Trauma & Orthopaedics MSc

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About the course

The Trauma and 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 Science Centre models, in order to speed the development of improvements in patient care.

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Key Information

Application date: 

Close: 28 July 2017 

Degree Information

The programme complements clinical training, with a particular focus on the scientific and research content. Students develop an advanced understanding of orthopaedics and trauma and develop an appreciation of scientific research in terms of appraisal of the current scientific literature/evidence and experimental design, practice and analysis. 

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits). 

The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits). 

Core Modules 

Trauma, Theory and Upper Limb 
Trauma of the Spine and Lower Limbs 
Paediatric Trauma 
Children's Orthopaedics 
Orthopaedics – Upper Limb 
Orthopaedics – the Spine and Research Methodology 
Orthopaedics – Lower Limb 
Research Project 


There are no optional modules for this programme. 


All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 8,000–10,000 words.


The programme aims to enhance the training of orthopaedic trainees, promoting a scientific approach to surgery. Combined with the existing NE London Higher Surgical Training programme, this MSc offers students an excellent preparation for FRCS (Orth) and/or further research in this field. 

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. 

The Medical School has highly rated basic science expertise within its academic and clinical departments and students on the Trauma and Orthopaedics MSc programme benefit from a world-class research environment. 

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. 

Who can apply? 

The programme is particularly aimed at orthopaedic surgical trainees who are part of the NE London Higher Surgical Training programme. It is also open to all UK orthopaedic surgeons who are interested in combining clinical skill with basic orthopaedic science to enhance their career. 

What are we looking for? 

When we assess your application we would like to learn: 

Why you want to study Trauma and Orthopaedics at graduate level 
Why you want to study Trauma and Orthopaedics 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 higher 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 Trauma and Orthopaedics MSc page on the University College London web site for more details!


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