Surgical Skills

MSc ( 2 years Part-time )


This unique Joint Programme with the University of Malta 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.


Award and structure

  • MSc: 120 taught credits + 60 credit Dissertation


Compulsory modules

  • Sutures, Instruments and Suturing Techniques
  • Basics in Research Methods
  • Laparoscopic Skills
  • Laparoscopic Suturing Skills
  • Laparoscopic Simulation and Cadaver Training
  • Sepsis and Soft Skills in Surgery
  • Sutures Instruments and Suturing Techniques
  • Tissue Suturing
  • Virtual Reality Immersive Learning - Cholecystectomy
  • Dissertation

For more details about these modules, please see here.

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)
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)

Learning and teaching

The programme has a mixed mode of delivery; students study on campus at the University of Malta and undertake Barts Cancer Institute modules by distance learning.

The distance learning modules will be delivered using a variety of methods, including:
•    Online lectures
•    Reading materials
•    Discussion forums
•    Videos to demonstrate practical skills

The programme will make use of the following technology to enable regular skills practice from the comfort of your own home:
•    Portable box trainers with instruments, sutures and practice jigs
•    Virtual Reality Touch Surgery

An optional summer school will be offered annually to allow you the opportunity to further develop skills in our state-of-the-art virtual reality surgical simulation centre and to be assessed by onsite tutors for “The Laparoscopic Passport”.

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.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2020/21 Academic Year

Part time £12,850

Tuition fees for International students

2020/21 Academic Year

Part time £12,850

Part time fees are charged per annum over two years for a two year programme and per annum over three years for a three year programme. A percentage increase may be applied to the fees in years two and three.

This increase is defined each year and published on the intranet and in the Tuition Fee Regulations. A 3% increase was applied to the unregulated university fees in 2019/20. Further information can be viewed on our University Fees webpage, including details about annual increases.


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

Graduate employment

  • 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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