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Surgery and Interventional Science


Trauma & Orthopaedics MSc

The pioneering Trauma & 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 Sciences Centre models, in order to speed the development of improvements in patient care.

The programme complements clinical higher surgical training. In partnership with the existing NE London Higher Surgical Training programme, the MSc in Trauma & Orthopaedics offers students an excellent preparation for FRCS (Tr&Orth) as well as a UCL MSc degree with a high quality supervised research project. The target group for this course is orthopaedic surgical trainees with GMC registration and the MRCS or equivalent. Students must either possess an NTN Number or have two supporting references from their trainers that they are dedicated and committed orthopaedic surgeons in training.

Mode of study

  • Flexible: 4 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits). Students will be awarded an MSc on successful completion of all taught modules and research project; Postgraduate Diploma on successful completion of all taught modules; Postgraduate Certificate on successful completion of four taught modules.

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) is offered.

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


  • 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 course will be assessed by a two hours unseen examination. The submission of the dissertation and viva for assessment will take places in the final year of the programme.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website:

Programme Director


  • MSc only

Mode of study

  • Flexible: Up to 5 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £10,800

Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

Application deadline

  • 19 September 2014

Programme Administrator

Stephanie McColl

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


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