Master of Minimally Invasive Surgery (MMinInvS)

Program Code

Program Faculty
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Academic Year

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The program will provide a professional qualification for those who wish to have minimally invasive surgery as a predominant part of their future surgical practice. In particular, the aim is to produce surgeons who have an understanding of the theory of laparoscopic procedures combined with a thorough clinical grounding in laparoscopic surgery.

The learning objectives of the program are to: ensure surgeons have an understanding of anatomy and pathology / 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 and robotic 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; and advance surgeons’ research skills by formulating a research problem and producing one publication which is deemed suitable for submission to a peer reviewed journal. All applicants should be aware that this program has non-standard admission requirements and they should contact the School of Medicine and Surgery for further information.

The Master of Minimally Invasive Surgery is an AQF Level 9 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 1 year.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of minimally invasive surgery at advanced levels that are internationally recognised.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in the practice of the surgical techniques applied in minimally invasive surgery.
  3. Identify and treat operative and post-operative complications arising during and from minimally invasive surgery.
  4. Critically review and understand relevant literature published in the field of minimally invasive surgery.
  5. Display an understanding of the nature and ethics of clinical research and produce one publication from their original research project that is deemed suitable for submission to a peer reviewed journal.
  6. Display an appreciation of their potential contribution and leadership to knowledge through the traditions and innovations of minimally invasive surgery.


Condition of Enrolment
Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Program Director or Delegate before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Student and Professional Registration: Students must be an experienced surgeon who has completed, or be within 1 year of completing, the FRACS, FRACOG (or equivalent). They should have a surgical fellowship or consultant position with a major interest in minimally invasive surgery.

Student and Professional Registration for international students: Students must hold a Temporary Business (Long Stay) Visa (Subclass 457) and register with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Fellowship / Consultant position: Students must have a surgical fellowship or consultant position in Australia, and they should also be able to attend several weekend skills workshops in Adelaide.

Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program. 

Academic Program Rules for Master of Minimally Invasive Surgery

There shall be a Master of Minimally Invasive Surgery.

Qualification Requirements

To qualify for the degree of Master of Minimally Invasive Surgery, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 24 units, comprising:

  1. Core courses to the value of 18 units
  2. Work based training / extra mural studies to the value of 6 units

Core Courses