Orthopaedic Trauma Science

MSc ( 2 years Part-time Online Learning )


Application deadline - 31st August


This new two year online MSc in Orthopaedic Trauma Science uses innovative methods of teaching and assessment for a fresh, dynamic and interactive approach to teaching orthopaedic trauma. It is designed to be readily accessible, irrespective of location or time zone, with the option of a 2-week residential summer school in London- one of the most, vibrant, dynamic and exciting cities in the world. It has a rich pedigree and is offered in collaboration between London's most established major trauma centre, the UK's lead centre for research into Complex Trauma Care and one of the oldest medical schools in the world.

Trauma is one of the world's leading killers and is responsible for a significant proportion of the global burden of disease. Improving survival and outcomes following traumatic injury has been identified as a key priority by the World Health Organization and orthopaedic injuries pose a major clinical challenge world-wide.

This two year online distance-learning course uses novel teaching and assessment techniques. It will provide a broad and critical understanding of the most up-to-date science and practice of trauma care, with a particular focus on orthopaedic and orthoplastic management. It combines an international expert faculty with technology-enhanced learning so that students can readily access knowledge from around the world at a time and place of their choosing. Interactive discussion forums and one to one tutor sessions help to engender an inclusive and supportive community, as well as facilitating a worldwide network of contacts with shared interests.

This is further developed by an optional 2-week residential summer school at the end of the first year in London. This incorporates simulated scenario training to complement the didactic learning and to provide practical knowledge and experience of decision-making and the safe, professional delivery of core clinical functions in the management of seriously injured patients. The second year of study entails a written dissertation on a specific area of knowledge or original research.

The largest growth area for jobs in orthopaedics has been in trauma over recent years. This course is tailored to meet the needs of international graduates from all healthcare and health sciences backgrounds including surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses, operating department staff, allied health professionals and those with a specialist interest in orthopaedic trauma education and training.

It is intended to provide high-quality learning, no matter where (or when!) you are in the world, in order to develop the future leaders in the science and practice of orthopaedic trauma.

What are the aims of this MSc?

  • to produce graduates with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to provide safe and high quality medical care.
  • to produce graduates with a broad and critical understanding of the science and practice of orthopaedic trauma care
  • to guide graduates in developing the knowledge, technical skills, decision-making and professionalism to safely deliver a core set of clinical functions in the management of injured patients, consistent with their scope of practice.
  • to produce graduates equipped to meet local, regional and national needs for managing orthopaedic trauma
  • to prepare graduates for future careers in and around orthopaedic trauma
  • to provide training in research skills and to encourage pursuit of independent study
  • to widen access to higher education
  • to ensure a supportive and inclusive learning environment

Why study your MSc in Orthopaedic Trauma Sciences at Queen Mary?

This MSc is run in collaboration between the Centre for Trauma Sciences at the Blizard Institute, Queen Mary University of London, the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Royal London Hospital at Barts Health and trauma.org.

The Blizard Institute is the largest institute of Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, one of the top medical schools in the UK for teaching and research. The Institute offers a world-class biomedical research environment with innovative programmes that provide students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to flourish in their chosen fields.

The Royal London Hospital is London's oldest and best established major trauma centre and offers world class care as evidenced by some of the best clinical outcomes and survival rates in the NHS. It has a rich history in medical education and training dating back several centuries. It was founded in 1740 and moved into the largest hospital building in Europe with state of the art facilities in 2012.  The hospital has a close association with the Medical School, which has a rich history and strong pedigree having been founded in 1123. In 2011 The Centre for Trauma Sciences was a leading recruiter for international multicentre clinical studies and was recognised as the UK's lead centre of excellence for research into Complex Trauma Care by an independent report commissioned by the Department of Health. The Barts Health Orthopaedic department has an unparalleled experience of dealing with complex orthopaedic trauma cases, both acute and tertiary referral, that often require multi-disciplinary working.

Together, these units will combine with key international speakers to provide a strong, experienced and diverse faculty to ensure that students receive the highest quality instruction from leading scientists and clinicians in their fields.


The MSc in Orthopaedic Trauma sciences is a two-year, part-time, distance-learning programme delivered online. It comprises 8 taught modules and a Summer School in year 1 (to the total value of 120 credits). Students wishing to obtain an MSc degree must complete a dissertation (equivalent to 60 credits) in the second year of study. Students are required to complete 180 credits comprising taught and research modules to achieve the MSc. Each 15 credit taught module involves approximately 30 hours of contact time plus 120 hours of independent study.

Core modules

Semester 1

  • Trauma: The Disease
  • Haemorrhage and Response to Injury.
  • Spine, Spinal Cord and Nerve Injuries

Semester 2

  • Research Methods
  • Trauma of the Pelvis and Torso
  • Fracture Biology and Limb Trauma

Semester 3

  • Paediatric Trauma and Limb Reconstruction
  • Open Fractures and Orthoplastic Surgical Care OR Trauma Nursing
  • Summer School (optional)

Summer school

There is an optional 2-week residential summer school in London at the end of the first year. This incorporates simulated scenario training to complement the didactic learning and provide practical knowledge and experience of decision-making and the safe, professional delivery of core clinical functions in the management of seriously injured patients.

Summer School is accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons with 48 CPD credits available.

Research project (60 credits):

The second year of study entails a written dissertation on a specific area of knowledge or original research.

Academic Support:

The faculty is wholly committed to maintaining a high quality standard in the programme.

Each student will be assigned a personal tutor at the beginning of the course. Tutors will remain the same for the duration of the programme. Students will have the opportunity to arrange weekly appointments with their tutors and meetings will be held via online discussion or video call.

Support for Disabled Students

Queen Mary has a central Disability and Dyslexia Service (DDS) that offers support for all students with disabilities, specific learning difficulties and mental health issues. The DDS supports all Queen Mary students: full-time, part-time, undergraduate, postgraduate, UK and international at all campuses and all sites.

Students can access advice, guidance and support in the following areas:

  • finding out if you have a specific learning difficulty like dyslexia
  • Applying for funding through the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA)
  • Arranging DSA assessments of need
  • Special arrangements in examinations
  • Accessing loaned equipment (e.g. digital recorders)
  • Specialist one-to-one "study skills" tuition
  • Ensuring access to course materials in alternative formats (e.g. Braille)
  • providing educational support workers (e.g. note-takers, readers, library assistants)
  • Mentoring support for students with mental health issues and conditions on the autistic spectrum.

More information

For informal enquiries about the course, please contact:
Trauma Programmes Administration
Telephone:+44 (0)20 7882 6532

Email: orthomasters@qmul.ac.uk

Entry requirements

Applications are accepted all year round, but there are limited places to ensure high-quality training, so please apply early to avoid disappointment. Applicants must have a medical or nursing degree (2.1 or higher) and suitable professional experience.

International applicants

Students from outside of the UK are very welcome and play a key role in developing a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website.
If English is not a student's first language, they will be required to meet the following standards in one of these English language examinations:

  • Examination: Academic Level Required
  • IELTS: 6.5 (including 6.0 in writing)
  • TOEFL PBT: 575 (with a TWE of 4.0 or above)
  • TOEFL iBT: 92 (with writing at 24 or above)

Full details of the English language requirements can be found here.

The Admissions Office can be contacted here:


In order to complete the degree students must also have access to a computer with a microphone and webcam, a broadband internet connection and basic knowledge of Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Learning and teaching

What will you be expected to achieve?

Students who successfully complete the programme will be able to demonstrate a broad and critical understanding of the science and practice of orthopaedic trauma care.

How will you learn?

The programme will be entirely delivered online through the QMUL Virtual Learning Environment (QMPLUS). This will incorporate web content, video presentations, asynchronous case-based discussions and open-forum sessions. The majority of the learning resources for this programme will be hosted on the QMPLUS website. This will be the platform for the programme and will include learning materials, on-line discussions, assessments and feedback on student coursework assessments.  This resource will also be used to track student engagement activity, course management, tutorial and pastoral support and provision of course content.

Different methods to deliver course content will be chosen to provide the best possible learning experience to students. The following methods will be used to deliver the course contents:

  1. Lectures: members of the international faculty will deliver lectures. Presentations will be available to students and an online discussion group will follow lectures.  In view of different time zones anticipated, lectures will also be recorded and made available as downloadable podcasts.
  2. Seminars: specific topics will be analysed in dedicated seminars. Seminars will be delivered in real time. Timing will be set so to accommodate students participating from different locations and time zones. Discussion will be encouraged and an up to date review of specific topics will be accomplished.
  3. Clinical case discussion: held via email discussion group or videoconference sessions. All students will be encouraged to participate.
  4. Printable PDFs and videos.
  5. Weekly reading list: students will be supplied with a selection of articles, journals and new relevant updates to the topic in an electronic format.
  6. Online discussion groups with a member of the faculty available to answer questions submitted via QMPLUS. These open discussion sessions are intended to create an intellectually stimulating environment and to facilitate interaction and group relationships between the students.

The materials for each module will be uploaded via QMPLUS.  Wider reading will be encouraged and students will also be provided with a reading list for each module and will have the opportunity to access the QMUL online library. This provides access to a considerable number of e-journals and key reference books.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2020/21 Academic Year

Part time DL £6,500

Tuition fees for International students

2020/21 Academic Year

Part time DL £12,500

Part time fees are charged per annum over two years for a two year programme and per annum over three years for a three year programme. A percentage increase may be applied to the fees in years two and three.

This increase is defined each year and published on the intranet and in the Tuition Fee Regulations. A 3% increase was applied to the unregulated university fees in 2019/20. Further information can be viewed on our University Fees webpage, including details about annual increases.


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079
email bursaries@qmul.ac.uk

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717


"I undertook this part-time MSc in Orthopaedic Trauma Sciences during my core surgical training years. Though challenging at first, a combination of good time management and helpful guidance from the course tutors made this course a very enjoyable learning experience. I am pleased to say that not only did this MSc did help me broaden my knowledge of Orthopaedic Trauma, but it also played an instrumental role in helping me secure a National Training “Number” in Trauma & Orthopaedics"

Khalid Malik
ST3 Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery; Kent, Surrey & Sussex


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