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Surgery and Interventional Science

Burns, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery MSc


Monday 2nd October 2017, 10:00am, Royal Free Hospital, 9th Floor/South, Jerry Kirk Seminar Room

Further details will be sent out during August/September.

Directions to the Royal Free

The only programme of its kind within the world, the MSc in Burns, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery aims to impart a core knowledge and understanding of reconstructive surgery. The programme helps to equip healthcare professionals and scientists with the research skills and translational knowledge necessary for clinically applied research in this expanding field.

The programme is designed to help our students in their career progression by acquiring both scientific and clinical research skills in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Students will develop the necessary transferable skills (laboratory, critical, synthetic), and learn an appreciation of the needs and requirements of patients requiring this specialty. Professor Peter Butler and Dr. Kalaskar lead a cohort of top consultants and scientists in the delivery of this programme. We also offer a certified course in Advanced Surgical Skills in collaboration with Northwick Park Institute of Medical Research.

The majority of our students go on to a career in reconstructive surgery specialties with successful entry into UK training programs. We also help others find successful placements at universities and industries around the globe after completion of this master level course.

The Faculty includes consultants across the reconstructive specialties from the Royal Free London Hospital, University College London Hospital, Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, Imperial College Hospitals, and Birmingham University Hospital.


The research projects can be clinical or scientific. We encourage students to explore all the UCL campus hospitals and laboratories. We have areas of strength within the department but we can help you find collaborators if you have a burning question of your own.

We use novel and emerging technologies in our research programs. Areas of interest include, Tissue Engineering and Nanotechnology, 3D printing, Stem Cells and Advanced Therapies, and Reconstructive Transplantation. Our student publish extensively from their research, Text Book Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery will be release in July 2016, which includes their contribution. A number of internationally peer reviewed publications are also published by our students.

Royal Free Charity Military Scholarship

Military surgery is one of the key aspects of the course. One of the course's newest student recruits is Captain Robert Staruch, a Medical Officer from the British Army, who is funded the Royal Free Charity Military Scholarship. Of the course, Robert said, “I wanted a structured approach to understanding the specialty and its widespread applications, especially in the military. In addition, I am interested in pursuing an academic career in the military and wanted a firm foundation for the future”.

Textbook of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery now available

The new book 'Textbook in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery' is now available online. You can download your own free copy or you can purchase a copy in hardback, paperback or e-book. A free Android or iOS app will also be available for you to download. Visit the webpage to get your copy now:  
The book has been published by UCL Press and is the first OPENACESS book in surgery.

Key Information

Programme starts

October 2017

Modes and duration
Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years
Flexible: up to 5 years
Tuition Fees (2017/18)
£15,460 (FT) £7,870 (PT)
£27,540 (FT) £13,770 (PT)

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. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.
Location: London, Hampstead (Royal Free Hospital)

Entry requirements

A medical degree (MBBS) or a minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a related subject or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required. In addition overseas students require the standard level of proficiency in the English language.

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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Establishing a career in surgery is becoming very competitive, and students on this programme benefit from the latest knowledge and experience in this expanding field. On completion, graduates find they are in a better position to find placements due to the wide exposure they have had to emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, regenerative medicine, and speciality plastic surgery. This MSc also provide our students with an excellent foundation for further research either at MD or PhD level or for a career as a clinician or healthcare professional within this surgical speciality.

Recent career destinations for this programme
  • Plastic Surgery Trainee Registrar, NHS (National Health Service)
  • MSc Burns, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, UCL
  • PhD Interventional Science, UCL
  • PhD Surgery and Interventional Science, UCL

This MSc focuses on research as well as theory and students acquire technical, laboratory-based skills. Networking is also one of the key aspects of this programme. Consultant plastic surgeons from both military and civilian backgrounds present lectures, giving students access to one-on-one contact and a multitude of networking opportunities.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012–2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.


How to apply

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?

This programme is aimed at trainee plastic surgeons, clinicians, scientists who wish to specialise in plastic and reconstructive surgery, and healthcare professionals.

Application deadlines
All applicants
1 September 2017

For more information see our Applications page.

Apply now
What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Burns, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at graduate level
  • why you want to study Burns, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 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.

Programme Directors


  • MSc
  • PG Cert

Mode of Study

  • Full-Time:   1 year
  • Part-Time:  2 years
  • Flexible:      Up to 5 years

Application deadline

1 September 2017 (for entry in 2017/18)

Programme Administrator

Julie Cheek

Tel: 020 7794 0500 ext.34980



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Textbook of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery


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