Surgical Innovation

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

Key information

Duration: 2 years part-time
Start date: September 2023
LocationSt Mary's and Charing Cross 
ECTS: 90 credits

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Overview

Our MSc in Surgical Innovation provides 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. If for whatever reason you are unable to complete the full Masters you will be offered the chance to exit with either a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma, depending on the number of modules completed. 

In undertaking this MSc, 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 speciality streams in line with the current trend in surgical subspecialisation. This means you will be able to gain generic skills vital to becoming a clinical academic and then focus on a clinical speciality that matches your aspirations.

This MSc also provides research experience that, together with the chosen taught modules, will serve as a solid foundation for further academic progression. The inclusion of a mock grant application module will also prepare you to attract research funding for future work.

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.

Study programme

This course is made up of a number of core, compulsory and elective modules to be undertaken over the two-year part-time study period. Teaching is delivered in a blended format, encompassing online and on-campus elements.

Year one

Your first year equips you with much-needed skills for the current NHS environment. You will study five compulsory modules, ensuring a solid foundation in surgical innovation.

The next phase of the MSc gives you the opportunity to choose a specialist elective stream. The elective streams are each made up of a set of paired modules delivered in the Summer term. The elective specialty streams currently include:

  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Ears, Nose and Throat
  • Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Transplant Surgery
  • Trauma Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery

Year two

Your second year sees the completion of the elective specialties before you embark on your final two core modules. These include:

  • Mock grant application
  • Research project and dissertation that builds on the advanced training undertaken as part of the Research Methods module in year one

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 

This page reflects the latest version of the curriculum for this year of entry. However, this information is subject to change.

Find out more about the limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses, the type of changes we may make and how we will tell you about changes we have made.

Page last reviewed on 05 August 2022.

Structure

Year one

Compulsory modules

You take all of the core modules below.

  • Principles of Surgery
  • Interventional Technology and Imaging
  • Improving Safety, Implementing Change
  • Surgical Education
  • Research Methods – offers advanced training in reserach methods that will underpin the independent research project in year two

 

Specialist streams 

Each specialist stream consists of two compulsory modules.

Colorectal Surgery
  • Emergency Survey and Colorectal Cancer
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Perianal Disease and Functional Bowel Disorders
Ear, Nose and Throat
  • Basic Science, Education, Training, Outcomes and Technology 
  • Technology II and Clinical Innovation
Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Planned Surgery
  • Trauma and Fracture Care
Transplant Surgery
  • Principles of Transplantation Surgery
  • Transplantation Surgery Techniques and Complications
Trauma Surgery
  • Casualty Reception and Initial Management
  • Operative Management of Injuries
Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Cancerous and Benign Conditions of the Oesophagus and Stomach 
  • Bariatric Surgery and Medicine
Vascular Surgery
  • Key Principles and Aortic Surgery
  • Peripheral Arterial, Carotid and Venous Surgery

Year two

Your second year sees the completion of the elective specialties before you embark on your final two core modules. These include:

  • Mock grant application
  • Research project and dissertation that builds on the advanced training undertaken as part of the Research Methods module in year one

Teaching and assessment

Scheduled teaching and learning

  • Interactive lectures
  • Face-to-face teaching
  • Case based discussions
  • Panels
  • Expert debates
  • Practical sessions

E-learning and blended learning

  • Pre-module activities
  • Group discussion boards

Assessment

  • e-learning MCQs/MEQs
  • Preparation of teaching video
  • Structured debates
  • Group presentations
  • Academic oral presentations
  • Mock clinical MDTs
  • Written and practical exams
  • Critical reflection
  • Evidence-based mini project
  • Topical essay
  • e-teaching case
  • Mock grant application and literature review
  • Research dissertation

Events, tasters and talks

Find out more about studying at Imperial by meeting us at a virtual event. From webinars and study fairs to drop-ins and open days. Join us throughout the year for a range of events.

Explore all of our upcoming events.

Surgical Innovation open day recording.

Virtual Open Day 2021

Watch presentations from the course leaders, discussing teaching and assessments, Imperial's response to COVID-19 and remote delivery, and a short session with a current student/alumnus.

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 a 2.1 degree in science, engineering, computing, healthcare, or education.

Requires basic computing experience and three years' relevant experience.

International qualifications

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications.

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

For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed are the minimum for entry to the College, and not specifically this Department.

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

How to apply

Making an application

Apply online

All applicants must apply online.

Visit our Admissions website for details on the application process.

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

Application fee

If you are applying for a taught Master’s course, you will need to pay an application fee before submitting your application.

The fee applies per application and not per course:

  • £80 for all taught Master's applications excluding those to the Imperial College Business School
  • £100 for all MSc applications to the Imperial College Business School
  • £150 for MBA applications to the Imperial College Business School

There is no application fee for MRes courses, Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas or research courses, such as PhDs and EngDs.

If you are facing financial hardship and are unable to pay the application fee, we encourage you to apply for our application fee waiver. 

Find out more about the application fee and waiver

ATAS certificate

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

Further questions?

Find answers to your questions about admissions. Answers cover COVID-19, English language requirements, visas and more.

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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.

Find out more about fees and funding opportunities.

Tuition fees

Home rate of tuition

2023 entry

Full fee - £15,800

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 2022 will apply to fees for the academic year 2022–2023.

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

Fee status

Whether you pay the Home fee depends on your fee status.

Your fee status is assessed based on UK Government legislation and includes things like where you live and your nationality or residency status.

Find out more about how we assess your fee status.

EU/EEA/Swiss students

The Government has confirmed that EU/EEA/Swiss students who begin a course before the 31 July 2021 will be eligible to pay the same fee as Home students and have access to student finance for the duration of their course, as long as they meet certain requirements which are unchanged from previous years. This includes students who begin the course remotely.

EU/EEA/Swiss students starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home fee rate and so will be charged the Overseas fee. Please note, we do not expect this to apply to Irish students or students benefitting from Citizens' Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens' Rights Agreement respectively. However, we are currently awaiting the formal publication of the amended Fees and Awards regulations.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website has useful information on the conditions you currently need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the Home rate for study on a higher education course in England and reflect the regulations as they currently stand (not the amended regulations which are subject to publication).

Overseas rate of tuition

2023 entry

Full fee - £40,800

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 2022 will apply to fees for the academic year 2022–2023.

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

Fee status

Whether you pay the Overseas fee depends on your fee status.

Your fee status is assessed based on UK Government legislation and includes things like where you live and your nationality or residency status.

Find out more about how we assess your fee status.

EU/EEA/Swiss students

The Government has confirmed that EU/EEA/Swiss students who begin a course before the 31 July 2021 will be eligible to pay the same fee as Home students and have access to student finance for the duration of their course, as long as they meet certain requirements which are unchanged from previous years. This includes students who begin the course remotely.

EU/EEA/Swiss students starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home fee rate and so will be charged the Overseas fee. Please note, we do not expect this to apply to Irish students or students benefitting from Citizens' Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens' Rights Agreement respectively. However, we are currently awaiting the formal publication of the amended Fees and Awards regulations.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website has useful information on the conditions you currently need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the Home rate for study on a higher education course in England and reflect the regulations as they currently stand (not the amended regulations which are subject to publication).

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you're a UK national, or EU national with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan from the UK government, if you meet certain criteria.

For 2022-23 entry, the maximum amount is £11,836. The loan is not means-tested and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies.

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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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