UCL Graduate degrees


Surgical and Interventional Sciences MSc

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.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

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

Application dates

Visa nationals
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 31 May 2021
Non-visa nationals
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 30 July 2021
Applications may close earlier if all places on the programme are filled.

Tuition fees (2021/22)

£16,000 (FT)
£8,000 (PT)
£34,100 (FT)
£17,050 (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: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees. 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

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.

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 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 understandng 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.

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).  

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

Students choose three of the following optional modules:

  • Surgical Oncology
  • Applied Tissue Engineering
  • Transplantation Science
  • Biomaterials in Tissue Regeneration: Micro and Nanoscale Surface Structuring
  • Clinical Experience in Musculoskeletal 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
  • Research Governance
  • Nanotechnology
  • Translation of Nanomedicine (Bench to Bedside)


For a 90 credit project you will undertake an original research project in a subject relating to your clinical interests which culminates in a dissertation of 15 -18,000 words (80%) and viva voce (20%).   

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 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.

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.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. 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.    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.


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.

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.

This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.

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: 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 academically motivated.

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

Application deadlines

Visa nationals
31 May 2021
Non-visa nationals
30 July 2021

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 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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