Laparoscopic Surgery and Surgical Skills

MSc ( 1 year Full-time )


This MSc is designed to accelerate surgical training and improve surgical skills that are essential for building confidence in clinical practice. The programme offers the opportunity to develop, or extend, expertise in the established and rapidly developing areas of laparoscopic surgery and bowel anastomosis.

The course will provide students with a unique opportunity to practice and perfect the laparoscopic technical skills necessary to meet the standards set by The Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland for obtaining LapPass – “The Laparoscopic Passport”. 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.

As well as practical skills, you will gain a clear understanding of the research process, including critical appraisal and academic writing.

This programme will:

  • Teach you basic and advanced laparoscopy tasks
  • Give you skills in laparoscopic suturing
  • Teach you how to perform bowel anastomosis
  • Give you the tools and methodologies for conducting research.

Why study your MSc Laparoscopic Surgery and Surgical Skills at Queen Mary?

Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry is comprised of two world renowned teaching hospitals, St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London, which have made, and continue to make, an outstanding contribution to modern medicine. According to the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry is placed within the top seven UK institutions in all three Units of Assessment

Barts Cancer Institute has a long tradition of pioneering research and innovation. Many surgical procedures were first discovered here as well as the use of radiotherapy to treat cancer. By investing in and undertaking world-class research, we aim to prevent cancer and develop better diagnostic techniques and treatments. This will ultimately increase patient survival and enhance the quality of life for those with long-term disease.

MSc Laparoscopic Surgery and Surgical Skills is based at Barts Cancer Institute; a Cancer Research-UK Centre of Excellence and a leading cancer research institute in the UK.

  • This course accelerates your surgical training and improves technical skills.
  • It will enhance your future career prospects in General Surgery.
  • The programme is associated with Barts and the London, giving you opportunities for placements and observation in theatre and clinics.
  • You will have the opportunity to attend a national and international surgical conference and interact with surgeons and surgical reps.


The onsite MSc Laparoscopic Surgery and Surgical Skills is currently available for one year full-time study.

Compulsory modules

  • Laparoscopic Skills
  • Laparoscopic Suturing Skills
  • Laparoscopy Procedure Skills
  • Bowel Anastomosis Skills
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

In addition to the taught modules, compulsory attendance at one international conference will be required (the cost of this is included in your tuition fee). There will also be opportunities for observing in wards, clinics and the operating theatre. This offers a good opportunity for international students to gain an understanding of medical and surgical practice in the NHS.


Undertaking a Masters programme is a serious commitment, with weekly contact hours in addition to numerous hours of independent learning and research needed to progress at the required level. When coursework or examination deadlines are approaching independent learning hours may need to increase significantly. Please contact the course convenor for precise information on the number of contact hours per week for this programme.

Further information

Find out more on the BCI website.


For general enquiries, please contact The BCI Teaching Office:

+44 (0)20 7882 3847,
For informal admission enquiries please contact the Programme Director, Mr Patel,

Entry requirements

This programme is aimed at surgical trainees and intercalating MBBS students. You need to have a medical degree from a recognised institution, or to have successfully completed 3 years of MBBS studies. The programme does not involve any direct contact with patients, so GMC registration is not required for overseas doctors.

International applicants

Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. Find out more about our English language entry requirements.

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

Learning and teaching

As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge.

Many different teaching methods are employed during the course, including lectures, seminars, practical classes and demonstrations using surgical simulators. In addition, you will have opportunities to observe clinics and in the operating theatre.

Each 15 credit module will have approximately 30 hours of contact time and will require 120 hours of self study.

Each 30 credit module will have approximately 60 hours of contact time and will require 240 hours of self study.

Independent Study

For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.


You will be assessed in a variety of ways, including practical skills assessment, coursework (including critical appraisals, essays, proposal writing, poster and oral presentations), and written exams. At the culmination of your programme you will also produce a 10,000 word dissertation.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2020/21 Academic Year

Full time £15,950
Part time £8,000
Part-time study is not available for this course

Tuition fees for International students

2020/21 Academic Year

Full time £29,950
Part time £15,000
Part-time study is not available for this course


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717



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