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MSc / PgDip / PgCert Trauma and Orthopaedics: Lower Limb

Course Description

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 lower limb orthopaedics in the current climate. Supported by 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 coupled with work-based learning tailored to individual aspirations. This course will also give you access to expertise in clinical assessment, rehabilitation, lower limb pathology and biomechanics as well as specialist surgical skills workshops.

Modules can also be taken as stand-alone courses for continuing professional development.

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/trauma-and-orthopaedics-lower-limb

Suitable For

This course is aimed at medical orthopaedic trainees, GPs and specialist orthopaedic practitioners working in either Primary or Secondary Health Care settings.

We welcome applications from both NHS and Private sectors.

Course detail

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 module
• Postgraduate Diploma: four modules
• Masters: 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, specialist units and sports clubs are arranged for full-time students in the specialist areas of lower 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 between three to six days depending on the module with distance online learning released weekly, live webinars and tutorials using a variety of media. 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 module in the course employs a variety of teaching strategies considered most appropriate for delivery of the aims and objectives. A student-led approach to learning will be encouraged throughout with directed and personal study will perform an integral part of the course.

The clinical module, lower limb, 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. Placements are offered in key orthopaedic departments and sports clubs.

Research skills sessions are integrated throughout the course.


• Lower Limb Orthopaedics (30 credits)
• Extending Proficiencies in Orthopaedics (30 credits)
• Clinical Biomechanics (30 credits)
• Dissertation (60 credits)
• Applied Orthopaedic Radiology (30 credits)
• Professional and Business Management for Health Professionals (30 credits)


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
• Electronic portfolio of evidence

Career Prospects

This course has been produced in consultation with clinical specialists to ensure that it provides the appropriate content for orthopaedic trainees and advanced practitioners in both Primary and Secondary Care. You will gain the skills and qualification to compete for specialist posts in orthopedics within the NHS and private sector.

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.

Non-medical health professionals have advanced to specialist roles. Completion of the Extended Proficiency module provides students with an electronic portfolio of evidence of practice competency.

Networking opportunities with experts and peers in the field of upper limb management.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

Visit the MSc / PgDip / PgCert Trauma and Orthopaedics: Lower Limb page on the University of Salford website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants should be:Orthopaedic doctors with MBBCh or equivalentBSc (Hons) graduates with an appropriate health care degreeProspective students will usually be required to have achieved a 2.1 Honours Degree, but consideration will be given to students with a 2.2 Honours Degree with appropriate experience and satisfactory references.

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