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Guidelines for Postgraduate Research Students

Position Name Telephone Email
Graduate Tutor & Head of Education
Professor Vivek Mudera
+44 (0)20 8909 5634 (Stanmore)

+44 (0)20 3108 2229 (Bloomsbury)
v.mudera@ucl.ac.uk
Postgraduate Research Administrator
Sital Thanki
+44 (0)20 7679 6479 s.thanki@ucl.ac.uk

Introduction

The Division of Surgery and Interventional Science provides a unique environment where surgeons and basic scientists from a wide range of backgrounds come together to carry out world leading research in areas aligned to surgery, interventional sciences and regenerative medicine.

The Division of Surgery and Interventional Science has three research departments:

  • Materials and Tissue - has a long tradition in the development and evaluation of new materials in first-in-man studies. Advances in materials science have allowed the Division to enter a new phase in both our understanding and our use of implanted material. No longer are these materials inert substitutes. Increasingly the new materials interact with the body in a dynamic way. The Research Department of Materials and Tissue has a long tradition in the development and evaluation of these new materials in first-in-man studies.

    The Research Department of Materials and Tissue is based within the Institute of Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Science, which is located on the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust site at the Stanmore campus, with geographically separate components across the site, including Biomedical Engineering and the Aspire Centre for Disability Science.

  • Nanotechnology - The application of the modern principles of nanotechnology to surgery and regenerative medicine. The application of the modern principles of nanotechnology forms a central component of the research activity within the Research Department of Nanotechnology, which is located at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust in Hampstead.

    Nanotechnology and its application to surgery and regenerative medicine remains a core research theme in its own right. This activity is characterised by the design and construction of scaffolds which form the basis of neo-organs such as vessels, tracheas and ureters. In addition, to the frontier work of organ creation the nanotechnology theme supports the materials and tissue work stream by assisting in the development of novel biocompatible materials.

  • Tissue and Energy - The development of highly targeted, sensing and energy based surgical interventions to diagnose and cure disease. The Research Department of Tissue and Energy spans across the Bloomsbury campus, bringing together clinicians and scientists from a variety of backgrounds, who are working together to develop highly targeted novel imaging, sensing and energy based interventions to detect and cure disease.

    At the Division of Surgery and Interventional Science's bases at UCLH and Charles Bell House, the Tissue and Energy research department is currently exploring a whole spectrum of technologies. These range from transforming the use of CT, MRI and ultrasound to developing completely new technologies using light and other forms of electromagnetic waves. From bench to bedside, the department is involved in the very earliest proof of concept studies within the laboratory, right through to large clinical trials on the hospital ward.

Research areas

• Nanotechnology and regenerative medicine: targeted cell delivery; cell-material interactions; tissue engineering; nanomedicine; biomaterials; biosensors; nanoscale surface structuring

• Orthopaedics and musculoskeletal science: osteoporosis; bone tumour biology; joint replacement; tissue engineering; biomedical engineering; imaging and materials science; performance/rehabilitation; peripheral nerve and spinal injury

• Sports science: the extreme environment, surgical optimisation, orthopaedic outcomes, hip deformity, and human health and performance

• Surgery: cancer surgery; tissue engineering; reconstructive surgery; transplantation; vascular surgery; surgical implants

• Urology: interventional oncology; surgical and patient-related outcomes; molecular and stem cell biology; new medical device development.

With the breadth of research activity and internationally leading expertise available within the Division of Surgery and Interventional Science, we aim to enhance our student experience – through offering the finest environment for personal and academic development. We have excellent facilities ranging from nanotechnology laboratories to stem cell facilities, GLP laboratories, custom joint design and manufacture, gait analysis and computer modelling facilities within the Division.

The Division offers a unique environment of interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research between surgeons, basic scientists, materials scientists, engineers, mathematical modellers, physiotherapists, nurse practitioners and other allied health professionals working within the surgical environment.

Entry requirements

MPhil/PhD applicants are required to have an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in a relevant engineering/science subject or a medical degree (MBBS), or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

Application

Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.

Upgrade from MPhil to PhD (not MD)

Transfer Document (6 page upgrade report):

The transfer document (6 page upgrade report) should include the following:

Short introduction; Testable hypothesis, Aims and objectives, measurable outcomes, Results in brief, Statistical analysis and Future work plan as agreed with your supervisor/s, References.

It should be set out as follows:

Margins need to be set to minimum 1 cm top, bottom, left and right. Font needs to be 12pt. Arial / Times Roman. Line spacing of 1.

Note: you can include tables, graphs, histograms and pictures but the maximum limit of six sides of A4 still applies.

Guidelines for the Presentation:

The presentation should be a Powerpoint presentation for 15 minutes, plus 5 minutes for Q&A from the Divisional audience. The timing will be strictly adhered to, and if your presentation starts to overrun it will be interrupted and cut short, and you will be unable to finish.

Therefore please ensure your presentation is timed for 15 minutes only.

It should include:

1. Introduction including gaps in knowledge which the research will address

2. Hypothesis (has to be testable)

3. Experimental design (including statistics) including methods

4. Results

5. Future work and timelines to completion

The Divisional guidelines can be found at:

Employability

With the breadth of research activity and internationally leading expertise available within the Division of Surgery and Interventional Science we aim to enhance our student experience – through offering the finest environment for personal and academic development. We have excellent facilities ranging from nanotechnology laboratories to stem cell facilities, GLP laboratories, custom joint design and manufacture, gait analysis and computer modelling facilities within the division.

Networking

The division offers a unique environment of interdisciplinary and cross- disciplinary research between surgeons, basic scientists, materials scientists, engineers, mathematical modellers, physiotherapists, nurse practitioners and other allied health professionals working within the surgical environment which is actively encouraged.

Funding

Funding opportunities in the Division can be found at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/surgery/courses/funding

Enrolment

All students will be required to enroll via the Portico website (www.ucl.ac.uk/portico) using their UCL user id and password to log in and either pay online or confirm sponsorship arrangements.

Term Dates 2014/15

First Term Monday 22 September 2014 - Friday 12 December 2014
Second Term Monday 12 January 2015 - Friday 27 March 2015
Third Term Monday 27 April 2015 - Friday 12 June 2015

Staff / Student Consultative Committee

All Surgery sites hold staff student meetings once a term. The representatives should be a conduit for your suggestions, complaints and general comments. Representatives should provide a report. Minutes of the meetings will be provided on Moodle.

We will ask Postgraduate Research students to select 4 student representatives, within the first two weeks of the academic year. The way that the student representatives are selected is up to the students, but is usually carried out by an informal ballot organised by the students.

The dates for this are:

  Date and Time
Venue
Term 1
12pm - 21st October 2014 Jerry Kirk Seminar Room, 9th Floor, Royal Free Campus
Term 2 12pm - 3rd February 2015 Bloomsbury Campus (room to be confirmed)
Term 3 12pm - 14th May 2015 Student Teaching Centre, IOMS, Stanmore Campus

Data Protection Policy

The policy of the Division of Surgery and Interventional Science is in line with the UCL Policy. You can also refer to UCL Estates and Facilities pages on Data Protection on the following link: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/efd/recordsoffice/data-protection/

Intellectual Property Rights

The policy of the Division of Surgery and Interventional Science is in line with UCL Policy. You can also refer to the online Student Handbook pages on Intellectual Property Rights on the following link: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/current-students/rights/ipr/

Computers - Access

You can change your password on the web, at any time, at https://myaccount.ucl.ac.uk/pw/

Moodle

Moodle is UCL’s Electronic Learning Environment, and is used to access course material on line. The web portal is: https://moodle.ucl.ac.uk/login/.

PORTICO

PORTICO is the UCL Student Information System. Access to PORTICO is available via the web portal:

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/portico

You will need to logon using your UCL userid and password.

Complaints Procedures

If you have a complaint to make about your experience at UCL, you should make every effort to try to resolve the matter informally. You should first make your complaint known either to the person who caused the complaint, or to that person's supervisor/manager; or you may prefer to discuss the matter with your Graduate Tutor or with another member of staff whom you feel able to consult. In cases where informal discussion fails to resolve the matter, you may wish to consider making use of UCL's Centralised Complaints Procedure which is available on the following link: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/academic-manual/part-5/student-complaints-procedure

The Graduate Tutor is first point of contact.

STUDENT WELFARE

UCL Scholarships

For details of all other scholarships please see the online Student Handbook pages: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships

Dyslexia Assessment and Support Centre

The UCL Dyslexia Assessment and Support Centre provide a free diagnostic assessment service for UCL students. Current assessment reports are required when applying for the DSA (Disabled Students' Allowance) and for special examination arrangements. Specialist tutorial support for students with dyslexia is also available. http://www.ucl.ac.uk/disability/services/spld

UCL Online Student Support Website

The UCL Online Student Support Website aims to provide advice and support for common student problems through the internet. http://www.ucl.ac.uk/support-pages/

UCL Student Psychological Services

Student Psychological Services (formerly known as UCL Student Counselling Service) is responsible to UCL for providing a specialised counselling service for students at UCL

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/academic-manual/part-5/student-psychological-services

In addition to the above services, students can also access:

STUDENT SUPPORT INFORMATION PAGES, On-line self-help information on how to manage common student psychological problems, e.g., exam anxiety, stress, social anxiety, etc. (www.ucl.ac.uk/support-pages)