Queen Mary - University of London
Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry
Surgical Skills and Sciences
Master of Science
Programme description This unique programme offers the opportunity to develop or extend expertise in the established and rapidly developing areas of Laparoscopic Surgery and Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. The MSc accelerates surgical training and improves surgical skills that are essential for building confidence in clinical practice. The programme will provide you with a unique opportunity to gain postgraduate training and development in cognitive and motor skills using the surgical simulators. The 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. You will also be taught techniques of secure suturing, knot tying and bowel anastomosis using non-biological materials. You will 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. Programme outline The programme comprises of the following surgical skills areas and a research/literature project. Core modules: Basic Laparoscopic Skills Advanced Laparoscopic Skills Laparoscopy Procedural Skills (Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy) Basic Endoscopy skills Endoscopy Procedural skills (Flexible Sigmoidoscopy) Endoscopy Procedural skills II (Upper GI Endoscopy) Research Methods Dissertation Assessment You will be assessed in a variety of ways: Practical Skills Assessments carried out through simulation and certification by the course tutor; a final written theory exam consisting of short and essay questions; continuous assessment through essay writing, critical appraisals and presentations; and a dissertation project write-up and presentation. Entry requirements This programme is aimed at surgeons in training, trainee and specialist registrars, non-carrier grade Surgeons, associate specialists. 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 the patients so GMC registration is not required for overseas doctors. For language requirements, please refer to the International Students section.