MSc Orthopaedic Surgery

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Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences
Awards available MSc , PG Certificate (Postgraduate Certificate), PG Diploma (Postgraduate Diploma)
Programme length Two years part-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes, part-time only
The is a part-time programme requiring weekday attendance each month for lectures and seminars. Online participation is available. The annual examination day requires attendance on a weekday. Meetings with supervisors are to coincide with attendance for learning activities.
Start date September 2021

Programme overview

This part-time MSc programme gives you the opportunity to complete a personalised and relevant master's-level degree that requires minimal study time away from clinical practice. It makes use of motivated and experienced clinical trainers to deliver a programme that will translate to excellent, individualised academic surgical practice. The programme complements your clinical career, will expand your academic skills and offers the flexibility to focus on areas of practice that are relevant to your career plans.

The programme is divided into clinical, research methods and research project modules, all of which are completed on a part-time basis. The clinical component is designed with practical clinical relevance in mind. You will direct your own learning towards topics and sub-specialty areas that you are interested in and are relevant to your career. Learning is assessed through extended case presentations, poster displays and reflective writing, which requires minimal time away from patient care and mirrors the professional activities of a clinician scientist in orthopaedic surgery.

The research methods component comprises seminars in techniques of critical appraisal, trial design, data manipulation and analysis. A combination of formative and programme-level assessment will be used to demonstrate what you have learned.

The research project module offers an opportunity to carry out and deliver a high-quality study with academic supervision; the expectation is that this work would be submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Fees for 2021/22

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2021/22 are as follows:

UK/EU: part-time
Overseas (including EU): part-time
Channel Islands/Isle of Man: part-time

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2021/22


Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

Clinical modules (20 credits each): You will select four of the seven available clinical units, each lasting for six months (part-time). These will allow you to focus on the specific areas of orthopaedic surgery that are most relevant for your career.

Research Methods (40-credit unit): The compulsory research methods unit will train you in research skills that are translatable to clinical practice, and will inform the conduct of your clinical and research project units.

Research Project (60-credit unit): The research project runs alongside the five other units. It enables you to employ the skills learned in the other components of the programme to produce a quality piece of academic writing, which would normally be either a systematic review of a clinical problem, a technique explored during the clinical elements, or a novel piece of work using novel data.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc in Orthopaedic Surgery.

Entry requirements

Applicants should be Specialist Registrars, Core Trainees or equivalent in orthopaedic surgery. For Core Trainees and equivalent, rotations and placements must be applicable to orthopaedic surgery and allow coverage of four of the clinical modules. They must hold a primary medical degree (e.g. MBChB or equivalent) plus be qualified to the level of MRCS or equivalent.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile B
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement


Students participating in this programme will already be enrolled in higher surgical training, with the expectation that they will complete their training within orthopaedic surgery and combine this with an academic surgical practice.

How to apply
Application deadline: 31 July 2021 for International applicants. 19 August 2021 for UK and EU applicants. Early applications recommended; places may fill before the deadline. As students from different regions tend to apply at different points in the application period, applications from some regions may close earlier in the year.

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Contact details

Professor Andrew Judge Programme Director Phone: +44 (0) 117 414 7996 Email:

Mr Jonathan Evans Programme Director Phone: +44 (0) 117 414 7865 Email:

Musculoskeletal Research Unit
University of Bristol
Level 1 Learning and Research Building
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School website: Bristol Medical School: Translational Health Sciences

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REF 2014 results

  • Clinical Medicine:
  • 31% of research is world-leading (4*)
  • 48% of research is internationally excellent (3*)
  • 20% of research is recognised internationally (2*)
  • 1% of research is recognised nationally (1*)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.


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