UCL Division of Surgery and Interventional Science


Student reviews

Our students rate their experience on undergraduate modules from the Division of Surgery and shared modules from other divisions in the UCL Faculty of Medical Sciences.

Professional clinical practice (SURG0160)

This provides the opportunity to gain insight and experience a clinical environment first-hand: from watching surgical procedures and learning about the various conditions treated and the devices used to observe clinicians on their ward rounds. This module was a rare opportunity and it helped to guide my career choices.

Pharmacology and drug action (MEDC0013)

I enjoyed the clinical relevance of this module – learning about the different types of drugs used to treat various conditions and their mechanism of action on a cellular level. This module provided more than just a biological perspective of drugs, as I also got to learn about their history and discovery, which I found fascinating. 

Immunology in health and disease (INIM0006)

This module provides an overview of the human immune system and how the cells within our body interact to fight infection. I enjoyed being able to study something so crucial to how we live and function as humans, whilst focusing on current developments in this field. 

Sophie Surr

Scientific cell structure

Musculoskeletal System in Health and Disease (MED0009)

We explored the different diseases affecting the musculoskeletal system along with their causes, symptoms, and treatment. In addition to lectures and tutorials, we had a lab session where we investigated electrophysiology of muscles and tendons. We also performed electroencephalograms from certain regions of the brain to identify different types of waves. As part of the assessment, we were involved in a group project where we enhanced the features of an Olympic athlete to improve their performance.

Cardiovascular and Respiratory Function in Health and Disease (MEDC0002)

The content is taught using ‘flipped learning’ - delivered in storylines. These consist of a presentation, commentary by a specialist, and interactive quizzes. There is a weekly tutorial where the content is discussed within a small group. The theory behind the labs is covered in the storylines and we performed ECGs and pulmonary function tests on members of our group. 

Noor Zaini

Doctor holds VR glasses. White background

Cardiovascular and Respiratory Function in Health and Disease (MEDC0002)

This is taught in Royal Free with students studying Applied Medical Science and is the first module taught as flipped lectures in its entirety. The lectures and tutorials improve the understanding of the content and set a strong base for assessments. Managing time well and going through the content before lecture and tutorials is the key for this material.

The Gut, Liver and Drug Metabolism (MEDC0003)

This was my favourite module from term one. While we learned most of our content through virtual lectures, the tutorials took it up a notch. The tutorials very engaging, fun, and always drove you one step further. Truly made me appreciate teaching in the flipped lecture format and in smaller groups.

MPHY105P: Medical Instrumentation (MPHY105P)

This was probably the hardest module in first year, but the most satisfying. Working a whole term towards making a medical device from scratch, with all the hiccups along the way, the ups and down getting over the line with a working device, is truly worth it. The labs and teaching are shared with students studying Biomedical Engineering. Lectures are followed by a day of lab work working towards making the device. The lecture and the labs flow really well from start to finish and the end product was both satisfying and amazing.

Mohammed Islam

Mohammed Islam at UCL

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