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Orthopaedic Engineering (Part time - 2 years) (MSc)

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The practice of orthopaedic surgery has expanded rapidly in recent years, and is likely to have to meet further demands from patients for new forms of treatment in the future. These developments have led to a need for orthopaedic surgeons to have a greater knowledge of the scientific principles involved in disease processes and various forms of treatment.

The introduction of this MSc degree in Orthopaedic Engineering will provide practitioners with an understanding of engineering in the specific context of orthopaedic disease. The course is aimed at practising orthopaedic surgeons who do not wish to disturb their career by taking time out. Considerable emphasis is placed on distance learning and with the attendance of four compulsory weekends per academic year in Cardiff. The course is designed for orthopaedic surgeons who wish to develop an interest in engineering related to their area of specialisation. The degree will enable surgeons to critically appraise both new and old treatments in the light of a greater understanding of the development of deformity and disease.

NB: Please note that although this is largely a distance learning course students enrolled on the course will be expected to attend lectures and practical sessions over 4 separate weekends in Cardiff for each year of the course. Students will also be expected to attend an examination weekend in May of each year.

Scheme Structure

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Emphasis is directed in Part I towards an understanding of engineering principles, experimental techniques and materials. In Part II students will study in depth an engineering problem in clinical orthopaedics leading to the submission of a dissertation. Successful candidates will obtain an MSc degree in Engineering awarded by Cardiff University.

Course Directors

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M D Jones, BSc, Ll M, MSc, PhD has many years experience in applying engineering to orthopaedics and has published extensively on the subject.


Admissions Tutor

Dr Mike Jones


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