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This MSc has the approval of the Royal Colleges of Surgery and aims to improve the level of scientific appreciation of surgical trainees by exposing them to scientific principles and methods. The programme is suitable for both surgical and dental trainees and is primarily intended to provide scientific research experience prior to or as part of the surgical training programme.

Degree information

Students gain skills in the verbal and written communication of science, together with an in-depth understanding of science-based subjects of clinical relevance. Students also undertaken in-depth scientific research project (50% of final mark) and an appreciation of scientific research which further trains them to appraise the current scientific literature/evidence and experimental design, practice and analysis.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of three core modules (45 credits), three optional modules (45 credits), and a research project (90 credits).

Core modules
-Advanced Surgical Skills (Microsurgery)
-Advanced Surgical Skills (Robotics)
-Research Methodology and Transferable Skills (Part I)

Optional modules - students choose three of the following optional modules:
-Research Methodology and Transferable Skills (Part II)
-Applied Tissue Engineering
-Biomaterials in Tissue Regeneration: Micro and Nanoscale Surface Structuring
-Clinical Experience in Musculoskeletal Surgery
-Experimental Models in Surgical Research
-Heart and Circulation
-Musculoskeletal Biology (Part I)
-Musculoskeletal Biology (Part II)
-Musculoskeletal Biomechanics and Biomaterials (Part I)
-Musculoskeletal Biomechanics and Biomaterials (Part II)
-Performing Systematic Reviews of Interventions (Part I)
-Performing Systematic Reviews of Interventions (Part II)
-Surgical Oncology
-Translation of Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine (Bench to Bedside)
-Translation of Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine (Bench to Bedside)

All students undertake an independent research project on a subject of relevance to their clinical interests which culminates in a dissertation of 13,000 words and contributes 50% of the final mark. We encourage students to submit their work for presentation at conferences and for publication.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. Student performance is assessed through unseen written examination papers, written reports, oral presentations, written coursework and oral examinations, and a dissertation and oral examination for the research project.


First destinations of recent graduates as junior surgeons in surgical training include: Southend Hospital: Surgeon; Bangor Hospital: Doctor; Royal Derby Hospital: Core Surgical Trainee; Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital: Academic Clinical Fellow; King's College Hospital NHS Trust: Specialist Registrar in Cardiothoracic; Greater Glasgow NHS: Paediatric Surgery Registrar and Training Surgeon. The majority of older graduates have become consultants in specialist surgical fields, e.g. at the Royal Free Hospital, Birmingham, Great Ormond Street, UCLH and generally throughout the UK and abroad.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Division of Surgery & Interventional Science is part of one of the most prestigious medical schools in Europe, with a team of nearly 400 people, from surgeons and oncologists to clinical trials specialists and researchers. Our aim is to understand the causes of human disease and develop innovative therapies and technology to improve the quality of life of the people around us.

The UCL Medical School has highly rated science expertise within its academic and clinical departments thus guaranteeing an excellent research environment.

Students have the advantages of studying in a multi-faculty university with a long tradition of excellence, situated within the heart of one of the world's greatest cities.

Visit the Surgical and Interventional Sciences - MSc page on the University College London website for more details!






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