UCL Division of Surgery and Interventional Science


Advanced Minimally-Invasive Surgery, MS

This mixed-mode MS is focused, practical-based, highly innovative and hands-on. It combines cutting-edge 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.
  1. Core details
  2. Entry requirements
  3. Course overview
  4. Careers
  1. Teaching & learning
  2. Fees & funding
  3. Next steps
  4. Contact

Core details

  • Programme starts: September 2022
  • Tuition fees: UK - £19,400. Overseas - £32,100.
  • Duration: 1 calendar year (full-time) - 5 years (flexible)

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Entry requirements

This programme requires the equivalent of a 2:1 (upper second bachelor's degree).

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.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

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. 

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

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.

About this degree

This is a modern, flexible, and inclusive MS programme 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.

Your timetable will include synchronous sessions (set to UK time), and you will have on-demand access to recorded sessions. The course gives busy professionals the ability to plan their lives around their study and to complete their surgical training whilst studying at their convenience.

We are the only UK institution to use innovative telestration technology. This will enable you to interact with surgeons across the globe, learn operative skills, observe latest procedures, and critically appraise surgical technique in real time. 

Our mix of theory, latest scientific evidence and technical skills provides an exciting opportunity, especially for overseas students who are 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. The programme is also suitable for surgeons in training to complement their clinical career and expand their academic skills to focus on areas of practice.

Read about what it takes to study for a Master's at UCL.

Benefits of this course

  • 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 used in this programme will allow students 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 practical skills in Minimally Invasive Surgery, as well as improve their Laparoscopic and Robotic skills.
  • The module structure allows students to directly work with experienced academics and develop projects that will be clinically applicable to their future careers.
  • Engage directly with some of the key opinion leaders in surgery and tailor their practice to learn operative skills, observe the latest procedures, and be at the forefront of modern surgery.
  • Students will be taught on the use of SoMe in Surgery by some of the pioneers of the movement.
  • Graduates can expect to be academically confident and ideally placed to pursue doctoral (PhD) level study upon completion.

Read about what you'll get out of a graduate programme.

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The foundation of your career

Whatever your career pathway, this MS will help you to advance your career to a more specialised level or to become more established. In addition to gaining cutting-edge knowledge in a specialised field, the research project will also provide you with many transferable skills in conducting research in clinical and medical science. It will also give you up-to-date perspectives on trends in the causality, diagnosis, management, and innovative approaches in MIS.

A modern surgical career has many facets to it. Many of the current NICE guidelines promote surgical technologies and recommend that patients are offered them where expertise exists. There is also an increasing drive towards technology-based healthcare to improve patient outcomes and offer better value.

Trainee surgeons must go beyond the historical forms of surgical training to address the use of technology. As well as developing traditional skills of critical appraisal and interpretation of evidence, you are now expected to be able to undertake precision practical procedures with excellence and to understand the technologies that reach the operating theatre. Our 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 academic study and research activity, such as a PhD, will receive appropriate guidance to support you with those ambitions.

Teaching and learning

There are eight compulsory taught modules on this programme.

  1. Introduction to Minimally Invasive Surgery
  2. Digital Health
  3. Leadership in Surgery
  4. Imaging in Surgery
  1. Research Methodologies and Transferable Skills
  2. Virtual Reality in Surgery
  3. Advanced techniques in Laparoscopy
  4. Advanced training in Robotics

The first six modules will be delivered online through asynchronous materials (e.g. pre-recorded lectures, tutorials) and synchronous sessions (Q&A, discussion and group study sessions). These will run across Semesters 1 and 2 and end before the Easter break.

The last two modules and the technical part of the Visual Reality in Surgery module are hands-on. These will be conducted during a 4–6-week residential block in the late spring / early summer, prior to the dissertation period.

These modules are followed by a dissertation (online or field study depending on students’ circumstances), which is submitted as a written piece of work.


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.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees, 2022-23Full-timePart-time

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. When a programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL fees website.

Additional costs

Students submitting a research project will be required to submit two soft bound printed copies. This is arranged by students and costs are expected to be in the range of £50-70 (depending on the service required). Students will need to cover the cost of travel to campus for the face-to-face teaching time. Students must also arrange their own financial support for travel/living 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

There are currently no specific scholarships attached to the programme. However, we encourage you to view the main UCL funding page 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.

Next steps

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 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.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

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