Trauma Sciences (Military & Humanitarian)

MSc ( 2 years Part-time Online Learning )


Application deadline - 31st August


Trauma is the disease caused by physical injury. Trauma has only been called a “disease” since the 1970s. Although it seems strange at first, it is the correct term to use. Severe injury triggers a sequence of changes within the cells of the body and can lead to critical and disabling illness. Just like other diseases such as cancer, HIV and heart disease we need to understand these changes to improve survival and recovery.

Trauma is one of the world’s leading killers and is responsible for the loss of more life-years than any other disease. War is predicted to be the sixth leading cause of death by 2020. Opportunities for the training of military trauma care specialists are extremely limited, and many defence agencies rely on the deployment situation as the primary training for their personnel. All countries, developed and developing, recognise the importance of trauma to their healthcare systems. With global disasters, humanitarian crises and mass casualty events on the rise, the importance of specialist training in the science and management of these events is increasingly important.

This distance learning course will provide students with a broad and critical understanding of the most up-to-date science and practice of trauma care in these environments. A summer school incorporating simulated scenario training (consistent with your scope of practice) will complement the didactic learning to provide practical knowledge and experience of decision-making, along with the safe, professional delivery of core clinical functions in the management of seriously injured patients.

This programme will:

  1. Give you a thorough grounding in the principles underlying the disease of trauma.
  2. Give you hands-on training at a two-week summer school consistent with your scope of practice. This will include practical courses in trauma surgery as well as group discussions and practical skills labs.
  3. Provide both military and civilian clinicians a framework in which to understand the key aspects of military and humanitarian trauma and to develop your own practices.
  4. Develop a broad and critical understanding of developments in trauma care, in military and disaster settings.

Why study your MSc in Trauma Science (Military and Humanitarian) at Queen Mary?

Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry is comprised of two world renowned teaching hospitals, St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London, which have made, and continue to make, an outstanding contribution to modern medicine. We were one of the top five in the UK for medicine in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.

The research team from the Centre for Trauma and Neurosciences is based at the Blizard Institute and The Royal London Hospital. The Royal London Hospital is one of London’s major trauma centres and is probably the busiest trauma centre in Europe.

You will be taught by leading experts in trauma. Professor Karim Brohi, the programme founder, is Head of the LondonTIER, Professor of Trauma Sciences in the Blizard Institute, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, and Consultant Trauma and Vascular Surgeon at Barts Health NHS Trust. He is also director of the North East London and Essex Trauma Network.

  1. Trauma is the leading worldwide cause of death in young people (under 45 years), most patients however, have injuries which are survivable if they can receive appropriate medical treatment in time. It is these patients who can benefit most from improving the system that delivers the trauma treatment and the types of treatment provided.
  2. London is at the forefront of trauma care. In April 2010, the London Trauma System went 'live'. This is a totally new way of organising trauma care in the capital and requires hospitals to form a network with a central specialist hospital (The Major Trauma Centre) providing care for the most severe patients and less severe injuries being treated in the other hospitals.
  3. Skills labs during the summer school will be in collaboration with the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the London Air Ambulance Service.
  4. This course is only available via distance learning, with an optional summer school.



MSc Trauma Science (Military and Humanitarian) is available to study part-time over two years by distance learning.

Year 1

8 online modules September through June with lectures accessed online when convenient for the part time distance learning.  Weekly interactive online sessions with internationally renowned faculty.

A very popular although optional two Week Summer School on site in London between Year 1 and Year 2 – conducted for 2 weeks in August. The Summer School will concentrate on group projects, interactive workshops & training in subspecialty skills and simulation at the Royal Veterinary College, The Barts & The London Education Academy and The Royal London Hospital Major Trauma Centre.  

Core modules

The MSc in Trauma Sciences comprises of 8 taught modules (15 credits each) and an optional 2-week summer school in year one, to a total value of 120 credits. 7 of these modules are compulsory and there is also an opportunity to undertake an elective module. Each 15-credit module involves approximately 30 hours of contact time plus 120 hours of independent study.

  • Trauma; the disease
  • Haemorrhage and response to injury
  • Brain and spinal cord injury
  • Research methods
  • Torso trauma
  • Extremity and Vascular Trauma
  • Critical Care
  • Military and Humanitarian trauma

Summer School takes place at the end of your first year over 2 weeks and is accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons with 48 CPD credits available.

Year 2

Consists of a 3500 word Masters Dissertation Project also completed via the Distance Learning Format.


Trauma Programme Administration
Telephone:+44 (0)20 7882 6532


Entry requirements

Medical Degree or Nursing/Paramedic BSc Honours degree (2:1 or equivalent)

Applicants with academic study slightly below this level will be considered on an individual basis if there is very strong evidence of suitable clinical experience in a relevant medical field

We will consider overseas qualifications at degree level from a university or an institution of university rank. You also need to demonstrate suitable professional experience and expertise. You will need competent computer skills and access to suitable PC facilities (with microphone, webcam and a broadband connection to the internet).

International applicants

Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

Find out more about our English language entry requirements.

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

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. Weekly reading list: students will be supplied with a selection of articles, journals and new relevant updates to the topic in an electronic format.
  5. 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.


Modules will be assessed by written coursework that will be submitted online every month (including MCQs and written assignments). The form of assessments will reflect the nature of material that is being studied, but will normally include: critique of research literature; practical assessments in the research methodologies; portfolio-based assessments; written evaluative assignments and examinations.


This module will be the compulsory 3500 word dissertation for the MSc in Trauma Sciences and the MSc Military and Humanitarian Trauma Sciences Programmes and will account for a total of 60 credits at Level 7. Under the supervision of an academic tutor the students will pursue an original research project or systematic review on a topic of their choice. The dissertation is the last module needed to obtain the final award.

Learning and teaching

As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge.

A variety of teaching and learning methods will be employed including; seminars, self-directed learning, one–to-one tutorials, case presentations, reading lists of books and journal papers. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.

Independent Study

For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.


Modules will be assessed by written coursework that will be submitted online every month (including MCQs and written assignments). The form of assessments will reflect the nature of material that is being studied, but will normally include: critique of research literature; practical assessments in the research methodologies; portfolio-based assessments; written evaluative assignments and examinations.


You will also be assessed on a 3500 word dissertation.


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

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



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