Surgical and Interventional Sciences MSc

London, Hampstead (Royal Free Hospital)

Includes `hands-on' surgical skills training, original research and progressive optional modules, this programme will give you a competitive advantage in your field of interest. Supervised by our renowned specialists, you will deliver a rigorous research project with the potential for publication in a respected journal and/or a conference presentation.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 30 Jun 2022

Applications closed


Application closes at 17:00 GMT.

Entry requirements

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

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

You will study four compulsory modules giving you a robust grounding in Robotics Surgical Skills (15 credits), Microsurgery Skills (15 credits) and Research Methodologies and Transferable Skills (15 credits).   

At the heart of the programme is the scientific research project (90 credits).  This is an opportunity for you to become involved with cutting edge research in a subject of your choice, whether clinical or laboratory based you will develop an understanding of science, critical and objective thinking while improving your written and verbal communication skills.   All the remaining modules are optional and each is worth 15 credits.  The optional modules are taught by leading academics and clinicians and allow you to expand your knowledge in specific areas of interest or pursue topics novel to you.

An alternative pathway is available for those who prefer to take a 60 credit project and additional taught optional modules and you should contact the programme organisers.

Who this course is for

The programme has been designed for candidates aiming to progress in a surgical career and recent graduates wanting to expand their knowledge and skills base.  It also provides a good scientific foundation for those more academically motivated.

This programme is not suitable for medical students and we do not offer Intercalated study.

What this course will give you

UCL is one of the top 10 Faculties of Medical Sciences in the World, Number One for Medicine in London (QS rankings 2021)

UCL was rated the top university in the UK for research strength in REF2014. You will be studying alongside some of the worlds most respected and innovative surgeons and academics.

"The MSc was fantastic and helped me a great deal. I am currently a Hand Fellow at QVH and have nearly finished my training with a Microsurgery Fellowship in Perth, Australia. I authored 80 articles, >70 on Medicine, and a book on hand surgery. Aiming for a consultancy when I return."  D Nikkah

The foundation of your career


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

You will be taught through a combination of online or face-to-face lectures, webinars, seminars, workshops, journal clubs and tutorials. Your performance and progress will be assessed by online and unseen written examination papers, written reports and coursework and oral presentations.  The research project is assessed by thesis examination 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 direct contact hours.


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.

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. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Surgical and Interventional Sciences.


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The Applying to UCL for graduate study session took place in December 2021. The session, covered by our Graduate Admissions and Student Recruitment teams, provides helpful information about the process of applying for graduate study, as well as offering an insight into what we consider to be a competitive application.

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The Funding your studies session took place in December 2021. The session, covered by our Funding and Student Recruitment teams, provides information and guidance about the various scholarships and funding opportunities for graduate study at UCL.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £16,500 £8,250
Tuition fees (2022/23) £35,100 £17,550

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:

Additional costs

The core textbooks for all modules are available in the UCL Libraries and journal articles in your reading lists are also mostly available electronically from E-resources @ UCL. Students will be required to print and bind two copies of their Research project.  Depending on the service required the cost is approximately £50-£70. 

Some students like to purchase their own text books or print course documents and we suggest allowing approximately £200 per year for this.

All students are required to pay for their DBS check if required for your programme or placement if relevant. For the latest details please check the government website.

In addition, students will be required to pay for their travel or accommodation costs 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

The possibility of RMO (Resident Medical Officer) or SHO locum positions: In order 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 programme.

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 in any application cycle.

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