Orthopaedics MSc

London, Bloomsbury

The MSc Orthopaedics integrates higher-level, team-based education in orthopaedics and associated specialties. Clinical practice worldwide has a strong tradition of allied teams working together towards successful patient outcome. You will have taught classes and access to day-to-day experience working in a busy tertiary orthopaedic department at UCL Hospitals.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2023/24)
Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2023
Applications accepted
All applicants: 17 Oct 2022 – 30 Jun 2023

Applications open

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, along with registration with a relevant professional body.

The English language level for this programme is: Level 1

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

Enhance your knowledge across a wide range of orthopaedic topics on UCL's internationally regarded, specialist master's. The programme covers all the main aspects of clinical orthopaedics specific to upper limb, lower limb, trauma, paediatrics, oncology, and the spine.

Depending on the modules you choose, you will also be able to study evidence-based medicine, sports and exercise medicine, biomedical engineering and musculoskeletal medicine or perioperative medicine.

The programme's main highlight is exposure to surgeons and clinicians who are at the forefront of managing complex orthopaedic presentations. If you wish, you will have the opportunity to develop clinical and research links with these clinicians.

You will complete a research project thesis and viva and be encouraged to work alongside clinicians and researchers to make the projects clinically relevant and translatable.

Who this course is for

This novel teaching programme aims to enrol professional students who are all connected by the common theme of orthopaedics but aspiring to excel in their sub-specialty, such as surgeons, physiotherapists, sports practitioners, nursing and scrub practitioners and clinical researchers.

The course is also popular among allied medical professionals such as nurses, physiotherapists, and occupational therapists.

The programme is open to overseas students who wish to experience the high standards of UCL education and want to enhance their skills and credentials with an internationally recognised prestigious qualification.

What this course will give you

  • The opportunity to study at UCL Hospitals (UCLH), which has a strong tradition of high-quality research in orthopaedics and associated specialities.
  • The opportunity to experience taught modules in orthopaedics, with additional modules in an associated sub-specialty of your choice.
  • The chance to use classroom and online activities to complete your chosen modules, though research projects must be completed at dedicated sites.

The foundation of your career

The course helps students with their career progression, giving them skills that can be directly translated into clinical practice. Successful candidates return to their countries and organisations with enhanced knowledge of, and skills in, orthopaedics. The opportunities to carry out research and observe senior surgeons are unparalleled.


The MSc in Orthopaedics is designed to teach students to apply knowledge from a range of topics, as well as from the chosen stream of optional modules, depending on their area of interest and expertise.

You will learn to work in a team of allied clinical staff, replicating their day-to-day set up in your own institutions.

You will gain other transferable skills too, such as research methodology, evidence gathering, presenting evidence in a structured argument and self-appraisal which will be useful for future employment.

Teaching and learning

Students will be assessed by a variety of methods, including unseen written examinations, multiple choice questions (MCQ), coursework assignments, short and long answer questions, forum discussion, dissertation, and oral presentations.

  • The full-time (one year) MSc consists of approximately 12 hours of teaching and 12 hours of independent learning a week during term time.
  • The part-time (two year) MSc and PGDip consists of approximately six hours of teaching and six hours of independent learning a week during term time.


As a full-time programme, the course consists of five taught modules and a dissertation/report. Candidates also choose two options from a range of optional modules.

During the first two terms, you will take all the taught modules. The research modules can start at any time but must be completed by the third term.

The research project is usually clinical, enabling you to carry out translational research or strengthening your research methodology to use in your future career.

Part-time students complete the same modules over two years, choosing to take three of the compulsory modules in the first year and the others in the second year.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability are subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

MSc students complete a 180 credit programme: eight taught modules (120 credits), and a research dissertation (60 credits). Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Orthopaedics.


A clinical placement is not a requirement. However, if you wish to experience clinical practice in the UK or specialist surgery practice at UCLH, we can arrange short clinical placements. We recommend planning ahead with the programme team to ensure you can get the most from the experience. A clinical placement does not impact your grades.


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Online - Open day

Graduate Open Events: Orthopaedics MSc

Join us online to find out more about our exciting Orthopaedics MSc programme. The MSc Orthopaedics integrates higher-level, team-based education in orthopaedics and associated specialties. Clinical practice worldwide has a strong tradition of allied teams working together towards successful patient outcome. This online session will provide an overview of the Orthopaedics MSc programme, followed by a Q&A session with our programme lead, Dr Sujith Konan.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2023/24) £16,100 £8,050
Tuition fees (2023/24) £35,000 £17,500

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

  • The core textbooks are available in the UCL Library, and journal articles in your reading lists are also mostly available electronically.
  • Some students like to purchase their own textbooks or print course documents. We suggest allowing approximately £100 per year.
  • You may be required to print and bind two copies of your research project at approx. £25-£50.
  • All students pay for their DBS check if this is required for the programme or placement. For the latest details, please check the government website.
  • Students pay for their travel costs to placements or project locations.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Next steps

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Orthopaedics at graduate level
  • why you want to study Orthopaedics at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging 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.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

Choose your programme

Please read the Application Guidance before proceeding with your application.

Year of entry: 2023-2024

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