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Surgery and Interventional Science

Surgical and Interventional Sciences MSc

The ethos of the *MSc is to provide graduate teaching and research opportunities to junior surgeons (or graduates with 0-5 years training) with the two-fold aim: (i) to introduce the trainees to in-depth scientific understanding, knowledge and practice as applied to surgery and (ii) to equip the trainee with the ability for critical, analytical thinking and skills at Master’s level, while providing qualifications to enhance career progression. Thus, at the core of the MSc is a research project, selected from a wide range of topics, whose dissertation is worth 50% of the final mark. To keep pace with innovations and reflect pivotal changes in overall training the course now includes two separate ‘hands-on’ modules: Robotics Surgical Skills and Microsurgical Skills. Additionally, the course offers a selection of optional modules including Nanotechnology, Orthopaedics and Oncology.
*This MSc has the approval of the Royal College of Surgeons.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration
Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years
Flexible: up to 5 years
Tuition Fees (2017/18)
£14,370 (FT) £7,320 (PT)
£27,540 (FT) £13,770 (PT)
Application dates
All applicants
Open: 3 October 2016
Close: 1 September 2017

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, Hampstead (Royal Free Hospital)

Entry requirements

A medical qualification from a UK university or an overseas qualification of equivalent standard. Applicants may have clinical experience, but this is not essential.

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 undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of three core modules (45 credits), three optional modules (45 credits), and a research project (90 credits).

Core modules
  • Advanced Surgical Skills (Microsurgery)
  • Advanced Surgical Skills (Robotics)
  • Research Methodology and Transferable Skills (Part I)
Optional modules

Students choose three of the following optional modules:

  • Research Methodology and Transferable Skills (Part II)
  • 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)

All students undertake an independent research project on a subject of relevance to their clinical interests which culminates in a dissertation of 13,000 words and contributes 50% of the final mark. We encourage students to submit their work for presentation at 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 is available on the department website: Surgical and Interventional Sciences MSc


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

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


First destinations of recent graduates as junior surgeons in surgical training include: Southend Hospital: Surgeon; Bangor Hospital: Doctor; Royal Derby Hospital: Core Surgical Trainee; Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital: Academic Clinical Fellow; King's 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.

Programme Directors


  • MSc only

Application deadline

  • Applications for 2017/2018 entry will close on 1st September 2017

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