Musculoskeletal Science (by Distance Learning) MSc
Options: PG Diploma, PG Certificate
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.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Distance learning
- UK/EU Full-time: £12,900
- Overseas Full-time: £21,700
- All applicants: 22 August 2014
More details in Application section.
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.
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:
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
A medical degree or a second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
English language proficiency level: Standard
How to apply
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.
The deadline for applications is 22 August 2014.
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
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"In addition to UCL and UCL Hospitals, London in general has all you need in terms of basic science and resources as well as clinical oncologists that want to team up with basic scientists to develop potent translational programs in cancer, autoimmunity, genetic diseases and so on."
Dr Sergio Quezada
Subject: Cancer Institute, Faculty: Medical Sciences
"I have attended a Congress in St Andrews with my supervisor regarding my dissertation project. It was wonderful to meet other scientists, to discuss their work and to use the experience to discover what really interests me."
Subject: Medicine, Faculty: Medical Sciences