Musculoskeletal Science MSc


The Musculoskeletal Science 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
  • Part-time 2-5 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £12,900
  • Overseas Full-time: £21,700

Application date

  • All applicants: 22 August 2014

More details in Application section.


What will I learn?

Students on this programme 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 and 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 modules (120 credits), and a research project (60 credits). Students will be awarded an MSc on successful completion of all taught modules and researsch project; a Postgraduate Diploma on successful completion of eight taught modules; a Postgraduate Certificate on successful completion of four taught modules.

Core Modules

  • Clinical Aspects of Musculoskeletal Medicine and Surgery, Part I
  • Musculoskeletal Biology, Part I
  • Musculoskeletal Biomechanics and Biomaterials, Part I
  • Musculoskeletal Epidemiology and Research Methodology, Part I

Options

  • Clinical Aspects of Musculoskeletal Medicine and Surgery, Part II
  • Musculoskeletal Biology, Part II
  • Musculoskeletal Biomechanics and Biomaterials, Part II
  • Musculoskeletal Epidemiology and Research Methodology, Part II
  • Clinical Experience in Musculoskeletal Surgery

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an independent research project that will contribute to cutting-edge scientific, clinical and industrial research, and culminates in a dissertation and oral examination.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of taught lectures, seminars, tutorials, group project work and workshops. Assessment is through online MCQs, coursework, and the dissertation and viva. Candidates are examined in the year in which they complete the programme.

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Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.


Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class medical degree or UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

International equivalencies

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 at graduate level
  • why you want to study Musculoskeletal Science 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
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


Career

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

Top career destinations for this programme

  • University Hospital Durham, Medical Director, 2009
  • Evangel Hospital JOS, Consultant, 2010
  • Royal National Orthopeadic Hospital, Physiotherapist, 2010
  • Leighton NHS Trust, Orthopeadic Registrar, 2011
  • Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, Doctor, 2011

Next steps

Contact

Ms Julie Cheek

T: +44 (0)20 8909 5494

Department

Division of Surgery & Interventional Science

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