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Surgery and Interventional Science MPhil/PhD

The Division of Surgery & Interventional Science provides a unique environment where surgeons, engineers, biomaterial specialists and basic scientists from a wide range of backgrounds come together to carry out world-leading research in areas aligned to surgery, interventional sciences and regenerative medicine.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration

Full time: 3 years
Part time: 5 years

Tuition fees (2017/18)


Application dates

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

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 language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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The Division of Surgery & Interventional Science has three research departments:

Materials and Tissue - has a long tradition in the development and evaluation of new materials in first-in-man studies

Nanotechnology - the application of the modern principles of nanotechnology to surgery and regenerative medicine

Tissue and Energy - the development of highly targeted, sensing and energy based surgical interventions to diagnose and cure disease

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
  • Tissue engineering of musculoskeletal tissues
  • Tissue engineering of tumours - tumoroids. These have been developed to tetdrug efficacy against established and novel therapeutics.
  • Sports science: the extreme 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.
More information can be found on the department website: Surgery and Interventional Science MPhil/PhD


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

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


Medically qualified graduates have successful careers as consultants or in clinical academic posts, non-medical graduates pursue careers in industry, academia and in the healthcare industry including elite sport, physical activity promotion, and biomedical industries.


With the breadth of research activity and internationally leading expertise available within the Division of Surgery & Interventional Science we aim to enhance our students' 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. With the breadth of experience gained the majority of our graduates have successful careers in industry, academia and in the healthcare industry.


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 interaction with other allied health professionals working within the surgical environment is actively encouraged.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Division of Surgery & Interventional Sciences is located over three sites, each associated with NHS hospitals: UCH close to Bloomsbury campus; the Royal Free Hospital, and the Institute of Orthopaedics based at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. These close clinical links mean that research is often conducted in collaboration with clinicians. The research undertaken is therefore aligned to current unmet needs in the medical field.

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

Department: Division of Surgery & Interventional Science

Student / staff numbers › 152 staff including 22 postdocs › 360 taught students › 116 research students

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Division of Surgery & Interventional Science

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

What our students and staff say

Staff view

"Our research group is looking at diagnosing and treating prostate cancer better. The group is composed of urology surgeons, radiologists, histopathologists, computer scientists, clinical trialists, epidemiologists, health economists and patients. This wide-ranging skill set means we can approach the problem from all angles and deliver research which is relevant to the NHS and the patients being looked after within it. Our research has already changed practice, in that men are now commonly offered an MRI scan before they have a prostate biopsy to diagnose prostate cancer. Our research has also led to improvements in treatment so that many more men now have access to minimally invasive therapies rather than traditional treatments which can carry lots of side-effects. I am able to work at the interface between looking after patients with traditional methods whilst at the same time push the envelope towards newer methods which I then use in clinic myself. There is no better feeling."

Mr Hashim Ahmed

Urology MSc, Surgery and Interventional Sciences MSc, Surgery and Interventional Science MPhil/PhD
MRC Clinician Scientist and Senior Clinical Lecturer in Urology

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.

Application deadlines

Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit 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.

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