Taught course


Teesside University · School of Health and Social Care

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.

Months of entry


Course content

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. 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.

What you study

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.

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.

Fees and funding

Please note that due to current anticipated changes to NHS education and HE funding, information will be updated on Teesside University website. Please check this prior to application.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations30
Written coursework / continuous assessment50
Dissertation20 (15000 words)

Course contact details

School of Health & Social Care Admissions
+44 (0)1642 384176