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Course content

This course provides postgraduate training for doctors specialising in orthopaedics and is delivered with support from consultant orthopaedic surgeons. The course is available through either a part-time (two years), or a full-time (one year) route.

Course details

The course enables you to:

  • further develop an understanding of the principles and clinical concepts underpinning contemporary orthopaedic surgery
  • further develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to perform evidence-based practice and research within the specialist field of trauma and orthopaedics
  • foster a commitment to lifelong learning and an inquisitive approach to clinical practice that will enable you to acquire skills and enhance your practice

The programme is available through either a part-time (two-year) or a full-time (one-year) route. The programme structure is dependent on the programme route.

What you study

In Year 1 both full and part time courses undertake a number of modules which develop your understanding of the principles underpinning clinical practice in trauma and orthopaedics and develop your skills in evidence-based practice, research methods and statistics. Part-time students complete a Dissertation module in Year 2. Full-time students complete the Dissertation module in semester three, of Year 1.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

  • Developing Research Projects
  • Implementing Evidence Based Practice
  • Practical Statistics
  • Trauma and Orthopaedics

Year 2 core modules (part-time route only)

  • Dissertation and Research Article

 Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

You learn through lectures, seminars, practical activities, clinical simulation, computer lab work and group work. The majority of teaching is delivered by principal and senior lecturers at Teesside University.

The specialist module is delivered by appropriately qualified clinical staff including consultants in trauma and orthopaedics.

Full time students study across two days a week and are expected to devote the remaining time to individual study including the optional observational experience. Part time students have the option to undertake most sessions by attendance, distance or flexible learning but attendance for the specialist module is compulsory and this is scheduled as block delivery across the first year.

How you are assessed

We use a variety of assessment strategies throughout your course. Formative assessment supports your learning in some modules. Each module is summatively assessed and includes a written report, computer-based statistics exam, statistics mini project, research proposal, written exam, oral exam and dissertation thesis and research article. Feedback is provided electronically for all assessed work through the student intranet.


Career opportunities

Full time students have the opportunity to undertake an optional observational experience within a clinical setting. A clinical advisor devises an individualised plan for each student, which is detailed in a learning contract. Observational opportunities are spread across the course and include a range of relevant activities. They may take place at any of the local NHS trust sites and you are expected to cover any associated costs yourself.

The course supports your career development by enhancing the research, evidence-based practice skills and principles underpinning specialist clinical practice that are required within the specialist field of trauma and orthopaedics. It provides an additional masters level qualification that may be used to support career progression. Engaging in research and a record of publication are important aspects in career progression if you are aiming to achieve a consultant position. Providing an opportunity to develop your research skills and to support you in preparing your work for publication is an important element of the course.

Visit the Orthopaedics MCh page on the Teesside University website for more details!





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