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Burns, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery MSc

This programme aims to impart a core knowledge and understanding of reconstructive surgery. The programme helps to equip healthcare professional and scientists with the research skills and translations knowledge necessary for clinically applied research in this field.

Covid-19 programme updates

Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.

Key information

Programme starts

October 2020

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years
Flexible: up to 5 years

Part-time students (2 years) will attend for ~1.5 days per week but is dependent upon the module choice selections as the delivery varies from longitudinal, block or online.

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 1 November 2019
Close: 28 August 2020
Notification
Due to the large number of applications received, this programme is no longer accepting applications for 2020/21 entry. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Applications for 2021/22 entry will open later in the year.

Tuition fees (2020/21)

UK/EU:
£16,910 (FT)
£8,600 (PT)
Overseas:
£30,100 (FT)
£15,050 (PT)


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 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)

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: Standard

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

International students

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.

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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 chose to focus on clinical skills modules such as microsurgery, robotics skills and evidence based systematic reviews.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits for the MSc.

The programme consists of three core modules (45 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a research project (90 credits).    An additional alternative pathway has been introduced for 2020/21 of three core modules (45 credits), five optional modules (75 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

A PG 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).

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a 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.

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.

Compulsory modules

  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Burns
  • Military Injury and Wound Healing
  • Research Methodology

Optional modules

Depending on the pathway.  Choose three or five of the following options:

  • Surgical Skills: Microsurgery
  • Surgical Skills: Robotics
  • Stem Cells & their Applications in Surgery
  • Applied Tissue Engineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Performing Systematic Reviews of Interventions (Part 1)
  • Performing Systematic Reviews of Interventions (Part 2) *
  • Application of Evidence in Clinical Practice

* Satisfactory completion of Part 1 is a pre-requisite.

Covid-19 module updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be updates to the modules for your chosen programme of study this year. Some modules may not be available or may need to be moved to a later term or year of study.  We have included these updates below:   Compulsory modules: Research Methodologies and Transferable Skills (SURG0002) will run in Term 1. Burns, Military Wounds and Wound Healing (SURG0073) and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (SURG0072) will be run in Terms 1 and 2. Optional modules for Term 1: Applied Tissue Engineering (SURG0058), Biomaterials in Tissue Regeneration: Micro and Nanoscale Surface Structuring (SURG0087), Performing Systematic Reviews of Interventions (Part 1) (SURG0098), Performing Systematic Reviews of Interventions (Part 2) (SURG0099). Optional modules for Term 2: Robotics Surgical Skills (SURG0102), Microsurgical Skills (SURG0103), Stem Cells and Their Applications in Surgery (SURG0059). Other available modules: Application of Evidence in Clinical Practice (SURG0101), Introduction to Evidence-Based Healthcare (SURG0104), Randomised Controlled Trials: Design and Conduct (SURG0128). MSc Burns, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - Research Project (SURG0074) will run in Terms 2 and 3. Transplantation Science (SURG0083) has been removed. These updates are relevant for 2020-21 academic year only.  The full list of modules will be available in the module catalogue from late August.  From the first week of September, you will be invited to complete module selection from Portico, our student record system. There may need to be additional updates or changes to modules during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available.  

Dissertation/report

An in-depth research project(13,000-18,000 word thesis) is an integral component of the programme, providing you with the opportunity to investigate cutting-edge areas and thereby open up opportunities for further research and publications.   A 60 credit project ~6,000 words can be completed within existing research groups at UCL and will be translational in terms of being focused on the development of novel approaches to improve patient outcomes (diagnose, monitor and treat disease).

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.

Covid-19 contact hours on campus
In Term One, while campus will be open, all the learning activity for the core content of your modules will take place online – including lectures, tutorials, seminars and assessments. By “core content” we mean everything you need to learn to complete the module successfully. In addition to these online contact hours, we will be offering some face-to-face educational activities for students on campus, and we will provide alternative online activities for those students unable to join us on campus. These activities, which will include contact with academic staff, will be relevant to your programme of study may include seminars, academic and employability skills workshops, small-group or individual tutorials, lab and practice-based teaching. UK Government safety guidelines will limit the amount of ‘in person’ activity we can offer and while it will vary from programme to programme, is likely to be no more than 1-2 hours per week. This will vary across departments, particularly if your programme includes laboratory/practical/studio/workshop sessions. You will be updated with more specific details as they are available and your timetable will indicate which sessions will be on campus and which will be available online.
Covid-19 practical component updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be changes to the availability of the practical components for your chosen programme. Any updates relate only to the 20/21 academic year and may not apply to all students across the programme depending on your year of study.  Your department will keep you updated if the practical component of your programme is able to occur and/or any alternative options available.   There may need to be additional updates or changes to the practical component during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and/or Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available. 
Covid-19 assessment updates
There may be changes to the format of assessments for modules in this programme due to COVID-19. These will be summarised for each module on the module catalogue from 17 August 2020.   If any changes to assessments need to be made during the academic year due to updates in government guidance, these will be communicated to you as soon as possible from your department.    
Communicating further Covid-19 mitigation plans
We are continuing to follow UK Government guidance, as well as the expertise of our researchers, including specialists in health, education, human behaviour and infection prevention, to make sure UCL is as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. If it becomes necessary to make further changes to your programme as a result of new guidance/regulations, UCL and your department will communicate these as soon as this becomes clear. We will keep you up-to-date with our plans throughout term one, so you have the information you need to be able to take decisions that are right for your circumstances. Please ensure that you keep in touch with your department by regularly checking your UCL emails, Moodle courses, the Coronavirus FAQs for Students page and any UCL online groups or social media you follow.

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 contacts 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.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Funding

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

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 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.

Employability

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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

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. Its aim is to understand the causes of human disease and develop innovative therapies and technology to improve the quality of life.

Department: Division of Surgery & Interventional Science

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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.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £80 for online applications and £105 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

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

Application deadlines

All applicants
28 August 2020

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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