Postgraduate study
Health & Social Care

MCh Orthopaedics

This programme is open to UK and MTI (Medical Training Initiative) students in September 2018. This course provides postgraduate training for doctors specialising in orthopaedics and is delivered in collaboration with consultant orthopaedic surgeons from South Tees NHS Foundation Trust.

Course information


  • 2–5 years

More part-time details

  • Attendance with some distance learning available
  • Enrolment date: September 2018
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176

Contact details

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The course enables you to:

  • develop the knowledge, skills and resources necessary to perform evidence-based trauma and orthopaedic practice in order to support career progression
  • further develop an understanding of the knowledge and clinical principles underpinning contemporary orthopaedic surgery
  • foster a commitment to lifelong learning and an inquisitive approach to clinical practice
  • make a contribution to trauma and orthopaedic knowledge and/or clinical practice by undertaking an independent audit, research or evaluation project.
  • A flexible approach to course delivery has been used, and for the majority of modules you can choose to study by attending taught sessions or by distance learning.

In Year 1 you study a number of modules which develop your understanding of the principles underpinning clinical practice in trauma and orthopaedics and develop your skills in evidence-based practice, research methods and statistics. In Year 2 you undertake a 60-credit dissertation which involves planning, managing and writing up a small-scale research project, plus a 20-credit option module.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Designing Research Projects

You gain the knowledge and skills you need to design and manage a primary or secondary research audit or evaluation project that’s relevant to your practice. You also cover research governance and ethics, and prepare for applying for ethical approval or release. And we prepare you for your dissertation if you choose to progress to the master’s programme.

Evidence-based Practice

You enhance your skills as a professional practicing evidence-based health care. This module also helps your transition to postgraduate study. You develop key skills that are transferable to subsequent modules, such as literature searching and using advanced critical appraisal skills as an integral part of decision making in health and social care. You also learn how to apply the principles of change management to implement evidence in practice. We use a variety of approaches to teaching including e-learning, formal lectures, seminars and practical activities.

Practical Statistics

You gain a solid grounding in the statistical concepts needed in analysing basic health and medical data. The indicative content provides an overview of the basic concepts in statistics. It leads you from understanding basic fundamentals up to multivariate analysis.

Trauma and Orthopaedics

You will further develop your knowledge and understanding of a range of relevant applied orthopaedic science topics such as anatomy and physiology, surgical anatomy, orthopaedic pathology, biomechanics, clinical assessment and investigation, evidence-based orthopaedic disease management and clinical decision making, and trauma management.


Year 2 core modules


Here you consolidate and develop further skills and knowledge from previous modules. More specifically you synthesise learning as you apply your research-related knowledge to identify a researchable problem, plan and execute a study. You use a range of different methodologies for your study, such as quantitative, qualitative or systematic review.


and one optional module

Quality Improvement in Evidence-based Orthopaedics

The aims of this module are to facilitate the development of knowledge and understanding of the quality improvement (QI) agenda in the context of orthopaedics practice, with a focus on contemporary QI models, processes and tools, successful engagement with this module will help to ensure that you are equipped with the requisite knowledge and skills to facilitate the planning and development of sustainable QI initiatives in clinical practice. To ensure that such initiatives are evidence-based the role of various sources of evidence will be considered, this will include evidence from guidelines and audits as well that produced via research.

Research Project Management

This module is focused on learning about the practical, everyday aspects of the management of primary (‘live’) research projects in health-related areas. You will be introduced to the principles and practices of effective research project management. This module focuses primarily on the second and third stages in the life-cycle of the research project (the execution and dissemination stages). You will learn about: the basics of costing research projects, how to engage in good ethical practice, some of the issues involved in the effective management of Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) (including those relating to safety reporting) and the good management of sensitive data. Other areas covered in the module include: participant recruitment strategies, compliance with data protection law, the different elements and activities associated with dissemination of research findings and working with others.

Writing and Submitting a Research Paper

There are two aspects to the module: to produce a journal article for submission to a relevant clinical journal and to demonstrate an understanding of the submission process. You will develop key skills such as accessing submission engines, inputting data, figures and manuscripts in the required format. You will also advance your ability to write in the style required for clinical journals and improve the standard of your scientific submissions.


Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

Our learning and teaching strategy uses a blended approach. You must attend the Trauma and Orthopaedics module as block teaching. For all other modules the learning and teaching strategy is designed to be as flexible as possible. You can choose to study by attending classes, by distance learning or by flexible learning (a combination of attendance and distance learning).

If you are an attending student, learning and teaching methods include key lectures, seminars involving group discussions and structured learning activities, practical computer lab classes and tutorial support.

For distance learners, we use the virtual learning environment to provide you with interactive structured learning materials – written learning materials, narrated PowerPoint presentations, structured-learning materials and activities, alongside discussion boards, wikis and blogs to support discussion with module tutors and other students.

We provide tutorial support by email, phone or Skype for if you are distance learning student. As a flexible learner you can use both of these approaches throughout each module depending on your personal needs and work commitments.

How you are assessed

We use a variety of assessment strategies throughout your programme. Formative assessment supports your learning in some modules. Each module is summatively assessed and includes written report, seen exam, data analysis project, research proposal, written exam, oral exam and dissertation.

Career opportunities

The programme offers a structured and logical progression to learning with a firm link to your specialist area of practice within trauma and orthopaedics. Most graduates are employed in specialty training posts. This programme can support your career progression to consultant level.

Entry requirements

You should have a recognised medical degree and be working within orthopaedics. If you are an international student you must apply via the MTI and must have IELTS level 6.5 or above.

Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credits for previous study or related work experience which can be credited towards the course you want to study. Find out more about RPL.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

Course information


  • 2–5 years

More part-time details

  • Attendance with some distance learning available
  • Enrolment date: September 2018
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176

Contact details

Further information