Primary Care - Orthopaedics & Musculoskeletal Medicine

MSc Primary Care (Orthopaedics & Musculoskeletal Medicine)
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

This MSc in Orthopaedic and Musculoskeletal Medicine is delivered on a part-time basis over two years. It offers a University Masters level qualification, with options at both Certificate and Diploma level.

The course is open to doctors, and allied health professionals interested in developing expertise in the area of musculoskeletal medicine. This may include those working in General Practice, Emergency Medicine, Radiology, Orthopaedic Surgery, Rheumatology, Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine.

Training is offered in the diagnosis and management of the full range of musculoskeletal conditions. The course is delivered by consultants in Orthopaedic Surgery and Rheumatology and emphasizes a practical approach. Students will be expected to develop applicable clinical skills, including expertise in musculoskeletal examination, first-responder management of pitchside and roadside trauma, and administering musculoskeletal injections using anatomic and ultrasound-guided techniques.

Course Description
Semesters 1 and 2
Distance and Online learning:
Distance and online learning allow students to develop their expertise in the full range of musculoskeletal medical conditions in these semesters. In addition, full-day workshops held every 6 weeks allow students to put into practice their examination techniques, develop expertise in MSK injections using anatomic and ultrasound-guided techniques and to develop proficiency in early trauma management.

Online resources allow students to work at their own pace during the semester. This flexible, practitioner-focused approach to course delivery takes account of and caters for time and work pressures experienced by busy clinicians.

In addition to the clinical course content, students will also complete a module of medical scholarship allowing them to:
- Develop their research skills, allowing them to successfully complete a research project (review literature, plan and enact a project, analyse and interpret findings, disseminate his/her work).

- Review own practice and improve patient care through clinical audit and quality improvement initiatives

- Critical thinking, analysis and problem solving

Semester 3 & 4
Clinical Placement:
Students will have the opportunity to undertake clinical placements (80 hours over 14 weeks) with Consultants in Orthopaedic Surgery and Rheumatology in the out-patient setting, allowing them to broaden their clinical exposure and hone their diagnostic skills. In addition, students will gain a deeper understanding of the use of diagnostic modalities, clinical decision making and treatment options at secondary and tertiary levels of care.

Module Options include:
- Sports
- Spine
- Joint Replacement: Hip & Knee
- Shoulder & Upper Limb
- Hand
- Foot and Ankle Surgery
- Paediatrics

Research Dissertation
Students undertake to plan, enact and disseminate an original piece of research in the area of primary care orthopaedics, under the supervision of faculty.

Indicative Module Content
Enhanced critical thinking, analysis and problem solving
Ability to review his / her own practice and improve patient care through clinical audit and quality improvement initiatives.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Option
Primary Care (Orthopaedics) IMDCS42100
Primary Care (Orthopaedics) IIMDCS42110
Contemporary Issues in PC & GPMDCS42120
Scholarship Enhancing ClinPracMDCS42130
Primary Care(Orthopaedics) IIIMDCS42140
Primary Care Res DissertationMDCS42150

Entry requirements

Applicants should
- hold an undergraduate degree (NFQ Level 8 or equivalent) in a relevant subject (e.g. Medicine, Nursing & Midwifery, Psychology, Public Health, Social Sciences, Physiotherapy etc)

- Possess an equivalent professional qualification or

- Have relevant clinical experience in orthopaedics, primary care, physiotherapy.

Garda vetting may also be required.

Application dates

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:

MSc Primary Care (Orthopaedics&Musculoskeletal Medicine) PT (X875)
2 Years
Part Time
* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

To apply for this programme, click on and follow the steps outline. The course programme code is X875.




2 years part-time. Mode of Delivery: Face-to-Face.


MSc Primary Care (Orthopaedics & Musculoskeletal Medicine) (X875) Part Time
EU Year 1 - € 8400
EU Year 2 - € 4200 aa
nonEU Year 1 - € 12800
nonEU Year 2 - € 8535 aa

aa Second Year Fee applies to Students in 2nd Year in 2020 and who were a 1st Year Student on the programme in 2019/20

***Fees are subject to change

Enrolment dates

NEXT INTAKE: 2024/2025 September.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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