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MSc in Musculoskeletal Sciences

University of Oxford

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    University of Oxford

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

About the course

The part-time taught MSc in Musculoskeletal Sciences provides practising clinicians or those with a degree in biomedical or biological sciences with an academic training in the sciences underlying musculoskeletal diseases, promoting an understanding of the ways in which research can be used to improve knowledge and treatment of musculoskeletal diseases.

This is a biennial course and is designed to complement any graduate clinical teaching that you may be receiving as part of a specialist training programme. Completing the course will provide a firm foundation for students wishing to progress to full-time doctoral research. The programme consists of five modules, studied part-time over two years. Attendance at the University is required for short residential sessions of four to five days that take place eight times over the two years.


The allocation of graduate supervision for this course is the responsibility of the Medical Sciences Division and the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences (NDORMS) and it is not always possible to accommodate the preferences of incoming graduate students to work with a particular member of staff. Under exceptional circumstances a supervisor may be found outside the Medical Sciences Division.


There are a number of formative and summative assessments throughout the two-year course which include literature review, two MCQ papers and two short answer written papers. In the final year, students are required to submit a research proposal in the form of a 'mock' grant application. In addition, throughout the course students will be required to give a number of formative and summative oral presentations.

Graduate destinations

The course has been running since 2008 and a small number of cohorts (10-15%) have been undertaking further post- graduate training in the form of PhD or DPhil. However, as most students were from clinical background, the majority of students have advanced their clinical careers and pursued specialist clinical training opportunities.

The department's Director of Graduate Studies follows the paths of each student - to date, 100% of attendees indicated that they thoroughly enjoyed the programme and that they would recommend the course to their peer groups.

NDORMS has developed a specific taught MSc alumni website and this information is available to other colleagues and departments. Alumni and current students are connected through social events organised by the department.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 12,953per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Oxford

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  • Campus address

    University of Oxford, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 2JD, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    3rd out of 35 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    214 88%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    97 97%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.42 88%



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