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Surgery and Interventional Science

Surgical and Interventional Sciences

Surgical and Interventional Sciences MSc

This MSc has the approval of the Royal Colleges of Surgery and aims to improve the level of scientific appreciation of surgical trainees by exposing them to scientific principles and methods. It is primarily intended to provide scientific research experience prior to or as part of the surgical training programme.

Students gain skills in the verbal and written communication of science, together with an in-depth understanding of science-based subjects of clinical relevance and an appreciation of scientific research in terms of appraisal of the current scientific literature/evidence and experimental design, practice and analysis.

Mode of study

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

Tuition fees (2015/16)

  • UK/EU Full-time: £13,285
  • UK/EU Part-time: £6,645
  • Overseas Full-time: £25,240
  • Overseas Part-time: £12,465

Application date

  • All applicants: 31 July 2015

More details in Application section.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of one core module (15 credits), two optional modules (30 credits), three elective modules (45 credits) and a research project (90 credits).

Core Modules

  • Research Methodology and Transferable Skills (Part I)


  • Students choose two of the following optional modules:
  • Advanced Surgical Skills (Microsurgery)
  • Advanced Surgical Skills (Robotics)
  • Research Methodology and Transferable Skills (Part II)
  • Students choose three of the following elective modules:
  • Applied Tissue Engineering
  • Biomaterials in Tissue Regeneration: Micro and Nanoscale Surface Structuring
  • Clinical Experience in Musculoskeletal Surgery
  • Experimental Models in Surgical Research
  • Heart and Circulation
  • Musculoskeletal Biology (Part I)
  • Musculoskeletal Biology (Part II)
  • Musculoskeletal Biomechanics and Biomaterials (Part I)
  • Musculoskeletal Biomechanics and Biomaterials (Part II)
  • Nanotechnology
  • Pain
  • Performing Systematic Reviews of Interventions (Part I)
  • Performing Systematic Reviews of Interventions (Part II)
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Translation of Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine (Bench to Bedside)


All students undertake an independent basic science laboratory research project on a subject of relevance to their clinical interests which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words. We encourage students to submit their work for presentation in conferences and for publication.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. Student performance is assessed through unseen written examination papers, written reports, oral presentations, written coursework and oral examinations, and a dissertation and oral examination for the research project.


RMO (Resident Medical Officer) positions: In order to qualify you must have full GMC registration and hold current ALS certification.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website:


First destinations of recent graduates as junior surgeons in surgical training include: Southend Hospital: Surgeon; Queen Medical: Surgeon; Bangor Hospital: Doctor; Royal Derby Hospital: Core Surgical Trainee; Stanmore Hospital: Academic Clinical Fellow; Kings College Hospital NHS Trust: Specialist Registrar in Cardiothoracic; Greater Glasgow NHS: Paediatric Surgery Registrar and Training Surgeon. The majority of older graduates have become consultants in specialist surgical fields, e.g. at the Royal Free Hospital, Birmingham, Great Ormond Street, UCLH and generally throughout the UK and abroad.

Programme Directors


  • MSc only

Mode of study

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £12,900
  • UK/EU Part-time: £6,450
  • Overseas Full-time: £24,500
  • Overseas Part-time: £12,100

Application deadline

  • 31 July 2015

Programme Administrator

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