Taught course


Teesside University · School of Health and Social Care

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Entry requirements

You should have a recognised medical degree and be working within orthopaedics.

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.

Months of entry


Course content

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

Course details

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 orthopedic 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.

What you study

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

· Evidence-based Practice

· Practical Statistics

· Trauma and Orthopaedics

Year 2 core modules

· Dissertation

And one optional module

· Quality Improvement in Evidence-based Orthopaedics

· Research Project Management

· Writing and Submitting a Research Paper

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 course. 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 course 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 course can support your career progression to consultant level.

Information for international students

If you are an international student you must apply via the MTI and must have IELTS level 6.5 or above.

Fees and funding

For funding information, please contact the University Finance Office, +44 (0)1642 342171, email finance@tees.ac.uk

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MCh
    part time
    24-60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

01642 384110