Burns, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery MSc
This programme aims to impart a robust scientific understanding of burns, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and to equip healthcare professionals (doctors, surgeons, nursing staff and physiotherapists) and scientists with the research techniques and translational tools necessary for research in this expanding field.
Modes and duration
Part-time students (2 years) will usually attend for approximately 1.5 days per week (October-February).
Tuition fees (2018/19)
- £15,940 (FT) £8,110 (PT)
- £28,370 (FT) £14,180 (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 Current Students website. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.
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: Standard
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
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
Students will acquire both scientific and clinical research skills in plastic and reconstructive surgery, develop the necessary transferable skills (laboratory, critical, synthetic), and explore and apply the latest innovations in nanotechnology, regenerative medicine, 3D printing, transplantations and imaging to the unmet needs of plastic, reconstructive and burns patients.
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).
- Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Burns
- Military Injury and Wound Healing
- Research Methodology
Choose three of the following options:
- Advanced Surgical Skills: Microsurgery
- Advanced 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
- Introduction to Evidence-Based Healthcare
- Randomised Controlled Trials: Design & Conduct
- Transplantation Science
* Satisfactory completion of Part 1 is a pre-requisite.
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of ~15,000 words and a viva.
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.
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 nanotechnology, 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.
Recent career destinations for this degree
- Plastic Surgeon, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
- Research Assistant, Stanford University
- Surgical Resident, Ministry of Health, Kingdon of Bahrain
- PhD in Engineering for Military Wounds, UCL
This MSc focuses on theoretical knowledge, alongside hands-on surgical training and applied research. You will 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.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
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
Student / staff numbers
› 75 staff
including 24 postdocs
› 428 taught students
› 86 research students
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Division of Surgery & Interventional Science
80%: Clinical Medicine subjects; 95%: General Engineering subjects rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
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.
Application fee: There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. More details about the application fee can be found at www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
Who can apply?
This programme is aimed at trainee plastic surgeons, clinicians, scientists who wish to specialise in plastic and reconstructive surgery, and healthcare professionals.
- All applicants
- 31 August 2018
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 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.
- Dr Deepak Kalaskar, Programme Lead