MSc Surgical Innovation

The concentration in Surgical Innovation offers a graduate-level training program in Experimental Surgery, leading to a Masters degree. This concentration allows for a hands-on learning experience for students to develop skills necessary to work within multi-disciplinary teams in the creation of novel, needs-driven and marketable prototypes used in development of novel surgical and medical devices. As such, participants work in multidisciplinary teams to identify clinical needs and to innovate solutions to them. 

Please see  Master of Science (M.Sc.) Experimental Surgery (Thesis): Surgical Innovation
Full Program Description on McGill eCalendar.

Admission Requirements

Generally a Biological, Biomedical & Life Science, Physical Science, Computer Science, a M.D. degree, a B.Eng. is required. Exceptionally on a case by case basis, an applicant holding a B.Com., or B.C.L., LL.B. B.A. or B.Sc. in Humanities & Social Sciences will be considered. An applicant must have a minimum CGPA of 3.2/4.0.

Applications will be accepted from candidates sponsored by a research supervisor willing to provide laboratory space and direction for their research work.

See also How to apply & Application Deadlines

Note of these additional requirements for this concentration:

  • Letter of Intent: a letter of intent from the student describing their reasons for pursuing the concentration of their choice, what their qualifications are, and why they should be accepted into the program.
  • Interview session: students applying to the concentrations in Education or Innovation may be requested to attend an interview session either in person, by phone or via Skype.

The Surgical Innovation program is a cross-disciplinary graduate program that equips trainees to enter the clinical technology sector. The program is delivered jointly by McGill University, École de technologie supérieure, and Concordia University's John Molson School of Business and Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering. The three institutions join forces to offer training in Surgical Innovation, bringing together expertise in business, engineering, computer science and surgery. Trainees work as part of innovation cross-disciplinary teams to learn about the innovation process for new surgical devices through hands-on application and development. The program is based on the highly successful innovation model of Needs Identification-Invention-Implementation.


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About the Surgical Innovation Program

First semester: Team building, Needs finding within a clinical environment, Needs screening based on business, engineering and clinical perspectives
Second semester: Prototype development, Proof of concept, Business plan
Summer semester: Internship with an industry partner

Teaching is delivered by engineers, clinicians, industry experts, entrepreneurs, attorneys and business faculty, and our program follows the approach of Learn & Design & Innovate.

Surgical Innovation is supported by NSERC-CREATE funding, through the Innovation at the Cutting Edge program. 

To learn more about our program, please visit our website: 


Surgical Innovation Course Leaders

  • Dr. Jake Barralet - Co-director
  • Dr. Sandra Betton
  • Dr. Javad Dargah
  • Dr. Vincent Duchaine
  • Dr. Thomas Fevens
  • Dr. Marta Kersten
  • Dr. Kevin Lachapelle
  • Dr. Fackson Mwale - Co-director

Since the Surgical Innovation program is delivered jointly by McGill, Concordia and the École de technologie supérieure, students can be involved in and explore cross-disciplinary research.  Students can select from a vast pool of research opportunities based on their current career path; the program can also point them in new directions for further education, provide them with valuable qualifications and develop networking opportunities.

Please see the following link to see the full list of Instructors, Directors, Clinical Supervisors and Collaborators.

A list of the supervisors is available at:

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