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MSc Orthopaedic Research Methods and Evidence-Based Medicine

Andrew Judge

Monday, 2 September 2024


Friday, 28 August 2026

MSc Orthopaedic Research Methods and Evidence-Based Medicine


Specialist Registrars, Core Trainees or equivalent in orthopaedic surgery


UK: part-time (two years) £5,300 per year


Southmead Hospital, University of Bristol

MSc in Orthopaedic Research Methods and Evidence-Based Medicine


This two-year part-time programme developed in collaboration with Trauma & Orthopaedic trainees fits in perfectly with Core and Higher Specialist Training and consists of three main components:


  • Research methods training (40 credits)

Monthly training days to be held at Southmead Hospital and delivered by our specialist researchers with great experience of orthopaedic research. All learning material will also be accessible remotely on our virtual learning environment if you cannot make the session.


  • Clinical elements (80 credits)

Candidates will complete four self-directed clinical units in orthopaedic sub-specialty areas of their choosing. Candidates will define their own learning objectives for each unit by asking a clinically relevant question for life as a Consultant orthopaedic surgeon. 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 may either choose their own research project or select from a bank of 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. There are no formal written examinations.


The Musculoskeletal Research unit 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.


For further information please visit our webpage or alternatively email or We look forward to working with you.


Comments from previous students:


“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 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.”

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