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The programme in Burns, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery can be taken at two levels:

  • Certificate
  • Masters

Mode of Study

The method of delivery for the course is flexible depending upon the time that you are able to commit to this course:

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Flexible: Up to 5 years


All MSc students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of:

  • 5 core modules (75 credits)
  • 4 optional modules (15 credits)
  • A research project (90 credits)

A PGCert may be awarded after the successful completion of 60 credits.

Core modules

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (SURGGB01)

This module aims to introduce trainee surgeon, clinician and health care professional to basic and the most up to date techniques used in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

It covers a wide range of topics related to hand, breast, face, eye, nose, ear, lower limbs, and abdominal plastic and reconstructive surgery. Lectures are delivered by renowned consultants and plastic surgeons, specialists in their respective areas, to get our students face to face with the most modern clinical practice and challenges.

Burns, Military Injury and Wound Healing (SURGGB02)

This module aims to introduce trainee surgeons, clinicians and health care professionals to the challenges of burns and military injuries.

A wide range of topics are covered as a part of this module such as burns and military injuries, wound healing and repair, current clinical practice, solutions and challenges. 

These lectures are specially designed and delivered by specialist plastic surgeons with the military background to educate our students to the most up to date clinical practices used in military trauma and injuries.

Joint Research Methodology (ORTHG007)

A shared module teaching the basic transferable research skills required for a successful research scientist.

Topics include:

  • Scientific writing "critical thinking"
  • Research planning
  • Statistics and presentation skills

Students should develop a basic understanding of frequentist statistics and improve their presentation/communication of research ideas and data.

Applied Tissue Engineering (SURGGN06)

The course introduces students to the use of tissue engineering as a strategy to replace or restore a level of function to diseased or damaged tissue. World leading
scientists and surgeons will provide lectures on engineering specific tissues and discuss future strategies in:

  • Scaffold design
  • Bio-responsive scaffolds
  • Bio-mimetic scaffolds

Biomaterials in Regenerative Medicine (SURGGN05)

An introduction to biomaterial design, manufacture and characterisation for regenerative medicine. This module will provide students with an understanding of material-cell interfaces and various approaches to modify materials to promote desirable cellular responses (including nanoscale biofunctionalisation and surface structuring).

Optional modules

Stem cells and their applications in Surgery

In this module, students will learn:

  • Basics of stem cells, their pluripotency and differentiation characteristics.
  • Sources of stem cells and their methods of extraction form human tissue.
  • Applications of stem cells in surgery and regenerative medicine.
  • Students will understand the essential requirements for stem cell based therapies, pre and post operatively and in surgery.
  • Student will become aware of regulations for clinical application of stem cells based therapies.
  • Students will be become aware of current research and will be able to use their knowledge during research projects.


An introduction to the use of nanotechnology in medicine. This module discusses why size matters in biological environments and current/future use of nanotechnology in diagnostics, medical imaging, drug delivery and tissue engineering.

Translation of Nanotechnology

An introduction into the translation of nanotechnology and regenerative medicine from "bench to bedside". Students will learn about:

  • Routes of translation
  • The importance of IP
  • GMP & conformity of assessment
  • Avenues of investment
  • Demonstrate awareness of investment  avenues of commercialisation
  • Ethical issues approval for clinical trials
  • The economics  in the translation of an idea into a commercially available product.

Advanced Surgical Skills: Microsurgery    **NEW FOR 2015/16**

This hands-on module delivers specialized surgical skills which increase in complexity; specifically: vascular and microsurgical techniques. 

Skills include:

  • Assessment of the necessity for microsurgery
  • Decisions as to protocol and procedures
  • Set up and use of operating microscope
  • Tissue dissection and vessel preparation
  • End-to-end and end-to-side anastomoses
  • Interrupted and continuous sutures
  • Fault finding and repair

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