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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This course has been produced in consultation with clinical specialists to ensure that it provides the appropriate content for orthopaedic trainees and advanced therapists to progress in orthopaedics in the current climate. Not only will you have input from our own, highly experienced staff, you will also be taught by clinical experts who are in current practice.
Key lectures and case discussion sessions will be delivered on campus days by the consultant faculty, who will also guide the distance learning element of the course. This course will also give you access to expertise in clinical assessment, rehabilitation, spinal pathology and biomechanics as well as specialist surgical skills workshops.
Modules can also be taken as stand-alone courses for continuing professional development.
The course runs full-time over one year and part-time over three years giving you the chance to exit with the following awards:
Part-time study with elements of distance learning is delivered in blocks for those involved in busy clinical practice.
Observational clinical placements in hospitals and sports clubs are arranged for full-time students in the specialist areas of spinal orthopaedics, lower limb orthopaedics and upper limb orthopaedics.
Delivery is by full-time (one year) and part-time attendance (three years) at the University. Please note: international applicants are only able to apply for the full-time route.
A programme of formal lectures, case discussion seminars and workshops, together with online learning is delivered to students by a team of orthopaedic consultants, radiologists, advanced therapists and other specialists. Attendance is approximately five to six days per module with distance on-line learning released weekly and live webinars. Both full and part-time students are taught together.
All supportive material from the taught days is recorded on our virtual learning environment, Blackboard.
Each of the three clinical modules, upper limb, lower limb, and spinal, covers the advanced assessment and differential diagnosis of orthopaedic and sports-related disorders, including pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative surgery management and rehabilitation strategies.
For those attending full-time, additional observational placements are an integral part of the course. These are arranged for specialist areas of spinal orthopaedics, upper limb orthopaedics and lower limb orthopaedics. Placements are offered in key orthopaedic departments and sports clubs.
Research skills sessions are integrated throughout the course.
This course allows for a variety of assessments, depending on
the module you will be undertaking and can include:
The course is delivered in new state of the art practical and workshop facilities. Extensive on-line resources are available to aid study.
A number of specialist workshops will take place in the new University campus at MediaCityUK including surgical simulation sessions.
This course has been produced in consultation with clinical specialists to ensure that it provides the appropriate content for orthopaedic trainees and advanced therapists. You will gain the skills and qualification to compete for specialist posts in orthopedics within the NHS and private practice.
This course addresses the needs of orthopaedic trainees and of experienced non-medical health professionals who have been training/developing in their clinical roles.
Many doctors have advanced to higher posts in surgery as a result of completing the MSc.
The course works with a number of orthopaedic companies to provide specialist workshops.
There are also a number of bursaries available through these companies.
Not only will you have input from our own, highly experienced staff, you will be taught by clinical experts who are in current practice. Among these are internationally renowned Professors Lennard Funk, Philip Turner and David Sochart, as well as Consultant Spinal Surgeon Neil Oxborrow.
We are also proud to include sports physicians;
Upon successful completion of this course it would be possible to progress on to a PhD, or a PhD via publication. We offer a range of research degrees relevant to your area of practice.