Division of Surgery & Interventional Science



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.

How to apply 

Entry requirements

MD(Res) students are required to have a medical degree (MBBS), or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. For overseas students a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 is required.

How to apply

All prospective applicants, except those applying for advertised studentships, are encouraged to send an informal research enquiry. This should either be sent directly to the academic you are interested in working with or the Divisional Tutor - Research, Dr Umber Cheema (u.cheema@ucl.ac.uk). 

Making a research enquiry helps define your interests, contributes to making your application successful, and also serves to ensure the identification of the best possible supervisor for your needs. You can find information about the research departments within the Division on the Research section. Contact details for potential academic supervisors can be found in the about us section.

Submitting a research proposal

After identifying a potential supervisor, it is necessary to submit a research proposal (500 words). 

A good proposal should have the following basic elements, though their order and weighting can of course vary: 

  • A working title: Make this clear and descriptive 
  • Some background and rationale 
  • Clear and defined research question (s). 
  • A description of your theoretical framework and methodological approach. 
  • A brief analytic discussion of the scholarly research to date on your topic. 
  • A brief statement on your particular qualifications. 
  • Do you hope to publish your research, if so where?

For more information on how to contact potential supervisors and write a research proposal please see UCL's guidance document

Finally when you and your prospective supervisor are happy with your research proposal, you should submit a formal application. Click here to apply through UCL's application portal.

If you have further questions please contact Teaching Administrator, Tufael Hussain: dsis.pgr@ucl.ac.uk 

The Division of Surgery and Interventional Science invites research proposals from prospective MD(Res) candidates in the following areas:

Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Science

  • tendon bone healing using porous structures
  • mensenchymal stem cells in implant osteointegration
  • advanced composites of plastic compressed collagen and phosphate based glasses for tissue engineering
  • engineering of third generation scaffolds 
  • preventing bone loss following spinal cord injury with combined mechanical stimulation and circulatory augmentation: providing new insights into the mechanisms of disuse osteoporosis
  • using novel Raman spectroscopic approaches for the non-invasive investigation of bone quality
  • the pathogenesis of chordoma
  • osseointegration of porous tantalum implants coated with hydroxiapatite and MSCs
  • vascularisation of tissue-engineered skin
  • biomechanics of wheelchair propulsion/ influence of overuse syndrome
  • genetics of bone injuries 
  • age-related changes


  • development of stent graft for AAA
  • development of tissue engineering liver
  • research into vascular haemodynamic
  • blunt colon cancer cell motility and invasion by blocking IGF receptor
  • nerve guide and its application in nerve repair
  • targeting colorectal cancers with quantum dots coated with nanomaterials
  • interactions between heamoxygenase and nitric oxide synthase in liver ischemic preconditioning
  • carotid artery disease
  • patient blood management.


  • the role of plexin B1 mutations in prostate cancer
  • prostate cancer stem cells
Teaching Administrator Tufael Hussain dsis.pgr@ucl.ac.uk +44 (0) 207 679 
Division Tutor - Research Dr Umber Cheema u.cheema@ucl.ac.uk