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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.

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)

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

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.

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Programme Director


  • MSc only

Mode of study

  • Flexible: Up to 5 years

Tuition fees

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

Application deadline

  • 1st October 2016

Programme Administrator

Stephanie McColl

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



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