Medical staff in surgeryPG Certificate: 8 months part-time (30 ECTS credits)
PG Diploma: 16 months part-time (60 credits)
MSc: 2 years part-time (90 credits)

Start date: October 2017
Location: St Mary's and Charing Cross

This course is open for applications for 2017 entry. Although this course will remain open until it is filled, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply before 1 August 2017.

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.

About the course


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.


Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert)

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 (PG Dip)

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)

  • 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

Entry requirements

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 for then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirements

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 postgaduate applicants.

Fees and funding

Home and EU students

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

Islands and overseas students

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

Government funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you can apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government for programmes beginning in October 2016. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs. 

Funding from Imperial


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.

For more information on the Postgraduate Master's Loan scheme and other funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

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.

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