UCL Division of Surgery and Interventional Science


Orthopaedic Science iBSc

Orthopaedics now encompasses many disciplines, including materials science, biomechanics, medical physics, nanotechnology, molecular biology, tissue engineering, cell therapies and genetics.

Orthopaedic surgery itself is advancing rapidly with the benefit of these new areas in science. These advances in clinical practice depend on the findings of current medical research. More than ever, specialists in the field will need to be trained and involved in the research process to understand the scientific basis for these new developments.

The programme 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. A large proportion of the programme is dedicated to a laboratory-based research project with training and hands-on experience in research methodology and skills needed to carry out medical research successfully in orthopaedics and other related disciplines.

Application Process

Entry requirements
The successful completion of pre-clinical MBBS year 2.

How to apply

All MBBS students are required to complete an application form which will be available on Moodle. Further details about the allocation process for 2015/16 will be emailed to students in January 2015. 

Who can apply?

The IBSc is a compulsory part of the MBBS programme, however exemptions can be given in exceptional circumstances these will need to be approved by Dr Brenda Cross, Faculty Tutor.

External applicants

We are now accepting external applicants for this programme.

If you have further questions please contact Programme Director, Dr Stephen Taylor: stephen.taylor@ucl.ac.uk

Mode of Study

  • Full-time: 1 year

A one-year intercalated BSc course comprises 4 “units”. In the Orthopaedic Science iBSc, there are 5 “taught” parts to the course, each one counting as a 'half-course’ unit and one research project, which counts as 1.5 complete units (3 half-units). A “taught” half unit is usually taken over 3 weeks. The research project lasts 3 months.