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Trauma and Orthopaedics - MSc

Course Description

The Trauma and Orthopaedics MSc has been designed to reflect the growing trend towards greater integration of clinical service, research and education in the NHS, as exemplified by the development of the various Academic Health Science Centre models, in order to speed up the development of improvements in patient care.

Degree information

The programme complements clinical training, with a particular focus on the scientific and research content. Students develop an advanced understanding of orthopaedics and trauma and develop an appreciation of scientific research in terms of appraisal of the current scientific literature/evidence and experimental design, practice and analysis.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits). There are no optional modules for this programme.

Core modules
-Trauma, Theory and Upper Limb
-Trauma of the Spine and Lower Limbs
-Paediatric Trauma
-Children's Orthopaedics
-Orthopaedics - Upper Limb
-Orthopaedics - the Spine and Research Methodology
-Orthopaedics - Lower Limb
-Research Project

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 8,000–10,000 words.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and consultant clinical conferences. Each taught module will be assessed by a two hour unseen examination. The submission of the dissertation and viva voce for assessment will take place in the final year of the programme.


The programme aims to enhance the training of orthopaedic trainees, promoting a scientific approach to surgery. Combined with the existing NE London Higher Surgical Training programme, this MSc offers students an excellent preparation for FRCS (Orth) and/or further research in this field.

Why study this degree at UCL?

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 and oncologists to clinical trials specialists and researchers. Our aim is to understand the causes of human disease and develop innovative therapies and technology to improve the quality of life of the people around us.

The Medical School has highly rated basic science expertise within its academic and clinical departments and students on the Trauma and Orthopaedics MSc programme benefit from a world-class research environment.

Visit the Trauma and Orthopaedics - MSc page on the University College London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a medical qualification from a UK university or an overseas qualification of equivalent standard. GMC registration and MRCS or equivalent is also required, and an NTN number (or two supporting references from your UK orthopaedic trainers).

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