Taught course

Surgical Skills and Sciences

Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry · Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry

Entry requirements

This programme is aimed at surgeons in training, trainee and specialist registrars, non-carrier grade surgeons, associate specialists. You need to have a medical degree from a recognised institution is required and some postgraduate experience in surgery is desirable. 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.

Months of entry


Course content

Surgical training has recently undergone significant change. Trainees are expected to learn surgical skills in a shorter time with less time in the operating theatre. This has resulted in a move to train surgeons outside of this environment. Simulators offer a solution; allowing trainees to learn the essential surgical skills in a safe and controlled environment, which focuses on the trainee and takes away any patient risk. Our state-of-the-art Virtual Reality Surgical Simulation Centre removes the patient from the equation to allow novice learning and skill mastery to occur in a low-stress, high-feedback environment while protecting the patient from procedural inexperience.

This unique programme offers you the opportunity to develop or extend your expertise in the established and rapidly developing areas of laparoscopic surgery and gastrointestinal endoscopy.

You will be taught techniques of secure suturing, knot tying and bowel anastomosis using non-biological materials. You will also gain a clear understanding of the concept and theories surrounding the issues of research and critical appraisal along with academic writing. This programme is designed to enhance your future career prospects in surgery. If you perform well and express an interest, you may be given the opportunity to proceed to MD(Res) or PhD studies.

This programme will:

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

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Bijen Patel
+44 (0)20 7882 3847