Postgraduate study

Orthopaedic & Trauma Medicine

Awards: PhD, MScR

Study modes: Full-time, Part-time

Funding available

We offer a comprehensive research programme suitable for PhDs and MScs covering a diverse range of musculoskeletal disorders.

There are ongoing projects in the following areas:

  • musculoskeletal tissue engineering, stem cells and regenerative medicine
  • orthopaedic engineering and modelling of the musculoskeletal system
  • osteoporosis and fracture repair
  • clinical outcome studies

Students are assigned to the relevant research group. Each student's progress is monitored by a thesis committee convened from members within these groups. Students participate in a monthly graduate seminar programme, presenting their analysis of original research. All students are encouraged to present their findings at national and international conferences and to publish their findings in international journals, in advance of submission of their PhD theses for examination.

The orthopaedic engineering unit and the musculoskeletal research unit along with the microCT facilities are based within the Chancellor's Building. Facilities for collaborative projects are based in the centre for regenerative medicine and the centre for integrative physiology. The outcome performance assessment facilities are based within the clinical department in the Royal Infirmary.

A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:

  • an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration

  • IELTS Academic: total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (at least 20 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; the "Enabling Skills" sections are not considered)
  • CAE and CPE: total 176 (at least 169 in each module)
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components

Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than two and a half years old at the beginning of your degree programme. Language tests must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.

Find out more about our language requirements:

For detailed information on fee status, policies and payment see:

You will be responsible for securing funding to cover all your tuition fees, additional fees and living costs for the duration of your studies. For guidelines on living costs see:

  • Professor of Orthopaedics and Trauma, Professor H Simpson
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 242 6464
  • Email: hamish.simpson@ed.ac.uk
  • School of Clinical Sciences
  • Edinburgh Royal Infirmary
  • Little France
  • Edinburgh
  • EH16 4SU

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.

You must submit two references with your application.

Before making your application, you must make contact with a potential supervisor to discuss your research proposal. Further information on making a research degree application can be found on the College website:

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • Professor of Orthopaedics and Trauma, Professor H Simpson
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 242 6464
  • Email: hamish.simpson@ed.ac.uk
  • School of Clinical Sciences
  • Edinburgh Royal Infirmary
  • Little France
  • Edinburgh
  • EH16 4SU