The Musculoskeletal Science MSc covers a broad spectrum of musculoskeletal topics, including basic science and clinical aspects. It aims to give students, in a multidisciplinary setting, a holistic view of musculoskeletal science, orthopaedic bioengineering and medicine, and provides an in-depth knowledge of specific areas appropriate to each student's individual interests.
Students on this MSc programme acquire essential scientific knowledge, improve their basic research skills, and are equipped with the ability to solve the musculoskeletal problems emphasised within the NHS framework. The programme emphasises the four major areas as identified by the Bone and Joint Decade - arthritis, osteoporosis, trauma and spinal disorders, and transferable skills and research methodology in orthopaedic bioengineering.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a research project (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months and flexible study up to five years) is offered. A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time three months and flexible study up to two years) is offered.
Core modules -Clinical aspects of Musculoskeletal Medicine and Surgery, Part I -Musculoskeletal Tissue Biology - Form and Function -Musculoskeletal Biomechanics and Biomaterials, Part I -Research Methodology and Generic Skills
Optional modules - up to 60 credits of optional modules (4 modules) drawn from the following: -Clinical aspects of Musculoskeletal Medicine and Surgery, Part II -Musculoskeletal Biology, Part II -Musculoskeletal Biomechanics and Biomaterials, Part II -Musculoskeletal Epidemiology and Research Methodology, Part II -Clinical Experience in Musculoskeletal Surgery
Dissertation/report All MSc students undertake an independent research project, which can be carried out at their own institution or hospital, and culminates in a dissertation and oral examination.
Teaching and learning The programme is delivered through a combination of web-based taught lectures, seminars, tutorials, online research forum, group project work and workshops. Assessment is through unseen written examination, coursework, and the dissertation and viva voce. Candidates are examined in the year in which they complete the programme.
This programme offers students from a wide variety of disciplines the opportunity to gain a higher degree in an exciting and rapidly developing field, and equips them to make a strong contribution to the development of musculoskeletal services. The students can develop their careers in healthcare sector, medical device industry and bio-industry, regenerative medicine, regulatory bodies, as well as academic community.
Top career destinations for this degree: -Trauma and Orthopaedics, NHS Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and studying Engineering, The Open University.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The 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, biologists, bioengineers and material scientists and oncologists to clinical trials specialists and researchers. Our aim is to understand the causes of human musculoskeletal disease and develop innovative therapies and technology to improve the quality of life of the people around us.
Students on this MSc will gain an unparalleled grounding in musculoskeletal science and orthopaedic bioengineering including a holistic view of clinical care as well as orthopaedic sciences and bioengineering. The programme is run at the internationally renowned Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore.