Masters by Research in MAS

Our Masters by Research in Minimal Access Surgery (MMAS) programme will provide a robust and wide-reaching education in both the theory and the conduct of surgical research as applied to minimal access techniques, together with focused training in bench-top and clinical research and associated methodology.

This is a one year full time research degree, commencement date by arrangement.

The project topic will be mutually agreed after discussion with the candidate and course supervisor and will be focused on Laparoscopic research topics.

After clearance from Occupational Health Department and with HR approval the candidate will get supervised access to the Operating Theatre Suite of Ninewells Hospital as an observer if it is required as part of their agreed Masters Research Project.

The successful candidate will be provided with access to a computer, office & skills laboratory space by arrangement to conduct agreed research project.

Past examples include:

  • Video error signature feedback in laparoscopic surgery
  • The effect of divided attention on laparoscopic task performance
  • A Novel method of retraction in minimal access surgery using bio-adhesive films
  • A standardised tool to assess the proficiency-gain curve of a novice laparoscopic camera assistant
  • 2D V’s 3D Imaging

The candidate will be guided to develop the research topic and will acquire skills in the following areas:

  • How write up the protocol
  • Obtain ethical approval
  • Critical & analytical thinking
  • Literature analysis and scientific writing
  • Problem solving
  • Data analysis and interpretation

They will be encouraged to submit papers for peer review and potentially present at relevant conferences.

The research thesis will be examined by Viva voce.

You will be asked to provide a CV prior to discussion with the Course Director, you can send this to