You'll learn about the fundamental physical sciences relating to orthopaedic surgery. With a focus on the theoretical and practical application of technology.
Science and technology have always been central to the treatment of patients in orthopaedics and rehabilitation, and the use of technology has never been greater than it is at present. Today you can choose from a large and ever increasing variety of devices.
The MSc in Orthopaedic Science programme provides a robust and wide-reaching education in the fundamental physical sciences relating to orthopaedic surgery. It is the only programme amongst the few comparable MSc programmes in the UK with a specific focus on the theoretical and practical application of technology within orthopaedics. Additionally, it equips trainees with the knowledge of fundamental science required for the FRCS exit exam.
About this course
This course provides students with an understanding of the principles involved in the development and use of orthopaedic and rehabilitation technology and its underlying science.
The Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery at the University of Dundee is one of the principal training institutions of orthopaedics, biomechanics and rehabilitation technology in the UK.
This programme has been designed and written by experts from centres in Dundee and includes up-to-date material reflecting current knowledge and understanding. The Diploma course consists of five groups of modules and the MSc course comprises these same five module groups plus a project. The courses are delivered by distance learning techniques that suit the needs of the working professional.
Why this course?
We are closely linked with the Orthopaedic Directorate of NHS Tayside, which provides orthopaedic, wheelchair and seating, orthotic and prosthetic specialist services to the City of Dundee and its surrounding areas. We also work with the Tayside Rehabilitation Engineering Services (TRES) who provide a clinical service in addition to an active programme of research and development, evaluation and teaching.
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
How you will be taught
Teaching in modules 1-5 will be delivered through distance learning module components, each comprised of a module component guide and several component units. Tutor support will be available via email, web conferencing, written correspondence and telephone.
Assignments and coursework will foster the development of an enquiry-led, self-directed student approach to learning.
Module 6 - Research Project
During the research project, learning will be partly experiential, partly directed and partly self-directed.
How you will be assessed
Assessment of modules 1-5 will be by examination with the option of sitting exams upon completion of each individual module or upon completion of all five modules. Assessment is weighted (80%) by exam and (20%) by coursework.
Successful completion of the PGDip modules 1-5 is required to progress to the research project component. Successful completion of course work will normally be required prior to sitting the examination papers. Each of the two components of assessment for the PGCert and PGDip (course work and examination) must have a minimum grade of D3 to pass and progress to the full MSc programme. Reassessment of failed modules will be considered under exceptional circumstances.
The research project will be assessed through the presentation of a thesis, and the final mark will be moderated through an oral exam (60 credits). Distinctions and merits will be awarded based on University guidelines for taught postgraduate programmes.
What you will study
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 Group 1 - Mechanics
This module group contains two modules. The aim of these modules is to ensure that students achieve a level of competence in their non-specialist subjects prior to studying the other modules in the programme.
Rigid Body Mechanics
This module introduces the student to rigid body mechanics. It begins with the basic mathematics needed for the remainder of the course and introduces the mechanics of motion and forces. The concepts introduced are illustrated with examples from everyday life and, where appropriate, worked examples.
This module covers the mechanics and properties of materials and structures. This includes the way that materials and structures behave when loaded and how and why structures fracture. Friction, lubrication and wear, which are all important in devices containing moving parts, are also covered.
Module Group 2 - Biomechanics
This module group contains three modules. The aim is to introduce the basic principles of biomechanics and measurement, which are required for a complete understanding of the assessment, prescription and design of orthopaedic and rehabilitation devices.
This module covers the skeletal mechanics of the major joints of the upper and lower limbs and spine. The structure and function of each joint is described, including their stability, range of motion and typical joint loadings during various activities of daily living.
This module introduces and examines the mechanics of the principal skeletal tissues; bone, articular cartilage, tendons and ligaments, and the skin. The way in which the tissues are loaded is described along with how they are designed to withstand such loads.
Biomechanical Measurement Systems
This module covers the use of the biomechanical measurement systems used in orthopaedics and rehabilitation to identify and quantify disorders. The systems covered include, amongst others, those used for gait analysis, foot pressure measurement, muscle force measurement and electromyography.
Module Group 3 - Rehabilitation Technology
This module group contains three modules. The aim of these modules is to explore the principles underpinning the design and the use of orthotic and prosthetic devices, wheelchairs, special seating systems and ambulation aids.
This module covers the principles involved in the design, fabrication and use of upper and lower limb prosthetics. It also includes an overview of the most commonly employed prosthetic devices, amputation surgery, rehabilitation of the amputee and the assessment, selection and prescription of prostheses.
This module covers the principles involved in the design, fabrication and use of upper limb, lower limb and spinal orthoses. It includes an overview of the most commonly employed orthotic devices and the methods used for assessment, selection and prescription.
This module covers the principles involved in the design, fabrication and use of wheelchairs, special seating and body support systems and other mobility aids used for ambulation. It includes an overview of the most commonly prescribed devices and the methods used for patient assessment.
Module Group 4 - Orthopaedic Technology
This module group contains six modules. The aim of these modules is to provide an understanding of the principles underpinning the design and use of orthopaedic devices, including fracture fixation and deformity correction devices and joint replacements.
Implant Mechanics and Materials
This module covers the fundamental mechanical principles that underpin orthopaedic technology and introduces concepts that will be expanded upon in further modules. It includes implant design factors, load support mechanisms, interface loads and stresses, fixation options, biomaterials and biocompatibility and implant materials.
This module covers, in detail, the principles involved in the design of hip joint replacements. It includes bone cement and bonding methods, stem load transfer mechanisms, joint surface and acetabular component design.
This module covers the principles involved in the design of knee joint replacements. It includes surface shape and motion constraint factors, load transfer considerations, prosthesis design features, patellar resurfacing and meniscal bearings.
Ankle and Foot Arthroplasty
This module covers the principles involved in the design of ankle and foot joint replacements. It includes biomechanical and replacement design considerations.
Upper Limb Arthroplasty
This module covers the principles involved in the design of upper limb joint replacements. It covers general upper limb arthroplasty criteria, and shoulder, elbow, wrist, metacarpophalangeal and interphalangeal joint arthroplasty, with an emphasis on replacement arthroplasty.
This module covers the scientific principles underpinning the design and use of the devices used in the fixation of fractures and deformities. It covers requirements for and principles of fracture fixation, design and use of screws, plates, pins and nails, internal and external fixation techniques, requirements and devices for spinal deformity correction.
Module Group 5 - Statistics
This module group contains three modules. The aim of these is to provide the student with a sound understanding of the application of statistical techniques. It covers a broad range of fundamental concepts and will enable the student to understand the output of basic statistical analysis, the choice of appropriate statistical techniques, and equip them to conduct their own basic analyses.
This module is designed to make the student aware of how the field of statistics supports research. It will enable the student to determine types of variable and understand the importance of examining data before beginning a formal analysis, as well as organise data effectively and make simple observations about it.
This module is designed to provide the student with knowledge of the two approaches to inference and understand the common theoretical principles that underpin them. The student will be equipped with the tools to identify appropriate null and alternative hypotheses for a given research question, identify an appropriate test statistic and decision rule and understand the concept and limitations of statistical significance.
Non-Parametric Statistical Inference
This module is designed to familiarise the student with a range of non-parametric methods. The student will learn about the strengths and limitations of non-parametric methods, be aware of assumptions on which parametric and non-parametric methods are based and how these are tested and learn to apply and intercept correlation correctly. Following the successful completion of the taught module groups 1-5, 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 remaining period of the programme.
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.
The programme will prepare graduates for a research-focused clinical career in the NHS or academia, and is particularly well positioned to prepare graduates for entry into a clinical academic career path.
Applicants should be Specialist Registrars or equivalent in orthopaedic surgery qualified to MBChB or equivalent plus MRCS or equivalent.
English Language Requirement
English Language Programmes
We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.
The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.
|Fee status||Fees for students starting 2018-19|
|Scottish and EU students||£14,000 (On Campus), £9,900 Distance Learning|
|Rest of UK students||£14,000 (On Campus), £9,900 Distance Learning|
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£14,000 (On Campus), £9,900 Distance Learning|
For the full-time course, please apply through UCAS Postgraduate.
For the part-time course, please email the department directly.
You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.
You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the how to apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.
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Dr Tim Drew
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