Division of Surgery and Interventional Science MPhil/PhD

London, Bloomsbury

Study a postgraduate research degree at the Division of Surgery & Interventional Science on a full-time or part-time basis. You will join a unique environment where surgeons, engineers, biomaterial specialists and basic scientists from a variety 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 (2023/24)
£5,860
£2,930
Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)
£32,100
£16,050
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.

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: Level 1

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

As a PhD student, you join a unique environment where surgeons, clinicians, engineers, biochemists, biomaterial and nanoscience specialists, and basic and fundamental scientists collaborate on world-leading, cutting-edge research.

You will have access to excellent facilities, including nanotechnology laboratories, stem cell facilities, GLP laboratories, custom joint design and manufacture, gait analysis, and computer modelling facilities within the division. Depending on your research project, you may have the opportunity to engage with cross-faculty collaborations and activities that provide access to an even wider range of resources.

The Division is located over three sites, each associated with NHS hospitals. UCH is close to Bloomsbury campus; the Royal Free Hospital is in Stanmore; and the Institute of Orthopaedics is based at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. These close links enable research to be conducted in collaboration with clinicians.

We offer a range of opportunities to meet your needs. You can gain different research skills, depending on your project (for instance, from clinical research for fundamental science and technology). A dedicated Personal Development programme with extracurricular activities is tailored to your interests and offers workshops on skills such as entrepreneurship.

Who this course is for

What this course will give you

  • Close clinical links enable research to be conducted in collaboration with clinicians. We undertake research aligned to current unmet needs in the medical field.
  • 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.
  • Opportunities for cross-disciplinary interactions amongst scientists with very different backgrounds.
  • An individual research skills programme, including a Personal Development programme, to suit your needs and interests.

The foundation of your career

With the breadth of experience gained throughout a postgraduate research degree, most of our graduates have successful careers in industry, academia (academic positions) and in the healthcare industry (e.g. the NHS).

Employability

We aim to provide the finest environment for personal and academic development. We also offer a direct exposure to the healthcare sector through various cross-disciplinary activities.

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

Networking

Within the Division, there are many opportunities for networking development through interactions between the different Departments and Research Centres.

The Division offers a unique environment of interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research between surgeons, basic scientists, materials scientists, engineers, mathematical modellers, physiotherapists, and nurse practitioners. 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 has three multidisciplinary research departments.

The Research Department of Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Science conducts research at the interface of surgical and rehabilitation engineering for the optimisation of personalised clinical procedures.

The Research Department of Surgical Biotechnology focuses on the development and translation of innovative technologies into clinical practice, with the aim to drive the uptake of innovative treatments and improve surgical practice to enhance patient benefit.

The Research Department of Targeted Intervention focuses on the development of highly targeted novel imaging, sensing, management and energy-based interventions to detect and cure disease.

Registration for the full-time PhD programme is three years.

You register initially for the MPhil degree and will be eligible to upgrade to PhD between 9-18 months into the programme.

To upgrade, you submit a report of six pages detailing your research to date, then present and attend a viva about this work to a panel of your subsidiary supervisor and at least one external examiner. Students who are unsuccessful in this process or do not wish to progress onto the PhD degree can exit with an MPhil award.

To receive your degree, you submit a thesis covering your research findings and present it in the form of a viva to an internal and external examiner.

Following the third year of registration, you may register as a 'completing research student' (CRS), which allows you extra time to complete your thesis.

Registration for the part-time PhD programme is five years.

You register initially for the MPhil degree and will be eligible to upgrade to PhD between 15-24 months into the programme.

To upgrade, you submit a report of six pages detailing your research to date, then present and attend a viva about this work to a panel of your subsidiary supervisor and at least one external examiner. Students who are unsuccessful in this process or do not wish to progress onto the PhD degree can exit with an MPhil award.

To receive your degree, you submit a thesis covering your research findings and present it in the form of a viva to an internal and external examiner.

Following your approved period of registration, you may register as a 'completing research student' (CRS), which allows you extra time to complete your thesis.

Accessibility

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2023/24) £5,860 £2,930
Tuition fees (2023/24) £32,100 £16,050

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

Depending on the PhD activities and the project, special equipment and/or laboratory consumables might be needed, which might require an Additional Fee Element (AFE).

The AFE is banded into four fixed amounts: £1,000, £2,500, £5,000, and £10,000, with one further band for variable sums over £10,000.

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 we advise you to check with the department or academic unit to see if you need to consider these when preparing your application. In most cases, you should identify and contact potential supervisors before applying.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

Choose your programme

Please read the Application Guidance before proceeding with your application.

Year of entry: 2023-2024

Year of entry: 2022-2023

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