Division of Surgery and Interventional Science MPhil/PhD

London, Bloomsbury

The Division of Surgery & Interventional Science provides a unique environment where surgeons, engineers, biomaterial specialists 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.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£5,690
£2,845
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£27,480
£13,750
Duration
3 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September.
Applications accepted
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Entry requirements

MPhil/PhD 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.

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

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Equivalent qualifications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

The Division of Surgery & 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
Nanotechnology - the application of the modern principles of nanotechnology to surgery and regenerative medicine
Tissue and Energy - the development of highly targeted, sensing and energy based surgical interventions to diagnose and cure disease

Who this course is for

What this course will give you

The Division of Surgery & Interventional Sciences is located over three sites, each associated with NHS hospitals: UCH close to Bloomsbury campus; the Royal Free Hospital, and the Institute of Orthopaedics based at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. These close clinical links mean that research is often conducted in collaboration with clinicians. The research undertaken is therefore aligned to current unmet needs in the medical field.

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

The foundation of your career

With the breadth of research activity and internationally leading expertise available within the Division of Surgery & Interventional Science we aim to enhance our students' 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. With the breadth of experience gained the majority of our graduates have successful careers in industry, academia and in the healthcare industry.

Employability

Medically qualified graduates have successful careers as consultants or in clinical academic posts, non-medical graduates pursue careers in industry, academia and in the healthcare industry including elite sport, physical activity promotion, and biomedical industries.

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 interaction with other allied health professionals working within the surgical environment is actively encouraged.

Teaching and learning

Research areas and structure

  • 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
  • Tissue engineering of musculoskeletal tissues
  • Tissue engineering of tumours - tumoroids. These have been developed to tetdrug efficacy against established and novel therapeutics.
  • 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.

Research environment

The Division of Surgery & Interventional Science provides a unique environment where surgeons, engineers, biomaterial specialists 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. 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.

Full-time

The length of registration for the research degree programmes is 3 years for full-time and 5 years for part-time. 

You are required to register initially for the MPhil degree with the expectation of transfer to PhD after successful completion of an upgrade viva 9- 18 months after initial registration.

Upon successful completion of your approved period of registration you may register as a completing research student (CRS) while you write up your thesis.  

In your second year you will be expected to upgrade from an MPhil to a PhD. To successfully upgrade to a PhD you are required to submit a report of 6 pages which needs to include details of your research to date. You are also required to present and undergo an upgrade viva about this work to a panel consisting of your subsidiary supervisor and an external examiner who acts as an independent assessor.

The PhD programme is expected to be completed within three years for full-time students, and over five years for part-time students. If you are not ready to submit at the end of the third year, you may be able to go onto CRS. 

Accessibility

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £5,690 £2,845
Tuition fees (2022/23) £27,480 £13,750

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

Details of subject-specific funding opportunities can be obtained from the Divisional Senior Teaching Administrator.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Next steps

Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit 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.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

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This page was last updated 28 Sep 2021