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iBSc in Surgical Sciences

Programme Convenors - Dr Marilena Loizidou and Prof. Barry Fuller

Administrative contact - Ruth Williams, Divisional Teaching Administrator, UCL Division of Surgery, 9th
Floor, Royal Free Hospital NHS Trust, Pond Street, London, NW3
2QG. Tel: 020 7794 0500 x 34980. E mail j.cheek@ucl.ac.uk

Duration of Programme - Full time: one year

Programme Aims

The Honours BSc. in Surgical Sciences is an intercalated degree accessible to medical and dental students throughout the UK. It is a new degree (2008 start) which introduces surgical skills and research methodology to medical trainees early in their career, in a way which is not available in the standard undergraduate curriculum.

Course Units and Options

A one-year intercalated BSc course comprises 4 “units”. In the iBSc in Surgical Sciences, there are 5 “taught” parts to the course, each one counting as a 'half-course’ unit and one research project, which counts as 1.5 complete units (3 half-units). A “taught” half unit is usually taken over 3 weeks. The research project lasts 6 - 9 weeks.

The 3 compulsory half-units are a mixture of theory and practice and comprise:

  • Surgical Skills; taught in specialised theatre environments, at the Northwick Park Institute for Medical Research
  • Molecular Techniques; taught in the Research Laboratories, University Department of Surgery, Hampstead campus (Royal Free Hospital)
  • Research Methodology, Statistics and Transferable Skills; taught at the UCL Institute of Orthopaedic and Musculoskeletal Science, Stanmore campus (RNOH)

Additional to the compulsory core units, students are asked to choose two further half-units (these options may be subject to change) from:

  • Transplantation
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Experimental Models of Disease
  • Surgical Oncology

The final component of the iBSc is an intense, in-depth research project.

Research Project

  • Good range of projects reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of the division
  • Supervised by lecturers and senior research staff
  • Linked to current research work
  • Written up as a mini-dissertation
  • Students encouraged to present at conferences and publish work in peer reviewed journals

Candidates are examined in the year in which they complete the programme.

Number of students admitted: up to 12 UCL students per year

Entry requirements - the successful completion of pre-clinical year 2.

Closing date for applications -  Details of the deadline is available on this webpage