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Trauma and Orthopaedics: Upper Limb


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 - Home/EU: £1,425 per 30 credit module

UK - £8,550

International - £17,640

In Brief:

  • You will be taught by internationally renowned upper limb consultant surgeons and other specialists in practice
  • 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 upper limb orthopaedics in the current climate. Supported by 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 coupled with work-based learning tailored to individual aspirations. This course will also give you access to expertise in clinical assessment, rehabilitation, upper limb pathology and biomechanics as well as specialist surgical skills workshops.

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

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 module
  • Postgraduate Diploma: four modules
  • Masters: 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, specialist units 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

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.

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

Provides a negotiable and flexible route towards achieving proficiency to an advanced level of knowledge and skill. This work-based learning module utilises an electronic portfolio to capture evidence and enables content to be tailored to individual training needs and aspirations.

Students will be mentored by experts in their chosen area of focus

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.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should be:

  • Orthopaedic doctors with MBBCh or equivalent
  • 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 required.

Suitable For

This course is aimed at medical orthopaedic trainees, GPs and specialist orthopaedic practitioners working in either primary or secondary health care settings.

We welcome applications from both NHS and private sectors.

Applicant profile

This course is particularly relevant to those working in orthopaedics where responsibilities in lower limb assessment and patient management are all or part of your job role. You will want to develop:

  • Advanced clinical reasoning skills in the assessment, diagnosis and management of the lower limb in a range of clinical presentations.
  • Explore current advances in lower limb management and how this applies to your own practice.
  • Develop a critical approach to the evidence base and use this knowledge to enhance practice and expertise.
  • Contribute to the evidence base (Year 3 dissertation)

Fees 2019-20

Fees for entry in 2019 will be displayed shortly.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Part-timeHome/EU: £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

We offer awards to help you study through our:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship
  • University of Salford student loyalty discount
  • Country bursary scheme for International students only

There are also other sources of funding available to you. For more information 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 between three to six days depending on the module with distance online learning released weekly, live webinars and tutorials using a variety of media. 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 module in the course employs a variety of teaching strategies considered most appropriate for delivery of the aims and objectives. A student-led approach to learning will be encouraged throughout with directed and personal study will perform an integral part of the course.

The clinical module, upper limb, 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. 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
  • Electronic portfolio of evidence

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 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.

Miss Rowena Umaar is an orthopaedic upper limb surgeon with a special interest in hand and wrist surgery and upper limb trauma. She is based at the University Hospital of South Manchester.

Jonathan Harris Consultant Musculoskeletal radiologist at Salford Royal Hospital.

Kathleen Tatlow Specialist Shoulder physiotherapist based at Salford Royal Hospital and the Manchester Shoulder Clinic.

Rachel Delaney Head Occupational Therapist at Wrightington Hospital, specialising in hand and wrist therapy.


This course has been produced in consultation with clinical specialists to ensure that it provides the appropriate content for orthopaedic trainees and advanced practitioners in both primary and secondary care. You will gain the skills and qualification to compete for specialist posts in orthopedics within the NHS and private sector.

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.  

Non-medical health professionals have advanced to specialist roles. Completion of the Extended Proficiency module provides students with an electronic portfolio of evidence of practice competency.  

Networking opportunities with experts and peers in the field of upper limb management.

Career Prospects

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

  • Arthrex
  • Stryker
  • DePuy
  • Smith & Nephew

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 Professor Lennard Funk and Roweena Ummar.

We are also proud to include sports physician, Dr David Jones, Lead Sports Physician for the English Institute for Sport and Director of Medical Services for Sale Sharks.

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 physiotherapists 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.   

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.

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.

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