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Trauma and Orthopaedics


School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Sport, Exercise and Physiotherapy

Start Date(s): September


MSc (one year full-time or from two years part-time)
PgDip (nine months full-time or two years part-time)
PgCert (five months full-time or nine months part-time)  

Single modules are also available.

Fees 2018-19:

2019-20 fees will be displayed shortly.

Part-time - £1,425 per 30 credit module

UK - £8,550

International - £17,640

In Brief:

  • 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 blended part-time distance learning element designed to fit in with your clinical commitments
  • Part-time study option
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • Clinical placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

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.

Awards and Accreditation

Course Details

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.

Year 1, Semester 1            

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                        

Year 1, Semester 2            

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.                        

Year 2, Semester 1            

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.                        

Year 2, Semester 2            

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.                  

Year 3            

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                

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.

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Entry Requirements

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.

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).

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 require.

Suitable For

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

Applicant profile

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

Fees 2019-20

Fees for entry in 2019 will be displayed shortly.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£1,425 per 30 credit module
Full-time International£17,640

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.

Scholarships and Bursaries

Arthrex supports this course and there are a number of Orthopaedic Excellence Awards available Contact the course leader for further information.

For more information on scholarships and bursaries please see our funding section.


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

Postgraduate Staff Profile

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 clinical lead of the MSc Trauma and Orthopaedics course at Salford. He is a Consultant Shoulder and Upper Limb Surgeon based at Wrightington, Wigan & 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


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 and Honorary Professor at the School of Health, Sport and Rehabilitation Sciences, Salford University.

Lead clinician for the Lower Limb Module of the MSc in Orthopaedis 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 specialty 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.


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 orthopedics within the NHS and private practice.

Career Prospects

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.

Alumni Profile

Louise Brown

Advanced Musculoskeletal practitioner

I currently work as an Extended Scope MSK Practitioner at SRFT and I am also the lead physiotherapist for England Netball. I qualified in 2000 and a lot of my postgraduate education has been in developing my diagnostic and treatment skills of orthopaedic conditions both within NHS practice and sport. I completed an MSc in Advanced Practice back in 2008, but felt I wanted to do further modules specifically related to the management of orthopaedic conditions. I have completed both the upper and lower limb trauma orthopaedic modules at Salford University and found them extremely informative and beneficial to both of my areas of work. It is quite refreshing to have a course that is delivered by so many experts in their field. There is a high standard of teaching, case discussions and online learning that is both relevant and useful. It has made me think differently from a physiotherapist/ESP perspective about managing upper and lower limb orthopaedic conditions. I feel much more informed about radiology, assessment and surgery. Having access to orthopaedic consultants, radiologists, sports physicians and specialist physiotherpists within one course was fantastic. The content of the course has helped to consolidate and increase my knowledge and understanding of a wide variety of orthopaedic conditions. I would definitely recommend this course to health professionals and doctors who have an interest in trauma and orthopaedics.

Mr Andrew Legg

I am currently an ST5 Trauma and Orthopaedics trainee in South Yorkshire and started the MSc course in 2010. I have gained a lot from the campus days especially the upper and lower limb modules as the content was heavily weighted in sports orthopaedics. This was taught by surgeons, sports medics and physiotherapists who treat high level professional sportsmen. As I am interested in perusing a career in sports orthopaedics I hope that this knowledge will help me in the future, which is not covered specifically as part of my trauma and orthopaedic registrar training. In addition my ability to review and critique papers has significantly improved after completing the written assignments.

Vicky Lyle

Extended Scope Practitioner

I am an Advanced Orthopaedic Practitioner (AOP) with a physiotherapy background, working in an extended role in both primary and secondary care orthopaedics. Having worked as a specialised MSK physio my role developed over the years and now involves assessment, diagnostics, investigations and treatment within an integrated team. I wanted to do the course because I was about to start work in a fracture clinic, dealing with trauma as well as continuing to develop my elective patient role. The evidence based approach and the dynamic consultant lead teaching motivated me to complete the self study elements of the course and I have learnt a great deal from the effort invested. It has even allowed me to challenge practice and introduce new ways of working in some areas.

Phil Holland

I am an orthopaedic registrar in Merseyside. I chose to study for the MSc at Salford because the modules were focussed on clinical topics that were directly relevant to me. I have now completed two years and have found that the MSc has helped me develop my clinical practice and has helped me prepare for the FRCS (Orth.) exam. The MSc requires attendance at the university for seven days every six months which is workable alongside a full-time job.

Links with Industry

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, you will 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.

Further Study

Upon successful completion of this course it would be possible to progress on to a PhD, or a PhD via publication. We offer a range of research degrees relevant to your area of practice.


The course is delivered in new state of the art practical and workshop facilities. Extensive on-line resources are available to aid study.    

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

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