Burns, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery MSc

London, Hampstead (Royal Free Hospital)

This programme 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 translations knowledge necessary for clinically applied research in this field.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£19,400
£9,700
Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£32,100
£16,050
Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.
Duration
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 31 Mar 2022

Applications open

Entry requirements

A medical degree (MBBS) or a minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a related subject or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required. In addition overseas students require the standard level of proficiency in the English language.

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: Good

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 programme is designed to provide you with a robust understanding of scientific and clinical research basis.  It will provide the necessary transferable research skills (e.g. laboratory, critical analysis and synthetic) and allow scientists to appreciate the clinical needs and requirements of the patients requiring this speciality.  The core curriculum includes burns, military, and reconstructive plastic surgery, and provides a unique insight into the unmet needs of reconstructive patients, along with research methodologies for clinical and research data analysis skills.  Depending on your choice of optional modules you can either follow a science-based route with interdisciplinary subjects such as tissue engineering, biomaterials and the application of stem cells, or you can choose to focus on clinical skills modules such as microsurgery, robotics skills and evidence-based systematic reviews.

An in-depth research project is an integral component of the programme with an opportunity for you to investigate cutting-edge projects and thereby open up opportunities for further research and publications.  

An alternative pathway is available to complete a 60 credit research project and additional taught optional modules.

Who this course is for

This programme is aimed at trainee plastic surgeons (FY1/2 core surgical), clinicians, scientists who wish to specialise in plastic and reconstructive surgery, and healthcare professionals.

We are unable to consider applications for intercalated study.

What this course will give you

This is the only MSc programme in burns, plastic and reconstructive surgery currently available and addresses a national need.

Clinical staff who undertake teaching include renowned consultants based at the Royal Free Hospital and other specialist centres.

The Division of Surgery & Interventional Science is part of one of the most prestigious medical schools in Europe; it is made up of nearly 400 people from surgeons and oncologists to clinical trials specialists and researchers. It aims to understand the causes of human disease and develop innovative therapies and technology to improve the quality of life.

The foundation of your career

This MSc focuses on theoretical knowledge, alongside hands-on surgical training and applied research.  You can acquire technical and laboratory-based skills. Networking is also one the key aspects of this programme.  Consultant plastic surgeons from both military and civilian backgrounds present lectures, giving you access to one-to-one contact and a multitude of networking opportunities.

Employability

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 3D printing, regenerative medicine, and speciality plastic surgery. This MSc also provides you 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.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops, practical sessions and group discussions. Assessment is through written examination, coursework, presentation, dissertation and viva voce.

The contact hours depend on the optional modules selected. Students will be expected to undertake significant self-directed study in support of their contact hours.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) is offered in Flexible/Modular mode only, over a maximum of two years. The programme consists of two core modules (30 credits) and two optional modules (30 credits).

Modules

Part-time

In Year 1 you should aim to complete the three core modules, Burns & Military Wounds, Plastic Surgery and Research Methodology plus at least one of the optional modules.

In Year 2 you will select your remaining optional modules and the research project.

The timetable follows the full-time structure and you must be available to attend the modules you are registered for whenever they are delivered.

Flexible

You can select as many or few modules each year. The timetable follows the full-time structure and you must be available to attend the module(s) you are registered for whenever they are delivered.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits for the MSc. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Burns, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Burns, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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) £19,400 £9,700
Tuition fees (2022/23) £32,100 £16,050

Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.

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

Students submitting a research project will be required to submit two soft bound printed copies.  This is arranged by the student and costs are expected to be in the range of £50-70 (depending on the service required).

This programme does not provide clinical observation and honorary contracts with the NHS are not required.  Thus students need to cover any fees levied by the NHS if they decide to apply for one.

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

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

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.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

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.

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

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available after 31 March 2022 and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June 2022.

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This page was last updated 28 Sep 2021