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Surgery and Interventional Science

Musculoskeletal Science

Musculoskeletal Science MSc

This multidisciplinary programme covers a broad spectrum of musculoskeletal topics, including basic science and clinical aspects of musculoskeletal disease. The programme emphasises the four major musculoskeletal areas as identified by the Bone and Joint Decade – arthritis, osteoporosis, trauma and spinal disorders, as well as transferable skills and research methodology. The MSc is also available via distance learning for students who wish to study at home - from anywhere in the UK or the world.

This programme offers students from a wide variety of disciplines the opportunity to gain a higher degree in an exciting and rapidly developing field, equipping them to make a strong contribution to the development of musculoskeletal services.

Key Information

Modes and duration
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Flexible: 2-5 years
Programme start date
September 2016

Degree Structure

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
  • 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 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 available on the department web site Musculoskeletal Science MSc


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.

Programme Director


  • PG Certificate
  • PG Diploma

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 deadline

  • Applications for 2016/17 will open on 5 October 2015

Programme Administrator

Stephanie McColl

Tel: +44(0) 20 8909 5850 / +44(0) 20 7679 6248


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