Surgery and Interventional Science MPhil/PhD

Research areas:

  • Nanotechnology and regenerative medicine: targeted cell delivery; cell-material interactions; tissue engineering; nanomedicine; biomaterials; biosensors; nanoscale surface structuring
  • Orthopaedics and musculoskeletal science: osteoporosis; bone tumour biology; joint replacement; tissue engineering; biomedical engineering; imaging and materials science; performance/rehabilitation; peripheral nerve and spinal injury
  • Sports science: the etreme environment, surgical optimisation, orthopaedic outcomes, hip deformity, and human health and performance
  • Surgery: cancer surgery; tissue engineering; reconstructive surgery; transplantation; vascular surgery; surgical implants
  • Urology: interventional oncology; surgical and patient-related outcomes; molecular and stem cell biology; new medical device development.

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IRIS department: Div of Surgery & Interventional Sci

Entry requirements

MPhil/PhD are required to have an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in a relevant engineering/science subject or 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.

Top career destinations for this programme

  • Southampton NHS Trust, Consultant/Senior Lecturer, 2010
  • Brighton University Hospital, Specialist Registrar, 2010
  • Tehran University, Professor, 2011
  • Ealing Hospital, Consultant, 2011
  • Warwick NHS, SPR, 2011


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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