Taught course

Orthopaedic Science

University of Dundee · School of Medicine

Entry requirements

Specialist Registrars or equivalent in orthopaedic surgery qualified to MB ChB or equivalent plus MRCS or equivalent. For full entry requirements, please see website.

Months of entry


Course content

Aims of the Programme

The aim of this programme is to provide students with a Masters level postgraduate education in the knowledge and understanding of the fundamental physical sciences relating to orthopaedic surgery. It also aims to provide experience in the design and execution of a substantive research project in the field of orthopaedic, biomechanics and rehabilitation technology and its underlying science.

By the end of the programme, students should have a systematic understanding and knowledge of the physical sciences and technology relevant to orthopaedics, a critical awareness of current research questions in the field and the appropriate practical and analytical skills in order to be able to:

* Understand and interpret complex scientific concepts.
* Critically evaluate current research.
* Understand and utilise relevant technology, and have the ability to evaluate and critique methodologies.
* Develop and test scientific hypotheses, including the design of laboratory research projects aimed at addressing specific hypothesis-driven questions.
* Undertake the practical and technical aspects of a laboratory-based project.
* Communicate complex scientific concepts to specialist and non-specialist audiences, both verbally and in writing.
* Demonstrate an understanding of whether specific research outcomes make a significant, novel contribution to the field.

Programme Content

The programme will be taught part-time by distance learning over a period of normally 3 to 5 years, or one year full time in house. It is comprised of five compulsory 30-credit taught modules and one 60 credit research project module.

* Module 1 - Mechanics
* Module 2 - Biomechanics
* Module 3 - Rehabilitation Technology
* Module 4 - Orthopaedic Technology
* Module 5 - Statistics
* Module 6 - Research Project

There will be the opportunity to exit with a PG Certificate after the first two modules. Following the successful completion of taught modules 1-5 students may exit with a PG Diploma. MSc students will be guided to focus on a specific research project, which, after completion of a relevant literature review, will be carried out during the remainder of the programme.

Information for international students

Please visit our website www.dundee.ac.uk/admissions/international

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
up to 60 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Tim Drew
+44 (0)1382 383505