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.
This MSc has the approval of the Royal Colleges of Surgery and aims to improve the level of scientific appreciation of surgical trainees by exposing them to scientific principles and methods. The programme is suitable for both surgical and dental trainees and is primarily intended to provide scientific research experience prior to or as part of the surgical training programme.
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.
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.
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Recent graduates have become junior surgeons in surgical training while the majority of experienced graduates have become consultants in specialist surgical fields, generally throughout the UK and abroad.
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Application and next steps
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?
The programme has been designed for candidates aiming to progress in a surgical career. It also provides a good scientific foundation for those more academically motivated students who might want to proceed to study for an MD or PhD.
- All applicants
- 27 July 2018
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What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Surgical and Interventional Sciences at graduate level
- why you want to study Surgical and Interventional Sciences 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.
Students gain skills in the verbal and written communication of science, together with an in-depth understanding of science-based subjects of clinical relevance. Students also undertake an in-depth scientific research project (50% of final mark) and gain an appreciation of scientific research which further trains them to appraise the current scientific literature/evidence and experimental design, practice and analysis.
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).
- Advanced Surgical Skills (Microsurgery)
- Advanced Surgical Skills (Robotics)
- Research Methodology and Transferable Skills (Part I)
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)
- 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