Surgical Innovation

Providing a solid academic foundation on both clinical and non-clinical topics relevant to modern surgical trainees.

Award titles

Postgraduate Certificate

ECTS: 30 credits
Duration: 9 months part-time
(standalone course)

Postgraduate Diploma

ECTS: 60 credits
Duration: 16 months part-time
(including PG Cert)

Master's degree

ECTS: 90 credits
Duration: 2 years part-time
(including PG Cert and PG Dip)

Key information

Start date: September 2018

Campus
St Mary's
Charing Cross (PG Dip Orthopaedic Surgery only)
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Overview

Our degrees in Surgical Innovation provide a solid academic foundation of both clinical and non-clinical topics relevant to modern surgical trainees, members of the multi-disciplinary team and those interested in surgery as a field of study.

There is a strong emphasis on how surgery has radically changed and will continue to advance in the twenty-first century.

The modular nature of our course allows it to be tailored to the unique needs of individual students, with the following options to choose from:

  • Postgraduate Certificate
  • Postgraduate Diploma (clinical option)
  • MSc in Surgical Innovation (clinical option)

You will be equipped with key surgical skills in education, leadership and safety, quality and technological innovation in the current NHS environment and the clinical specialty streams are in line with the current trend in surgical subspecialisation.

The MSc option will provide a research experience that, together with the chosen taught modules, will serve as a solid foundation for further academic progression.

The programme will promote world class scholarship, education and research in the field of surgery and allied health professions, fostering interdisciplinary working.

The modular structure of the programme aligns well with the Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum, offering you the opportunity to gain specific qualifications in topics relevant to your special interest, exposing you to key non-clinical skills, as well as concepts and techniques in surgical research.

Introductory day for students beginning in September 2018

The MSc in Surgical Innovation starts with an Introductory Day on Thursday 13 September 2018. You will receive full details by email.

For those who can attend, the Introduction Day schedule covers important areas such as an introduction to academic and administrative staff, health and safety induction, student card processing, the MSc Handbook, Blackboard VLE, College courses run by the Graduate School, and an introduction to Library services.

Study programme

This course is made up of three progressional levels (PG Cert, PG Dip and MSc), and you can apply to any level in the first instance. Read more about how this works under 'Choosing your course' in the how to apply section.

Postgraduate Certificate

The Certificate equips you with much-needed skills for the current NHS environment. You study four core modules ensuring a solid foundation in surgical innovation.

Postgraduate Diploma

The Diploma provides the opportunity to choose a specialist stream during your PG Dip, which are offered in line with current trends in surgical subspecialisation, and are currently:

  • Bariatrics
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Ears, Nose and Throat
  • Oseophago-gastric Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Transplant
  • Trauma Management
  • Vascular Surgery

MSc

The MSc is research focussed and you will complete both a library dissertation and research project following advanced training in research methods.

Careers

Our teaching programme for the MSc in Surgical Innovation reviews and incorporates the rapid pace of change within surgery, providing on-going professional development to improve students career prospects.

The programme parallels training of surgeons and allied healthcare professions such as members of the multi-disciplinary team (MDT) and Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS).

We anticipate that graduates of the MSc in Surgical Innovation will be well placed to advance their careers in a range of directions that include academic surgery, specialisation and research (clinical and non-clinical).

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Our modules are available as standalone short courses, read more here.

Structure

Postgraduate Certificate

Core modules

You take all of the core modules below.

  • Principles of Surgery
  • Surgical Education
  • Improving Safety, Implementing Change
  • Interventional Technology and Imaging

Postgraduate Diploma

Having completed the PG Certificate you may progress to the PG Diploma where you choose from one the following specialty streams as well as completing a Library Dissertation.

Specialist stream

Each specialist stream consists of two compulsory modules.

Bariatrics
  • Bariatrics Surgery
  • Obesity Medicine

Find out more about the Bariatrics stream on the Department website.

Ear, Nose and Throat
  • Basic Science, Education, Training, Outcomes and Technology I
  • Technology II and Clinical Innovation

Find out more about the Ear, Nose and Throat stream on the Department website.

Colorectal Surgery
  • Emergency Survey and Colorectal Cancer
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Perianal Disease and Functional Bowel Disorders

Find out more about the Colorectal Surgery stream on the Department website.

Oesophago-Gastric Surgery
  • Benign Conditions of the Oesophagus and Stomach and OG Emergencies
  • Oesophago-Gastric Cancer

Find out more about the Oesophago-Gastric Surgery stream on the Department website.

Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Elective Practice
  • Trauma and Fracture Care

Find out more about the Orthopaedic Surgery stream on the Department website.

Transplant
  • Principles of Transplantation Surgery
  • Transplantation Surgery Techniques and Complications

Find out more about the Transplant stream on the Department website.

Trauma Surgery
  • Casualty Reception and Initial Management
  • Operative Management of Injuries

Find out more about the Trauma Surgery stream on the Department website.

Vascular Surgery
  • General and Aortic Surgery
  • Peripheral and Venous Surgery

Find out more about the Vascular Surgery stream on the Department website.

MSc

Having completed the PG Certificate and the PG Diploma you may progress to the MSc where you will complete a Research Project.

In addition and as part of the MSc section you will attend a Research Methods Module which is held at the beginning of the programme.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

  • Case based discussions
  • Expert debates
  • Face-to-face teaching
  • Group discussion boards
  • Independent research project (MSc)
  • Interactive lectures
  • Panels
  • Practical sessions
  • Pre-module activities

Assessment

  • Academic oral presentations
  • Critical reflection
  • e-learning MCQs/MEQs
  • e-teaching case
  • Evidence-based mini project
  • Group presentations
  • Literature review
  • Preparation of teaching video
  • Structured debates
  • Topical essay
  • Written and practical exams

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is at least a 2.1 UK Honour's degree in health science.

Additionally, one year of clinical experience with some surgical training is required.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

How to apply

All applications for postgraduate taught degrees are made online via Apply.Imperial.

You can submit one application form per year of entry, and usually choose up to two courses.

How to apply

Choosing your course

This course is divided into three progressional levels of study:

  • PG Certificate (PG Cert)
  • PG Diploma (PG Dip)
  • MSc

Each level of study has its own separate entry point; you can apply to any level in the first instance.

Read more about Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and MSc degrees

Making an application

All applicants must apply online.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Although courses will remain open until they are filled, applicants for this course are strongly encouraged to apply by 1 August 2018. Early applications allow us to communicate important information around key dates with applicants directly.

If you need a visa to study in the UK, we advise that you apply by 1 July 2018 to ensure that your visa is processed and approved prior to the start of the course.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2018 entryFull feeTop-up fee*
MSc £10,600 £2,120
Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) £8,480 £3,180
Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) £5,300
* Where you have completed a preceding programme, only top-up fees are applicable. For example, if you've already completed the PG Cert and want to study the PG Dip, you will only be liable for the top-up PG Dip fee.

You may apply to enter this programme at any level of study.

If you enter the MSc, without having studied the PG Cert or PG Dip, then you will pay the full fee listed for the MSc.

If you choose to enter at the PG Cert or PG Dip level and return in future academic years to complete a higher award, you will pay the top-up fee instead of the full fee for your chosen course.

If you continue uninterrupted from one award to the next, you will pay the top-up fee above, plus any annual inflationary increases that have subsequently been applied by the College to the 2018 entry fee.

The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value for April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

If you exit the course with an award and return following a break, you will pay the top-up fee advertised in the year of your return.

You could be eligible for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan from the UK government if you apply for the MSc in the first instance.

PG Cert and PG Diploma students are not eligible for the Master's loan since each of these programmes are not worth 90 ECTS credits, which is one of the eligibility criteria for this loan.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2018 entryFull feeTop-up fee*
MSc £32,500 £6,500
Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) £26,000 £9,750
Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) £16,250
* Where you have completed a preceding programme, only top-up fees are applicable. For example, if you've already completed the PG Cert and want to study the PG Dip, you will only be liable for the top-up PG Dip fee.

You may apply to enter this programme at any level of study.

If you enter the MSc, without having studied the PG Cert or PG Dip, then you will pay the full fee listed for the MSc.

If you choose to enter at the PG Cert or PG Dip level and return in future academic years to complete a higher award, you will pay the top-up fee instead of the full fee for your chosen course.

If you continue uninterrupted from one award to the next, you will pay the top-up fee above, plus any annual inflationary increases that have subsequently been applied by the College to the 2018 entry fee.

The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value for April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

If you exit the course with an award and return following a break, you will pay the top-up fee advertised in the year of your return.

You could be eligible for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan from the UK government if you apply for the MSc in the first instance.

PG Cert and PG Diploma students are not eligible for the Master's loan since each of these programmes are not worth 90 ECTS credits, which is one of the eligibility criteria for this loan.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

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