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Surgery and Interventional Science

Surgical and Interventional Sciences MSc

This MSc has the approval of the Royal Colleges of Surgery and is aimed at surgeons (but not exclusively) with at least two years training. To reflect pivotal changes in overall training objectives and to keep pace with innovations in both surgical and scientific research the course now includes two separate ‘hands-on’ modules: *Advanced Microsurgical Skills (*certificated; the only MSc course able to offer this qualification) and Robotics. The course also offers a wide range of optional modules, e.g. Nanotechnology; Orthopaedics; Oncology. The ethos of the course is to provide graduate teaching and research opportunities to junior surgeons with a two-fold aim: (i) to introduce trainee surgeons to in-depth scientific understanding, knowledge and practice as applied to surgery and (ii) to equip trainee surgeons with critical, analytical thinking and skills at Master’s level and provide equivalent qualifications to enable career progression.

Key Information

Modes and duration
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years
  • Flexible: up to 5 years
Programme start date
September 2016
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
£13,685 (FT) £6,845 (PT)
£26,000 (FT) £12,840 (PT)
Application deadlines
All applicants
Open: 5 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016

Degree Structure

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:
  • 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 10,000 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 available on the department web site 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.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) 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.


First destinations of recent graduates as junior surgeons in surgical training include: Southend Hospital: Surgeon; Bangor Hospital: Doctor; Royal Derby Hospital: Core Surgical Trainee; Stanmore 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 2016/2017 entry will be open from 5th October 2016

Programme Administrator

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