Postgraduate MSc

Trauma and Orthopaedics

School of Health and Society




One year

Two year


September 2019

Next enrolment

In a nutshell

This course has been produced in consultation with clinical specialists to ensure that it provides the appropriate content for orthopaedic trainees and advanced therapists to progress in orthopaedics in the current climate. Not only will you have input from our own, highly experienced staff, you will also be taught by clinical experts who are in current practice.  

Key lectures and case discussion sessions will be delivered on-campus days by the consultant faculty, who will also guide the distance learning element of the course. This course will also give you access to expertise in clinical assessment, rehabilitation, spinal pathology and biomechanics as well as specialist surgical skills workshops.

Modules can also be taken as stand-alone courses for continuing professional development.

You will:
  • Be taught by consultant surgeons and other specialists in practice, with surgical simulation sessions at MediaCityUK.
  • Gain an orthopaedic and sports trauma focus with hands-on surgical skills workshops and a clinical case approach.
  • Benefit from a blended part-time distance learning element designed to fit in with your clinical commitments.

options available


students accepted

Course accreditations
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This is for you if...


You want to progress onto a specialist role in orthopaedics


You are a compassionate and empathetic character


You are hard working and dedicated to developing your knowledge

Course details

All about the course

The course runs full-time over one year and part-time over three years giving you the chance to exit with the following awards:

  • Postgraduate Certificate: two modules

  • Postgraduate Diploma: four modules

  • Master's: four modules plus a dissertation

Part-time study with elements of distance learning is delivered in blocks for those involved in busy clinical practice.

Observational clinical placements in hospitals and sports clubs are arranged for full-time students in the specialist areas of spinal orthopaedics, lower limb orthopaedics and upper limb orthopaedics.

Course modules

Lower Limb Orthopaedics

Addresses the lower limb in three separate blocks – foot and ankle, knee, and hip. Each section is taught by a team of orthopaedic consultants and other relevant experts. Emphasis is on applying the evidence base to the management of a range of patient-case scenarios covering clinical assessment, special investigations and both surgical and non-surgical management. Hands-on workshops include assessment, analysis and measurement, and surgical skills. Relevant radiology will be taught throughout. Key staff involved include: Prof David Sochart, Prof Phil Turner, Mr Jim Barrie, Mr Tim Clough, Miss Clare Cullen, Mr Sanj Anand, Dr Patrick Wilson, Dr Waqar Bhatti, Mr Tim Board, Mr Max Fehily

Upper Limb Orthopaedics

Covers detailed sections on shoulder and elbow, wrist and hand management. Emphasis is made on applying the evidence base to the management of a range of patient-case scenarios covering clinical assessment, special investigations and both surgical and non-surgical management. Hands-on workshops include clinical assessment and surgical skills workshops including arthroscopy simulation training. Key staff involved include Prof Len Funk, Mr Mike Hayton, Miss Rowena Umaar, Mr Nick Philips, Mr Adam Watts, Dr Jonathan Harris, Mr Matt Ravenscroft, Mr Dave Bell.

Spinal Orthopaedics

Looks at the management of complex orthopaedic spinal pathology and addresses the management of low back pain in primary care. Areas of special interest include biomechanics, advances in surgery, spinal TB and infection, pain management and rehabilitation and metastatic disease of the spine. Key staff involved include Mr John Leach, Mr Neil Oxborrow, Mr Bradley Williamson, Dr Abdul Lalkhen.

Clinical Biomechanics

Applies biomechanics to clinical practice and clinical case scenarios. Biomechanics underpins all orthopaedic, sports injury pathology and treatment, and this module will cover areas of movement dysfunction, gait analysis and biomechanics of musculoskeletal tissues and fracture fixation.


An opportunity to undertake an in-depth evidence-based exploration of an area of research relevant to you. Projects are supervised and run alongside key areas of research in orthopaedics and are supervised by clinicians and academic staff.

Optional modules: 

Applied Orthopaedic Radiology

Covers advanced knowledge of imaging, diagnostics and reporting in orthopaedics, and to apply this to clinical reasoning and decision making in a range of complex spinal clinical case scenarios. 

Key staff involved include Professor Waqar Bhatti. Find out more.

Professional and Business Management for Health Professionals

This module will enable you to develop professional business awareness and acumen and implement this in current or future healthcare practice. You will have the chance to explore issues such as business outlines, marketing, health commissioning, finance, leadership and strategic planning in a variety of contexts.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

Delivery is by full-time (one year) and part-time attendance (three years) at the University. Please note: international applicants are only able to apply for the full-time route.

A programme of formal lectures, case discussion seminars and workshops, together with online learning is delivered to students by a team of orthopaedic consultants, radiologists, advanced therapists and other specialists. Attendance is approximately five to six days per module with distance on-line learning released weekly and live webinars. Both full and part-time students are taught together.

All supportive material from the taught days is recorded on our virtual learning environment, Blackboard.

Each of the three clinical modules, upper limb, lower limb, and spinal, covers the advanced assessment and differential diagnosis of orthopaedic and sports-related disorders, including pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative surgery management and rehabilitation strategies.

For those attending full-time, additional observational placements are an integral part of the course. These are arranged for specialist areas of spinal orthopaedics, upper limb orthopaedics and lower limb orthopaedics. Placements are offered in key orthopaedic departments and sports clubs.

Research skills sessions are integrated throughout the course.


This course allows for a variety of assessments, depending on the module you will be undertaking and can include:

  • Written assignments
  • Objective structured clinical examination
  • Case presentation/study
  • Literature review

The School of Health and Society

The School of Health and Society is a forward-thinking, dynamic school with a commitment to lifelong learning and real world impact.

We live in a rapidly changing world, and we’re keen to leave a productive legacy of helping people at all stages of their lives, improving their physical, psychological and social wellbeing.


The course is delivered in new state of the art practice and workshop facilities. Extensive online resources are available to aid study.

A number of specialist workshops will take place in our campus at MediaCityUK including surgical simulation sessions.

Staff profiles

This course is unique in that it is taught by a team of enthusiastic experts in orthopaedics, who are nationally and internationally renowned.

These include:

Professor Len Funk 

Len Funk is a Professor at the University and is the clinical lead of the MSc Trauma and Orthopaedics course at Salford. He is a Consultant Shoulder and Upper Limb Surgeon based at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust with a private practice based in Manchester. He has strong research and educational interests and expertise. He specialises in arthroscopic (keyhole) and minimally invasive surgery of the shoulder.

In addition to his surgical qualifications, Prof Funk has a BSc in Sports Physiology and an MSc in Orthopaedic Engineering, His special interests include shoulder dislocations, frozen shoulder, arthritis, and sports injuries of the shoulder. He has performed surgery in the UK and across Europe and routinely treats elite and professional athletes, particularly contact sport professionals and rugby players who have suffered shoulder injuries.

Mr Mike Walton, BMedSci(Hons), BMBS, MSc(SEM), FRCS(Tr & Orth), Consultant Shoulder and Trauma Surgeon

Mike is on the specialist register for Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery. He has worked with some of the world’s leading pioneers in tendon pathology at the University of Western Australia. He was involved in the management of athletes and elite soldiers and developed his keyhole and open surgery techniques.

Mr Adam Watts, MBBS, BSc, FRCS (Tr. And Orth.), Consultant Hand and Upper Limb Surgeon

Adam is a Fellowship Trained Hand and Upper Limb Surgeon on the Specialist Register. His research areas include anatomy, elbow replacement and elbow instability.

Dr Mike Stone, MBChB, MRCP, DRCOG, DipSportsMed, FFSEM(I), FFSEM(UK)

Dr Stone has experience of treating elite and recreational athletes from many different sports over the last 13 years and has worked as:

Principal in General Practice, Part-time Club Doctor Manchester United, Full-time Club Doctor, Sports Physician English Institute of Sport, Resident Physician Wellness International, Doctor for the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

Mr Tim Clough 

Mr Clough is Consultant Foot, Ankle and Knee Orthopaedic Surgeon based at Wrightington Hospital. BSc(Hons) St Andrews University, MB ChB Manchester University, FRCS (Tr & Orth) London, Diploma Biomechanics Strathclyde University. Arthroscopic Sports Medicine Fellowship, Canada. British Orthopaedic Foot Ankle Society Fellowship.

Speciality areas: ankle arthroscopy, ankle and hindfoot arthritis, ankle replacement surgery, surgical management rheumatoid foot,hallux valgus, arthroscopic knee surgery, knee replacement surgery.

Mr David Sochart, Qualifications MB ChB, FRCS (Edin), FRCS (Tr & Orth), MD, Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon

Specialist in Surgery of the Hip and Knee at The Manchester Arthroplasty Unit, North Manchester General Hospital. Lead clinician for the Lower Limb Module of the MSc in Orthopaedics and Trauma and host of National and International courses on Primary and Revision Hip and Knee Arthroplasty.

Mr Phil Turner, Qualifications MB ChB (Hons), FRCS, FRCSEd, FFSEM(UK), Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport

Phil Turner specialises in all aspects of knee surgery including arthroscopy, primary and revision ligament reconstruction, articular cartilage repair, osteotomy, unicompartmental and total joint replacement and revision arthroplasty.

Phil has always had an interest in medical education and has previously been speciality advisor and programme director in Orthopaedics and is now Head of the School of Surgery in the North Western Postgraduate Deanery.

Susan Buttress

Susan is Senior Lecturer at the University and Course Leader for the MSc Trauma and Orthopaedics. Having worked as a physiotherapist both in the NHS and the private sector, she completed her MPhil in 2001 and her MA (Healthcare Law) in 2006. Her interests lie in postgraduate education, research and development.

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What about after uni?

This course has been produced in consultation with clinical specialists to ensure that it provides the appropriate content for orthopaedic trainees and advanced therapists. You will gain the skills and qualification to compete for specialist posts in orthopaedics within the NHS and private practice.

This course addresses the needs of orthopaedic trainees and of experienced non-medical health professionals who have been training/developing in their clinical roles.

Many doctors have advanced to higher posts in surgery as a result of completing the MSc.

Career Links

The course works with a number of orthopaedic companies to provide specialist workshops.

There are also a number of bursaries available through these companies.

Not only will you have input from our own, highly experienced staff, but you will also be taught by clinical experts who are in current practice. Among these are internationally renowned Professors Lennard Funk, Philip Turner and David Sochart, as well as Consultant Spinal Surgeon Neil Oxborrow.

We are also proud to include sports physicians:

  • Dr Mike Stone, Sports Physician to the England Cricket team
  • Dr David Jones, Lead Sports Physician for the English Institute for Sport and Director of Medical Services for Sale Sharks
  • Phil Batty Sports Physician for Manchester City Football Club.

What you need to know

This course is aimed at medical orthopaedic trainees, GPs and specialist orthopaedic therapists.

This course is particularly relevant to those taking on new responsibilities in orthopaedic assessment and patient management as a result of the modernisation agenda. You will want to:

  • Use advanced clinical reasoning skills in the assessment and management of orthopaedic and sports trauma patients
  • Explore current advances in orthopaedics and sports trauma and how this applies to your own practice
  • Develop a critical approach to the evidence base
English language requirements 

Students whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English – IELTS – a minimum overall score of 6.5 with no component below 6 is required.

Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate degree

Applicants should be orthopaedic doctors with MBBCh or equivalent, or BSc (Hons) graduates with an appropriate health care degree.

Prospective students will usually be required to have achieved a 2.1 Honours Degree, but consideration will be given to students with a 2.2 Honours Degree with appropriate experience and satisfactory references.

Alternative entry requirements

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

How much?

Please note: Returning students that started this course prior to September 2017 will remain on the same fee structure as when they started the course.

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019 £8,820per year
Full-time international 2019 £17,640per year
Part-time 2019 £1,470 per 30 credit module
Additional costs

You should consider additional costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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Enrolment dates

September 2019

September 2020