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Surgical Innovation

Surgical Innovation

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)



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.


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.


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
  • Oesophago-Gastric Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Transplant Surgery
  • Trauma Management
  • Vascular Surgery



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




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).



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

Please note that the curriculum of this course is currently being reviewed as part of a College-wide process to introduce a standardised modular structure. As a result, the content and assessment structures of this course may change for your year of entry. We therefore recommend that you check this course page before finalising your application and after submitting it as we will aim to update this page as soon as any changes are ratified by the College.

Core modules


You take all of the core modules below.

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

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 Surgery
  • Obesity Medicine
Ear, Nose and Throat
  • Basic Science, Education, Training, Outcomes and Technology I
  • Technology II and Clinical Innovation
Colorectal Surgery
  • Emergency Survey and Colorectal Cancer
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Perianal Disease and Functional Bowel Disorders
Oesophago-Gastric Surgery
  • Benign Conditions of the Oesophagus and Stomach and OG Emergencies
  • Oesophago-Gastric Cancer
Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Elective Practice
  • Trauma and Fracture Care
  • Principles of Transplantation Surgery
  • Transplantation Surgery Techniques and Complications
Trauma Surgery
  • Casualty Reception and Initial Management
  • Operative Management of Injuries
Vascular Surgery
  • General and Aortic Surgery
  • Peripheral and Venous Surgery


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 methods


  • 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 methods


  • 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.

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is a 2.1 degree in science, engineering, computing, healthcare or education.

You must also have 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 USA qualification.

For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here 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


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


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.

Making an application

All applicants to our Master’s courses must apply online.