This programme aims to impart a core knowledge and understanding of reconstructive surgery. The programme helps to equip healthcare professional and scientists with the research skills and translations knowledge necessary for clinically applied research in this field.
Modes and duration
Part-time students (2 years) will attend for ~1.5 days per week but is dependent upon the module choice selections as the delivery varies from longitudinal, block or online.
Tuition fees (2021/22)
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A medical degree (MBBS) or a minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a related subject or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required. In addition overseas students require the standard level of proficiency in the English language.
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: Good
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.
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About this degree
The programme is designed to provide you with a robust understanding of scientific and clinical research basis. It will provide the necessary transferable research skills (e.g. laboratory, critical analysis and synthetic) and allow scientists to appreciate the clinical needs and requirements of the patients requiring this speciality. The core curriculum includes burns, military, and reconstructive plastic surgery, and provides a unique insight into the unmet needs of reconstructive patients, along with research methodologies for clinical and research data analysis skills. Depending on your choice of optional modules you can either follow a science based route with interdisciplinary subjects such as tissue engineering, biomaterials and the application of stem cells, or you can chose to focus on clinical skills modules such as microsurgery, robotics skills and evidence based systematic reviews.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits for the MSc.
The programme consists of three core modules (45 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a research project (90 credits).
A PG Certificate (60 credits) is offered in Flexible/Modular mode only, over a maximum of two years. The programme consists of two core modules (30 credits) and two optional modules (30 credits).
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Burns, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Burns, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
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.
- Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- Burns, Military Injury and Wound Healing
- Research Methodology
Choose three of the following options:
- Surgical Skills: Microsurgery
- Surgical Skills: Robotics
- Stem Cells & their Applications in Surgery
- Applied Tissue Engineering
- Performing Systematic Reviews of Interventions (Part 1)
- Performing Systematic Reviews of Interventions (Part 2) *
- Application of Evidence in Clinical Practice
- Randomised Controlled Trials: Design & Conduct
- Transplantation Science
* Satisfactory completion of Part 1 is a pre-requisite.
An in-depth research project (80%) culminating in a dissertation of ~13,000-18,000 words is an integral component of the programme, providing you with the opportunity to investigate cutting-edge areas and thereby open up opportunities for further research and publications. A viva (20%) is undertaken to discuss your thesis.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops, practical sessions and group discussions. Assessment is through written examination, coursework, presentation, dissertation 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 contact hours.
Students submitting a research project will be required to submit two soft bound printed copies. This is arranged by the student and costs are expected to be in the range of £50-70 (depending on the service required).
This programme does not provide clinical observation and honorary contracts with the NHS are not required. Thus students need to cover any fees levied by the NHS if they decide to apply for one.
For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.
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For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Establishing a career in surgery is becoming very competitive, and students on this programme benefit from the latest knowledge and experience in this expanding field. On completion, graduates find they are in a better position to find placements due to the wide exposure they have had to emerging technologies such as 3D printing, regenerative medicine, and speciality plastic surgery. This MSc also provides you with an excellent foundation for further research either at MD or PhD level or for a career as a clinician or healthcare professional within this surgical speciality.
This MSc focuses on theoretical knowledge, alongside hands-on surgical training and applied research. You can acquire technical and laboratory-based skills. Networking is also one the key aspects of this programme. Consultant plastic surgeons from both military and civilian backgrounds present lectures, giving you access to one-to-one contact and a multitude of networking opportunities.
Why study this degree at UCL?
This is the only MSc programme in burns, plastic and reconstructive surgery currently available and addresses a national need.
Clinical staff who undertake teaching include renowned consultants based at the Royal Free Hospital and other specialist centres.
The Division of Surgery & Interventional Science is part of one of the most prestigious medical schools in Europe; it is made up of nearly 400 people from surgeons and oncologists to clinical trials specialists and researchers. Its aim is to understand the causes of human disease and develop innovative therapies and technology to improve the quality of life.
Department: Division of Surgery & Interventional Science
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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?
This programme is aimed at trainee plastic surgeons (FY1/2 core surgical), clinicians, scientists who wish to specialise in plastic and reconstructive surgery, and healthcare professionals.
- All applicants
- 30 July 2021
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What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Burns, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at graduate level
- why you want to study Burns, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 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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