UCL Graduate degrees


Surgical and Interventional Sciences MSc

With a focus on '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.

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

September 2020

Modes and duration

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

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 1 November 2019
Close: 28 August 2020
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)

£14,730 (FT)
£7,410 (PT)
£31,270 (FT)
£15,670 (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.

Location: London, Hampstead (Royal Free Hospital)

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.

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

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

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

You will study four core (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 (60 or 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 of these remaining modules are optional and each is worth 15 credits, you will choose three or five modules depending on the credit value of your research project.   The optional modules are taught by world leading academics and clinicians and allow you to expand your knowledge in specific areas of interest or pursue topics novel to you.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

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

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

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

  • Surgical Skills (Microsurgery)
  • Surgical Skills (Robotics)
  • Research Methodology and Transferable Skills

Optional modules

Depending on the pathway students choose either three (45 credits) or five (75 credits) from the following optional modules:    

  • Surgical Oncology
  • Applied Tissue Engineering
  • Transplantation Science
  • Biomaterials
  • Stem Cells and their Applications in Surgery
  • Performing Systematic Reviews of Interventions (Part I)
  • Performing Systematic Reviews of Interventions (Part II)
  • Musculoskeletal Form and Function
  • Musculoskeletal Disease and Dysfunction
  • Musculoskeletal Biomechanics and Application in Physical Therapy
  • Nanomedicine
  • Research Governance
  • Translation of Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine (Bench to Bedside)
  • Evidence-based Pre-clinical Research
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. 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.


You will undertake an independent research project on a subject relating to your clinical interests, culminating in a dissertation (80%) and viva (20%).   As an alternative pathway for 2020/21 you can choose between a 90 credit project, ~15,000 -18,000k words or a 60 credit project ~6,000 words.  

We encourage all students to submit their work for presentation at conferences and for publication.   

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 and viva voce.

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 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

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 and depending on the service required will be 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 costs to teaching, work 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.


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.


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.

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


This 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, Senior Oral Surgeon, KRG, Iraq.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL is one of the top 10 Faculties of Medical Sciences in the World, Number One for Medicine in London and Number One in Europe For Medical Technology. (QS rankings 2018)

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.

Department: Division of Surgery & Interventional Science

What our students and staff say

Staff view

"Our research group is looking at diagnosing and treating prostate cancer better. The group is composed of urology surgeons, radiologists, histopathologists, computer scientists, clinical trialists, epidemiologists, health economists and patients. This wide-ranging skill set means we can approach the problem from all angles and deliver research which is relevant to the NHS and the patients being looked after within it. Our research has already changed practice, in that men are now commonly offered an MRI scan before they have a prostate biopsy to diagnose prostate cancer. Our research has also led to improvements in treatment so that many more men now have access to minimally invasive therapies rather than traditional treatments which can carry lots of side-effects. I am able to work at the interface between looking after patients with traditional methods whilst at the same time push the envelope towards newer methods which I then use in clinic myself. There is no better feeling."

Mr Hashim Ahmed

Urology MSc, Surgery and Interventional Sciences MSc, Surgery and Interventional Science MPhil/PhD
MRC Clinician Scientist and Senior Clinical Lecturer in Urology

Application and 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 £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?

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 acacademically motivated.

Application deadlines

All applicants
28 August 2020

For more information see our Applications page.

Apply now

What are we looking for?

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.

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