Master of Minimally Invasive Surgery
Expand your surgical skill set
Our Master of Minimally Invasive Surgery is for surgeons who wish to make minimally invasive surgical techniques an integral part of their career. Through this program you’ll gain a thorough clinical grounding in laparoscopic surgery.
What will you do?
The degree is comprised of online modules with weekly online tutorials and four clinical immersion sessions throughout the year. You will:
- develop advanced theoretical understandings of minimally invasive surgical procedures
- consolidate and improve clinical skills
- gain exposure to robotic surgical techniques.
For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions
information for this program.
I am a:
|Deferment||Yes - 2 year|
|Enquiries||Future Students team|
|CRICOS||Available to non-student visa holder ONLY.|
English Language Requirements
|Australian Year 12||Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject|
|English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide||
|Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements||A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements|
Academic Entry RequirementsMore Information
|Tertiary Qualifications||Applicants must be experienced surgeons who have completed, or be within one year of completing, the FRACS (Fellow of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons), FRANZCOG (Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists), or equivalent. Applicants should have a surgical fellowship or consultant post with a major interest in minimally invasive surgery. Applicants must hold a clinical position; this is not automatically offered with the Master of Minimally Invasive Surgery and applicants are personally responsible for obtaining a suitable position.|
Additional Entry Requirements
Fees and Scholarships
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I am a:
|Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units)||International student place: $41,500|
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
The program provides a professional qualification for surgeons from a wide range of surgical subspecialties who wish to have minimally invasive surgery as a predominant part of their future surgical practice.
Successful completion of the program will enable surgeons to obtain senior appointments in surgical units where they will be able to perform laparoscopic surgery with a high level of success.
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Graduate AttributesThe objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
- Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
- Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
- Teamwork and communication skills
- Professionalism and leadership readiness
- Intercultural and ethical competency
- Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
- Digital capabilities
- Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- have completed, or be within 1 year of completing, the FRACS (Fellow of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) or equivalent
- hold a Fellowship training position, post-Fellowship or consultant position in a surgery subspecialty or gynaecology; and
- be resident in Australia.
This surgical position is not automatically offered with the Master of Minimally Invasive Surgery and students are personally responsible for obtaining a suitable position. Job dates should coincide with the University of Adelaide quadmester dates.
This one year program comprises:
- supervised clinical placement in either a government or non-government hospital
- online tutorials and webinars
- teaching with low and high fidelity laparoscopic training devices
- the production of a research publication which is deemed suitable for submission to a peer reviewed journal; and
- attendance at technical clinical workshops in Adelaide.
The learning objectives of the program are to:
- Ensure surgeons have an understanding of anatomy and patho/physiology of minimally invasive techniques
- Give surgeons an improved knowledge of ergonomics and its application to minimally invasive surgery
- Ensure surgeons acquire the skills to perform successful minimally invasive surgery by use of high and low fidelity laparoscopic training devices and supervised clinical work
- Instruct surgeons in how to identify and treat operative and post-operative complications arising during and from minimally invasive surgery
- Advance surgeons' ability to review and understand relevant literature about minimally invasive surgery
- Advance surgeons' research skills by formulating a research problem and producing one publication which is deemed suitable for submission to a peer reviewed journal.
Academic Program Rules
The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.
Areas of Specialisation
Opportunities exist for specialisation within the program. These include, but are not limited to colorectal surgery, renal transplantation, upper gastrointestinal surgery, vascular surgery, urology or gynaecology.
Example Study Plan
|Year 1||SURGERY 7001OL Minimally Invasive Theory I||SURGERY 7008OL Minimally Invasive Surgery Research &
SURGERY 7009OL Minimally Invasive Theory II
SURGERY 7011HO Minimally Invasive Surgery
|SURGERY 7012OL Minimally Invasive Theory III||
SURGERY 7015HO Minimally Invasive Surgery Clinical Practice II
|SURGERY 7013OL Minimally Invasive Surgery Theory IV||
SURGERY 7016OL Minimally Invasive Surgery Research &
There are three key methods of assessment: skills acquisition (25%), coursework and examinations (50%) and research (25%).
The Master of Minimally Invasive Surgery not only strengthened my foundations in minimally invasive techniques, but also provided a platform for me to embrace future developments and innovations in the area.
Learning from leading surgeons in the field of minimally invasive surgery, both theoretically and practically, was highly valuable and the practical animal workshops were thoroughly fantastic experiences.
Having now completed the course, I've been able to translate the minimally invasive techniques I learned during my studies directly to clinical practice. The skills I honed throughout this program have now become a valued part of my experience and resume.
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Last updated: Saturday, 25 Sep 2021