Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery Master of Surgery

Postgraduate ( full-time, part-time)


September 2018

Intermediate awards: PG Cert, PG Dip

Course duration: 12 months full-time, 2 years part-time.

Teaching times

Trimester 1: Theory Chelmsford, practicals off-site.
Trimester 2: Theory Chelmsford, practicals off-site.
Trimester 3: Distance learning or Monday 9am-4pm (part-time) depending on module choice.


Advance your clinical practice to achieve competency with the latest developments and techniques in minimally invasive and robotic surgery, with our Master of Surgery.

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For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure for the full-time or part-time versions of this course.

Full description


Designed by clinical experts, the course will prepare you to advance your career development and opportunities in this area of surgical specialism. On successful completion you’ll be ideally suited to pursue a higher surgical training post or postgraduate study at MD or PhD level.

Modules & assessment

Core modules

  • Core Principles of Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery
    Specifically designed to help develop clinical skills in minimally invasive and robotic surgery and encourage critical understanding of the evidence behind the principles of minimal invasive surgery. It offers evidence-based professional knowledge and skills that contribute effectively to minimal invasive surgery and the emerging field of robotic surgery. It’s based on the fundamental principles of minimally invasive and robotic surgery, including general anatomy, physiological impact of laparoscopy, indications and selection for surgery, understanding the technology and mechanics of instrumentation, core principles of laparoscopic surgery (pneumoperitoneum, complications) and planning of surgery. In addition, patient, staff and equipment safety, and managing clinical emergencies will be taught and assessed, to include analysis of innovative contemporary technology, including robotics. Specific emphasis will be placed on the care of patients during the preoperative phase, intraoperative optimisation and postoperative management, including management of complications of surgery and writing a business case for laparoscopic surgery.
  • Research Studies
    Designed to provide you with a critical overview of the main methodologies and designs applied to research within health and social care, professional practice, regulation and policy. It provides you with an opportunity to explore the theoretical dilemmas that underlie the process of inquiry and its relationship to practice. The module will provide a framework within which to select, evaluate and justify the research methods chosen for your research project.
  • Major Project
    The major project is of central importance to your Masters award. You’ll be expected to bring together aspects of learning from previous modules as well as using the learning as the basis for planning, conducting and writing a research or work-based project. You’ll be supported in your preparation and submission of a Masters-level major project (either a research project or work-based project). You’ll have access to eight hours of workshop support during this module. This will be delivered as four, two-hour workshops. In addition, there will be a full-day introductory workshop before the module commences. You’ll be allocated a minimum of six hours individual supervisory support, with additional supervisory support negotiated between you and your supervisor.

Specialist modules

  • Principles of Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery - Gynaecology
    This module is designed to provide Gynaecologists currently working or interested in the area of minimal invasive surgery the opportunity to obtain advanced training and knowledge of the theory and practice that support this specialised area of interest. It’s set at a level ideal for specialists, registrars and consultants or equivalent overseas grades. You’ll receive carefully selected learning material in preparation for the module sessions.
  • Principles of Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery - Gastrointestinal
    This taught module encompasses all major aspects of minimally invasive surgery in gastrointestinal surgery of the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract, including robotically assisted surgery. You’ll be introduced to the vital anatomy and pathophysiology relating to both the upper and lower GI tract. You’ll develop analytical skills in each of these disciplines which are transferable to clinical practice. Experiential learning is essential to the satisfactory completion of this module, coupled with laboratory skills in simulated gastrointestinal surgery.

Optional modules

  • Global Leadership
    This model consists of four elements: effective decision-making, adoption of a global approach, creation of a new business paradigm and a contemporary mission. It also considers the related concept of mis-leadership, which looks at how leaders have often failed to achieve the optimum outcomes for those they lead. Leaders predominantly create context and this module will explore the skills required to successfully mould and develop the context in a chaotic environment.
  • Advancing Professional Decision Making
    Advance your decision making skills through critical reflection, with the help of a 'critical friend'. This is a specialist designated module for the Management and Leadership in Health and Social Care course. Current health and social care policy and the modernisation of the NHS, and other international models demands new ways of working across traditional boundaries, and the implementation of national targets at local level. This requires the development of roles for confident autonomous practitioners, who possess the knowledge and skills to implement complex decisions in a rapidly changing environment and to play key roles in service development. You’ll need to be able to utilise practical decision making skills within an area of professional knowledge and to develop strategies to facilitate the implementation of the outcomes of the decision making process into practice, either as an individual or within a team/organisation. Management of change and service development are seen as core elements of the module, together with the enhancement of professional judgment and leadership.


Teaching will be supported by a range of activities such as group collaborations, surgical demonstrations, skills stations, workshops, tutorials, lectures and seminars. These will all be used to build on your existing knowledge along with a combination of clinical scenarios and real cases.

You’ll be assessed using a wide range of strategies throughout the course, including objective structured clinical examinations, simulation practice training sessions and written assignments.

Please note that modules are subject to change and availability.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Medical Science, opened in 2014, is founded on the strong international reputation of our flagship Postgraduate Medical Institute. Based on our riverside campus in Chelmsford and Young Street campus in Cambridge, we deliver innovative and clinically relevant teaching and research across two departments:

  • Allied Health
  • Medical Science and Public Health

Thanks to our close relationships with the major clinical-care providers in the east of England, there are significant opportunities for collaboration and student placements across a variety of clinical sites.

We offer exciting opportunities for research and education in the allied health professions. We also translate science and epidemiology into health education and primary care, and deliver taught Master’s programmes to qualified medics. We have a flourishing community of PhD and MD(Res) students across all of our research fields.

Our advanced learning facilities include state-of-the-art clinical skills laboratories and simulation suites, which mirror real-life clinical situations. We also have a fantastic, modern library and a wide range of science labs and ICT suites.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year)


UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year part time)


International students, 2017/18 (per year)


Additional costs

Travel to ICENI Centre
Associated travel costs

Travel to St. George's (Gynaecology only)
Associated travel costs

How do I pay my fees?

Paying upfront

You won't need to pay fees until you've accepted an offer to attend, but you must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments.

How to pay your fees directly

International students

You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter/financial guarantee. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees
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Funding for UK & EU students

It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our funding guide for postgraduate students to learn more about the following:

  • The Government’s new £10k Masters loan
  • Applying for our scholarships
  • Additional funding options and support
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Funding for international students

We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.

Entry requirements

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

On successful completion of this programme, you will be awarded a Master of Surgery which entitles you to use MCh after your name. MCh is an abbreviation of Magister Chirurgiae, the Latin for Master of Surgery. Master of Surgery, rather than MCh, will appear on your certificate.

Application notes

On your application form please specify whether you would like to specialise in Gynaecology or Gastrointestinal.

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International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.

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Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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UK & EU applicants

01245 68 68 68

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International applicants

+44 1245 68 68 68

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