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Surgical Technology and Robotics

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TypesProfessional Development
Short Courses
AddressRewley House
1 Wellington Square
OX1 2JA. Map
DatesMon 3 to Fri 7 Feb 2014
Subject area(s)Health
CATS points20
FeesFrom £1575.00
Application statusCourse ended
Course codeO13C296B9Y
Course contactIf you have any questions about this course, please email ssp@conted.ox.ac.uk or telephone +44(0)1865 286954.


The Surgical Technology and Robotics course provides a systematic overview of the use, potential benefits and dangers of technology in modern surgery. It gives an exceptional opportunity for an introduction, with hands-on experience, to leading edge modern surgical technology such as the Da Vinci Robotic Surgical Platform.

Offered by Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences and the Department for Continuing Education’s CPD Centre, the taught week features face-to-face didactic lectures, interactive tutorials, individual mentoring sessions and dedicated time on surgical simulators. There is a one-day visit to a hospital site outside of Oxford.

The course is a one-week module from the Surgical Science and Practice programme. It can be taken as a stand-alone short course or as part of the MSc in Surgical Science and Practice.

Please send me an email about future Surgical Technology and Robotics courses.


We have put together an exciting and stimulating programme which attendees will find interesting, challenging and most importantly beneficial to their future careers. The Surgical Technology and Robotics course will cover aspects of:

  • The development and evaluation of new surgical technology
  • Radiology
  • I.T.
  • Surgical Simulators
  • Novel Surgical Technologies

The course begins with the development and assessment of surgical technologies, radiology and information technology. A full day will then be devoted to robotic assisted surgery, featuring practical training on the robotic simulator. The final two days focus on laparoscopic simulation and novel surgical technologies.

Course highlights include the following lectures and tutorials:

  • How to set up a surgical trial
  • Development of surgical technologies
  • Da Vinci Skills Simulator Console training
  • Symbionix Laparoscopic Trainer training
  • The Robotic Eye
  • Preparation of a business case for the introduction of a new surgical technology
  • Radiological ablation of solid tumours
  • State of the art imaging
  • IT and computer decision support systems
  • Endoscopy/EUS/Endoluminal surgery
  • Advances in lower GI surgery
  • Neurosurgery & deep brain stimulation
  • High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound
  • Recent advancements in hearing restoration
  • Cutting, coagulation and stapling technology

Class sizes are kept small to allow full interaction with tutors. Study before and after the course is supported by a rich virtual learning environment.

Click here to see an example schedule for the course.

Previous guest speakers have included:

  • Professor Barbara Braden, Professor of Gastroenterology at the University of Frankfurt/Main, Germany; Consultant Gastroenterologist, Oxford
  • Mr Philip Charlesworth, Consultant Urological Surgeon
  • Alexandra Cope, ‎Deputy Tutor in Surgery at Oxford School of Surgery; Clinical Simulation Fellow
  • Professor Constantin Coussios, Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Professorial Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford
  • Professor Peter Friend, Professor of Transplantation and Consultant Transplant and HPB Surgeon; Director of Oxford Transplant Centre
  • Professor Richie Gill, Professor of Healthcare Engineering, University of Bath
  • Professor Fergus Gleeson, Professor of Radiology, Oxford
  • Mr Alex Green, Consultant Neurosurgeon, Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, Oxford
  • Professor Chris Johnson, Professor of Computing Science, University of Glasgow
  • Douglas Hartley, Consultant ENT Surgeon & Associate Professor in Otolaryngology, University of Nottingham
  • Dr Markus Groppe, Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology
  • Matthew Lawrence, Head of Business Development at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Professor Freddie Hamdy, Head of Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences; Nuffield Professor of Surgery; Professor of Urology
  • Professor Rutger Ploeg, Professor of Transplant Biology; Director of Clinical and Translational Research
  • Mr Mark Sullivan, Consultant Urological Surgeon, Oxford
  • Mr Ben Turney, Clinical Lecturer in Urology, Oxford; awarded American College of Surgeons International Travelling Fellowship for 2014
  • Dr Raman Uberoi, Consultant Radiologist, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford

Programme details

This course can be taken:


This course will be held at the Department for Continuing Education, Rewley House, Oxford, with a day spent at one of Oxford's hospital sites.


Mr Tom Leslie

Role: Tutor

Clinical Lecturer, Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Oxford

After undergraduate and basic surgical training in...more

Mr Nilay Patel

Role: Tutor

Consultant Urological Surgeon, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

Mr Nilay Patel graduated from Cambridge University School of...more

Mrs Frances Bonney

Role: Presenter

Frances has worked for the last five and a half years as Web Communications Officer for the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust. Her role...more

Dr Philip Charlesworth

Role: Presenter

Urology Consultant, Royal Berkshire Hospital

After surgical training in the NHS and military hospitals on the south coast of the UK, Mr...more

Dr Alexandra Cope

Role: Presenter

Deputy Tutor in Surgery, Oxford School of Surgery
Surgical Simulation Fellow South of England (Central), Specialist Registrar

Prof Constantin Coussios

Role: Presenter

Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professorial Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford
Founder & Technical Director,...more

Dr Lorenzo Dutto

Role: Presenter

Consultant Urologist, Cork University Maternity Hospital, Cork, Ireland

Prof Peter Friend

Role: Presenter

Professor of Transplantation at Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Oxford
Director of the Oxford Transplant...more

Mr Alex Green

Role: Presenter

Consultant Neurosurgeon, Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Oxford

Over the past six years Alex has been looking at...more

Dr Caroline Hargrove

Role: Presenter

‎Technical Director at McLaren Applied Technologies

Caroline studied Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering then obtained a PhD in...more

Mr Matthew Lawrence

Role: Presenter

Matthew Lawrence is the Head of Business Development at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust a post he has held since 2008. He holds a BA from...more

Prof Rutger Ploeg

Role: Presenter

Rutger J. Ploeg, MD, PhD, FRCS
Professor of Transplantation Biology and Honorary Consultant Transplant Surgeon,
Nuffield Department of...more

Mr Prasanna Sooriakumaran

Role: Presenter

Senior Fellow (Senior Clinical Researcher) in Robotic Surgery and Urology, Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, University of...more

Mr Ben Turney

Role: Presenter

Clinical Lecturer in Urology, Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Oxford

Ben's current work is investigating the...more

Dr Raman Uberoi

Role: Presenter

Consultant Radiologist, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford


Sample certificate PDF document.

Short course participants who do not wish to undertake the assessed work required for academic credit but who do satisfy the course attendance requirements will receive a Certificate of Attendance. The pdf sample above is an illustration only, and the wording will reflect the course and dates attended.

Those successfully completing the couse for credit can apply to receive a CATS point transcript.

Assessment methods

Assessment will be based on multiple choice questions or structured short questions, online project working and practical tests.

Academic credit

Those wishing to may apply to take the course with accreditation. The University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education offers Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) points for the course. Participants attending at least 70% of the taught course and successfully completing assessed assignments are eligible to earn credit equivalent to 20 CATS-equivalent points which may be counted towards a postgraduate qualification.


Rewley House bedroom

Accommodation is available at the Rewley House Residential Centre, within the Department for Continuing Education, in central Oxford. The comfortable, en-suite, study-bedrooms are rated 4-star, and come with free high-speed internet access and TV. Guests can take advantage of the excellent dining facilities and common room bar, where they may relax and network with others on the programme.


The course fee includes:

  • Tuition
  • Course materials
  • A day at one of Oxford's hospital sites to use the surgical simulator
  • Refreshments and a three course lunch on each day of the course
  • Access to the following University of Oxford libraries and services:
    • Radcliffe Science Library
    • Rewley House Continuing Education Library
    • Bodleian Libraries e-Resources
  • Access to facilities from the Department of Continuing Education, including:
    • The Graduate School
    • WebLearn virtual learning environment
    • Wi-fi access through Oxford Wireless LAN (OWL).

Before making your application for this short course, please ensure that you have read the terms and conditions which can be found towards the bottom of this page.

Please see the MSc in Surgical Science and Practice page for more information regarding module fees when taking this course as a part of the MSc Programme.


Sources of funding for courses in Surgical Science and Practice: external grants, awards, scholarships and bursaries

Details of funding opportunities including grants, bursaries and scholarships are available here.

Fee options

Programme Fee
For students enrolled on the MSc: £1575.00
Stand-alone short course fee: £1890.00

Apply for this course

How to apply

This course is part of the MSc in Surgical Science and Practice. If you would like to apply for the MSc in Surgical Science and Practice please visit the programme page.

To apply for a module as a short course please use the documents below.

Applications deadline: 20 January 2014

Places on the course are limited, so early application is strongly recommended. Your application will require a copy of your CV, and if you wish to take the course for credit, a reference. Once we have received your completed application it will be considered by the admissions panel.

If your chosen course is full it is possible to submit a completed application form which, if successful, will be added to the waiting list. You will then be given the opportunity to attend should a place become available.


If you would like to discuss your application or any part of the application process before applying please contact:

Tel: +44 (0)1865 286954 - Email: ssp@conted.ox.ac.uk

Sorry, this course is not currently accepting applications. If you have any questions about this course, please use the course enquiry form.

Programmes including this module

This module can be studied as part of these programmes: