Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Flexible: 2-5 years
- Distance learning: available
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £13,685 (FT)
- £23,020 (FT)
A medical degree or a second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
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.
The English language level for this programme is: Standard
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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Students on this MSc programme will acquire essential scientific knowledge, improve their basic research skills, and be equipped with the ability to solve the multidisciplinary 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.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a research project (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months and flexible study up to five years) is offered.
A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time three months) is offered.
- 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
- 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
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, online research forum, group project work and workshops. Assessment is through unseen written examination, coursework, and the dissertation and viva voce. Candidates are examined in the year in which they complete the programme.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
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
Why 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 will 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.
Student / staff ratios › 152 staff › 266 taught students › 141 research students
Department: Division of Surgery & Interventional Science
Application and next steps
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?
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.
- All applicants
- 2 September 2016
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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