MSc and Diploma in Urology

Department - Virtual Institute of Urology Programme

Convenor - Tamsin Greenwell

Administrative contact - Julie Kingsbury, Divisional Teaching Administrator, Division of Surgery and Interventional Science, 74 Huntley Street, London. WC1E 6AU. Tel 0207 679 6479. Email: julie.kingsbury[at]ucl.ac.uk

Duration of Programme: Standard two calendar years part-time, but may also be taken over 4 calendar years part-time.

Programme Aims


This programme offers a clinical theory, science and research-orientated programme of teaching which aims to give an understanding of the scientific basis of the specialty, the importance of laboratory research and the use of research methods and how to apply them.

It is suitable for trainees from the UK or overseas who wish to obtain a higher degree in Urology but do not have the time or the opportunity to undertake a project suitable for an MD(Res) thesis.

Module 1: Basic Science in Urology (embryology, anatomy, physiology)

Module 2: Research Methodology and Statistics in Urology

Module 3: Urological Oncology

Module 4: BPH and Bladder Dysfunction

Module 5: Gynaecological Aspects of Urology

Module 6: Urological Imaging and Calculi

Module 7:  Emergency and Paediatric Urology

Module 8:  Andrology and UTI

Additional Research Module:  Research Project for Dissertation  [MSc only]

Examples of current projects to be listed here shortly:

All taught modules (Modules 1 – 8) will take place at UCL on 10 Fridays per academic term over 2 academic years. To gain a Diploma in Urology all taught modules must be completed and satisfactorily passed. To gain an MSc in Urology all taught modules must be completed and satisfactorily passed, along with completion of the research project. In order to pursue flexible learning it will be possible to attend the taught modules on alternate Fridays over 4 academic years.


· MSc in Urology – 2 years part time or 4 years flexible - to include taught modules 1 to 8 with an additional research project.

· Diploma in Urology –2 years part time or 2-4 years flexible – to include taught modules 1 to 8.

Modular assessment is by formal presentation or unseen written examination. Upon completion of all taught modules, a formal examination (unseen written examination (MCQ) and viva voce examination).

· Additionally for the MSc only: the research project will be assessed by formal thesis which will be double blind marked.

Course fees (full-time):

Entry requirements

The programme is open to candidates who hold a medical degree which is accepted by the General Medical Council for practice in the UK, and who have passed the Clinical Surgery in General component of the MRCS examination (or equivalent). Some clinical experience in Urology is desirable but not essential.

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.

Number of students admitted: approximately 15 per year.

Closing date for applications: 31st July each year.