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MSc / PgDip / PgCert Trauma and Orthopaedics: Spinal

Course Description

This course has been produced in consultation with clinical specialists and in partnership with specialist spinal centres to ensure that it provides the appropriate content for you to progress in spinal management 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 delivered on campus days with consultant guided distance learning coupled with work-based learning tailored to individual aspirations. This course will also give you access to expertise in clinical assessment, spinal pathology management strategies 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-spinal

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 modules
• 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 and specialist units 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 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.

For those attending full-time, additional observational placements are an integral part of the course. These are arranged for specialist areas of spinal orthopaedics, in key spinal departments.

Research skills sessions are integrated throughout the course.


• Spinal Orthopaedics (30 credits)
• Applied Orthopaedic Radiology (30 credits)
• Extending Proficiencies in Orthopaedics (30 credits)
• Clinical Biomechanics (30 credits)
• Dissertation (60 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.

You will also gain networking opportunities with experts and peers in the field of spinal management

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

Visit the MSc / PgDip / PgCert Trauma and Orthopaedics: Spinal 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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