MSc in Trauma and Orthopaedics

MSc in Trauma and Orthopaedics

Course tutors:
Mr Andy Goldberg OBE, Mr Barry Ferris

Administrative contact - Julie Cheek, Divisional Teaching Administrator 
UCL Institute of Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Science, RNOH Trust, Brockley Hill, Stanmore, Middlesex, HA7 4LP

T: 020 8909 5494 | E:

Duration of Programme - Four years; part-time; every Wednesday afternoon.

For students wishing to have a more flexible learning option please consider the MSc in Musculoskeletal Science – either one year full time or four years part-time. The MSc Musculoskeletal Science also offers a flexible distance learning option.

Programme aims

The pioneering Trauma & Orthopaedics MSc has been designed to reflect the growing trend towards greater integration of clinical service, research and education in the NHS, as exemplified by the development of the various Academic Health Sciences Centre models, in order to speed the development of improvements in patient care.

The programme complements clinical higher surgical training. In partnership with the existing NE London Higher Surgical Training programme, the MSc in Trauma & Orthopaedics offers students an excellent preparation for FRCS (Tr&Orth) as well as a UCL MSc degree with a high quality supervised research project. The target group for this course is orthopaedic surgical trainees with GMC registration and the MRCS or equivalent. Students must either possess an NTN Number or have two supporting references from their trainers that they are dedicated and committed orthopaedic surgeons in training.

Teaching comprises lectures, seminars, tutorials and consultant clinical conferences with an online resource of recorded lectures and podcasts

Course structure:

  • ORTHG016: Trauma Theory and Upper Limb (15 credits)
  • ORTHG017: Trauma of the Spine and Lower Limb (15 credits)
  • ORTHG018: Paediatric Trauma (15 credits)
  • ORTHG019: Children’s Orthopaedics (15 credits)
  • ORTHG020: Oncology (15 credits)
  • ORTHG021: Orthopaedics – Upper limb (15 credits)
  • ORTHG022: Orthopaedics – The Spine and Research Methodology (15 credits)
  • ORTHG023: Orthopaedics – Lower limb (15 credits)
  • ORTHG098: Research Project


Each taught module will be assessed by two hours unseen examination. In addition there is a Research Project (60 credits). Project planning and data collection for the research project can be carried out at any time over the duration of the trainee’s rotation. Submission of dissertation and viva should ideally take place in year four of the MSc.

Postgraduate awards

Students who successfully complete one module will be awarded 15 credits. Within four years, a total of 60 credits will qualify for an M-level Certificate, 120 credits qualifies for M-level Diploma and 180 credits (including 60 credits research module) qualifies for the MSc Degree.

Entry Requirements

All of the following: Medical degree; GMC registration; MRCS or equivalent qualification; An NTN number (or two supporting references from their UK trainers).

If you do not fulfil these requirements please look at our more flexible MSc in Musculoskeletal Science.


  • Number of students
    : Maximum 10
  • Closing date for
    : Friday 1 August 2014

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