Msc in Orthopaedics


Program Description


The MSc Orthopaedics aims to integrate higher-level team-based education in Orthopedics & allied specialities. Clinical practice worldwide has a strong tradition of allied teams working together towards achieving the common goal of the successful patient outcome.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

About this degree

The MSc Orthopaedics will enhance knowledge in a range of Orthopaedic topics.

Students will study clinical orthopaedics specific to the upper limb, lower limb, trauma, paediatrics, oncology and spine. In addition depending on the optional modules chosen, students will also be taught evidence-based medicine, sports & exercise medicine, biomedical engineering, and musculoskeletal medicine or perioperative medicine.

Students will complete a research project thesis and viva and will be encouraged to work alongside clinicians and researchers in order to make the projects clinically relevant and translatable.

MSc students complete a 180 credit programme: eight taught modules (120 credits), and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Students can select up to three optional modules (45 credits).

Compulsory modules

  • Trauma Theory and Upper Limb
  • Children’s Orthopaedics
  • Upper limb
  • The Spine and Research Methodology
  • Lower limb
  • Research Project

Optional modules

Students can select up to three optional modules (45 credits) in the following subjects:

  • Towards a New Model in Perioperative Care
  • Data and Statistics in Perioperative Care
  • Rehabilitation of Sports Injuries
  • Clinical Aspects of Musculoskeletal Medicine and Surgery
  • Musculoskeletal Biomechanics and Biomaterials

Teaching and learning

Students will be assessed by a variety of methods, including unseen written examinations, Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ), coursework assignments, short and long answer questions, forum discussion, dissertation and oral presentations.


The MSc in Orthopaedics is designed to teach students to apply knowledge from a range of Orthopaedic topics as well as from the chosen stream of optional modules depending on their area of interest and expertise.

Students will learn to work in a team of allied clinical staff, replicating their day-to-day set up in their own institutions. Other transferable skills will be gained such as research methodology, evidence gathering, presenting evidence in a structured argument and self-appraisal which will be useful for future employment.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This MSc is closely linked to UCLH, which has a strong tradition of high-quality research in Orthopaedics & allied specialities.

This unique platform will offer the opportunity to experience first hand taught modules in orthopaedics with additional modules in an allied sub-specialities of your choice.

You will use classroom and online activities to complete your chosen modules although research projects have to be completed at dedicated sites.

The programme is open to overseas students who wish to experience the high standards of UCL education and have a desire to enhance their skills and credentials with an internationally recognized prestigious qualification.


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

This novel teaching program aims to enrol professional students who are all connected by the common theme of orthopaedics but aspiring to excel in the several allied sub-specialities such as (but not limited to) surgeons, physiotherapist, sports practitioners, nursing and scrub practitioners, clinical researchers.

Last updated Nov 2018

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