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Trauma is the disease caused by physical injury. Trauma has only been called a “disease” since the 1970s. Although it seems strange at first, it is the correct term to use. Severe injury triggers a sequence of changes within the cells of the body and can lead to critical and disabling illness. Just like other diseases such as cancer, HIV and heart disease we need to understand these changes to improve survival and recovery.

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 sixth 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 healthcare 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 students with 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 your scope of practice) will complement the didactic learning to provide practical knowledge and experience of decision-making, along with the safe, professional delivery of core clinical functions in the management of seriously injured patients.

This programme will:

  1. Give you a thorough grounding in the principles underlying the disease of trauma.
  2. Give you hands-on training at a two-week summer school consistent with your scope of practice. This will include practical courses in trauma surgery as well as group discussions and practical skills labs.
  3. Provide both military and civilian clinicians a framework in which to understand the key aspects of military and humanitarian trauma and to develop your own practices.
  4. Develop a broad and critical understanding of developments in trauma care, in military and disaster settings.


MSc Trauma Science (Military and Humanitarian) is available to study part-time over two years by distance learning.

Year 1

8 online modules September through June with lectures accessed online when convenient for the part time distance learning. Weekly interactive online sessions with internationally renowned faculty.

A very popular although optional two Week Summer Session on site in London between Year 1 and Year 2 – Conducted for 2 weeks in August. The Summer Session will concentrate on group projects, interactive workshops & training in subspecialty skills and simulation at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, The Barts & The London Education Academy and The Royal London Hospital Major Trauma Centre. 

Core modules

The MSc in Trauma Sciences comprises of 8 taught modules (15 credits each) and an optional 2-week summer school in year one, to a total value of 120 credits. 7 of these modules are compulsory and there is also an opportunity to undertake an elective module. Each 15-credit module involves approximately 30 hours of contact time plus 120 hours of independent study.

  • Trauma; the disease
  • Haemorrhage and response to injury
  • Torso trauma
  • Brain and spinal cord injury
  • Extremity and Vascular Trauma
  • Critical Care
  • Military and Humanitarian trauma
  • Research methods

Summer School takes place at the end of your first year.Year 2

Consists of a Masters Dissertation Project also completed via the Distance Learning Format.

Learning and teaching

As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge.

A variety of teaching and learning methods will be employed including; seminars, self-directed learning, one–to-one tutorials, case presentations, reading lists of books and journal papers. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.


Modules will largely be appraised by remote examination whereas written coursework will be submitted online for assessment. The form of assessments will reflect the nature of material that is being studied, but will normally include: critique of research literature, practical assessments in the research methodologies, portfolio-based assessments, written evaluative assignments and examinations.


You will also be assessed on a 10,000 word dissertation.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Part time DL £5,400

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Part time DL £10,050


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU studentsand for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079


Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Visit the MSc Trauma Sciences (Military & Humanitarian) page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!




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