Press Release

09 June 2011

Canterbury Christ Church University has announced a Masters training programme for UK and overseas doctors in key-hole laparoscopic surgery, for the 2011/2012 academic year.

The MCh Minimally Invasive Surgery* programme is aimed at qualified and registered medical practitioners with a minimum of three years post qualification clinical experience.

The programme is designed to enable participants to develop their interest and practical skills in Minimally Invasive Surgery and to undertake specialist modules in general surgery, gynaecology, orthopaedics or urology.

The teaching team includes a number of internationally renowned experts who have specialist knowledge and research interests in the subject areas offered.

In collaboration with consultant surgeons Mr Matin Sheriff and Mr Anan Shetty, the University will provide state-of-the-art simulated clinical experience. Trainee surgeons will benefit from an opportunity to watch procedures live via a video link connecting hospital operating theatres to the University’s Medway campus.

Mr Matin Sheriff, Consultant Laparoscopic Surgeon, said: “Minimally invasive or keyhole surgery has revolutionised surgical practice. It offers distinct advantages over conventional open surgical practice including better cosmetic results, reduced pain, shorter hospital stay and faster return to normal activity. 

“However, there are only a handful of centres offering the opportunity to gain both academic and practical training in this fascinating and growing area of surgery. This programme aims to train the future surgeons to master the necessary skills through innovative training, under the supervision of leading experts.”

Mr Peter Milburn, Director of the Medway Campus and Academic Lead for Medical Education at the University, said:

“The Masters in Surgery represents an exciting and important development for the University building on the successful Masters in Cardiology for doctors and our collaborative work with the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Postgraduate Medical Deanery in the training of local GP’S.  The programme further confirms and extends the University’s leading role in the provision of health and social care education for the UK.”

*The programme is subject to validation. For further information please contact Peter Milburn, Academic Lead, Medical Education at or 0044 (0)1634 894400.

For an information booklet and an application form please contact Allison Allen, Programme Administrator: or +44 (0)1634 894479.


Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 18,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.

  • The Medway Campus continues to be the focus for developments in the University's portfolio of postgraduate medical programmes which includes MSc Cardiology and MCh Minimally Invasive Surgery.
  • In 2010 the Faculty of Education received top grades in its Ofsted report for primary, secondary and post-compulsory programmes, together with its employment-based routes into teaching. The University’s primary provision has the unique record of having been awarded the highest Ofsted grades in all inspections since 1996.
  • Over 90 per cent of our graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating.
  • Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
  • Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college.


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