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Contact details

Ms Julie Cheek

Email: j.cheek@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7794 0500 (x37665)

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£12,500 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£23,750 (FT)

RMO (Resident Medical Officer) positions: In order to qualify you must have full GMC registration and hold current ALS certification.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

Surgery: 75% Cancer, 70% other Hospital-based subjects rated 4* or 3*
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Surgical Science MSc

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. It is primarily intended to provide scientific research experience prior to or as part of the surgical training programme.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students gain skills in the verbal and written communication of science, together with an in-depth understanding of science-based subjects of clinical relevance and an appreciation of scientific research in terms of appraisal of the current scientific literature/evidence and experimental design, practice and analysis.

Why should I 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 Medical School has highly rated basic 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.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of two core modules (45 credits) optional modules (45 credits) and a research project (90 credits).

Core Modules

  • Research Methodologies and Transferable Skills
  • Research Project


  • Advanced Surgical Skills (brand new, hands-one robotics and microsurgery skills)
  • Research Methodologies II
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Nanotechnology
  • Advanced Anatomy
  • Advanced Neuroanatomy
  • The Peripheral Nervous System
  • Skeletal Tissue Biology
  • Biomaterials and Biomechanics
  • The Control of Movement
  • Heart and Circulation
  • Advanced Molecular Cell Biology
  • Mechanisms of Development
  • Fetal and Neonatal Physiology
  • Experimental Models in Surgical Research (subject to availability and approval ot tutor)


All students undertake an independent basic science laboratory research project on a subject of relevance to their clinical interests which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words. We encourage students to submit their work for presentation in conferences and for publication.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. Student performance is assessed through unseen written examination papers, written reports, oral presentations, written coursework and oral examinations, and a dissertation and oral examination for the research project.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A medical qualification from a UK university or an overseas qualification of equivalent standard. Applicants will preferably have a minimum of two years' clinical experience, or have completed basic surgical training, holding MRCS Part 1.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 31 August 2013. 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. All candidates who are shortlisted will be invited to interview.

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 on 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 Science at graduate level
  • why you want to study Surgical Science at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with 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.


First destinations of recent graduates include: Southend Hospital: Surgeon; Queen Medical: Surgeon; Bangor Hospital: Doctor; Royal Derby Hospital: Core Surgical Trainee; Stanmore Hospital: Academic Clinical Fellow; Kings 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.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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