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Trauma and Orthopaedics MSc

The Trauma and Orthopaedics MSc has been designed to reflect the growing trend towards greater integration of clinical service, research and education in the NHS, as exemplified by the development of the various Academic Health Science Centre models, in order to speed up the development of improvements in patient care.

Key information

Programme starts

October 2016

Modes and duration

Flexible: up to 5 years

Students are expected to attend teaching at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore every Wednesday (from 5pm to 7pm) during term times.

Tuition fees (2017/18)

£12,020 (FT) N/A (PT)
£25,890 (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.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a medical qualification from a UK university or an overseas qualification of equivalent standard.

GMC registration and MRCS or equivalent is also required, and an NTN number (or two supporting references from your UK orthopaedic trainers).

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

The programme complements clinical training, with a particular focus on the scientific and research content. Students develop an advanced understanding of orthopaedics and trauma and develop an appreciation of scientific research in terms of appraisal of the current scientific literature/evidence and experimental design, practice and analysis.

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

Core modules

  • Trauma, Theory and Upper Limb
  • Trauma of the Spine and Lower Limbs
  • Paediatric Trauma
  • Children's Orthopaedics
  • Oncology
  • Orthopaedics - Upper Limb
  • Orthopaedics - the Spine and Research Methodology
  • Orthopaedics - Lower Limb
  • Research Project

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.


All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 8,000–10,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and consultant clinical conferences. Each taught module will be assessed by a two hour unseen examination. The submission of the dissertation and viva voce for assessment will take place in the final year of the programme.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Trauma and Orthopaedics 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.


The programme aims to enhance the training of orthopaedic trainees, promoting a scientific approach to surgery. Combined with the existing NE London Higher Surgical Training programme, this MSc offers students an excellent preparation for FRCS (Orth) and/or further research in this field.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL 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.

The Medical School has highly rated basic science expertise within its academic and clinical departments and students on the Trauma and Orthopaedics MSc programme benefit from a world-class research environment.

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 particularly aimed at orthopaedic surgical trainees who are part of the NE London Higher Surgical Training programme. It is also open to all UK orthopaedic surgeons who are interested in combining clinical skill with basic orthopaedic science to enhance their career.

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 Trauma and Orthopaedics at graduate level
  • why you want to study Trauma and Orthopaedics 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 higher 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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