Surgical and Interventional Sciences MSc

London, Hampstead (Royal Free Hospital)

This campus-based MSc Surgical and Interventional Sciences includes hands-on surgical skills training modules and progressive optional modules aimed at enhancing both knowledge and career progression. You also undertake a research project with the support of our renowned specialists and complete a thesis with the potential for publication in a respected journal.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2023/24)
Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)
Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2023
Applications accepted
All applicants: 17 Oct 2022 – 30 Jun 2023

Applications open

Entry requirements

A medical or dental qualification from a UK university or an overseas qualification of equivalent standard. Applicants may have clinical experience, but this is not essential.

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

At the heart of our MSc Surgical and Interventional Sciences is a scientific research project. This is an opportunity for you to become involved with cutting-edge research in a subject of your choice, either clinical or laboratory based. You will develop an understanding of science, critical and objective thinking while improving your written and verbal communication skills.

You will take three compulsory modules, which give you a robust grounding in Robotics Surgical Skills, Vascular and Microsurgical Skills and Research Methodologies and Transferable Skills. We also offer a diverse range of optional modules covering Nanotechnology, Tissue Engineering, Biomaterials and Oncology, all of which are taught by leading academics and clinicians. These will allow you to expand your knowledge in specific areas of interest or pursue topics that are new to you.

The MSc Surgical and Interventional Sciences is updated continuously to reflect pivotal changes in overall training objectives and to keep pace with innovations in both surgical and scientific research.

Who this course is for

The programme is for candidates aiming to progress in their surgical career and recent graduates wanting to expand their knowledge and skills base. It also provides a good scientific foundation for academically motivated graduate students. This programme is not suitable for medical students, and we do not offer intercalated study.

What this course will give you

  • Direct experience in scientific theory and practice.
  • Development in both analytical and statistical skills.
  • 'Hands-on' surgical skills training.
  • In-depth knowledge of applied surgical topics through our optional modules.
  • The ability to address scientific objectives and develop critical thinking.
  • Access to some of the worlds most respected and innovative surgeons and academics. UCL is ranked seventh in the world for medicine (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022).

The foundation of your career

The MSc has enabled graduates to progress in surgical training to redirect their interests (e.g., to Radiation Oncology) or, as experienced graduates, become consultants in specialist surgical fields, throughout the UK and overseas.


Examples of career destinations for MSc Surgical and Interventional Science graduates include Consultant in Colorectal Surgery, Royal Free Hospital NHS; Senior Fellow in Microsurgery Training, Perth, Australia; and Senior Oral Surgeon, at KRG, Iraq.

Teaching and learning

Your performance and progress will be assessed by online and unseen written examination papers, written reports, coursework, oral presentations, and assessment of competencies (for hands-on skills). The research project is assessed by the submission of a thesis and a viva voce examination.

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


You will study six 15-credit modules (three core/compulsory, three optional) and an in-depth original research project worth 90 credits.

One of the core modules and several of the optional modules are taught during Term 1. The two hands-on surgical skills core modules are taught in dedicated surgical training theatres at the beginning of Term 2, alongside the remaining optional modules.

You may choose to take your optional modules in Term 1, Term 2, or a combination of the two.

The research project may be clinical or laboratory-based and starts in Term 2 once your module teaching allows.

You usually submit your thesis in mid-July, which is followed by a viva voce exam in September.

In Year 1, you should aim to complete the three core modules 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.

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.

Compulsory modules

MSc Surgical & Interventional Sciences Research Project (60 credits)

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 are subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Surgical and Interventional Sciences.


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.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2023/24) £18,000 £9,000
Tuition fees (2023/24) £38,300 £19,150

Programme also available 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:

Additional costs

  • Your core textbooks are available in the UCL libraries, and most journal articles in your reading lists are also available through e-resources. Some students like to purchase their own textbooks or print course documents. We suggest allowing approximately £200 per year for this.
  • You will need to print and bind one copy of your research project thesis (c. £50-70, depending on the service required).
  • All students pay for their DBS check if required for your programme (or placement, if relevant). For the latest details, please check the government website.
  • Students are responsible for the costs of accommodation and travel to teaching, work and practical module placements or project locations.

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

Possible RMO (Resident Medical Officer) or SHO locum positions. To qualify, you must have full GMC registration and hold current ALS certification. This is managed in line with NHS recruitment processes and is not directly linked to this MSc.

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 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.

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

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