MSc Orthopaedic Research Methods and Evidence-Based Medicine

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Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences
Awards available MSc
Programme length Two years part-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes, part-time only
The is a part-time programme requiring weekday attendance either in person (at Southmead Hospital) every month for lectures and seminars. The annual examination day requires attendance on a weekday. Meetings with supervisors are to coincide with attendance for learning activities.
Start date September 2023

Programme overview

This part-time MSc programme gives you the opportunity to complete a personalised and relevant master's-level degree that requires minimal study time away from clinical practice. It makes use of motivated and experienced clinical academics to deliver a programme that will translate to excellent, individualised academic surgical practice. The programme complements your clinical career, will expand your academic skills and offers the flexibility to focus on areas of practice that are relevant to your career plans.

The programme is divided into clinical, research methods and research project modules, all of which are completed on a part-time basis. The clinical component is designed with practical clinical relevance in mind. You will direct your own learning towards topics and sub-specialty areas that you are interested in and are relevant to your career. Learning is assessed through oral presentations, poster presentations and reflective writing, which requires minimal time away from patient care and mirrors the professional activities of a clinician scientist in orthopaedic surgery.

The research methods component comprises seminars in techniques of critical appraisal, trial design, data manipulation and analysis. A combination of formative and programme-level assessment will be used to demonstrate what you have learned.

The research project module offers an opportunity to carry out and deliver a high-quality study with academic supervision; the expectation is that this work would be submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Fees for 2022/23

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2022/23 are as follows:

UK: part-time (two years)
Overseas: part-time (two years)

Following the recent changes to fee assessment regulation, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students will no longer be charged a separate tuition fee. From the 2021/22 academic year they will be charged the same fees as Home students.

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

Alumni discount

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a 25% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni discount.

Funding for 2022/23

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

Clinical modules (20 credits each): You will select four of the seven available clinical units, each lasting for six months (part-time). These will allow you to focus on the specific areas of orthopaedic surgery that are most relevant for your career.

Research Methods (20-credit unit): The two compulsory research methods units will train you in research skills that are translatable to clinical practice, and will inform the conduct of your clinical and research project units.

Research Project (60-credit unit): The research project runs alongside the five other units. It enables you to employ the skills learned in the other components of the programme to produce a quality piece of academic writing, which would normally be either a systematic review of a clinical problem, a technique explored during the clinical elements, or a novel piece of work using novel data.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc in Orthopaedic Surgery.

Entry requirements

Applicants should be Specialist Registrars, Core Trainees or equivalent in orthopaedic surgery. For Core Trainees and equivalent, rotations and placements must be applicable to orthopaedic surgery and allow coverage of four clinical modules. They must hold a primary medical degree (eg MBChB or equivalent) plus be qualified to the level of MRCS or equivalent.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile B
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement


Students participating in this programme will already be enrolled in core or higher surgical training, with the expectation that they will complete their training within orthopaedic surgery and combine this with an academic surgical practice.

Expected application closure date

Please note the next intake for this programme is September 2023. Applications will open in September 2022.

29 July 2023 for International applicants. 12 August 2023 for UK applicants. Early applications recommended; places may fill before the deadline. As students from different regions tend to apply at different points in the application period, applications from some regions may close earlier in the year.

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Contact details

Enquiries Team Phone: +44 (0) 117 394 1649 Email:

Jonathan Evans and Andy Judge Programme Directors Email:

School website: Bristol Medical School: Translational Health Sciences
Department website: Musculoskeletal Research Unit

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, applying for a visa and the support we offer to international students.

REF 2021 results

The University of Bristol is ranked fifth for research in the UK (Times Higher Education), with 94% of our research assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Full REF 2021 results for the University of Bristol.


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