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Using the process of scientific reasoning as its framework, the programme will integrate the key issues central to the theoretical aspects in these specialist areas with communication skills, management approaches, timely and reasoned decision making, identification of treatment options, best practice etc. Read more
Using the process of scientific reasoning as its framework, the programme will integrate the key issues central to the theoretical aspects in these specialist areas with communication skills, management approaches, timely and reasoned decision making, identification of treatment options, best practice etc.

You will have the opportunity to tailor your learning experiences and backgrounds to meet your own personal and professional needs. You will also have the opportunity to develop your leadership skills within a multidisciplinary setting that cares for trauma-afflicted patients. Enquiry-, evidence-based learning will be a key feature of the programme through problem based learning and journal clubs. In addition, you will have the opportunity to take part in a substantive research project, allowing you to develop research skills, project management, oral/poster presentation and writing a research dissertation. Research projects may be undertaken in an academic laboratory or can be in a clinical setting.

The rise of trauma:

The incidence of trauma continues to rise. The World Health Organization estimates that by 2020 trauma will become the leading cause of death worldwide due to ageing in Western populations, increasing road use in developing countries and conflict. In England alone there are at least 20,000 cases of major trauma each year resulting in 5,400 deaths and many others resulting in permanent disabilities requiring long-term care. There are around a further 28,000 cases which, although not meeting the precise definition of major trauma, would be cared for in the same way.

Major trauma costs the NHS between £0.3 and £0.4 billion a year in immediate treatment, but when considering the costs of subsequent hospital treatments, rehabilitation, home care support, informal carer costs and the annual lost economic output as a result of major trauma is estimated to be between £3.3 and £3.7 billion (National Audit Office, Major Trauma Care in England, 2010).

Neurotrauma alone - including mild traumatic brain injury, which does not fit into the definition of major trauma - is the leading cause of death and disability in the first 4 decades of life and is estimated to cost the UK economy £8 billion a year (more than stroke). Many countries around the world now recognise the importance of trauma research to their health care systems and are developing specialist research programmes of to meet the growing needs of their population. This expansion in specialist clinical provision is generating demand for professionals with a recognised background of trauma sciences training.

About the College of Medical and Dental Sciences

The College of Medical and Dental Sciences is a major international centre for research and education, make huge strides in finding solutions to major health problems including ageing, cancer, cardiovascular, dental, endocrine, inflammatory diseases, infection (including antibiotic resistance), rare diseases and trauma.
We tackle global healthcare problems through excellence in basic and clinical science, and improve human health by delivering tangible real-life benefits in the fight against acute and chronic disease.
Situated in the largest healthcare region in the country, with access to one of the largest and most diverse populations in Europe, we are positioned to address major global issues and diseases affecting today’s society through our eight specialist research institutes.
With over 1,000 academic staff and around £60 million of new research funding per year, the College of Medical and Dental Sciences is dedicated to performing world-leading research.
We care about our research and teaching and are committed to developing outstanding scientists and healthcare professionals of the future. We offer our postgraduate community a unique learning experience taught by academics who lead the way in research in their field.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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We have designed an innovative MSc Trauma Sciences in partnership with the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. Read more
We have designed an innovative MSc Trauma Sciences in partnership with the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. This programme has been developed by a multi-disciplinary team of expert clinicians and academics to improve patient outcomes across the life span, from initial trauma injury through rehabilitation to health restoration, and further prevention. This programme of education will enable you to acquire in-depth knowledge and understanding of a patient journey following trauma and to develop independent, critical thinking skills. We will help you develop your professional expertise in managing trauma; equipping you to return to your clinical environment to contribute more effectively as part of a major trauma team and to apply contemporary research in the area of trauma sciences.

Semester One

Compulsory modules: Fundamental Science in Major Trauma; Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice; Major Trauma Systems: Evidence Base and Delivery; Major Trauma Practicum.

Semester Two

Compulsory modules: Human Factors and Decision Making in Major Trauma Care; Major Trauma in the Older Person; Paediatric Trauma; Dissertation.

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Trauma is one of the world’s leading killers and is responsible for the loss of more life-years than any other disease. War is predicted to be the 6th leading cause of death by 2020. Read more
Trauma is one of the world’s leading killers and is responsible for the loss of more life-years than any other disease. War is predicted to be the 6th leading cause of death by 2020. Opportunities for the training of military trauma care specialists are extremely limited, and many defence agencies rely on the deployment situation as the primary training for their personnel. All countries, developed and developing recognise the importance of trauma to their health care systems. With global disasters, humanitarian crises and mass casualty events on the rise, the importance of specialist training in the science and management of these events is increasingly important.
This distance-learning course will provide student’s a broad and critical understanding of the most up-to-date science and practice of trauma care in these environments. A summer school incorporating simulated scenario training (consistent with the student’s scope of practice) will complement the didactic learning to provide practical knowledge and experience of decision-making and the safe, professional delivery of core clinical functions in the management of seriously injured patients.


1st Yr CORE: • Trauma; the Disease
• Haemorrhage & Response to Injury • Torso Trauma • Brain & Spinal Cord Injury • Critical Care & Trauma • Fracture Biology & Extremity Trauma • Military & Austere Trauma • Research Methods

SUMMER SCHOOL

2nd Yr DISSERTATION

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This new two year online MSc in Orthopaedic Trauma Science uses innovative methods of teaching and assessment for a fresh, dynamic and interactive approach to teaching orthopaedic trauma. Read more
This new two year online MSc in Orthopaedic Trauma Science uses innovative methods of teaching and assessment for a fresh, dynamic and interactive approach to teaching orthopaedic trauma. It is designed to be readily accessible, irrespective of location or time zone, with the option of a 2-week residential summer school in London- one of the most, vibrant, dynamic and exciting cities in the world. It has a rich pedigree and is offered in collaboration between London's most established major trauma centre, the UK's lead centre for research into Complex Trauma Care and one of the oldest medical schools in the world.

Trauma is one of the world's leading killers and is responsible for a significant proportion of the global burden of disease. Improving survival and outcomes following traumatic injury has been identified as a key priority by the World Health Organization and orthopaedic injuries pose a major clinical challenge world-wide.

This two year online distance-learning course commences in October 2014 and uses novel teaching and assessment techniques. It will provide a broad and critical understanding of the most up-to-date science and practice of trauma care, with a particular focus on orthopaedic and ortho-plastic management. It combines an international expert faculty with technology-enhanced learning so that students can readily access knowledge from around the world at a time and place of their choosing. Interactive discussion forums and one to one tutor sessions help to engender an inclusive and supportive community, as well as facilitating a worldwide network of contacts with shared interests.

This is further developed by an optional 2-week residential summer school at the end of the first year in London. This incorporates simulated scenario training to complement the didactic learning and to provide practical knowledge and experience of decision-making and the safe, professional delivery of core clinical functions in the management of seriously injured patients. The second year of study entails a written dissertation on a specific area of knowledge or original research.

The largest growth area for jobs in orthopaedics has been in trauma over recent years. This course is tailored to meet the needs of international graduates from all healthcare and health sciences backgrounds including surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses, operating department staff, allied health professionals and those with a specialist interest in orthopaedic trauma education and training.

It is intended to provide high-quality learning, no matter where (or when!) you are in the world, in order to develop the future leaders in the science and practice of orthopaedic trauma.

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Trauma is one of the world’s leading killers and is responsible for the loss of more life-years than any other disease. All countries, developed and developing recognise the importance of trauma to their health care systems. Read more
Trauma is one of the world’s leading killers and is responsible for the loss of more life-years than any other disease. All countries, developed and developing recognise the importance of trauma to their health care systems. Many countries including the UK are actively pursuing rationalization and specialization programmes. This distance-learning course will provide student’s a broad and critical understanding of the most up-to-date science and practice of trauma care. A summer school incorporating simulated scenario training (consistent with the student’s scope of practice) will complement the didactic learning to provide practical knowledge and experience of decision-making and the safe, professional delivery of core clinical functions in the management of seriously injured patients


1st Yr CORE: • Trauma; the Disease
• Haemorrhage & Response to Injury • Torso Trauma • Brain & Spinal Cord Injury • Critical Care & Trauma • Fracture Biology & Extremity Trauma • Research Methods

1st Yr ELECTIVE: • Trauma Nursing • Burns & Wound Healing SUMMER SCHOOL

2nd Yr DISSERTATION

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The MA Trauma Studies programme addresses the wide range of needs of professionals who work in settings where people are experiencing, or have experienced trauma. Read more
The MA Trauma Studies programme addresses the wide range of needs of professionals who work in settings where people are experiencing, or have experienced trauma. Increasingly, it is recognised that adopting a person-centred approach offers flexibility in addressing the complex, challenging, intercultural needs of those who have experienced trauma in a diverse range of contexts.

Participation in the programme will enable you to develop, extend and deepen your knowledge of theory and practice.
It will also help you to develop expertise in psychosocial aspects of helping, psychotherapy and counselling work within a variety of settings and for work with individuals, groups and communities experiencing trauma.

The programme will employ an inclusive notion of trauma. You willbe able to draw from the broad range of existing knowledge, skills and research of staff in the Centre for Trauma, Resilience and Growth. You will learn experientially through workshops and seminars aimed at developing your own personal awareness, therapeutic skills and knowledge.

Course Content

The MA Trauma Studies can be completed in one year full-time or two years part-time, and is designed to be accessible for working professionals. The MA involves two 60-credit modules and a 60-credit dissertation.

Modules
• Theories for Practice: Issues and Contexts
• Research Applications and Methods: Individual, Group and Organisational Contexts.

Each 60-credit module is assessed by submission of a portfolio. The portfolio is comprised of a range of assignment tasks selected and identified to match your own specific learning needs. Prior to submission of the portfolio, you will collaboratively engage in a process of combined formative tutor, peer and self assessment.

The dissertation is an original piece of research and should be of 12,000-15,000 words (or equivalent) agreed with your academic tutor.

Completing the course on a full-time basis will require you to attend taught classroom sessions for a total of 10 full days per semester. For part time students attendance will be equal to five full days each semester.

The classroom teaching for the module taught in semester two will be completed before June. You will commence your dissertation project during semester two which will run in parallel to taught elements of the course.

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This unique course enables specialist registrars to acquire a scientific and analytical approach to orthopaedic practice, and engenders a class of orthopaedic surgeon with a depth and breadth of skills, knowledge and attitude based on a solid foundation of science and clinical expertise. Read more
This unique course enables specialist registrars to acquire a scientific and analytical approach to orthopaedic practice, and engenders a class of orthopaedic surgeon with a depth and breadth of skills, knowledge and attitude based on a solid foundation of science and clinical expertise.

The postgraduate certificate aims, in exceptional circumstances, to allow those who withdraw from study at the end of one year to exit with an award for demonstrating a limited range of science, clinical skills, service delivery and research awareness.

Course structure
The course is designed for part-time study and is delivered on Wednesday afternoons each week with 14 mandatory skills days taught throughout the year. The taught component is delivered over a two-year rolling programme with Year 1 and Year 2 students studying modules together. Students will normally be expected to be working as an SpR or in a senior non-training post in trauma and orthopaedics. All applicants will be expected to undertake dissection. Teaching staff are nationally and internationally renowned experts and provide a broad range of learning experiences through lectures, student presentations, group work and discussion. Throughout the course, confirmed employment in relevant clinical activity is crucial in integrating the acquired science and clinical skills into the reality of clinical practice.

Areas of study
The underpinning science for trauma and orthopaedics will cover: gross and microscopic anatomy (presented specifically for this clinical setting); relevant physiology including biochemistry, genetics, biomechanics and bioengineering; the pathology and pathophysiology of both acute and chronic conditions; and a clear focus on treatment options. Studies in clinical and surgical techniques will address in detail both assessment and therapeutic approaches.

Syllabus
Year 1
Scientific Basis of Trauma and Orthopaedics
Clinical Skills in Trauma and Orthopaedics

Year 2
Core modules:
Scientific Basis of Trauma and Orthopaedics
Clinical Skills in Trauma and Orthopaedics

Year 3
MSc
Research Methods and Critical Appraisal (may be taken in Year 1 or 2)
Dissertation

Career and progression opportunities
This course prepares students well for undertaking the examinations for entry to the Fellowship of Royal College of Surgeons.

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The Trauma and Orthopaedics MSc has been designed to reflect the growing trend towards greater integration of clinical service, research and education in the NHS, as exemplified by the development of the various Academic Health Science Centre models, in order to speed up the development of improvements in patient care. Read more
The Trauma and Orthopaedics MSc has been designed to reflect the growing trend towards greater integration of clinical service, research and education in the NHS, as exemplified by the development of the various Academic Health Science Centre models, in order to speed up the development of improvements in patient care.

Degree information

The programme complements clinical training, with a particular focus on the scientific and research content. Students develop an advanced understanding of orthopaedics and trauma and develop an appreciation of scientific research in terms of appraisal of the current scientific literature/evidence and experimental design, practice and analysis.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits). There are no optional modules for this programme.

Core modules
-Trauma, Theory and Upper Limb
-Trauma of the Spine and Lower Limbs
-Paediatric Trauma
-Children's Orthopaedics
-Oncology
-Orthopaedics - Upper Limb
-Orthopaedics - the Spine and Research Methodology
-Orthopaedics - Lower Limb
-Research Project

Dissertation/report
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 8,000–10,000 words.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and consultant clinical conferences. Each taught module will be assessed by a two hour unseen examination. The submission of the dissertation and viva voce for assessment will take place in the final year of the programme.

Careers

The programme aims to enhance the training of orthopaedic trainees, promoting a scientific approach to surgery. Combined with the existing NE London Higher Surgical Training programme, this MSc offers students an excellent preparation for FRCS (Orth) and/or further research in this field.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL 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 Medical School has highly rated basic science expertise within its academic and clinical departments and students on the Trauma and Orthopaedics MSc programme benefit from a world-class research environment.

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Do you want to specialise in trauma and orthopaedic surgery? Establish your career and develop the necessary skills to become a surgical care practitioner, with a focus on trauma and orthopaedic surgery. Read more
Do you want to specialise in trauma and orthopaedic surgery? Establish your career and develop the necessary skills to become a surgical care practitioner, with a focus on trauma and orthopaedic surgery. Gain the necessary skills to assist with complex surgical procedures and provide high quality patient care. Work alongside experienced surgical consultants and take part in sessions run by medical professionals.

Key features

-Develop professional experience and specialist knowledge, through our blend of academic and practical teaching, delivered by a team involved in the education and practice development of the Surgical Care Practitioner role at national level for over 15 years.
-Benefit from eight weeks of taught theory and 28 weeks of direct clinical practice (per year).
-Expand your practical skills to undertake complex surgical procedures, manage patients intra-operatively and be responsible for pre-operative and post-operative outpatient clinics.
-Benefit from a combination of academic, theoretical and practical teaching, giving you the necessary clinical skills to meet national industry standards. We have strong links with existing practitioners, and visiting lecturers include current practising qualified Surgical Care Practitioners and Consultant Surgeons.
-Consider innovative approaches to care delivery and enhance the surgical patient experience.
-Cultivate a precise and meticulous work ethic, delivering an effective, safe and efficient service to patients.
-Work both autonomously and as part of a multi-profession team.
-Secure the experience you need to excel in unpredictable and highly pressurised clinical environments.
-Use your initiative to solve complex problems and deliver high quality patient care. Past students have enabled new service provision, such as satellite clinics for pre and/or postoperative assessment, and student initiated audits have generated new processes and cost savings for employing organisations.
-Royal College of Surgeons accredited programme.

Course details

Postgraduate certificate - to achieve a postgraduate certificate, you will need to earn 60 credits.

Develop your existing professional skills and learn how to undertake a comprehensive health assessment including history taking, clinical examination, diagnosis and documentation in the advanced consulting and clinical skills module. You’ll discover how to create effective treatment and management strategies and gain advanced skills through clinical practice experience, utilising relevant theoretical models and decision making processes.

Acquire the knowledge and skills you need to excel as a surgical care practitioner, specialising in trauma and orthopaedic surgery through the surgical care practitioner specialist practice module. You’ll develop an understanding of the pathological, clinical, and practical aspects of both trauma and orthopaedic surgical practice and master the necessary surgical techniques.

Assessment in practice is ongoing throughout the programme with specified competencies to be achieved within operating theatres, clinics and ward areas. Assessment in theory is patient and service focused to enable development of condition/patient specific knowledge as well as service enhancement.

Core modules
-SCP701 Core Competencies for Surgical Care Practice
-APP702 Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 1

Final year
Postgraduate diploma - to gain a postgraduate diploma, you will need to earn 120 credits.

During the PgDip students develop further specialist knowledge and skills enabling greater participation and leadership in surgical patient care. Most organisations offer mid-Band 6 during training, and Band 7 on qualification (PgDip). Many continue to participate in service delivery innovation, with high level patient interaction and decision-making.

On completion of PgDip, you have the option to enrol onto the MSc Surgical Care Practitioner (Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery).

Core modules
-SCP703 Surgical Care Specialist Practice (Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery)
-APP710 Advanced Assessment for Clinical Practice

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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Taught at our Parkgate Road Campus, our MSc course offers the opportunity for experienced therapeutic practitioners to study the theoretical basis of psychological trauma from a bio-psycho-social perspective, including PTSD and complex trauma. Read more
Taught at our Parkgate Road Campus, our MSc course offers the opportunity for experienced therapeutic practitioners to study the theoretical basis of psychological trauma from a bio-psycho-social perspective, including PTSD and complex trauma. The course is taught by a team of academic clinicians experienced in working with trauma from the professions of counselling, psychology and psychiatry.

The incidence and impact of psychological trauma is a massive problem globally, and there is huge demand for services that can provide effective and timely treatment for individuals suffering from its symptoms. This course is suitable for anyone working with clients who have either single incident or multiple trauma histories, and aims to give a solid grounding in how to work safely and effectively with this client group.

You will study alongside other students from a wide range of professional backgrounds, and have the opportunity for further development clinically and academically by conducting research in an area that you are interested in.

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Practitioners from different professional backgrounds have built a body of knowledge and experience in dealing with crises, trauma and disasters but have few opportunities to bring their learning together in a way that gains recognition for their practice and skills. Read more
Practitioners from different professional backgrounds have built a body of knowledge and experience in dealing with crises, trauma and disasters but have few opportunities to bring their learning together in a way that gains recognition for their practice and skills.

We offer a programme of learning which allows you to do just that:

• Accredit for your existing skills and knowledge
• Learn from internationally recognised trauma practitioners
• Organise your studies to suit your lifestyle and needs

Study with professionals with an interest in Trauma Support and existing qualifications or experience in a wide range of areas including:

• Audit/Evaluation
• Bereavement
• Business Continuity
• Business Leadership
• Coaching
• Community Resilience
• Counselling
• Criminology
• Education
• Emergency Services
• Emergency Planners
• Health and Safety
• Human Biology
• Human Resources
• Law Enforcement
• Mental Health
• Psychiatry
• Psychology
• Social Work
• Supervision
• Trauma Therapy

You can decide on the level of study and qualification you wish to pursue, ranging from an award of Continuing Professional Development, Institute Leadership and Management Award, Post Graduate Certificate or a Master’s Degree.

Faculty
Our faculty includes well-respected experts and professionals within the field of Trauma Psychology. For further information refer to our prospectus on-line.

Flexible On-line Study to suit your Lifestyle
The programme is offered on-line via webinars and live discussions. Some daytime workshops are also included in the programme; giving you the opportunity to met and connect with other candidate’s.

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Taught at our Parkgate Road Campus in Chester, our MSc in Psychological Trauma offers an excellent opportunity to study a specialised area of psychological health and wellbeing. Read more
Taught at our Parkgate Road Campus in Chester, our MSc in Psychological Trauma offers an excellent opportunity to study a specialised area of psychological health and wellbeing.

The course is well-established and has a respected reputation. It attracts both national and international students. Staff include a range of internal and external lecturers with extensive clinical and academic experience in their respective areas.

This course will be of interest to anyone working in a setting where psychological trauma occurs, or those that have had experience of psychological trauma in other areas. The course is delivered in a block format of four full days per module to make it more accessible to those in employment.

Our students come from a diverse range of occupational backgrounds; a number are new graduates with relevant trauma experience.

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The Master of Surgery at Sydney Medical School is designed to complement the practical experience you obtain through the hospital based training program of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Read more
The Master of Surgery at Sydney Medical School is designed to complement the practical experience you obtain through the hospital based training program of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

The course is a combination of coursework and research.

This stream is designed for those who see their future in the field of trauma surgery. Having chosen this stream you will undertake a research project in trauma surgery which will be the subject of your dissertation. In addition you will be required to undertake one core Unit of Study (PUBH5018 Introductory Biostatistics) and a minimum of 4 elective Units of Study.

To ask a question about this course, visit http://sydney.edu.au/internationaloffice/

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Advance your professional expertise and specialist knowledge with MSc Surgical Care Practitioner (Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery). Read more
Advance your professional expertise and specialist knowledge with MSc Surgical Care Practitioner (Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery). Consider approaches to care delivery, investigate the surgical patient experience and conduct a research investigation into a topic tailored to your own needs, enabling you to practice at an advanced level in this emerging specialist role. PLEASE NOTE: You must have completed the corresponding PgDip Surgical Care Practitioner programme to enrol for this award.

Key features

-Advance your professional expertise and specialist knowledge through learning tailored to your specialty.
-Consider research approaches to care delivery and investigate the surgical patient experience.
-Expand your research knowledge and skills to design and conduct your own study.
-Benefit from professorial academic, and theoretical teaching. Visiting lecturers include current practising qualified Surgical Care Practitioners and Consultant Surgeons.
-Further your career progression through the Knowledge and Skills Framework on completion of the MSc - national examples include practitioners achieving Band 8a and 8b, who manage their own operation lists, or organise and deliver screening and follow-up programmes.
-Royal College of Surgeons accredited programme.

Course details

Programme overview
Note: students must have completed a PgDip Surgical Care Practitioner in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery to enrol for this award.

Postgraduate certificate - to achieve a postgraduate certificate, you will need to earn 60 credits.

Postgraduate diploma - to gain a postgraduate diploma, you will need to earn 120 credits.

Master of Science - for a full masters degree, you will need to earn a total of 180 credits. You will study the same core modules as the postgraduate diploma, with the extra 60 credits coming from a research project in a related area of study.

Conduct a research investigation into a topic tailored to your own speciality and workplace.

Core modules
-SPP701 Substantive Professional Project
-APP703 Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 2

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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This two-year, part-time masters programme, taught entirely online, is offered by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh, and leads to the degree of Master of Surgery (ChM). Read more

This two-year, part-time masters programme, taught entirely online, is offered by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh, and leads to the degree of Master of Surgery (ChM).

Based on the UK Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum, the ChM in Trauma and Orthopaedics provides the opportunity for trainees to select those advanced modules relevant to their declared specialty and supports learning for the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) examinations.

The programme is designed to run alongside clinical training and complement in-the-workplace assessment.

Online learning

Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Programme structure

The programme runs on a semester basis, over two years, and involves approximately 10 hours of study each week, in a flexible modular manner. It is anticipated that some of this study would receive credit or mirror ‘in-the- workplace’ activities.

The online distance learning nature of this programme is perfect for doctors working unsociable shift patterns.

You will have access to high quality, interactive online resources, e-journals and online textbooks, as well as dedicated technological support.

Year 1

Academic modules will explore research and teaching methodology, whilst enabling students to develop the ability to analyse published evidence and enhance their interactive and written clinical communication skills. Students will also have the opportunity to complete an academic research project in Year 2 e.g. Original research or a Systematic Review in a relevant area of work. Following completion of the programme, students are encouraged to seek publication of their study in a peer-reviewed journal.

Students are supported throughout the programme through asynchronous discussions with e-tutors who are all leading clinicians in their field. Students also have access to a large learning resource, including subscriptions to key online books and journals. A written examination (MCQ) is held in the second year, following completion of core modules.

Year 2

Compulsory modules cover the core elements of the subsections of the orthopaedic syllabus. These are taught and assessed using a clinical problem-based approach, supported by systems-based review of the course material.

Having gained experience from the academic modules in the previous year, students will be expected to critically analyse reference material and where appropriate relate to their own work.

Career opportunities

Graduates will be able to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of their chosen surgical subspecialty and be able to apply this knowledge to the systematic assessment and management of surgical patients in the elective, urgent and emergency clinical setting.



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