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This programme aims to impart a robust scientific understanding of burns, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and to equip healthcare professionals (doctors, surgeons, nursing staff and physiotherapists) and scientists with the research techniques and translational tools necessary for research in this expanding field.

Degree information

Students will acquire both scientific and clinical research skills in plastic and reconstructive surgery, develop the necessary transferable skills (laboratory, critical, synthetic), and acquire an appreciation of the needs and requirements of patients requiring this speciality.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits for the MSc. The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), one optional module (15 credits) and a research project (90 credits). A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) is offered. The programme consists of two core modules (30 credits) and two optional module (30 credits).

Core modules
-Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Burns
-Military Injury and Wound Healing
-Biomaterials in Regenerative Medicine
-Research Methodology
-Applied Tissue Engineering

Optional modules - choose one of the following options:
-Nanotechnology in Medicine
-Translation of Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine
-Advanced Surgical Skills in Microsurgery
-Stem cells and their applications in Surgery

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of ~15,000 words and a 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 voce.


Establishing a career in surgery is becoming very competitive, and students on this programme benefit from the latest knowledge and experience in this expanding field. On completion, graduates find they are in a better position to find placements due to the wide exposure they have had to emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, regenerative medicine, and speciality plastic surgery. This MSc also provide our students with 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.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Plastic Surgery Trainee Registrar, NHS (National Health Service)
-MSc Burns, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, UCL
-PhD Interventional Science, UCL
-PhD Surgery and Interventional Science, UCL

This MSc focuses on research as well as theory and students acquire technical, laboratory-based skills. Networking is also one of the key aspects of this programme. Consultant plastic surgeons from both military and civilian backgrounds present lectures, giving students access to one-on-one contact and a multitude of networking opportunities.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This is the only MSc programme in burns, plastic and reconstructive surgery currently in the UK, and addresses a national need.

Clinical staff who undertake teaching include renowned consultants based at the Royal Free Hospital.

The Division of Surgery & Interventional Science is part of one of the most prestigious medical schools in Europe; it is made up of nearly 400 people from surgeons and oncologists to clinical trials specialists and researchers. Its aim is to understand the causes of human disease and develop innovative therapies and technology to improve the quality of life.

Visit the Burns, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - MSc/PGCert page on the University College London website for more details!






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