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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 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.

Key Information

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma with fees set accordingly.

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£13,285 (FT)
Overseas:
£22,350 (FT)
Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. The tuition fee schedule for 2015/16 entry can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Application deadlines

All applicants:
1 August 2015

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 requirement: Standard

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.

International equivalencies

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 will aquire essential scientific knowledge, improve their basic research skills, and be equipped with the ability to solve the multi-disciplinary musculoskeletalproblems 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 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.

Core Modules

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

Options

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

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.

Funding

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

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 degree

  • Evangel Hospital JOS, Consultant, 2010,
  • Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Physiotherapist, 2010,
  • Leighton NHS Trust, Orthopaedic Registrar, 2011,
  • Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, Doctor, 2011,
  • PhD, Oxford University, 2014,
  • Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Orthopaedic Registrar, 2014,

Why 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 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 Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore.

Student / staff ratios › 140 staff › 228 taught students › 91 research students

Department: Division of Surgery & Interventional Science

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-08-01

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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