Surgical Innovation

Key information

Start date: October 2017

St Mary's
Charing Cross

PG Certificate
9 months part-time
30 ECTS credits

PG Diploma
16 months part-time
60 ECTS credits

2 years part-time
90 ECTS credits

Course Directors
Prof George Hanna

Open to applications
You are strongly encouraged to apply before 1 August 2017
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The aim of this programme is to provide a solid academic foundation on both clinical and non-clinical topics relevant to modern surgical trainees, as well as other members of the multidisciplinary team.

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

Our Surgical Innovation programme is divided into three parts: PG Cert, PG Dip and MSc. The modular nature of this programme allows it to be tailored to the unique needs of individual students, with the possibility to gain a PG Certificate, PG Diploma or MSc in Surgical Innovation. All students apply for the PG Cert in the first instance.

  • The Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) equips you with much-needed skills for the current NHS environment.
  • The Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) builds upon this knowledge and allows practicing health care professionals to discover innovations in their chosen field.
  • The MSc enables further investigation into innovative techniques by completing research.

The PG Cert consist of four core modules to ensure a solid foundation in surgical innovation.

You then have 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
  • Oseophago-gastric Surgery
  • Orthopaedic 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.

* only PG Dip Orthopaedic Surgery is taught at Charing Cross, other streams and the MSc degree are taught at St Mary's


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


Postgraduate Certificate

You begin with the PG Cert which consists of four core modules.

Core modules

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

Postgraduate Diploma

You take the core module and choose one stream consisting of two modules.

Core module

  • Library Dissertation


  • Bariatrics Surgery
  • Obesity Medicine

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

Trauma Surgery

  • Casualty Reception and Initial Management
  • Operative Management of Injuries

Vascular Surgery

  • General and Aortic Surgery
  • Peripheral and Venous Surgery

Master of Science (MSc)

You take all of the core modules below.

  • Library Dissertation
  • Research Methods
  • Research Project

Teaching and assessment


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


  • 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

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)

2017 entry
PG Cert £5,000
PG Dip £3,000
MSc £2,000

Tuition fees (Islands and Overseas students)

2017 entry
PG Cert £15,300
PG Dip £9,200
MSc £6,100


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.

Entry requirements

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

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.


Minimum academic requirement

2.1 Honours degree in a health-related science plus at least one year’s clinical experience, preferably with some surgical training, or at least one year’s experience in a relevant area related to surgery.

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.

ATAS certificate

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

How to apply

This course is divided into separate progressional levels of study, read more in the choosing your course section below.

How to apply

Choosing your course

This course is divided into three progressional levels of study. Each level of study leads to a separate qualification:

  • PG Certificate (PG Cert) – entry point for all students
  • PG Diploma (PG Dip)
  • MSc – highest level of study

You must successfully pass each stage of study before you can progress to the level above.

Application process

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 2017. 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 2017 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.

Further information

Imperial students

Applying for your visa

Visit the International Student Support website for information on applying for a visa.

Imperial students


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