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Surgery and Interventional Science

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.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration
Full time: 1 year
Flexible: 2-5 years
Tuition Fees (2017/18)
£14,370 (FT) N/A (PT)
£24,140 (FT) N/A (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 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, Bloomsbury

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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Degree Information

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

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.

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


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

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Programme Director


  • PG Certificate
  • PG Diploma

Mode of study

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 - 5 years

Application deadline

  • 2 September 2016

Programme Administrator

Stephanie McColl

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