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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 multidisciplinary setting, a holistic view of musculoskeletal science, orthopaedic bioengineering and medicine, and provides an in-depth knowledge of specific areas appropriate to each student's individual interests.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Flexible: 2-5 years

Tuition fees (2017/18)

£14,370 (FT) N/A (PT)
£24,140 (FT) N/A (PT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 3 October 2016
Close: 28 July 2017

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.
Location: London, Bloomsbury

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.

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.

International students

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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Degree information

Students on this MSc programme acquire essential scientific knowledge, improve their basic research skills, and are equipped with the ability to solve the 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, and transferable skills and research methodology in orthopaedic bioengineering.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of eight taught modules (120 credits), and a research project (60 credits).

Students will be awarded an MSc on successful completion of all taught modules and research project; a Postgraduate Diploma on successful completion of eight taught modules (all core modules plus any four from options); and a Postgraduate Certificate on successful completion of four taught modules.

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 and flexible study up to two years) is offered.

Core modules

  • Clinical Aspects of Musculoskeletal Medicine and Surgery, Part I
  • Musculoskeletal Tissue Biology - Form and Function
  • Musculoskeletal Biomechanics and Biomaterials, Part I
  • Research Methodology and Generic Skills

Optional modules

Up to 60 credits of optional modules (4 modules) drawn from the following:

  • Clinical Aspects of Musculoskeletal Medicine and Surgery, Part II
  • Musculoskeletal Tissue Biology - Disease and Dysfunction
  • Musculoskeletal Biomechanics and Biomaterials, Part II
  • Research Governance
  • Clinical Experience in Musculoskeletal Surgery
  • Surgical Skills in Orthopaedic Surgery


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 voce. Candidates are examined in the year in which they complete the programme.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Musculoskeletal Science MSc


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. The students can develop their careers in healthcare sector, medical device industry and bio-industry, regenerative medicine, regulatory bodies, as well as academic community.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Orthopaedic Surgeon, St Thomas' Hospital (NHS)
  • MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery), King's College London
  • Medical Research on Replacement Joints, Cardiff University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant, Watford General Hospital (NHS)
  • Orthopaedic Surgeon, Assaswa International Hospital

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012–2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

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, biologists, bioengineers and material scientists and oncologists, to clinical trials specialists and researchers. Our aim is to understand the causes of human musculoskeletal disease and develop innovative therapies and technology to improve the quality of life.

Students on this MSc will gain an unparalleled grounding in musculoskeletal science and orthopaedic bioengineering, including a holistic view of clinical care as well as orthopaedic sciences and bioengineering. The programme is run at the internationally renowned Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore.

Department: Division of Surgery & Interventional Science

Student / staff numbers › 152 staff including 22 postdocs › 360 taught students › 116 research students

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Division of Surgery & Interventional Science
99% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

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 for: medical trainees or GPs who wish to take their career to next level in orthopaedics and sports medicine; osteopaths and complementary medicine professionals; nurses, physiotherapists and other allied health professionals; engineering or biological science graduates who wish to develop their career in healthcare sector.

Application deadlines

All applicants
28 July 2017

For more information see our Applications page.

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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.

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