With a focus on skills training and a choice of relevant and progressive optional modules, this programme will give you a competitive advantage in your area of interest. You will deliver a rigorous scientific research project supervised by our renowned experts, with many projects resulting in conference presentations and publications in respected journals.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2020/21)
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. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.
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
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.
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About this degree
You will study three compulsory modules giving you a robust grounding in relevant surgical skills and research methods and select a combination of three optional modules to expand specific knowledge in your areas of interest. These optional modules offer you the opportunity to learn from world leading academics and clinicians.
At the heart of the programme is the scientific research project which is repeatedly voted the best part of the course by our students. This exciting opportunity allows you to explore become involved with cutting edge research; it develops your verbal and written communication of science and enriches your skill set and understanding. The skills you learn during your project will form a valuable part of your learning and development for your future career.
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.
- Advanced Surgical Skills (Microsurgery)
- Advanced Surgical Skills (Robotics)
- Research Methodology and Transferable Skills (Part I)
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 Biology (Part I)
- Musculoskeletal Biology (Part II)
- Musculoskeletal Biomechanics and Biomaterials (Part I)
- Musculoskeletal Biomechanics and Biomaterials (Part II)
- Research Methodology and Transferable Skills (Part II)
- Translation of Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine (Bench to Bedside)
- Further information about these modules is available on the department website.
You will undertake an independent research project on a subject relating to your clinical interests, culminating in a dissertation of 15-18,000 words and representing 50% of the final mark. 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 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.
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 at approximately £25-£50.
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. This can cost students between £25 - £44 - for the latest details please check the government website.
In addition, students will be required to pay for their travel costs to teaching, work placements or project locations.
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.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Recent graduates have become junior surgeons in surgical training while the majority of experienced graduates have become consultants in specialist surgical fields, throughout the UK and abroad. Examples include Consultant in Colorectal Surgery, Royal Free Hospital NHS; Senior Fellow in Microsurgery Training, Perth Australia; 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.
Students who completed this MSc in 2018 would strongly recommend the MSc to others, based on the surgical skills training; research project; flexibility in module choices and supportive course tutors.
‘The Programme Leads are highly supportive. They allow for flexibility and are proactively involved in ensuring your research project is complete’. (Anonymous research project module feedback)
Department: Division of Surgery & Interventional Science
What our students and staff say
"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 AhmedUrology 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.
There is an application processing fee for this programme of £80 for online applications and £105 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.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. It also provides a good scientific foundation for those more academically motivated students who might want to proceed to study for an MD or PhD.
- All applicants
- 24 July 2020
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 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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