Laparoscopic Surgery & Surgical Skills

(Full time onsite)

Award: MSc / iMSc
Modes of Study: Full Time (1 year)
Course Director: Professor Bijendra Patel
Start Date: September 2021
Application Deadline: 31st July 2021

This unique MSc accelerates surgical training and improves surgical skills that are essential for building confidence in clinical practice. The course offers the opportunity to develop or extend expertise in the established and rapidly developing areas of laparoscopic surgery.

The course will provide students with a unique opportunity to gain postgraduate training and development in cognitive and motor skills using the surgical simulators. The state-of-the-art Virtual Reality Surgical Simulation Centre allows novice learning and skill mastery to occur in a low-stress, high-feedback environment while protecting the patient from procedural inexperience.

Students will gain a clear understanding of the concept and theories surrounding the issues of research and critical appraisal along with academic writing.

Full Time

Semester 1: September - December
Semester 2: January - March
Semester 3: May - August


Semester 1: January      Semester 2: March/April       Semester 3: August resits

Award and structure

MSc: 120 taught credits + 60 credit Dissertation

Compulsory modules

Laparoscopic Skills
Laparoscopic Suturing Skills
Laparoscopic Procedure Skills (Cholecystectomy)
Research Methods
Bowel Anastomosis Skills 

For more details about these modules, please visit the module details page.

Academic Entry Requirements

  • A medical degree; or
  • Successful completion of at least 3 years of MBBS studies (including the equivalent of one year of patient based teaching)*; or
  • Allied health professional (e.g. specialist nurse/dietician/physiologist) with a science based degree awarded with 2:1 or above (or international equivalent)

*Intercalating students must pass exams taken prior to commencing the MSc at first attempt and confirm that the beginning of their following year of MBBS studies start after all assessment for the MSc has been completed.

For more information on intercalated degrees please see here.

For international equivalencies please see the QMUL International Office.

English Language Requirements

Applicants for whom English is not a first language will also require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (with 6.0 in writing) or equivalent, unless their undergraduate degree was studied in, and awarded by, an English speaking country. For more information on acceptable English language qualifications please click here.

How to apply

All applications must be completed online.

As part of your application you will be required to provide the following documents:

  • Personal Statement
  • CV
  • 2 references (at least one of these must be an academic reference)
  • Copies of degree transcripts
  • English language results and certificate (if applicable)
Intercalating Applicants

Intercalating students must also apply via the Intercalated Degrees Admissions team. Please see here for more detailed information about the application process.

Full-time study - September 2021 | 1 year

Funding and scholarships

Numerous funding options are available to Postgraduate students. For more information click here.


Due to receiving large volumes of successful applications, it is our department policy to request a deposit of £2000 from overseas students and £1000 from home/EU students in order to secure your place on the course. This will be payable on acceptance of an offer.

  • Qualify to obtain LapPass - "The Laparoscopic Passport" from The Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons of Great Britain & Ireland
  • Improves technical skills and accelerates your core and specialist surgical training
  • Get a higher degree for career enhancement
  • An excellent foundation for further research - MD(Res)/PhD studies

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Course Director: Professor Bijen Patel

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