MSc in Burns, Plastic and reconstructive Surgery

General

Program Description

Overview

This programme aims to impart a core knowledge and understanding of reconstructive surgery. The programme helps to equip healthcare professionals and scientists with the research skills and translations knowledge necessary for clinically applied research in this field.

Entry requirements

A medical degree (MBBS) or a minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a related subject or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required. In addition, overseas students require the standard level of proficiency in the English language.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

About this degree

The programme is designed to provide you with a robust understanding of the scientific and clinical research basis. It will provide the necessary transferable research skills (e.g. laboratory, critical analysis and synthetic) and allow scientists to appreciate the clinical needs and requirements of the patients requiring this speciality. A core curriculum includes burns, military, hand and reconstructive plastic surgery provides a unique insight into the unmet needs of reconstructive patients along with research methodologies for clinical and research data analysis skills. Depending on your choice of optional modules you can either follow a more science-based route with interdisciplinary subjects such as nanotechnology and regenerative medicine, biomaterials and the application of stem cells or the clinical skills modules such as advanced microsurgery, robotics skills and evidence-based systematic reviews.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits for the MSc.

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

A PG Certificate (60 credits) is offered in Flexible/Modular mode only, over a maximum of two years. The programme consists of two core modules (30 credits) and two optional modules (30 credits).

Compulsory modules

  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Burns
  • Military Injury and Wound Healing
  • Research Methodology

Optional modules

Choose three of the following options:

  • Advanced Surgical Skills: Microsurgery
  • Advanced Surgical Skills: Robotics
  • Stem Cells & their Applications in Surgery
  • Applied Tissue Engineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Performing Systematic Reviews of Interventions (Part 1)
  • Performing Systematic Reviews of Interventions (Part 2) *
  • Application of Evidence in Clinical Practice
  • Introduction to Evidence-Based Healthcare
  • Randomised Controlled Trials: Design & Conduct
  • Transplantation Science

* Satisfactory completion of Part 1 is a pre-requisite.

Dissertation/report

An in-depth (13-15k words thesis) research project is an integral component of the programme with an opportunity for you to investigate cutting-edge projects and thereby open up opportunities for further research and publications.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops, practical sessions and group discussions. Assessment is through written examination, coursework, presentation, dissertation and viva voce.

Careers

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 in emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, regenerative medicine, and speciality plastic surgery. This MSc also provides you 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.

Employability

This MSc focuses on theoretical knowledge, alongside hands-on surgical training and applied research. You can acquire technical and 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 you access to one-to-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 available and addresses a national need.

Clinical staff who undertake to teach include renowned consultants based at the Royal Free Hospital and other specialist centres.

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.

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Application fee

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. More details about the application fee can be found at www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

This programme is aimed at trainee plastic surgeons, clinicians, scientists who wish to specialise in plastic and reconstructive surgery, and healthcare professionals.

Last updated November 2018

About the School

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