UCL Division of Surgery and Interventional Science





With the breadth of research activity and internationally leading expertise available within the Division of Surgery and Interventional Science, we aim to enhance our student experience – through offering the finest environment for personal and academic development. We have excellent facilities ranging from nanotechnology laboratories to stem cell facilities, GLP laboratories, custom joint design and manufacture, gait analysis and computer modelling facilities within the Division.

The Division offers a unique environment of interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research between surgeons, basic scientists, materials scientists, engineers, mathematical modellers, physiotherapists, nurse practitioners and other allied health professionals working within the surgical environment.

Entry requirements


MPhil/PhD are required to have an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in a relevant engineering/science subject or a medical degree (MBBS), or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. For overseas students a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 is required.

How to apply


All prospective applicants, except those applying for advertised studentships, are encouraged to send an informal research enquiry. This should either be sent directly to the academic you are interested in working with or the Divisional Tutor - Research, Dr Umber Cheema (u.cheema@ucl.ac.uk). 

Making a research enquiry helps define your interests, contributes to making your application successful, and also serves to ensure the identification of the best possible supervisor for your needs. You can find information about the research departments within the Division on the Research section. Contact details for potential academic supervisors can be found in the about us section.

Submitting a research proposal


After identifying a potential supervisor, it is necessary to submit a research proposal (500 words). 

A good proposal should have the following basic elements, though their order and weighting can of course vary: 

  • A working title: Make this clear and descriptive 
  • Some background and rationale 
  • Clear and defined research question (s). 
  • A description of your theoretical framework and methodological approach. 
  • A brief analytic discussion of the scholarly research to date on your topic. 
  • A brief statement on your particular qualifications. 
  • Do you hope to publish your research, if so where?

For more information on how to contact potential supervisors and write a research proposal please see UCL's guidance document.

Finally when you and your prospective supervisor are happy with your research proposal, you should submit a formal application. Apply through UCL's application portal.

If you have further questions please contact Teaching Administrator, Tufael Hussain: dsis.pgr@ucl.ac.uk

The Division of Surgery and Interventional Science invites research proposals from prospective MPhil/PhD candidates in the following areas:

Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine

  • targeted cell delivery 
  • cell-material interactions
  • tissue engineering
  • nanomedicine
  • biomaterials
  • biosensors
  • nanoscale surface structuring

Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Science

  • osteoporosis
  • bone tumour biology
  • joint replacement
  • tissue engineering
  • biomedical engineering
  • imaging and materials science
  • performance/rehabilitation
  • peripheral nerve and spinal injury

Sports Science

  • the extreme environment
  • surgical optimisation
  • orthopaedic outcomes
  • hip deformity
  • human health and performance


  • cancer surgery
  • tissue engineering
  • reconstructive surgery 
  • transplantation 
  • vascular surgery 
  • surgical implants


  • interventional oncology
  • surgical and patient-related outcomes
  • molecular and stem cell biology
  • new medical device development
Teaching Administrator    
Division Tutor - Research Dr Umber Cheemau.cheema@ucl.ac.uk