Musculoskeletal Science MSc

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About the course

The Musculoskeletal Science MSc covers a broad spectrum of musculoskeletal topics, including basic science and clinical aspects. It aims to give students, in a multi-disciplinary setting, a holistic view of musculoskeletal science and medicine, and provides an in-depth knowledge of specific areas appropriate to each student's individual interests.

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Key Information

Application date: 

Close: 28 July 2017 

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma with fees set accordingly.

Degree Information

Students on this MSc programme acquire essential scientific knowledge, improve their basic research skills, and are equipped with the ability to solve the multi-disciplinary musculoskeletal problems emphasised within the NHS framework. The programme emphasises the four major areas as identified by the Bone and Joint Decade - arthritis, osteoporosis, trauma and spinal disorders, as well as transferable skills and research methodology. 

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. 

Core Modules 

  • Clinical Aspects of Musculoskeletal Medicine and Surgery, Part I 
  • Musculoskeletal Biology, Part I 
  • Musculoskeletal Biomechanics and Biomaterials, Part I 
  • Musculoskeletal Epidemiology and Research Methodology, Part I 


  • Clinical Aspects of Musculoskeletal Medicine and Surgery, Part II 
  • Musculoskeletal Biology, Part II 
  • Musculoskeletal Biomechanics and Biomaterials, Part II 
  • Musculoskeletal Epidemiology and Research Methodology, Part II 
  • Clinical Experience in Musculoskeletal 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.


This programme offers students from a wide variety of disciplines the opportunity to gain a higher degree in an exciting and rapidly developing field, and equips them to make a strong contribution to the development of musculoskeletal services. 

Top career destinations for this degree: 

  • Medical Doctor, NHS Musgrove Park Hospital (2012) 
  • Orthopaedic Surgeon, St Thomas' Hospital (2013) 
  • Orthopaedic Registrar, Leighton NHS Trust (2011) 
  • Doctor, Edinburgh Royal Infirmary (2011) 
  • PhD student, Oxford University (2014) 
  • Orthopaedic Registrar, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (2014) 

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Division of Surgery & Interventional Science is part of one of the most prestigious medical schools in Europe, with a team of nearly 400 people, from surgeons and oncologists to clinical trials specialists and researchers. Our aim is to understand the causes of human disease and develop innovative therapies and technology to improve the quality of life of the people around us. 

Students on this MSc will gain an unparalleled grounding in musculoskeletal science, including a holistic view of clinical care as well as basic sciences. The programme is run at the internationally renowned Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore. 

Application and next steps

  • Applications 

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. 

Who can apply? 

The programme is designed to appeal to: medical trainees, with an interest in orthopaedics, rheumatology, geriatrics and sports medicine; GPs; osteopaths and complementary medicine professionals; nurses, physiotherapists and other allied health professionals; biologists and engineers; industry trainees for the pharmaceutical or medical device companies; and health service managers. 

What are we looking for? 

  • When we assess your application we would like to learn: 
  • why you want to study Musculoskeletal Science at graduate level 
  • why you want to study Musculoskeletal Science at UCL 
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme 
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this 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 

For more information see the Applications page

Visit the Musculoskeletal Science MSc page on the University College London web site for more details!

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