Master of Science by Coursework in Musculoskeletal Sciences

  • 1. The Medical Sciences Board shall elect for the supervision of the course an Organising Committee, which shall have the power to arrange teaching, assessments and other instruction.

  • 2. The Organising Committee shall appoint for each candidate [For students starting before MT 2016: an academic supervisor]  [For students starting from MT 2016: two academic supervisors].

  • 3. Candidates will hold[For students starting before MT 2016: a first degree in medicine, or exceptionally a biomedical science degree.] [For students starting from MT 2016: a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours (or equivalent international qualifications), in biological sciences and/or related topics or will be medically qualified. In special circumstances, candidates from other medically related subjects (e.g. nurses and/or allied health professionals) will be considered.]

  • 4. Candidates shall follow a course of study in Musculoskeletal Sciences on a part-time basis for at least six terms, and including vacations, as determined by the course timetable. The course commences every two years[For students starting before MT 2016: in January and runs until December of the following year.] [For students starting from MT 2016: and runs for two years.]

  • 5. Candidates shall be examined in all of the following ways:

    • (i) Year 1 [For students starting before MT 2016: (January to December)]

      • (a) Each candidate shall submit a literature review of no more than 4,000 words on a topic selected by the candidate and approved by the Organising Committee. The review must be submitted[For students starting before MT 2016: during Week 2 of Michaelmas term.]  [For students starting from MT 2016: in June on a date to be specified by the Organising Committee and published in the course handbook not later than the start of Michaelmas Term of the academic year in which the examination is taken.]

      • (b) Each candidate must pass an examination[For students starting before MT 2016: in Michaelmas Term.]  [For students starting from MT 2016: in September on a date to be specified by the Organising Committee which will be published in the student handbook not later than the start of Michaelmas Term of the academic year in which the examination is taken.] The examination will comprise two elements: the first of these will consist of a one-hour computer-based assessment comprising multiple-choice questions; the second of these will constitute a two-hour written paper. [For students starting before MT 2016: The dates of the examination will be specified in the course handbook.]

    • (ii) Year 2 [For students starting before MT 2016: (January to December)]

      • (a) Each candidate must submit, for assessment of their progress, an outline research proposal. The outline must be submitted in[For students starting before MT 2016: Hilary Term] [For students starting from MT 2016: January ]on a date to be specified[For students starting before MT 2016: in the course handbook.] [For students starting from MT 2016: by the Organising Committee and published in the course handbook not later than the start of Michaelmas Term of the academic year in which the examination is taken.]

      • (b) Each candidate will be assessed on their presentation skills by means of a public oral presentation on his or her research topic. The presentation must take place in Trinity Term [For students starting from MT 2016: in March ]on a date to be specified[For students starting before MT 2016: in the course handbook.] [For students starting from MT 2016: by the Organising Committee and published in the course handbook not later than the start of Michaelmas Term of the academic year in which the examination is taken.]

      • (c) Each candidate must submit a written research proposal of no more than 10,000 words on a topic selected by the candidate and approved by the Organising Committee. The proposal must be submitted[For students starting before MT 2016: in Michaelmas Term] [For students starting from MT 2016: in July ]on a date to be specified[For students starting before MT 2016: in the course handbook.] [For students starting from MT 2016: by the Organising Committee and published in the course handbook not later than the start of Michaelmas Term of the academic year in which the examination is taken.]

      • (d) Each candidate must pass an examination[For students starting before MT 2016: in Michaelmas Term.] [For students starting from MT 2016: in September on the date to be specified by the Organising Committee and published in the course handbook not later than the start of Michaelmas Term of the academic year in which the examination is taken.] The examination will comprise two elements: the first of these will consist of a one-hour computer-based assessment comprising multiple-choice questions; the second of these will constitute a two-hour written paper.[For students starting before MT 2016: The dates of the examination will be specified in the course handbook.]

  • 6. Candidates may be examined viva voce on their research proposal. The viva voce examination will normally be conducted at the end of the course.

  • 7. Candidates must pass each examination or written assignment in order to pass overall.

  • 8. Candidates will be allowed one opportunity to retake or resubmit each of the required elements, normally within [For students starting before MT 2016: six]  [For students starting from MT 2016: two] months of the original failure, should they fail to reach the necessary standard. Candidates failing to pass any element at the second attempt will normally be judged to have failed to reach the necessary standard for the award and will not be permitted to continue.

  • 9. The required written submissions must be sent to the Chair of Examiners, MSc in Musculoskeletal Sciences, c/o Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford. Submissions must be accompanied by a declaration of authorship and originality.

  • 10. The examiners may award a distinction for excellence in part of or in the whole examination.

  • 11. The examiners may award a [For students starting before MT 2016: postgraduate diploma]  [For students starting from MT 2016: Postgraduate Diploma] to candidates who have satisfied the requirements for [For students starting before MT 2016: the award of the Postgraduate Diploma (comprising all assessments with the exception of the written research proposal)]  [For students starting from MT 2016: all assessments with the exception of the written research proposal] and who do not wish to continue their studies, or who fail to meet the required standard for the written research proposal.

Schedule

[For students starting before MT 2016: The syllabus for study will include the following components:

Core Subjects]

  • Candidates are required to complete all of the following modules:

    • 1. Principles of Musculoskeletal Diseases

    • 2. Research, Statistics and Epidemiology

    • 3. Scientific Aspects of Common Musculoskeletal Diseases

    • [For students starting from MT 2016: 4. Advanced Rheumatology

    • 5. Advanced Orthopaedics]

[For students starting before MT 2016: Specialist Subjects

  • Candidates are required to complete one of the following modules:

    • 1. Advanced Rheumatology

    • 2. Advanced Orthopaedics]