Laparoscopic Surgical Skills

Postgraduate Certificate ( 1 year Part-time Online Learning )


This PG Certificate 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”.

As well as practical skills, you will gain a clear understanding of the research process, including research design, methodology, analysis, and presentation of work for publication.

Theory and skills demonstrations will be delivered via QMUL’s virtual learning platform. You will receive a take-home box simulator with instruments, sutures and practice jigs to enable regular skills practice.

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.
  • The delivery format allows the programme to be studied alongside your medical training.
  • It will enhance your future career prospects in General Surgery.


The distance learning Postgraduate Certificate Laparoscopic Surgical Skills is available as a part time programme, taught over 1 year.

All teaching will be delivered via the University’s online learning platform with equipment provided to enable skills practice.

An optional summer school will be offered annually.

Compulsory modules

  1. Laparoscopic Skills (15 credits)
  2. Laparoscopic Suturing Skills (30 credits)
  3. Laparoscopy Procedure Skills (15 credits)

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.

Self-study includes practise time and time spent working on assignments.

Further information

Find out more on the BCI website.


For general enquiries, please contact The BCI Teaching Office:
+44 (0)20 7882 3491,
For informal admission enquiries please contact the Programme Director, Mr Patel,

Entry requirements

This programme is aimed at surgical trainees. You need to have a medical degree from a recognised institution.
You should have reliable internet access and a smart phone.

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

The programme will be delivered online 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 and coursework (including critical appraisals, and essays.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Part time DL £4,850

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Part time DL £9,400

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



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