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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. Please note that the teaching for this programme is held at the UCL Stanmore Campus on the site of the RNOH.

The Musculoskeletal Science MSc covers a broad spectrum of musculoskeletal topics, including basic science and clinical aspects. It aims to give students, in a multidisciplinary setting, a holistic view of musculoskeletal science, orthopaedic bioengineering and medicine, and provides an in-depth knowledge of specific areas appropriate to each student's individual interests.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration
Full time: 1 year
Flexible: 2-5 years
Tuition Fees (2017/18)
UK/EU:
£14,370 (FT)
Overseas:
£24,140 (FT)
Application deadlines
All applicants
Open: 3 October 2016
Close: 1 September 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.

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.
Location: London, Stanmore

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class medical degree or UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

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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Careers

This programme offers students from a wide variety of disciplines the opportunity to gain a higher degree in an exciting and rapidly developing field, and equips them to make a strong contribution to the development of musculoskeletal services. The students can develop their careers in healthcare sector, medical device industry and bio-industry, regenerative medicine, regulatory bodies, as well as academic community.

Recent career destinations for this degree
  • Orthopaedic Surgeon, St Thomas' Hospital (NHS)
  • MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery), King's College London
  • Medical Research on Replacement Joints, Cardiff University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant, Watford General Hospital (NHS)
  • Orthopaedic Surgeon, Assaswa International Hospital

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012–2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.


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Key Information

Programme starts

September 2017

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.
Location: London, Stanmore

Application and next steps

Applications

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 for: medical trainees or GPs who wish to take their career to next level in orthopaedics and sports medicine; osteopaths and complementary medicine professionals; nurses, physiotherapists and other allied health professionals; engineering or biological science graduates who wish to develop their career in healthcare sector.

Application deadlines
All applicants
1 September 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 Musculoskeletal Science at graduate level
  • why you want to study Musculoskeletal Science 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 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.

Contact Information

Degree last modified on 14 September 2017 at 16:54 by UCL Student Recruitment Marketing.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration
Full time: 1 year
Flexible: 2-5 years
Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.
Location: London, Stanmore

Degree Information

Students on this MSc programme acquire essential scientific knowledge, improve their basic research skills, and are equipped with the ability to solve the musculoskeletal problems emphasised within the NHS framework. The programme emphasises the four major areas as identified by the Bone and Joint Decade - arthritis, osteoporosis, trauma and spinal disorders, and transferable skills and research methodology in orthopaedic bioengineering.

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.

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months and flexible study up to five years) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time three months and flexible study up to two years) is offered.

Core modules
  • Clinical Aspects of Musculoskeletal Medicine and Surgery, Part I
  • Musculoskeletal Tissue Biology - Form and Function
  • Musculoskeletal Biomechanics and Biomaterials, Part I
  • Research Methodology and Generic Skills
Optional modules

Up to 60 credits of optional modules (4 modules) drawn from the following:

  • Clinical Aspects of Musculoskeletal Medicine and Surgery, Part II
  • Musculoskeletal Tissue Biology - Disease and Dysfunction
  • Musculoskeletal Biomechanics and Biomaterials, Part II
  • Research Governance
  • Clinical Experience in Musculoskeletal Surgery
  • Surgical Skills in Orthopaedic Surgery
Dissertation/report

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.

The programme will be taught mostly at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore, London. Some teaching will also take place in Bloomsbury.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Musculoskeletal Science MSc

Degree last modified on 14 September 2017 at 16:54 by UCL Student Recruitment Marketing.

Teaching Administrator Stephanie McColl  s.mccoll@ucl.ac.uk  0208 909 5850 
Programme Director  Dr Chaozong Liu  s.mccoll@ucl.ac.uk  0208 954 9427 

Dr Chaozong Liu

Chaozong Liu

Dr Chaozong Liu is a Non-clinical Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering, the programme leader of MSc in Musculoskeletal Science, and the group leader of Biomaterials & Osteochondral Tissue Engineering within the Division of Surgery & Interventional Science University College London. He has several years’ experience of biomaterials processing and development of medical devices. 
Dr Liu’s current research is directed toward the development of enhanced medical devices for treating musculoskeletal disorders, tissue repair and regeneration.  This is a growing area of interest at UCL Surgical & Interventional Science. His research in this area is supported by ARUK, Innovate UK, Horizon2020, EPSRC MeDe Innovation Centre and RoseTree Trusts, and from Fitzpatrick Referrals Ltd. He has developed a new osteochondral scaffold that is likely to have a strong potential in regeneration of bone and cartilage for early intervention of osteoarthritis. Preclinical study has demonstrated that the new osteochondral scaffold has the strength needed to bear the physical load of the joints and its patented biomedical structure encourages consistent cartilage fill. A glimpse of how this scaffold will perform has been given, with promising results, by Professor Noel Fitzpatrick of the Channel 4 TV series Supervet, where it was implanted in a pet dog shoulder to treat a large osteochondral defect. The recent awards from Innovate UK-MoST and EU HORIZON2020 have significantly boosted his research in this field.

He has published more than 100 publications include 54 peer reviewed Journal Papers, invited papers, presentations at key international conferences, three invited book chapters and the co-editor of one book. Dr Liu won Second award for progress in Science and Technology, Jilin Province, China, 1997, and Third award for progress in science and technology, the Ministry of the Chinese Machinery Industry, 1996. In 2009, I was awarded top 50 most cited author 2006-2009 by Elservier Press for the work on “Design and development of three-dimensional scaffolds for tissue engineering, which was published in Chemical Engineering Research and Design (2007) 85: 1051” (paper 11 on Publication list), and my presentation on Engineering Bone Tissue Scaffold was awarded the best paper in 17th Interdisciplinary Research Conference on Biomaterials. In 2007, I was selected as one of ten UK scientists in Biomaterials to participate in the UK-Spain Biomaterial Forum held in Barcelona, Spain. 

Esteem factors:
  • Member of EPSRC peer review college (2014 – present);
  • Founding member of International Society of Bionics Engineering (ISBE) (2010);
  • Editorial board of Journal of Bionics Engineering (2014 – present);
  • Editorial board member of Frontiers in Biomechanics (2014 – present);
  • Visiting professor to Jilin University (from 2010);
  • Organiser of Tissue and Cells Engineering Society (TCES) Annual conference 2014;
  • Elected prestigious visiting Fellow at St. John’s College Oxford (2009).
  • External examiner for Middlesex University’s MSc Clinical Physiology (Cardiac/Neurology);
  • Programme tutor for the UCL MSc in Musculoskeletal Science.