Postgraduate study
Health & Social Care

PgDip Evidence-based Orthopaedics

This is a modular postgraduate educational programme which provides training within trauma and orthopaedics. It enhances your career progression towards a consultant post.

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September 2018 entry

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The programme is flexible and modular, covering a range of subjects relevant to trauma and orthopaedics. Credits from the component modules can be combined to provide a certificate, diploma or master’s-level qualification. The knowledge and skills you develop throughout the programme support your progression in training and future consultant practice.

To provide evidence-based care you need to develop your understanding of the concepts and principles underpinning trauma and orthopaedic care. You must be able to find, critically evaluate and apply relevant research evidence to ensure this is both clinically and cost effective. The knowledge and skills you develop enhance your clinical practice in trauma and orthopaedics. This helps you contribute to the orthopaedic knowledge base.

Throughout the programme you are encouraged to focus on topical issues within current trauma and orthopaedic practice. You can concentrate on aspects of practice that are particularly relevant to your specific interests and practice.

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Course structure

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.

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

The learning and teaching strategy is flexible, to fit around your work commitments. The trauma and orthopaedics module is taught in blocks of two or three days. You can take all other modules by attending classes, as distance learning, or a mix of both. Attendance learning uses a mix of lectures, practical activities, group work and group discussion. Distance learning is interactive and delivered electronically through the virtual learning environment. Tutorial support is provided through both routes.

How you are assessed

You are assessed for each module by written assignments, oral exams, written exams and statistical analysis.

Career opportunities

The programme enhances your ability to provide evidence-based care and helps your career progression towards a consultant post. You also have an opportunity to strengthen your publication record.

Entry requirements

You need a medical degree and experience of working within trauma and orthopaedics. If English is your second language you must achieve IELTS 6.5.

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.

Course information


  • within 1 year

More part-time details

September 2018 entry

Contact details

Further information