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Surgical and Interventional Sciences 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. The course is suitable for both Surgical and Dental trainees. It is primarily intended to provide scientific research experience prior to or as part of the surgical training programme.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£13,285 (FT) £6,645 (PT)
Overseas:
£25,240 (FT) £12,465 (PT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
31 July 2015

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.

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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Degree Information

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

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of one core module (15 credits), two optional modules (30 credits), three elective modules (45 credits) and a research project (90 credits).

Core Modules

  • Research Methodology and Transferable Skills (Part I)

Options

  • Students choose two of the following optional modules:
  • Advanced Surgical Skills (Microsurgery)
  • Advanced Surgical Skills (Robotics)
  • Research Methodology and Transferable Skills (Part II)
  • Students choose three of the following elective modules:
  • Applied Tissue Engineering
  • Biomaterials in Tissue Regeneration: Micro and Nanoscale Surface Structuring
  • Clinical Experience in Musculoskeletal Surgery
  • Experimental Models in Surgical Research
  • Heart and Circulation
  • Musculoskeletal Biology (Part I)
  • Musculoskeletal Biology (Part II)
  • Musculoskeletal Biomechanics and Biomaterials (Part I)
  • Musculoskeletal Biomechanics and Biomaterials (Part II)
  • Nanotechnology
  • Pain
  • Performing Systematic Reviews of Interventions (Part I)
  • Performing Systematic Reviews of Interventions (Part II)
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Translation of Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine (Bench to Bedside)

Dissertation/report

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 information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Surgical and Interventional Sciences MSc

Funding

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

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

Careers

First destinations of recent graduates as junior surgeons in surgical training 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.

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 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.

Student / staff ratios › 140 staff › 228 taught students › 91 research students

Department: Division of Surgery & Interventional Science

Degree reviews

Staff review

"I first moved to UCL in 2000 to do a PhD in Fetal Medicine and I have stayed ever since. The most attractive thing about UCL for me was the history of research and innovation within fetal medicine. This included major breakthroughs in treating fetal disease in the womb, such as fetal blood transfusion and shunts that are now performed routinely around the world. My main research is in translational medicine. I lead the Prenatal Cell and Gene Therapy Group at the UCL Institute for Women's Health. Our aim is to develop prenatal therapies for life-threatening disorders, for example congenital diseases such as thalassaemia, or obstetric complications such as fetal growth restriction. The best thing about working at UCL is the breadth of expertise in related medical and life sciences disciplines. Staff are always ready to discuss an idea and collaborate outside their field. "

Dr Anna David

Subject: Cell and Gene Therapy MSc, Surgical and Interventional Sciences MSc, British Heart Foundation Cardiovascular Biomedicine PhD
Staff review

"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

Subject: Urology MSc, Surgery and Interventional Sciences MSc, Surgery and Interventional Science MPhil/PhD

Application and next steps

Applications

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 on to study for an MD or PhD.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-07-31

For more information see our Applications page.

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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
  • 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.

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