iBSc in Orthopaedic Science

Preparing the ligament - image by Zdenko Zivkovic


Course tutor: Dr Stephen Taylor

Administrative contact - Julie Cheek Teaching Administrator

UCL Institute of Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Science, RNOH Trust, Brockley Hill, Stanmore, Middlesex, HA7 4LP

T: 020 8909 5494 | E: j.cheek@ucl.ac.uk 

Programme aims

This course provides an opportunity to study the scientific basis of one of the most rapidly changing and exciting fields of surgery. The subject of orthopaedics now encompasses many different scientific specialities, such as material science, biomechanics, and biology of skeletal tissues. 

Orthopaedic surgery itself is advancing rapidly with the benefit of new techniques. More than ever, specialists in the field will need to understand the biological science behind these new developments. The course aims to present a broad-based understanding of how skeletal tissues function, how they degrade and repair, and how the design, manufacture and fixation of implants can be improved.

Course units and options

There are four parts to the course, each one counting as a 'half-course' unit and one research project, which counts as two complete units. All units are compulsory.

A total of four course units must be completed which includes the following (each half-unit will be taken over three weeks and the research project must be completed within 19 weeks):

1. Clinical Aspects of Orthopaedics (0.5 unit)

2. Biomaterials and Biomechanics (0.5 unit)

3. Skeletal Tissue Biology (0.5 unit)

4. Research Methodologies and Transferable Skills (0.5 unit)

5. Good Research Practice (0.5 unit)

6. Research Project (1.5 units)

Research Project

  • Chosen from a selection of project proposals
  • Good range of projects reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of the department
  • Supervised by lecturers and senior research staff
  • Linked to researcher's current work
  • Written up as a research paper
  • Students encouraged to publish work in peer reviewed journals and present at conferences

Each half-course unit consists of about 20 lectures, together with linked practical demonstrations, library-based assignments and problem solving sessions. There will also be visits arranged and demonstrations on and off site.

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