Surgical and Interventional Sciences MSc

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About the course

This MSc has the approval of the Royal Colleges of Surgery and aims to improve the level of scientific appreciation of surgical trainees by exposing them to scientific principles and methods. The programme is suitable for both surgical and dental trainees and is primarily intended to provide scientific research experience prior to or as part of the surgical training programme. 

This MSc provides graduate teaching and research opportunities to junior surgeons with a two-fold aim:

1. To introduce trainee surgeons to in-depth scientific thinking, knowledge and practice as applied to surgery
2. To equip trainee surgeons with critical, analytical thinking and skills at Master’s level and provide equivalent qualifications to enable career progression

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Key Information

Application dates: 

Close: 28 July 2017 

Degree Information

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. 

Students gain skills in both verbal and written communication of science, together with an in-depth understanding of science-based subjects of clinical relevance.  Students undertake a research project, worth 50% of the final mark; this allows an appreciation of scientific research  and further training in appraisal of scientific literature, experimental design, practices, interpretation of data and analyses. 

The programme consists of three core modules (45 credits), and three optional modules  (45 credits), plus a research project (90 credits). 

Core Modules 

Research Methodology and Transferable Skills (Part I) 
Advanced Surgical Skills (Microsurgery) 
Advanced Surgical Skills (Robotics)

Optional modules 

Students choose three of the following optional modules: 
Application of Evidence in Clinical Practice
Applied Tissue Engineering 
Biomaterials in Tissue Regeneration: Micro and Nanoscale Surface Structuring 
Clinical Experience in Musculoskeletal Surgery
Evidenced Based Pre-Clinical Research
Experimental Models
Musculoskeletal Biology (Part I) 
Musculoskeletal Biology (Part II) 
Musculoskeletal Biomechanics and Biomaterials (Part I) 
Musculoskeletal Biomechanics and Biomaterials (Part II) 
Performing Systematic Reviews of Interventions (Part I) 
Performing Systematic Reviews of Interventions (Part II) 

Stem Cells
Surgical Oncology 
Translation of Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine (Bench to Bedside) 


All students undertake an independent research project on a subject of relevance to their clinical interests which culminates in a dissertation of ~15,000 words and contributes 50% of the final mark. We encourage students to submit their work for presentation at conferences and for publication. 


First destinations of recent graduates as junior surgeons in surgical training include: Southend Hospital: Surgeon; Bangor Hospital: Doctor; Royal Derby Hospital: Core Surgical Trainee; Stanmore Hospital: Academic Clinical Fellow; King's College Hospital NHS Trust: Specialist Registrar in Cardiothoracic; Greater Glasgow NHS: Paediatric Surgery Registrar and Training Surgeon. The majority of older graduates have become consultants in specialist surgical fields, e.g. at the Royal Free Hospital, Birmingham, Great Ormond Street, UCLH and generally throughout the UK and abroad. 

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Division of Surgery & Interventional Science is part of one of the most prestigious medical schools in Europe, with a team of nearly 400 people, from surgeons and oncologists to clinical trials specialists and researchers. Our aim is to understand the causes of human disease and develop innovative therapies and technology to improve the quality of life of the people around us. 

The UCL Medical School has highly rated science expertise within its academic and clinical departments thus guaranteeing an excellent research environment. 

Students have the advantages of studying in a multi-faculty university with a long tradition of excellence, situated within the heart of one of the world's greatest cities. 

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines. 

Who can apply? 

The programme has been designed for candidates aiming to progress in a surgical career.  It also provides a good scientific foundation for those more academically motivated students who might want to proceed to study for an MD or PhD. 

What are we looking for? 

When we assess your application we would like to learn: 

  • Why you want to study Surgical and Interventional Sciences at graduate level?
  • Why you want to study Surgical and Interventional Sciences at UCL? 
  • What particularly attracts you to this programme?
  • How your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme? 
  • What are your professional intentions following attaining your degree? 

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver. 

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