UCL Graduate degrees


Orthopaedics MSc

The MSc Orthopaedics aims to integrate higher-level team based education in Orthopaedics & allied specialties. Clinical practice worldwide has a strong tradition of allied teams working together towards achieving the common goal of successful patient outcome.

Key information

Please note: We are sorry but this programme is not accepting applications for 2020/21 entry.

Programme starts

September 2020

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years

Application dates

We are sorry, but this programme is no longer accepting applications for 2020 entry.

Tuition fees (2020/21)

£12,470 (FT)
£6,205 (PT)
£29,260 (FT)
£14,730 (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 Students website.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

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.

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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About this degree

The MSc Orthopaedics will enhance knowledge in a range of Orthopaedic topics. 

Students will study clinical orthopaedics specific to upper limb, lower limb, trauma, paediatrics, oncology and spine. In addition depending on the optional modules chosen, students will also be taught evidence-based medicine, sports & exercise medicine, bio-medical engineering, and musculoskeletal medicine or perioperative medicine.

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

MSc students complete a 180 credit programme: eight taught modules (120 credits), and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Students can select up to three optional modules (45 credits).

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Orthopaedics.

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 is subject to change.

Compulsory modules

  • Trauma Theory and Upper Limb
  • Children’s Orthopaedics
  • Upper limb
  • The Spine and Research Methodology
  • Lower limb
  • Research Project

Optional modules

Students can select up to three optional modules (45 credits) in the following subjects:

  • Towards a New Model in Perioperative Care
  • Data and Statistics in Perioperative Care
  • Rehabilitation of Sports Injuries
  • Clinical Aspects of Musculoskeletal Medicine and Surgery
  • Musculoskeletal Biomechanics and Biomaterials

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.

Additional costs

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

Students will be required to 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.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.


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


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

Students will learn to work in a team of allied clinical staff, replicating their day-to-day set up in their own institutions. Other transferable skills will be gained such as research methodology, evidence gathering, presenting evidence in a structured argument and self appraisal which will be useful for future employment.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This MSc is closely linked to UCLH, which has a strong tradition of high quality research in Orthopaedics & allied specialities.

This unique platform will offer the opportunity to experience first hand taught modules in orthopaedics with additional modules in an allied sub-specialties of your choice.

You will use classroom and online activities to complete your chosen modules although research projects have to be completed at dedicated sites.

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

Department: Division of Surgery & Interventional Science

Application and next steps


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.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £80 for online applications and £105 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

This novel teaching program aims to enrol professional students who are all connected by the common theme of orthopedics but aspiring to excel in the several allied sub-specialties such as (but not limited to) surgeons, physiotherapist, sports practitioners, nursing and scrub practitioners, clinical researchers.

Application deadlines

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 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.

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