Orthopaedics Master of Surgery (MCh)

Postgraduate (2 years part-time)


September 2017

Intermediate awards: PG Cert, PG Dip

Part-time teaching times: Trimester 1: One full week of teaching, Monday – Friday, week beginning 3 October 2016; Trimester 2: One full week of teaching, Monday – Friday, week beginning 6 February 2017.


Our Masters course is ideal for surgeons who wish to develop their expertise at postgraduate level. It's designed to fit flexibly around your career commitments through blended learning.

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Full description


This course has a strong emphasis on leadership, allowing you to take your clinical practice to the next level. It’ll contribute to your continuing professional development as a surgeon and prepare you for making a move to a more senior role in an orthopaedics team.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

  • Applied Clinical Sciences and Patient Management in Orthopaedics (60 credits)
    Develop your understanding of the basic anatomy, biomechanics, basic sciences and pathology of regional and spinal orthopaedic conditions. This knowledge will aid the development of clinical decision making to ensure effective diagnosis and the development of appropriate management pathways when dealing with patients in a clinical setting. Management of orthopaedic conditions may involve non-surgical and surgical options, and hence an understanding of the pathogenesis and progression of pathology is essential for patient management. The application of clinical examination, surgical exposures and management and prevention of complications are explored, together with an understanding of biomaterials, prosthetics and orthotics in management of orthopaedic conditions. There will be strong emphasis on research and evidence based practice. This module will enable you to enhance and master the knowledge and skills to deliver safe high quality care. Simulation teaching is a strong feature of the delivery of this module.
  • Research Studies
    Designed to provide you with a critical overview of the main methodologies and designs applied to research within health and social care, professional practice, regulation and policy. It provides you with an opportunity to explore the theoretical dilemmas that underlie the process of inquiry and its relationship to practice. The module will provide a framework within which to select, evaluate and justify the research methods chosen for your research project.

Year two, core modules

  • Clinical Leadership and Service Development (30 credits)
    Clinical governance provides a framework through which healthcare organisations are accountable for continuously improving the quality of their services and safeguarding high standards of care by creating an environment in which excellence in clinical care will flourish. Several strategies in achieving continuous quality improvement include effective clinical leadership, development of staff, implementation of evidence based practice and engaging in effective audit and evaluation of services against a backdrop of best practice to identify service development needs. Central to this is accountability and risk management. Doctors/surgeons are in a unique position with which to lead and develop care. The role of clinical audit is pivotal in providing supporting evidence for service development. Allied to this is the need for robust knowledge of leadership theory and the management of change, together with ethical and legal principles. The role of the team will be identified with the importance of clinical competence as a key component in the continuing professional development of the doctors/surgeons and the staff that they lead. Assessment will be a service development plan from your own area of practice.
  • Major Project (60 credits)
    Students progressing to Masters award will undertake a substantial piece of research in the area of their own practice. Graduates of our Masters pathways have already produced some excellent pieces of research some of which have been published. You’ll be expected to bring together aspects of learning from previous modules as well as using the learning as the basis for planning, conducting and writing a research or work based project. You’ll work with your course leader and supervisor in deciding a suitable topic area for your major project. The module will be delivered via distance learning.


As this is a blended learning course, two modules will be delivered by distance learning: Research Studies and your Major Project. Two other modules will be delivered during face-to-face teaching sessions: Applied Clinical Sciences and Patient Management in Orthopaedics and Clinical Leadership and Service Development.

You’ll be assessed through a variety of methods including essays, reviews of literature, research proposals, a viva voce oral exam, regular exams, case studies and a research project report.

This is a two year, part-time programme

Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change and availability.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Medical Science, opened in 2014, is founded on the strong international reputation of our flagship Postgraduate Medical Institute. Based on our riverside campus in Chelmsford and Young Street campus in Cambridge, we deliver innovative and clinically relevant teaching and research across two departments:

  • Department of Allied and Public Health
  • Department of Medicine and Healthcare Science.

Thanks to our close relationships with the major clinical-care providers in the east of England, there are significant opportunities for collaboration and student placements across a variety of clinical sites.

We offer exciting opportunities for research and education in the allied health professions. We also translate science and epidemiology into health education and primary care, and deliver taught Master’s programmes to qualified medics. We have a flourishing community of PhD and MD(Res) students across all of our research fields.

Our advanced learning facilities include state-of-the-art clinical skills laboratories and simulation suites, which mirror real-life clinical situations. We also have a fantastic, modern library and a wide range of science labs and ICT suites.

Where can I study?

Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year part time)


International Students


UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year part time)


International Students


How do I pay my fees?

Paying upfront

You won't need to pay fees until you've accepted an offer to attend, but you must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments.

How to pay your fees directly

International students

You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter/financial guarantee. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees
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Funding for UK & EU students

It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our funding guide for postgraduate students to learn more about the following:

  • The Government’s new £10k Masters loan
  • Applying for our scholarships
  • Additional funding options and support
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Funding for international students

We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.

Entry requirements

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email answers@anglia.ac.uk for further information.

On successful completion of this programme, you will be awarded a Master of Surgery which entitles you to use MCh after your name. MCh is an abbreviation of Magister Chirurgiae, the Latin for Master of Surgery. Master of Surgery, rather than MCh, will appear on your certificate.

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International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.

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Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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