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  • Note: this course (part-time route) is recruiting for September 2022 entry. The full-time route is recruiting for September 2021

Course overview

This course provides postgraduate training for doctors specialising in orthopaedics and is delivered with support from consultant orthopaedic surgeons.

The course enables you to:

  • further develop an understanding of the principles and clinical concepts underpinning contemporary orthopaedic surgery
  • further develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to perform evidence-based practice and research within the specialist field of trauma and orthopaedics
  • foster a commitment to lifelong learning and an inquisitive approach to clinical practice that will enable you to acquire skills and enhance your practice

The programme is available through either a part-time (two-year) or a full-time (one-year) route. The programme structure is dependent on the programme route.

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Course details

In Year 1 both full and part time courses undertake 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. Part-time students complete a Dissertation module in Year 2. Full-time students complete the Dissertation module in semester three, of Year 1.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Developing 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 course.

Implementing Evidence Based Practice

You gain the knowledge and skills to use research evidence to inform your clinical practice. You develop focused questions, undertake a structured search, critically evaluate research evidence, apply evidence to practice and evaluate the application to practice. The module also supports you in making the transition to studying at master’s level.

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 (part-time route only)

Dissertation and Research Article

You plan, undertake and write up a research project relevant to your subject. A range of research methodologies can be utilised such as quantitative, qualitative, systematic review, evaluation and audit methods. You will also gain experience in writing a research article for publication.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

You learn through lectures, seminars, practical activities, clinical simulation, computer lab work and group work. The majority of teaching is delivered by principal and senior lecturers at Teesside University.

The specialist module is delivered by appropriately qualified clinical staff including consultants in trauma and orthopaedics.

Full time students study across two days a week and are expected to devote the remaining time to individual study including the optional observational experience. Part time students have the option to undertake most sessions by attendance, distance or flexible learning but attendance for the specialist module is compulsory and this is scheduled as block delivery across the first year.

How you are assessed

We use a variety of assessment strategies throughout your course. Formative assessment supports your learning in some modules. Each module is summatively assessed and includes a written report, computer-based statistics exam, statistics mini project, research proposal, written exam, oral exam and dissertation thesis and research article. Feedback is provided electronically for all assessed work through the student intranet.


Entry requirements

Admission criteria: part-time route
• medical degree (MBBS and MRCS or equivalent postgraduate degree such as MS or DNB)
• working within orthopaedics speciality at or above F2/SHO/ST3 or equivalent
• GMC registration
• international/overseas applicants must have been offered employment in the UK through the Medical Training Initiative and have IELTS 7 or above before applying
• admission will be dependent on successful interview.

Admission criteria: full-time route
• medical degree (MBBS and MRCS or equivalent postgraduate degrees such as MS or DNB)
• recent work experience within orthopaedics speciality
• international/overseas applicants must have IELTS 7 or above
• admission will be dependent on successful interview.

All offers for the full-time route will also be subject to:

• a successful health workplace risk assessment
• a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure.

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 general information please see our overview of entry requirements

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Career opportunities

Full time students have the opportunity to undertake an optional observational experience within a clinical setting. A clinical advisor devises an individualised plan for each student, which is detailed in a learning contract. Observational opportunities are spread across the course and include a range of relevant activities. They may take place at any of the local NHS trust sites and you are expected to cover any associated costs yourself.

The course supports your career development by enhancing the research, evidence-based practice skills and principles underpinning specialist clinical practice that are required within the specialist field of trauma and orthopaedics. It provides an additional masters level qualification that may be used to support career progression. Engaging in research and a record of publication are important aspects in career progression if you are aiming to achieve a consultant position. Providing an opportunity to develop your research skills and to support you in preparing your work for publication is an important element of the course.


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2021/22 entry

Fee for UK applicants

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Fee for international applicants
£13,000 a year

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  • Length: 1 year
  • Attendance: Attendance with some distance learning available
  • Start date: September
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2021/22 entry

Fee for UK applicants

Not eligible for any fee discounts

More details about our fees

Fee for international applicants
£13,000 a year

More details about our fees for international applicants

  • Length: 2 years
  • Attendance: Attendance with some distance learning available
  • Start date: September
  • Semester dates

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