UCL Division of Surgery and Interventional Science


Advanced Minimally-Invasive Surgery, PGCert

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.
  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 - £6,500. Overseas - £10,700.
  • Duration: 1 calendar year (part-time) - 2 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

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.

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 theoretical 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.

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

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The foundation of your career

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 the expertise exists. There is also an increasing drive towards technology-based healthcare to improve patient outcomes and offer better value for money.

Trainee surgeons now must go beyond the historical forms of surgical training to address 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 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

There are four compulsory taught modules on this programme.

  1. Introduction to Minimally Invasive Surgery
  2. Digital Health
  3. Virtual Reality in Surgery
  4. Imaging in Surgery

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


Modular flexible PGCert students may select which two modules they will attend each year as follows:

  • Year 1 in both terms: ½ day (1 module) per week
  • Year 2 in both terms: ½ day (1 module) per week


  • 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)

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.


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 must arrange their own financial support for travel/living in London during the residential block. For more information on additional costs, please see 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, 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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