Master of Minimally Invasive Surgery

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  • Duration

    1 year full-time
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  • Location

    Teaching Hospitals

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.
Applications for entry to the Master of Minimally Invasive Surgery close on the 1st of February each year. Applicants should however apply as soon as possible to avoid late enrolment if accepted.

Please note:
To ensure the best educational experience, offers of admission for this degree are not currently being extended to commencing remote students. For continuing remote students, please contact your program coordinator for program advice.

  • World Top 100 Medical School^
  • World class facilities
  • Online learning combined with intensive hands-on experience

^ARWU, 2021

Entry Requirements

Please note: For programs including placements and/or study-related activities in settings where COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory, it is an inherent requirement that all students be fully vaccinated prior to undertaking the placement and/or study-related activity.
For our students who are studying offshore in 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 further information and a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Domestic applicants

Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

How to Apply
All applicants must:-be experienced surgeons who have completed, or be within one year of completing, the Fellow of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) or Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FRANZCOG) programs or equivalent -have a surgical fellowship or consultant post with a major interest in minimally invasive surgery 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 register with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) ELR is a requirement for APHRA registration be resident in Australia or meet the requirements of the 457 visa (if an international applicant) provide a curriculum vitae (CV) provide two letters of reference provide certified copies of all awards (accompanied by an official translation if not in English) assumed knowledge - applicants must hold a suitable clinical position All students of Master of Minimally Invasive Surgery must hold and maintain a suitable clinical position and maintain current APHRA registration Please submit applications online, directly to the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the following link -

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee 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.

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Career Readiness

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.

The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

Graduate Attributes

The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
  1. Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Industry Placement

Students should:

  • 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.

Professional Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

Potential careers


Degree Structure

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

Indicative study plan
Year 1 SURGERY 7001OL Minimally Invasive Theory I SURGERY 7008OL Minimally Invasive Surgery Research &
Development I

SURGERY 7009OL Minimally Invasive Theory II

SURGERY 7011HO Minimally Invasive Surgery
Clinical Practice I

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 &
Development II


There are three key methods of assessment: skills acquisition (25%), coursework and examinations (50%) and research (25%).


My degree 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.

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Last updated: Monday, 17 Jan 2022