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Burns, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery MSc

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.

Projects

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: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ucl-press/browse-books/textbook-of-plastic-and-reconstructive-surgery   

The book has been published by UCL Press and is the first OPENACESS book in surgery.

This programme aims to impart a robust scientific understanding of burns, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and to equip healthcare professionals (doctors, surgeons, nursing staff and physiotherapists) and scientists with the research techniques and translational tools necessary for research in this expanding field.

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)
UK/EU:
£15,460 (FT) £7,870 (PT)
Overseas:
£27,540 (FT) £13,770 (PT)
Application deadlines
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. 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)

Careers

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 degree
  • 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
Employability

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.


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Key Information

Programme starts

October 2017

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

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

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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.

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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”.

Programme structure 

The programme in Burns, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery can be taken at two levels: 

  • Certificate 
  • Masters

Mode of Study

  • PG Certificate:  Flexible study only (6 months - maximum of 2 years).  Applicants must meet the criteria for flexible study in the UK. Please contact the department before applying. 
  • MSc course:     Available either as full-time or flexible study depending upon the time that you are able to commit to this course.
  • Full-time:   1 year
  • Part-time:  2 years
  • Flexible/Modular: up to 5 years

Applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK must apply for the full-time option.

Modules

All MSc students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of:

5 core modules (75 credits)


1 optional module from a choice of 4 (15 credits)


Research project (90 credits)


Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (SURGGB01)

This module aims to introduce trainee surgeon, clinician and health care professional to basic and the most up to date techniques used in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

It covers a wide range of topics related to hand, breast, face, eye, nose, ear, lower limbs, and abdominal plastic and reconstructive surgery. Lectures are delivered by renowned consultants and plastic surgeons, specialists in their respective areas, to get our students face to face with the most modern clinical practice and challenges.

Burns, Military Injury and Wound Healing (SURGGB02)

This module aims to introduce trainee surgeons, clinicians and health care professionals to the challenges of burns and military injuries.

A wide range of topics are covered as a part of this module such as burns and military injuries, wound healing and repair, current clinical practice, solutions and challenges. 

These lectures are specially designed and delivered by specialist plastic surgeons with the military background to educate our students to the most up to date clinical practices used in military trauma and injuries.

Joint Research Methodology (ORTHG007)

A shared module teaching the basic transferable research skills required for a successful research scientist.

Topics include:

  • Scientific writing "critical thinking"
  • Research planning
  • Statistics and presentation skills

Students should develop a basic understanding of frequentist statistics and improve their presentation/communication of research ideas and data.

Applied Tissue Engineering (SURGGN06)

The course introduces students to the use of tissue engineering as a strategy to replace or restore a level of function to diseased or damaged tissue. World leading
scientists and surgeons will provide lectures on engineering specific tissues and discuss future strategies in: 

  • Scaffold design
  • Bio-responsive scaffolds
  • Bio-mimetic scaffolds
Biomaterials in Regenerative Medicine (SURGGN05)

An introduction to biomaterial design, manufacture and characterisation for regenerative medicine. This module will provide students with an understanding of material-cell interfaces and various approaches to modify materials to promote desirable cellular responses (including nanoscale biofunctionalisation and surface structuring).

Stem Cells and their applications in Surgery 

In this module, students will learn:

  • Basics of stem cells, their pluripotency and differentiation characteristics.
  • Sources of stem cells and their methods of extraction form human tissue.
  • Applications of stem cells in surgery and regenerative medicine.
  • Students will understand the essential requirements for stem cell based therapies, pre and post operatively and in surgery.
  • Student will become aware of regulations for clinical application of stem cells based therapies.
  • Students will be become aware of current research and will be able to use their knowledge during research projects.
Nanotechnology

An introduction to the use of nanotechnology in medicine. This module discusses why size matters in biological environments and current/future use of nanotechnology in diagnostics, medical imaging, drug delivery and tissue engineering.

Translation of Nanotechnology

An introduction into the translation of nanotechnology and regenerative medicine from "bench to bedside". Students will learn about:

  • Routes of translation
  • The importance of IP
  • GMP & conformity of assessment
  • Avenues of investment
  • Demonstrate awareness of investment  avenues of commercialisation
  • Ethical issues approval for clinical trials
  • The economics  in the translation of an idea into a commercially available product.
Advanced Surgical Skills in Microsurgery

Teaching for this hands-on module takes place at the dedicated surgical theatres of Northwick Park Institute of Medical Research (NPIMR).  The module delivers specialised surgical skills which increases in complexity; specifically: vascular and microsurgical techniques.  This module is taught in one week during Term 2 and  assessment of competencies is continuous and successful completion is certified. NPIMR is the only centre in the UK which provides formal certicification for this training.

  • Assessment of the necessity for microsurgery
  • Decisions as to protocol and procedures
  • Set up and use of operating microscope
  • Tissue dissection and vessel preparation
  • End-to-end and end-to-side anastomoses
  • Interrupted and continuous sutures
  • Fault finding and repair

The two main areas of research are:

RECONSTRUCTIVE TRANSLATION / CTA

This research group has set up the first reconstructive transplantation programme in the UK and are pioneers in the field.  The areas of study are facial transplantation, hand transplantion, combined hand and face transplantatin as well as emerging transplant of other tissues.  It has an established clinical research programme with long standing international collaborations.

TISSUE ENGINEERING / NANOTECHNOLOGY

This group is at the forefront of translational tissue engineering/nanotechnology research. It produced the first in-human tracheal tissue-engineered transplant in collaboration with the Karolinska Institute and also the first in-human tissue-engineered arterial bypass graft.  A first in-human nasal construct will be carried out later this year. 

  • 3D printing of craniofacial implants
  • 3D modelling of medical images
  • Tendon tissue engineering
  • Development of auricular reconstruction using nanocomposite and stem cells with 3D printing technology
  • Development of nasal reconstruction using nanocomposite and stem cells with 3D printing technology
  • Development of synthetic face using nanocomposite and stem cells
  • Development of conduit to regulate nerve using peptide modified nanocomposite materials and stem cells
  • Extraction of stem cells from fat tissue
  • Development of lymphatic drainage system using nanocomposite
  • Fillers for plastic surgery applications using nanocomposite and stem cells
  • Nanoparticles for diagnostic and treatment of cancer
  • Fluorescent quantum dots for assessment of flap perfusion
  • Development of nanocomposite for craniofacial orbital reconstruction
  • Reconstruction of vermillion and lip using nanocomposite materials
  • Creation of neo-hair follicle
  • Breast reconstruction
  • Skin tissue engineering 

MSc Research Publications

For details of our MSc students' published research output please click here

Name Position  Telephone  Email 
Ms Julie Cheek  Teaching Administrator  020 7794 0500 ext 31302 j.cheek@ucl.ac.uk
Mr Deepak Kalaskar  Programme Lead  020 7794 0500 ext. 34654 d.kalaskar@ucl.ac.uk
Prof Peter Butler  Programme Director  020 7794 0500 ext 31302 via Caroline Ryan

 Clinical Faculty

Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Module 
Military Plastic Surgery Module 
Mr Stephen Hamilton  Mr Darren Chester 
Mr Hugo Henderson  Mr Shehan Hettiaratchy 
Mr Niall Kirkpatrick  Lt Col Steven Jeffery 
Mr Patrick Mallucci  Maj Graham Lawton 
Burn Surgery Module 
Reconstructive Surgery Module 
Mr Naeim Moieman  Mr Neil Bulstrode 
Craniofacial Surgery Module 
Mr David Floyd 
Mr Jonathan Britto  Mr Shadi Ghali 
Mr David Dunnaway  Mr Adrian Grobbelaar 
Mr Loshan Kangesu  Mr Stephen Hammilton 
Mr Niall Kirkpatrick  Mr Ciaran Healy 
Mr Greg O'Toole  Mr Nicholas Kalavrezos 
Hand Surgery Module 
Mr Norbert Kang 
Mr David Floyd  Prof Mo Keshtgar 
Ms Barbara Jemec  Mr Anthony Macquillan 
Mr Ash Mosahebi  Mr Ash Mosahebi 
Mr Greg O'Toole  Mr Asif Muneer 
Mr Bran Sivakumar  Miss Joanne Atkins Palazzo 
Mr Neil Toft  Mr Greg Williams