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Course content


  • You will be taught by consultant surgeons and other specialists in practice, with surgical simulation sessions at MediaCityUK
  • Gain an orthopaedic and sports trauma focus with hands-on surgical skills workshops and a clinical case approach
  • Benefit from blended part-time distance learning element designed to fit in with your clinical commitments
  • Part-time study option
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • Clinical placement opportunity
  • International students can apply


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:

  • Postgraduate Certificate: two modules
  • Postgraduate Diploma: four modules
  • Master's: four modules plus a dissertation

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:

  • Written assignments
  • Objective structured clinical examination
  • Case presentation/study
  • Literature review
  • Objective structured clinical examination
  • Assignment


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;

  • Dr Mike Stone, Sports Physician to the England Cricket team
  • Dr David Jones, Lead Sports Physician for the English Institute for Sport and Director of Medical Services for Sale Sharks
  • Phil Batty Sports Physician for Manchester City Football Club.


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.

Visit the Trauma and Orthopaedics - MSc /PGDip/PGCert page on the University of Salford website for more details!





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