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This BSc in Medical Sciences in Surgical Design, Technology and Innovation will allow you to explore the development of new surgical devices, how these are safely introduced into clinical practice and the challenges of implementing experimental or disruptive technologies in the clinical setting. You will be presented with an opportunity to meet surgical innovators from several specialities and learn the steps (and miss steps) that have led to the successful progress of ideas from identifying a clinical need, to innovation, commercialisation and adoption.

Recent advances in these fields, alongside a more informed patient population, has led to an exponential increase in the demand for personalised healthcare. You will have the opportunity to explore new technologies and treatments that offer the potential to drive forward personalised surgical treatments to transform patient outcome measures. 

Aims and Objectives

  • Explain how surgical devices are developed from concept to prototyping, and through to clinical testing and full clinical translation outlining potential pitfalls and points of failure
  • Examine the challenges of implementing new surgical techniques and the processes necessary for these to be introduced safely into clinical practice
  • Explain how analysis of long term patient outcome data can lead to improved or personalised treatments for surgical patients.
  • Critically appraise literature, synthesise current evidence and opinion, and identify evidence gaps in your subject area
  • Identify and describe the characteristics and rationale of different research methodologies: Eg: quantitative/qualitative, observational/experimental
  • Evaluate applicability of different research methodologies to answer research questions
  • Organise and analyse data, justifying selection of the approaches used
  • Explain results in a descriptive and inferential manner and articulate objective conclusions
  • Communicate scientific concepts, in writing and in speech, for a range of audiences eg: academic and lay writing and presentation.

Further Information and Application Guidance

With the exception of BSc Management and BSc Biomedical Engineering, all of Imperial College's intercalated BSc courses run from September until May. The courses comprise a 12 week teaching block where the students gain specialism-specific knowledge and skills, alongside their research training of core research knowledge and skills. All students also perform a 15 week research project within their specialism.

More information about applying for/undertaking an intercalated BSc course at Imperial College London and also the structure of our courses can be found in the downloadable Imperial College London Intercalated BSc Guide - 2022-23 Entry (PDF).

If you have any queries about the application process, please email the Faculty Education Office (BSc Team) at feo.bsc@imperial.ac.uk.