• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 9 months
  • School: Medicine
  • Study Mode: Full Time

A clinically-based degree covering orthopaedic surgery from a clinical and mechanistic viewpoint. Accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

MCh Orth encompasses taught, clinical attachment and research elements, which provide orthopaedic surgeons with in-depth knowledge of the latest advances in surgical and biomechanical techniques.


Orthopaedic Surgery

The MCh Orth course in Dundee provides students with in-depth knowledge of the latest advances in surgical and biomechanical techniques.

Orthopaedic surgery

There are several key reasons to apply for this course:

  • Course accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • The MCh (Orth) Dundee is awarded by the Top Medical School in Scotland and among the Top 5 best medical schools in the entire UK; something no other similarly titled course has the privledge of
  • Best lecturing faculty drawn from specialists across the entire UK
  • Best research experience in clinical and biomechanics in association with the Institute of Motion Analysis and Research, one of the leading facilities in biomechanics and motion analysis worldwide
  • Associated clinical attachment with a consultant orthopaedic surgeon with no need for GMC registration
  • Our MCh Orth philosophy is to recruit ambitious orthopaedic surgeons with career aspirations that encompass leadership, academic excellence and the highest levels of skill and expertise
  • Our successful MCh Orth graduates value education and recognise the need for professional reflection and lifelong learning to deepen their understanding, and to enhance their ability and develop a sound professional judgement

We have been successfully educating orthopaedic surgeons for 20 years and to date we have over 350 graduates. We continue to offer the highest standard of visiting external lecturer and orthopaedic lecture topics to be found anywhere and on any other similarly titled course; arthritis, foot and ankle, gait and motion analysis, hand and wrist, biomechanics, hip and knee, paediatrics, imaging techniques, shoulder and elbow, trauma, wheelchairs and seating systems, spine, research, statistical analysis and many other associated specialities.

This programme is delivered by the Department of Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery and the Institute of Motion Analysis & Research within the School of Medicine.

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, to reflect the multi-disciplinary aspect of the research carried out at IMAR, where the majority of the MCh Orth projects are conducted, the respective staff were returned into Unit of Assessment 25 (General Engineering - Biomedical Engineering) and Unit of Assessment 8 (Primary Care and Other Community Based Clinical Subjects) where 90% and 85% of our quality profile was deemed of international class. This is an excellent outcome taking into consideration that IMAR was only established in 2003 in support of the MCh Orth course.

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).

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TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

How you will be taught

You will be taught via lectures, tutorials, multi-media demonstrations, dry bone workshops, anatomy demonstrations, clinical and operating theatre attachments, and hands-on latest surgical techniques using Thiel embalming cadavers, which is unique to Dundee in the whole of the UK.

How you will be assessed

The programme assessment is made up of three elements: two written MCQs (one per semester) using the latest e-assessment technology and iPads, OSCE and a thesis. Candidates will be examined orally on the subject of thesis by a committee consisting of a convenor, an external and internal examiners. Students are required to pass each element to qualify for the award of the degree. There is no resit facility.


Ambitious Orthopaedic Surgeons

Our philosophy is to recruit ambitious orthopaedic surgeons with career aspirations that encompass leadership, academic excellence and the highest levels of skill and expertise.

What you will study

Bioengineering material will provide you with basic science and permitting you, as clinicians, to associate with clinical engineering materials to compliment your clinical knowledge. A formal programme of lectures, tutorials, multi-media demonstrations, dry bone workshops, anatomy demonstrations, clinical and operating theatre attachments, and hands on latest surgical techniques (using Thiel Embalming cadavers, which is unique to Dundee in the whole of the UK) are provided and these include:

  • Foot and Ankle
  • Hand and Wrist
  • Hip and Pelvis
  • Knee
  • Paediatric Orthopaedics
  • Shoulder and Elbow
  • Spine
  • Trauma
  • Tumour
  • Infection
  • Pathology
  • Disability Medicine
  • Biomechanics
  • Implants
  • Introduction to Mechanics
  • Orthopaedic Technology
  • Statistics in Medical Research
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Orthotics
  • Prosthetics
  • Seating and Wheelchairs
  • Foot Pressure Analysis
  • Gait Analysis
  • Motion Analysis
  • Sports Injury

For detailed information on the syllabus, visit the course website.

Many of our MCh Orth graduates have gone on to highly successful careers once returned to their own countries with many taking up new challenges and opportunities within the UK up to Consultant position. Several have published widely in journals and at conferences and have even gone onto Fellowships throughout Europe and employment in the UK.

This unique MCh Orth course offers a truly wide ranging curriculum that will help you to achieve your career goals no matter what your speciality. Our distinguished visiting lecturers are specialists at the forefront of innovative orthopaedics and continue to return each year to teach as they understand the value and benefit of this course to working surgeons. They care deeply about the course and what it has achieved over the last twenty years and without their support we would not have been able to be so successful.

Dr Xiaoming Zhao

"It is an intensive nine months and requires dedication and hard work but you have the opportunity to study with some of the top orthopaedic surgeons in the world; assist extremely experienced consultants in the theatre; attend research and rehabilitation based lectures, as well as biomechanics, orthotics and prosthetics, which you may not have had the opportunity to study in medical school but are highly related to your future work."


Dr Xiaoming Zhao
Speciality Doctor in Trauma and Orthopaedics, No.85 Hospital, Shanghai, China

Dr Pradyumna Raval

“I strongly feel this course is by far the most comprehensive MCh (Orth) course available in the world today. Not only are all aspects of Orthopaedics well covered but also certain topics such as biomechanics and statistics are taught very well indeed. The academic writing classes are equally important, especially for those candidates who aspire to write clinically relevant articles in high impact orthopaedic journals.”


Dr Pradyumna Raval
Speciality Doctor in Trauma and Orthopaedics, Wishaw General Hospital, Lanarkshire, UK

Dr Calvin Mathias

"My decision to study this MCh (Orth) course in Dundee was the best career move I've made, one that has helped me develop professionally and given me a new confidence that I will carry for the rest of my career.”


Dr Calvin Mathias
Resident Physician in Orthopaedics, Ng Teng Fong Hospital, Singapore

Candidates must have obtained: MBChB or an equivalent qualification must normally possess a further postgraduate qualification (e.g. the Master of Surgery in Orthopaedics or Diploma of the National Board in Orthopaedics from India) or an equivalent postgraduate specialist qualification and normally at least four years' post registration in orthopaedic surgery Registration with the GMC is not required.

 EU and International qualifications

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.0
Listening 6.0
Reading 6.0
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0

 Equivalent grades from other test providers


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.

 Discover our English Language Programmes

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.

 Find out more about fee status

Fee statusFees for students starting 2018-19
Scottish and EU students £19,950 per year of study
Rest of UK students £19,950 per year of study
Overseas students (non-EU) £19,950 per year of study
See our scholarships for international applicants

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.

  Degree Course code
Apply nowOrthopaedic Surgery MCh OrthP024635

Course Contact

Professor Rami Abboud
+44 (0)1382 383502

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