Postgraduate study
Health & Social Care

MCh Orthopaedics

This programme is open to UK and MTI (Medical Training Initiative) students in 2017. 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
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176

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The course enables you to:

  • develop an understanding of the principles and clinical concepts underpinning practice in trauma and orthopaedics
  • develop the skills and attitudes necessary to perform evidence-based trauma and orthopaedic practice and research within trauma and orthopaedics
  • foster a commitment to lifelong learning and an inquisitive approach to clinical practice.

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 of the programme 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 either an 80-credit dissertation which involves planning, managing and writing up a small-scale research project, alongside preparing the write-up for publication in a peer-reviewed journal; or you undertake a 60-credit dissertation which involves planning, managing and writing up the small-scale research project, plus a 20-credit option module.


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 and social care practitioner. 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 apply the principles of change management to affect how you use research in health and social care. We use a variety of approaches to teaching including learning sets, e-learning, formal lectures and seminars.

You are able to opt for a traditional taught approach or an open route that uses e-learning to deliver content – or a mix of both approaches according to your needs.

If you are an international student, you can discuss with the programme leader whether blended learning is appropriate.

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

This module is designed to extend your knowledge and understanding of the key concepts underpinning evidence-based trauma and orthopaedic practice. You develop their 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

Assessment and Management of Shoulder Disorders

This module enables you to develop skills in the clinical assessment and management of shoulder disorders of varying complexity using an integrative, practical approach with an emphasis on advanced clinical reasoning.

Delivering Quality in Healthcare

This module addresses the broad meaning of quality in health and social care as the context for examining the fourth stage of the evidence-based practice process, implementing change. The indicative content focuses upon the concept of quality in health and social care, the current mechanisms for managing quality (with a particular focus on clinical audit), and theoretical and empirical work on the change management process as applied to your area of practice. The module complements the other modules within this programme that focus on particular stages of the evidence-based practice process. The module is delivered as distance learning only.



Dissertation and Research Paper

This module enables you to apply your research-related knowledge to identify a researchable problem, plan and execute a study and to write up the dissertation in the format of a journal article for publication as well as the main thesis write up.


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

Applicants should have a recognised medical degree and be working within orthopaedics. International students must apply via the Medical Training Initiative and will be required to have IELTS level 6.5 or above.

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
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176

Contact details

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