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NDORMS DPhil & MSc by Research



Our postgraduate research programme provides a fully integrated training environment and you will engage in a thorough skills training programme which includes a range of workshops and seminars in transferable skills, generic research skills and specific research techniques.

Students undertake a core curriculum in the first term of year 1 to provide a solid foundation in musculoskeletal sciences, inflammation, immunology and data analysis.

Taught component

The taught component of the DPhil and MSc by research at NDORMS is a compact course that introduces the widely disparate fields interfacing in joint research programs within the Department.

During the first two weeks of their DPhil/MRes students attend lectures and are introduced to academic staff working across the breadth of research areas present at NDORMS.


Teachers on the course are experts from the NDORMS Clinical teams, Botnar Research Centre, and Kennedy Institute and include young investigators (indicated YI in program).

Attendance and options


  • Administrative Induction - Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd October 2017
  • Orientation / Research Ethics Session - half day
  • Introductory Core Lectures - 1 week, mornings only - Monday 9th - Friday 13th October 2017
  • Statistics module - offered termly

Specialist Modules

  • Students must also select a minimum of three monthly Specialist Modules (November - June).
  • Each module is a half-day session (mornings).