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Fees and funding
Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website
Research Assessment Rating
Surgery: 75% Cancer, 70% other Hospital-based subjects rated 4* or 3*
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly.
Musculoskeletal Science (by Distance Learning) MSc
This Distance Learning MSc covers a broad spectrum of musculoskeletal topics, including basic science and clinical aspects. It aims to give students, in a multi-disciplinary setting, a holistic view of musculoskeletal science and medicine, and provides an in-depth knowledge of specific areas appropriate to each student's individual interests.
What will I learn?
Students develop essential scientific knowledge; basic research skills and multi-disciplinary musculoskeletal problems emphasised within the NHS framework. The programme emphasises the four major areas as identified by the Bone and Joint Decade - arthritis, osteoporosis, trauma and spinal disorders - as well as transferable skills and research methodology.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
The 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.
Students on this MSc gain an unparalleled grounding in musculoskeletal science, including a holistic view of clinical care as well as basic sciences. The programme is run at the internationally renowned Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore.
See subject website for more information:
Availability: Full-time 1 year
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a research project (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full time nine months and flexible study 2-5 years) is offered.
A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time three months) is offered.
All MSc students undertake an independent research project, which can be carried out at their own institution or hospital, and culminates in a dissertation and oral examination.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of web-based taught lectures, seminars, tutorials, on-line research forum, group project work and workshops. Assessment is through unseen written examination, coursework, and the dissertation and viva. Candidates are examined in the year in which they complete the programme.
Further details available on subject website:
Entry and application
A medical degree or a second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.
How to apply
You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps
The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding should take note of application deadlines. A local supervisor and a local mentor are required. The CV for local mentor and supervisor, together with their supporting letter should be sent with the application.
Who can apply?
The programme is designed to appeal to: medical trainees, with an interest in orthopaedics, rheumatology, geriatrics and sports medicine; GPs, osteopaths and complementary medicine professionals; nurses, physiotherapists and other allied health professionals; biologists and engineers; industry trainees for the pharmaceutical or medical device companies; and Health Service managers.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Musculoskeletal Science (by Distance Learning) at graduate level
- why you want to study Musculoskeletal Science (by Distance Learning) at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
This programme offers students from a wide variety of disciplines the opportunity to gain a higher degree in an exciting and rapidly developing field, and equips them to make a strong contribution to the development of musculoskeletal services. First destinations of recent graduates of the programme include:
- University Hospital Durham: Medical Doctor
- NHS: Physiotherapist
- UCL: Further study - Computational Material
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website: