MSc in Burns, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
A new and exciting interdisciplinary degree that explores and applies the latest innovations in nanotechnology, regenerative medicine, transplantation and imaging to the unmet needs of plastic and reconstructive patients.
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About the MSc
This new programme aims to impart a core Knowledge and understanding of
burns, plastic and reconstructive surgery techniques, and to equip healthcare
professionals and scientists with the research
techniques and translational tools necessary for research in this
Students will acquire both scientific and clinical research skills in plastic and reconstructive surgery, develop the necessary transferable skills (laboratory, critical, synthetic), and learn an appreciation of the needs and requirements of patients requiring this speciality.
The two main areas are:
|Reconstructive Transplantation / CTA||Tissue Engineering / Nanotechnology|
|This group has set up the first reconstructive transplantation programme in the UK and are pioneers in the filed. The areas of study are facial transplantation, hand transplantation, combined hand and face transplantation as well emerging transplants of other tissues. It has an established clinical research programme with long standing international collaborations.||This group is at the forefront of translational tissue engineering / nanotechnology research. This group produced the first in human tracheal tissue engineered transplant in collaboration with the Karolinska Institute. First in human tissue engineered arterial bypass graft. A first in human nasal construct will be carried out later this year. Further tissues such as ear and dermis/skin are in production.|
There is no other MSc programme in burns, plastic and reconstructive surgery, for which there is a national need, currently exists in the UK. The research group is based at UCL, the top medical school in Europe.
Clinical staff who will undertake teaching include renowned consultants based at the Royal Free Hospital.
How to Apply
Duration of Programme :
Full-time: One calendar year
Part-time: Up to 5 years
|Commences October 2014|
A medical degree or a
minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a related subject or
an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
- Knowledge of English - IELTS – 6.5 or above or equivalent (with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the subtests).
For further information please visit the Admissions Web pages
Application Deadline: The closing date for applications is 30th July each year.
Fees & Funding
You can apply now for a start in October 2014:
Owing to the competition for places, applicants are advised to apply as early as they are able; the number of places on each programme is limited.
If you have further questions please contact Dr Deepak Kalaskar: firstname.lastname@example.org
The programme consists of:
A Postgraduate Certificate (90 credits) is offered.
This module aims to introduce trainee surgeon, clinician and health care professional to basic and the most up to date techniques used in plastic & reconstructive surgery.
This module covers wide range of topic related to hand, breast, face, eye, nose, ear, lower limbs, and abdominal plastic and reconstructive surgery. Lectures are delivered by renowned consultant and plastic surgeon specialist in their areas, to get our students face to face with the most modern clinical practice and challenges.
This module aims to introduce trainee
surgeon, clinician and health care professional to challenges of burns
and military injuries.
Wide range of topics are covered as a part
of this module such as burns and military injuries, wound healing and
repair, current clinical practice, solutions and challenges.
lectures are specially designed and delivered by specialist plastic
surgeons with the military background to educate our
students to the most up to date clinical practices used in military
trauma and injuries.
A shared module teaching the basic transferable research skills required for a successful research scientist.
Students should develop a basic understanding of frequentist statistics and improve their presentation/communication of research ideas and data.
course introduces students to the use of tissue engineering as a
strategy to replace or restore a level of function to diseased or
damaged tissue. World leading
Jell G et al. (2009). Surface structuring biomaterials. U. Meyer, Ed. Springer publishing Ltd.
Jell G et. al (2009). Surface structuring biomaterials U. Meyer, Ed. Springer publishing Ltd.
|An introduction to biomaterial design, manufacture and characterisation for regenerative medicine. This module will provide students with an understanding of material-cell interfaces and various approaches to modify materials to promote desirable cellular responses (including nanoscale biofunctionalisation and surface structuring)|
Choose one of the following options:
Under this module, students will learn:
- Basics of stem cells, their pluripotency and differentiation characteristics.
- Sources of stem cells and their methods of extraction form human tissue.
- Applications of stem cells in surgery and regenerative medicine.
- Students will understand the essential requirements for stem cell based therapies, pre and post operatively and in surgery.
- Student will become aware of regulations for clinical application of stem cells based therapies.
- Students will be become aware of current research and will be able to use their knowledge during research projects.
introduction to the use of nanotechnology in medicine. This module
discusses why size matters in biological environments and
current/future use of nanotechnology in diagnostics, medical imaging,
drug delivery and tissue engineering.
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words and viva.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops, practical sessions, group discussions and distance learning. Assessment is through written examination, coursework, presentation, dissertation and viva.
Msc Research projects in Burns, plastic and reconstruction surgery
1. Development of auricular reconstruction using nanocomposite and stem cells.
2. Development of nasal reconstruction using nanocomposite and stem cells.
3. Development of synthetic face using nanocomposite and stem cells.
4. Development of conduit to regulate nerve using peptide modified nanocomposite materials and stem cells.
5. Extraction of stem cells from fat tissue.
6. Development of lymphatic drainage system using nanocomposite.
7. Fillers for plastic surgery applications using nanocomposite and stem cells.
8. Nanoparticles for diagnostic and treatment of cancer.
9. Fluorescent quantum dots for assessment of flap perfusion.
10. Development of POSS-PCU based nanocomposite in craniofacial orbital reconstruction.
11. Reconstruction of vermillion and lip using nanocomposite materials.
12. Creation of
13. Breast reconstruction.
14. Skin tissue engineering.
This Master of Science (MSc) programme is led by two reknowned leaders in their fields: Professor Peter E. M.Butler, Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, UCL and Professor Alexander M. Seifalian, Professor of Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine, UCL.
Professor Alexander Seifalian
Tel: 020 7380 2901
Professor Peter Butler
|Programme Director and Course Tutor:|
Dr Deepak Kalaskar
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Burn Surgery Module
Mr Naeim Moieman
Military Plastic Surgery Module
Mr Shadi Ghali
Mr Stephen Hamilton
Mr Ash Mosahebi
Mr David Floyd
Mr Nicholas Kalavrezos
Mr Adrian Grobbelaar
Mr Neil Bulstrode
Mr Anthony Macquillan
Mr Norbert Kang
Mr Ciaran Healy
Mr Greg Williams
Miss Joanne Atkins Palazzo
Dr Mo Keshtgar
Hand Surgery Module
Craniofacial Surgery Module
Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Module
As a student, you could benefit from the past students experiences, advices and support to succeed in your studies and career.
Congratulations to our MSc student Ms Michelle Griffin, who has been awarded the Royal College Research Fellowship for year 2013-14 to continue her PhD with us.
This MSc will provide an excellent foundation for further research either at MD or PhD level or for a career as a clinician or healthcare professional within this surgical speciality.
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:
|For career enquiries please contact Professor Alexander Seifalian: firstname.lastname@example.org|
Alumni of 2012/13
From left to right (back row): Dr Kalaskar (Course Director), Prof Butler (Programme Director), Prof Seifalian (Programme Director), Joey Chen (Msc student); (front row) Michelle Griffin, Maleeha Muhgal, Xiao Zhang, Ben Way, Junjie Zhao (MSc students)
'Turtle Boy' - Channel 4
“Mr Neil Bulstrode (Plastic Surgeon) from our MSc course helped to treat Didier Montalvo, six, from Colombia, to treat a rare condition called Congenital Melanocytic Nevus.
This has also lead to production of documentary called “Turtle Boy” on Channel 4.
Coming Conferences and News from the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS)
As the voice of plastic surgery in the UK, BAPRAS
aim to promote
innovation in teaching, learning and research and to increase overall
understanding in plastic surgery.
You will find specialist information for consultants and surgeons in training; details on educational courses, international meetings and events; the latest plastic surgery news and research; and general patient information for anyone wanting to find out more about plastic surgery.
'Botched up bodies' - Channel 5
Two of our MSc tutors Mr Niall Kirkpatrick (Craniofacial and Reconstructive Facial Surgeon) and Mr Patrick Mallucci (Plastic
Surgeon) are featuring in a brand new surgical documentary on Channel 5.
This surgical programme follow patients suffering from botched up
surgical procedures and some of Britain's top plastic surgeons helping to correct cosmetic surgery disasters.
July 2011, UCL technology used in windpipe transplant:
Professor Alexander Seifalian (UCL Surgery &
Interventional Science) and his team designed and built the synthetic
windpipe ‘scaffold’ used in an operation announced today. Read UCL press release
Read the BBC News Online:
- First synthetic organ transplant, By Fergus Walsh, Medical correspondent, BBC News Health
- Surgeons carry out first synthetic windpipe transplant, By Michelle Roberts, Health reporter, BBC News, in Stockholm
Prof Seifalian said: “What makes this procedure different is it’s the first time that a wholly tissue engineered synthetic windpipe has been made and successfully transplanted, making it an important milestone for regenerative medicine. We expect there to be many more exciting applications for the novel polymers we have developed.”
Socialized medicine develops first artificial bodypart: