Division of Surgery & Interventional Science

Trauma & Orthopaedics MSc 4

Professional Doctorate in Orthopaedics

The Doc Orth (Professional Doctorate in Orthopaedics) is designed to train the next generation of academic orthopaedic surgeons. This programme will bring together all three elements of training under one professional doctoral programme:

  1. a taught element. 
  2. a reflective clinical competence and 
  3. high quality research.  

It complements clinical training, up-regulating the scientific and ORIGINAL research content. Combined with the existing Higher Surgical Training programme, this course will offer students both an excellent preparation for FRCS(Orth) and a doctorate with an original research element. The main driver is 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 target group for this course are orthopaedic surgical trainees with National Training Numbers (which implies also GMC registration and the MRCS), who are interested in pursuing academic career and/or those who have a keen interest in research. Intake is restricted to 2-3 per year.  This is a Ph.D level (8) degree. i.e. a professional Doctorate.

Entry requirements

MD(Res) students are required to have a medical degree (MBBS), or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, GMC registration, MRCS and Higher Surgical Training Number in Trauma and Orthopaedics. For overseas students a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 is required.

How to apply

An application form is available from the UCL Graduate School web site. Please enclose a copy of your Curriculum Vitae with the application form as failure to do so will delay the processing of your application form. Students can begin their studies throughout the academic year.


*All fees quoted are for the session 2015/16 and are related to the whole session. Fees for subsequent years are subject to increase and this is implicit in accepting the offer of a place at UCL.

If you have further questions please contact Teaching Administrator, Tufael Hussain: dsis.pgr@ucl.ac.uk

Teaching Administrator  Tufael Hussain dsis.pgr@ucl.ac.uk +44 (0) 207 679 6479
Programme Director  Professor Alister Hart  a.hart@ucl.ac.uk  
Programme Director  Professor Vivek Mudera  v.mudera@ucl.ac.uk