Surgery and Interventional Science MD(Res)

Research areas:

  • Development of stent graft for AAA
  • Development of tissue engineering liver
  • Research into vascular haemodynamic
  • Blunt colon cancer cell motility and invasion by blocking IGF receptor
  • Nerve guide and its application in nerve repair
  • Targeting colorectal cancers with quantum dots coated with nanomaterials
  • Interactions between heamoxygenase and nitric oxide synthase in liver ischemic preconditioning.
Research Department for Tissue & Energy
  • The role of plexin B1 mutations in prostate cancer
  • Prostate cancer stem cells
Research Department for Materials and Tissue Research Department for Tissue & Energy
  • Tendon bone healing using porous structures
  • Mensenchymal stem cells in implant osteointegration
  • Advanced composites of plastic compressed collagen and phosphate based glasses for tissue engineering
  • Engineering of third generation scaffolds
  • Preventing bone loss following spinal cord injury with combined mechanical stimulation and circulatory augmentation: providing new insights into the mechanisms of disuse osteoporosis
  • Using novel Raman spectroscopic approaches for the non-invasive investigation of bone quality
  • The pathogenesis of chordoma
  • Osseointegration of porous tantalum implants coated with hydroxiapatite and MSCs
  • Vascularisation of tissue-engineered skin
  • Biomechanics of wheelchair propulsion/ influence of overuse syndrome
  • Genetics of bone injuries
  • Age-related changes

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Entry requirements

MD(Res) students are required to have a medical degree (MBBS), or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English level expected: Standard


Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.


  • UK/EU Full-time: £4,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £2,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £20,900
  • Overseas Part-time: £10,450


Details of subject-specific funding opportunities can be obtained from the Divisional Senior Teaching Administrator.

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


Graduates often take up consultant/clinical academic posts or become specialist registrars, and pursue careers in science, elite sport, physical activity promotion, and biomedical industries.


With the breadth of research activity and internationally leading expertise available within the Division of Surgery and Interventional Science we aim to enhance our student experience – through offering the finest environment for personal and academic development. We have excellent facilities ranging from nanotechnology laboratories to stem cell facilities, GLP laboratories, custom joint design and manufacture, gait analysis and computer modelling facilities within the division.


The division offers a unique environment of interdisciplinary and cross- disciplinary research between surgeons, basic scientists, materials scientists, engineers, mathematical modellers, physiotherapists, nurse practitioners and other allied health professionals working within the surgical environment which is actively encouraged.

Next steps


Programme Administrator

Ms Julie Kingsbury

T: +44 (0)20 7679 6479


Division of Surgery & Interventional Science

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