MSc Orthopaedic Research Methods and Evidence-Based Medicine

University of Bristol

Friday, 24 September 2021


Saturday, 30 September 2023

MSc Orthopaedic Research Methods and Evidence-Based Medicine


Registrars and Core-trainees in Trauma & Orthopaedics


UK part-time fee: £4,800 per year


University of Bristol

MSc Orthopaedic Research Methods and Evidence-Based Medicine


This two-year part-time MSc programme developed in collaboration with Trauma & Orthopaedic trainees fits in perfectly with Core and Higher Specialist Training and supports the achievement of several CCT requirements.


The programme consists of three main components:


· Research methods training (40 credits)

Monthly training days are held on the last Friday of every month either virtually or at Southmead Hospital and delivered by our specialist researchers with great experience of orthopaedic research. Sessions can be attended in person, online or via recordings on our virtual learning platform after the event.


· Clinical elements (80 credits)

Candidates will complete four self-directed clinical units in orthopaedic sub-speciality areas of their choosing, one for each six-month clinical rotation. Candidates will define their own learning objectives for each unit by asking a clinically relevant question for life as a Consultant orthopaedic surgeon (e.g. "should I routinely resurface the patella in total knee replacement?"). Using the skills learned on the course, the student will then provide a structured, evidence-based answer to that question.


· Research Project (60 credits)

In collaboration with one of our expert team, candidates will produce a piece of research, which in addition to forming the MSc thesis may also be submitted to journals for publication. Candidates can either choose their own research project or select from a bank of pre-prepared projects ready to go and supervised by our own team of academics.



Assessment is through a combination of practical assignments (ethics application, search strategy design and data analysis), reflective written work, and poster/oral presentations as well as the production of a research dissertation in the form of a journal article (3500 words). There are no formal written examinations.


The Musculoskeletal Research Unit, headed by Prof Ashley Blom and Prof Michael Whitehouse has a track record of high-level Trauma, Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal research including the analysis of the National Joint Registry and National Hip Fracture Database.


Comments from students in the 2019/21 cohort:


“This course has gone above and beyond my expectations in terms of research methodology and skills. I am confident that it has vastly improved my academic skills and the likelihood of producing quality research and publications for a long time to come.”


“A great opportunity to learn and understand how to complete research projects - taught by some of the leading orthopaedic researchers in the UK.”


“I have developed research skills that I hope to employ in future projects but are already showing dividends in my everyday clinical practice.”


For further information please visit our website or email orthomsc-courseadmin@bristol.ac.uk, or the course directors directly (j.t.evans@bristol.ac.uk or andrew.judge@bristol.ac.uk)