leadership in Surgery (MS)
For the MS Award, two optional modules are chosen from the following:
- Advanced Techniques in Laparoscopy - practical workshops and building training programmes
- Advanced Training in Robotics – practical workshops and building training programmes
- Research Methodology
- mHealth Applications
This module gives students the opportunity to undertake an individual supervised design project, which will involve collection of primary data, planning, decision-making and production of either a practical research model for training in MIS and/or a VR software model for use or diagnosis in the field of minimally invasive surgery.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops, practical sessions, group discussions and distance learning. Assessment is through written examination, coursework, presentation, dissertation and viva voce.
At present there are no specific scholarships attached to the programme, however we would encourage you to view the departmental website for UCL-wide funding opportunities.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Why study this degree at UCL?
UCL is one of the world’s very best universities, consistently placed in the global top 10 in world rankings. It is affiliated with University College Hospital (UCLH) which is recognised as a centre of excellence. The university has highly advanced simulation facilities for surgical training as well as excellent collaborative links with other similarly progressive units throughout the surgical community.
The technology integrated into this programme will allow students to be mentored and assessed by surgeons in Europe and the USA whilst being based at the Bloomsbury Campus, using state-of-the-art telestration equipment.
The module structure will also allow students to work directly with experienced academics and develop projects that will be clinically applicable to their future careers. The international, multidisciplinary academic environment will allow students to directly interact with some of the key opinion leaders in surgery - learning operative skills as well as observing the latest procedures - and tailor their practice to be at the forefront of modern surgery.
Department: Division of Surgery & Interventional Science
Student / staff numbers
› 75 staff
including 24 postdocs
› 428 taught students
› 86 research students
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Division of Surgery & Interventional Science
80%: Clinical Medicine subjects; 95%: General Engineering subjects rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
Application and 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.
Application fee: There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. More details about the application fee can be found at www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
Who can apply?
- Graduate students who hold a recognised medical degree and have undergone basic surgical training or equivalent in a surgical specialty eg MRCS or MRCOG are encouraged to apply.
- A PGCert is available on completion of the core modules for students who hold a medical degree but are yet to complete basic surgical training.
- All applicants
- 27 July 2018
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?
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 and professional background meets the demands of this programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.
- Mr Manish Chand, Programme Lead