Research course

Surgery and Interventional Science

UCL - University College London · Department of General Surgery

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Entry requirements

MD(Res) students are required to have a medical degree (MBBS), or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. MPhil/PhD are required to have an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in a relevant engineering/science subject or a medical degree (MBBS), or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

Months of entry


Course content

The Division of Surgery and Interventional Science has three research departments:

  1. Materials and Tissue - Has a long tradition in the development and evaluation of new materials in first-in-man studies
  2. Nanotechnology - The application of the modern principles of nanotechnology to surgery and regenerative medicine
  3. Tissue and Energy - The development of highly targeted, sensing and energy based surgical interventions to diagnose and cure disease

With the breadth of research activity and internationally leading expertise available within the Division of Surgery and Intervential Science, we aim to enhance our student experience - through offering the finest environment for personal and academic development. We have excellent facilities ranging from nanotechnology laborotories to stem cell facilities, GLP laboratories, custom joint design and manufacture, gait analysis and computer modelling facilities within the division.

The division offers a unique environment of interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research between surgeons, basic scientists, materials scientists, engineers, mathematical modellers, physiotherapists, nurse practitioners and other allied health professionals working within the surgical environment.

Department specialisms

Nanotechnology and regenerative medicine: targeted cell delivery; cell-material interactions; tissue engineering; nanomedicine; biomaterials; biosensors; nanoscale surface structuring Orthopaedics and musculoskeletal science: osteoporosis; bone tumour biology; joint replacement; tissue engineering; biomedical engineering; imaging and materials science; performance/rehabilitation; peripheral nerve and spinal injury Sports science: the extreme environment, surgical optimisation, orthopaedic outcomes, hip deformity, and human health and performance Surgery: cancer surgery; tissue engineering; reconstructive surgery; transplantation; vascular surgery; surgical implants Urology: interventional oncology; surgical and patient-related outcomes; molecular and stem cell biology; new medical device development.

Information for international students

See our website for further information.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
International students
£21,530 (FT) £10,765 (PT)

Funding opportunities available for students taking research programmes are available on our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    60 months
      full time
      36 months
      • MD(Res)
        part time
        24 months
          full time
          24 months
          • MPhil
            part time
            60 months
              full time
              36 months

              Course contact details

              Ms Julie Kingsbury
              +44 (0)20 7679 6479