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About Us

The Division of Surgery and Interventional Science is one of six Divisions and Institutes located within the UCL Faculty of Medical Sciences.

About Us

With a long tradition of excellence in both surgical and basic science, the Division encompasses three research themes: Tissue and Energy; Nanotechnology; and Materials and Tissue. 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.

All three of the research themes closely align with one of the Division’s campuses in London – Bloomsbury, Royal Free and Stanmore, respectively. Within these themes are over 30 world class research centres specialising in sports medicine, tissue repair, regenerative medicine, oncology, biomedical engineering and laser medicine. 

The Division integrates basic, translational and clinical research through academic and clinical collaborations both within and outside of UCL with NHS Trusts (including University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH), the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust, the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust (RNOH), and Whittington Health), the Department of Health, the Northwick Park Institute for Medical Research and the Royal Veterinary College. Cross-faculty research within UCL is vital to the mission of the Division.

"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 Division considers research and teaching of equal importance and fosters a culture of synergy, where pioneering research should inform the provision of teaching. Having each of the Division’s research themes physically located at a partner hospital allows for students to work and study directly alongside scientists and clinicians, offering an enhanced research and teaching experience.

Innovation in new programmes such as the MScs in Performing Arts Medicine and Evidence-based Healthcare, alongside traditional surgical specialties such as the MSc in Burns, Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery, reflect the breadth of clinical and non-clinical expertise within the Division. The introduction of online distance learning programmes, synchronous and asynchronous message boards, Skype and Moodle platforms have positioned the Division as a trailblazer in the delivery of alternative teaching methods.

"Creating and sustaining an environment where
research and teaching excellence are fostered and celebrated will be an
integral element to our success."

After undergoing a radical transformation in its organisational structure and academic cohort within the past 2 years, the Division is fully committed to creating and sustaining an environment where research and teaching excellence are fostered and celebrated - this will be an integral element to our success. Whilst we recognise that there is more to be done, we see this as an exciting journey.

A message from Professor Mark Emberton, Director of the Division of Surgery & Interventional Science


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