The course is arranged in six separate study modules comprising:
- Materials and their properties: Students will gain an understanding of the materials used in orthopaedics and their properties.
- Experimental Techniques: Students will become familiar with basic data and statistical analysis techniques including computing allied to medicine.
- Engineering Theory 1 and 2: The introduction of basic principles of mechanics in relation to biomechanics encountered within orthopaedics.
- Surgical Practice: To provide a scientific basis for rational analysis of common surgical techniques and an understanding of the mechanisms of injury and biology of bone and soft tissue.
- Research Methodology: An introduction to research procedures and practices and the skills and techniques needed to complete a project and dissertation.
On successful completion of Part I, candidates will be required to submit a dissertation of not more than 20,000 words embodying the methods and results of a research project. This project must relate to the utilisation of engineering skills gained within the course to an orthopaedic application.
Teaching staff will be drawn from the School of Medicine and the School of Engineering. In addition, invited specialists in various orthopaedic fields will lecture on the course.
The Orthopaedic Department consists of nine consultants with specialist interests including hands, upper limbs, revision arthroplasty, paediatrics, spine, trauma, knees and sports injuries.
Research carried out in the Department includes bone fracture healing, osteo-athritis, tendon pathology, joint analysis and biomechanics.