• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Award: BMSc (Hons)
  • Study Abroad: No
  • Study Mode: Full Time

This course gives you with an understanding of the principles involved in the development and application of orthopaedic biomechanics and technology.

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BMSc Applied Orthopaedic Technology

Undertaking an intercalated BMSc will give you the opportunity to study orthopaedic technology in-depth and will expose you to a systematic and well-organised method of how to formulate and pursue research and transferable skills.

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Why study this course at Dundee?

Technology has always been central to the treatment of patients in orthopaedics, 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. For instance, twenty-five years ago there was only one type of artificial hip and today there are more than sixty. This rapid development has considerable implications for all those working in the fields of orthopaedics, biomechanics, sports and rehabilitation.

This programme aims to provide you with an early understanding of the principles involved in the development and application of orthopaedic technology, orthopaedic biomechanics and sports biomechanics. In your future career, you may even find that you can make a contribution to the development, implementation and evaluation of new technology.

What's so good about this course at Dundee?

There is the real opportunity whilst studying your BMSc with us of presenting your research at conferences throughout the country and publishing your findings in peer-review journals. Some research has also been highlighted in national and local media.

For entry to the BMSc (Hons) Intercalated course you must have successfully completed three years of an undergraduate medical degree (MBChB/MBBS etc) or two years of an undergraduate dental course (BDS).

English Language Requirement

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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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How you will be taught

You will receive teaching through lectures and tutorials. You will also take part in four groups of self-directed modules and will work on a project in a relevant field of interest

How you will be assessed

Students will be assessed by a combination of coursework, written examination and dissertation.  

What you will study

Students will study the following:

1. Introduction to Audit & Research Skills (Semesters 1 & 2)

  • Research and the Scientific Method: This unit introduces you to the concepts of scientific thinking and the scientific method.
  • Information Gathering and Review: This unit makes you aware of the information resources that exist, and equips you with the tools and strategies needed to effectively gather the appropriate information from them. Once gathered you will be able to evaluate the worth of the information by a process of critical review. 
  • Reporting and Presentation: This unit makes you aware of the importance of reporting research work. It should also help you to form and practice the formal presentation skills which are necessary to effectively communicate with the wider professional and scientific community.
  • Application of Audit to Clinical Work: This unit introduces you to audit and its effect on clinical outcome.
  • Ethical Issues: This unit introduces you to the skills required to successfully negotiate the complexities involved in identifying ethical issues

2. Orthopaedic Medicine (Semester 1)

  • Joint Conditions: This unit covers the causes and management of joint conditions such as arthritis, avascular necrosis, crystal arthropathies and mechanical knee problems.
  • Backache and Neckache: This unit addresses the causes and management of backache and neckache.
  • Orthopaedic Conditions in Childhood: This unit covers the causes and management of major and minor conditions of the musculoskeletal system occurring in childhood.
  • Minor Adult Disorders: This unit introduces the causes and management of a range of common adult disorders that are classified as minor conditions, although they may cause considerable inconvenience and discomfort to the sufferer.
  • Common Fractures: This unit covers the causes, investigation and management of common fractures.

3. Biomechanics (Semester 1)

  • Biomechanics: The aim of this unit is to provide you with a basic understanding of the mechanics of the human musculoskeletal system. This, coupled with a basic understanding of anatomy and physiology and orthopaedic conditions, will help you understand the design and function of orthopaedic implants and how they are used in practice.
  • Basic Concepts: This unit covers the basic principles of mechanics to prepare you for the study of the biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system in the following three modules. Simple worked examples, using basic mathematics, are used to illustrate the concepts.
  • Biomechanics of Skeletal Tissue: This unit introduces you to the basic properties and mechanics of bone, articular cartilage, tendons and ligaments.
  • Biomechanics of the Lower Limb: This unit describes the biomechanics of the foot and the major joints of the lower limb, including the biomechanics of walking. Biomechanics of the Upper Limb and Spine This unit covers the biomechanics of the major joints of the upper limb and spine, including a detailed examination of the forces acting on the spine during lifting

4. Implant Technology (Semester 2)

  • Orthopaedic Implant Mechanics and Materials: This unit introduces you to the biomechanics of implants. It also deals with the materials that are used to fabricate implants; their biocompatibility, strength, lubrication and interfacing.
  • Hip Joint Replacement: This module covers the main biomechanical and technical considerations of hip joint replacement design.
  • Knee Joint Replacement: This unit aims to give an understanding of the main biomechanical and technical considerations in the design of replacement knee joints.
  • Ankle Joint Replacement: This unit deals with the main biomechanical and technical considerations in the design of replacement ankle joints.
  • Fractures, Fracture Healing and Non-Surgical Fixation This unit covers the main biomechanical and technical considerations in the fixation of fractures using nonsurgical techniques. Surgical Fracture Fixation This unit addresses the main biomechanical and technical considerations in fixing fractures using methods involving surgery

Taught Courses and Project

Lectures include:

  • Medical Statistics
  • Rigid Body Mechanics
  • Structural Mechanics
  • Biomechanics
  • Academic Communications
  • Prosthetics
  • Orthotics, Wheelchairs and Seating
  • Motion Analysis


The project will be in a relevant area of orthopaedics, biomechanics and rehabilitation, and will be undertaken within the Department. The project should commence at the beginning of the academic year with thesis submission by the end of April. 


Undertaking an intercalated BMSc will give you the opportunity to study orthopaedic technology in-depth and will expose you to a systematic and well-organised method of how to formulate and pursue research and transferable skills.


Fernando Bueno Neves

Prompted to create and conduct projects based on our own ideas, myself and my colleagues had access to top-notch facilities and to the whole array of support provided by the staff at the TORT Centre. In terms of coursework, we were taught about biomechanics, orthopaedic medicine and orthopaedic materials, while also learning topics on statistics and presentation skills.

I am very grateful for my time in Dundee, and I surely recommend the BMSc in Applied Orthopaedic Technology course to medical students who wish to boost their curriculum and to have unique insights into their own lives and careers.

Fernando Bueno Neves

Janie Giraudon

I decided to do a project with cerebral palsy children and horse riding. Being able to carry out my own project taught me how to research and find relevant information. Through this BMSc I have learned that as long as you have the right support foundation, you can achieve almost anything. 

I would definitely recommend the BMSc in Applied Orthopaedic Technology to others. I enjoyed my research and gained so much that I am now doing my MSc this year on a follow-up project.

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Janie Giraudon

Hannah Lawrie

I really enjoyed the classes and getting to learn more about physics and mechanics. The staff in the TORT Centre were fantastic and enabled me to design my own project in relation to my interests. My project allowed me to explore my interest in volleyball and to interact with volunteer subjects.

I really never thought I'd be interested in doing research but this year has made me realise that it can be interesting and it is now definitely something I'd be keen to do again in the future. I'd recommend this specific course to anyone with an interest in orthopaedics, biomechanics or sports medicine."

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Hannah Lawrie

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.

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Fees for students starting 2019-20

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2019-20
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study
Rest of UK students £9,250 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.
Overseas students (non-EU) £17,275 per year of study

Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.

Rest of the UK students can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loans Company.

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed not to increase by more than 3% per year, for the length of your course.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

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Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

If you are currently a student at the University of Dundee and would like to apply, use the following form

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If you would like to come to Dundee from another medical school please complete the following form. 

Application form for students from other medical schools

There will also be procedures at your own Medical School and you should speak to your course leader or administrative staff to find out what these are.

Application enquiries email: BMSC@dundee.ac.uk

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