Master of Science in Surgical Skills

Master of Science in Surgical Skills

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Course title Master of Science in Surgical Skills
Course code PMSCSGSPET0
Postnominal M.Sc.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 6 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Evening
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Godfrey La Ferla
Delivered by Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
This unique joint programme offered by the University of Malta and Queen Mary University of London brings to the region the best educational standards in medical training that both institutions have to offer. The programme has been designed to offer a new curriculum of technology enhanced learning as a flexible mode of study allowing the programme to be studied alongside the surgical and gynaecological training in Malta for both local and international students.

In the current era of evidence-based medicine, the programme originators have developed a competency-based training curriculum that will provide participants with hands on training for developing surgical skills using latest surgical simulation technology, thus enabling them to improve the surgical skills that are essential for building confidence in clinical practice and improving patient welfare.

In this fourth digital industrial revolution the landscape for surgical education is changing. Surgery is technically demanding, and the surgical skills required for proficiency are difficult to acquire for both open and laparoscopic surgery. Proficiency in operative technique requires time, repetition, and deliberate practice, and this M.Sc. programme provides participants with an opportunity to distribute training over several months. The students’ engagement is increased by using immersive digital platforms for higher knowledge retention and shorten the learning curve to globalise and fast-track surgical training.

In addition to surgical skills, students will gain a clear understanding of the research methodology for critically appraising literature and designing a research project for conducting research and academic writing of the dissertation.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of one of the following qualifications:

(a) the degree of Doctor of Medicine and Surgery or

(b) a qualification deemed by Senate, on the recommendation of the Board, to be equivalent to the qualification listed in paragraph (a) or

(c) an Allied Health Science degree with a classification of Second Class Honours or better.

All applicants must present a Police Conduct Certificate, which must not be issued earlier than six months from the date of application.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2021.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fee: £16,500

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fee: £29,950
By the end of the programme of study, the student will be able to:

a) Subject Knowledge and Understanding:

1. Describe the discipline and principles guiding surgery;
2. Explain basic and laparoscopic surgical techniques;
3. Discuss the process for trouble shooting in surgical techniques;
4. Discuss non-surgical aspects of surgical procedures;
5. Discuss the interpretation of surgical complications;
6. Explain the surgical anatomy of the pelvic organs, the pelvic floor and the perineum;
7. Describe the peri-operative care, the indications/contraindications of gynaecological surgeries;
8. Explain how gynaecological surgery can influence sexual function and psychosexual outlooks; and
9. Describe the various surgical procedures commonly undertaken in the management of gynaecological conditions.

b) Intellectual Development:

1. Explain the discipline of surgery for doctors who would like to embark on a surgical career;
2. Appreciate and interpret of surgical research; and
3. Appreciate of personal development in surgical and non-surgical techniques.

c) Key/Transferable Skills:

1. Demonstrate surgical skills in suturing including knot tying;
2. Demonstrate how to set up laparoscopic equipment and use of surgical instruments;
3. Demonstrate tissue handling and cutting skills;
4. Make informed decisions in surgical management;
5. Explain potential complications in surgical operations and develop a strategy of how to avoid them;
6. Analyse critically and interpret surgical literature;
7. Write a research proposal and dissertation on a surgical topic;
8. Apply surgical skills into practice during clinical placements;
9. Maintain effective communication with the gynaecological patient and her relatives.

d) Other skills relevant to employability and personal development:

1. Discipline
2. Rapid and informed decision-making
3. Communication skills
4. Psychological preparation for surgery
5. Ethos
This course is aimed at MD/MBBS Graduates, Graduates in Allied Health Professions, Surgical Trainees, Surgery and Obstetrics and Gynaecology Trainees and Allied Health Professionals.
No experience is required.

Hardware and Technology Requirements

Students will be required to have:
• Computer with internet access and webcam
• A smartphone to access virtual reality applications
• A virtual reality headset
• Suture material

All students will receive:
• Every student enrolled in this course is supplied with a take home laparoscopic box simulator with laparoscopic instruments for regular hands on laparoscopic skills training at home.
Future opportunity for surgical training and research and knowledge exchange internationally.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2021/2.

Last Updated: 26 January 2021

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