UCL Division of Surgery and Interventional Science


iBSc in Surgical Sciences

The Surgical Sciences iBSc introduces surgical skills, surgical practice and research methodology to medical trainees, in a way which is not available in the standard undergraduate curriculum.

With changes in higher surgical training, there is an identified need to introduce the concept of research methodology for surgical trainees early in their career, so that they become equipped to contribute fully to advancing medical care and the application of evidence-based medicine.

The programme is aimed at those who want to find out about how surgery and science come together in current surgical practice, but also includes a variety of transferable skills to help each student develop a confident and professional approach to the application of scientific principles in medicine, whatever their future career plans may be.

Entry requirements

The successful completion of pre-clinical MBBS year 2.

How to apply

All MBBS students are required to complete an application form which will be available on Moodle. Further details about the allocation process for 2017/18 will be emailed to students in January 2018. 

Who can apply?

The IBSc is a compulsory part of the MBBS programme, however exemptions can be given in exceptional circumstances these will need to be approved by Dr Brenda Cross, Faculty Tutor.

Mode of Study

  • Full-time: 1 year

A one-year intercalated BSc course comprises 4 “units”. In the iBSc in Surgical Sciences, there are 6 “taught” parts to the course, each one counting as a 'half-course’ unit and one research project, which counts as 1 complete unit (2 half-units). A “taught” half unit is usually taken over 3 weeks. The research project lasts 6-9 weeks.