The programme provides postgraduate education for doctors specialising in surgical gastroenterology and is delivered in collaboration with South Tees NHS Foundation Trust.
During the programme you study the underpinning principles of evidence-based surgical gastroenterology and minimally invasive surgery. you will focus on developing your clinical knowledge and understanding of surgical gastroenterology practice and the research skills necessary to be an evidence-based practitioner able to undertake clinical research. The programme enables you to:
We have used a flexible approach to course delivery. For the majority of modules you can choose to attend taught sessions or study by distance learning.
In Year 1 you study a number of modules which develop your understanding of the principles underpinning clinical practice in surgical gastroenterology and minimally invasive surgery - these develop your skills in evidence-based practice, research methods and statistics.
In Year 2 you undertake a dissertation which includes developing a research paper for publication as well as the research project, OR a dissertation plus an option module.
Year 1 core modules
Year 2 core modules
Modules offered may vary.
How you learn
We use a range of learning and teaching methods. For most modules you can choose to attend classes or study by distance learning. Our taught classes use key lectures, group discussions, case-based discussions, practical activities, clinical simulation work and computer lab sessions. All distance learning is supported through the virtual learning environment where learning materials are available in a variety of forms including written materials, narrated PowerPoint presentations, interactive materials and electronic discussion forums. You receive supervision and support from your personal tutor, programme leader, module leaders, academic supervisors and clinical advisers. You are also expected to undertake some self-study to support your learning.
How you are assessed
We use a range of assessment methods throughout including formative assessment, written reports, statistical analysis, written and oral exams and a research project.
You improve your career prospects by developing your specialist knowledge in surgical gastroenterology to postgraduate level and enhancing your research and evidence-based practice skills.
This MS programme is focused, practical-based, highly innovative and "hands-on", mixing the cutting-edge of VR and SoMe with advanced practical training and telementoring in robotics and laparoscopy from some of the world's most renowned expert surgeons. This degree incorporates latest technologies that will place students at the forefront of modern surgical training.
Students learn advanced practical skills in minimally-invasive surgery and have the opportunity to improve their laparoscopic and robotic skills.
Academic surgeons who are experts in their field and recognised as thought leaders in surgery teach on this programme.
You will learn about and develop Virtual and Augmented Reality models at the cutting edge of surgery and be among the only group of students who are specifically taught on the use of SoMe in surgery by some of the pioneers of this movement.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The MS consists of six core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a research dissertation (180 credits).
A Postgraduate Certificate is also available and consists of four core modules (60 credits).
For the MS Award, two optional modules are chosen from the following:
This module gives students the opportunity to undertake an individual supervised design project, which will involve collection of primary data, planning, decision-making and production of either a practical research model for training in MIS and/or a VR software model for use or diagnosis in the field of minimally invasive surgery.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops, practical sessions, group discussions and distance learning. Assessment is through written examination, coursework, presentation, dissertation and viva voce.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Advanced Minimally-Invasive Surgery MS
UCL is one of the world’s very best universities, consistently placed in the global top 10 in world rankings. It is affiliated with University College Hospital (UCLH) which is recognised as a centre of excellence. The university has highly advanced simulation facilities for surgical training as well as excellent collaborative links with other similarly progressive units throughout the surgical community.
The technology integrated into this programme will allow students to be mentored and assessed by surgeons in Europe and the USA whilst being based at the Bloomsbury Campus, using state-of-the-art telestration equipment.
The module structure will also allow students to work directly with experienced academics and develop projects that will be clinically applicable to their future careers. The international, multidisciplinary academic environment will allow students to directly interact with some of the key opinion leaders in surgery - learning operative skills as well as observing the latest procedures - and tailor their practice to be at the forefront of modern surgery.
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Division of Surgery & Interventional Science
80%: Clinical Medicine subjects; 95%: General Engineering subjects rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.