• Distance Learning
  • Part Time

Trauma is the disease caused by physical injury. Trauma has only been called a “disease” since the 1970s. Although it seems strange at first, it is the correct term to use. Severe injury triggers a sequence of changes within the cells of the body and can lead to critical and disabling illness. Just like other diseases such as cancer, HIV and heart disease we need to understand these changes to improve survival and recovery.

Trauma is one of the world’s leading killers and is responsible for the loss of more life-years than any other disease. All countries, developed and developing recognise the importance of trauma to their health care systems.

Many countries including the UK are actively pursuing rationalization and specialization programmes. This distance-learning course will provide you with a broad and critical understanding of the most up-to-date science and practice of trauma care.

A summer school incorporating simulated scenario training (consistent with your scope of practice) will complement the didactic learning to provide practical knowledge and experience of decision-making and the safe, professional delivery of core clinical functions in the management of seriously injured patients.

This programme will:

  • Give you a thorough grounding in the principles underlying the disease of trauma
  • Give you hands-on training at a summer school consistent with your scope of practice
  • Develop a broad and critical understanding of developments in trauma care.



Programme Academic Staff

Programme Overview

Why study your MSc in Trauma science at Queen Mary?

Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry is comprised of two world renowned teaching hospitals, St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London, which have made, and continue to make, an outstanding contribution to modern medicine. We were one of the top five in the UK for medicine in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.

The research team from the Centre for Trauma and Neurosciences is based at the Blizard Institute and The Royal London Hospital. The Royal London Hospital is one of London’s major trauma centres and is probably the busiest trauma centre in Europe.

You will be taught by leading experts in trauma, Professor Karim Brohi, the programme lead, is Head of the LondonTIER, Professor of Trauma Sciences in the Blizard Institute, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, and Consultant Trauma and Vascular Surgeon at Barts Health NHS Trust. He is also director of the North East London and Essex Trauma Network and founder of the website trauma.org.

  • Trauma is the leading worldwide cause of death in young people (under 45 years), most patients however, have injuries which are survivable if they can receive appropriate medical treatment in time. It is these patients who can benefit most from improving the system that delivers the trauma treatment and the types of treatment provided.
  • In London we are at the forefront of trauma care. In April 2010, the London Trauma System went “live”. This is a totally new way of organising trauma care in the capital and requires hospitals to form a network with a central specialist hospital (The Major Trauma Centre) providing care for the most severe patients and less severe injuries being treated in the other hospitals.
  • This course is only available via distance learning, with a an optional summer school.


You will have access to our learning resources: QMplus, ejournals via the library and the trauma.org website.

Who should apply?

Suitable applicants include surgeons, emergency medicine physicians, pre-hospital doctors, anaesthetists, nurses, operating department staff and allied health professionals including paramedical personnel and also candidates with a specialist interest in trauma education and training.

Entry Requirements

  • Medical Degree or Nursing/Paramedic BSc Honours degree (2:1 or equivalent)
  • Applicants with academic study slightly below this level will be considered on an individual basis if there is very strong evidence of suitable clinical experience in a relevant medical field
  • We will consider overseas qualifications at degree level from a university or an institution of university rank. You also need to demonstrate suitable professional experience and expertise. You will need competent computer skills and access to suitable PC facilities (with microphone, webcam and a broadband connection to the internet).

International applicants

Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

Find out more about our English language entry requirements.

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.


Learning and Teaching

The programme will be entirely delivered online through the QMUL Virtual Learning Environment (QMPLUS). This will incorporate web content, video presentations, asynchronous case-based discussions and open-forum sessions. The majority of the learning resources for this programme will be hosted on the QMPLUS website. This will be the platform for the programme and will include learning materials, on-line discussions, assessments and feedback on student coursework assessments.  This resource will also be used to track student engagement activity, course management, tutorial and pastoral support and provision of course content.

Different methods to deliver course content will be chosen to provide the best possible learning experience to students. The following methods will be used to deliver the course contents:

  1. Lectures: members of the international faculty will deliver lectures. Presentations will be available to students and an online discussion group will follow lectures.  In view of different time zones anticipated, lectures will also be recorded and made available as downloadable podcasts.
  2. Seminars: specific topics will be analysed in dedicated seminars. Seminars will be delivered in real time. Timing will be set so to accommodate students participating from different locations and time zones. Discussion will be encouraged and an up to date review of specific topics will be accomplished.
  3. Clinical case discussion: held via email discussion group or videoconference sessions. All students will be encouraged to participate.
  4. Printable PDFs and videos.
  5. Weekly reading list: students will be supplied with a selection of articles, journals and new relevant updates to the topic in an electronic format.
  6. Online discussion groups with a member of the faculty available to answer questions submitted via QMPLUS. These open discussion sessions are intended to create an intellectually stimulating environment and to facilitate interaction and group relationships between the students.

The materials for each module will be uploaded via QMPLUS.  Wider reading will be encouraged and students will also be provided with a reading list for each module and will have the opportunity to access the QMUL online library. This provides access to a considerable number of e-journals and key reference books.


Modules will be assessed by written coursework that will be submitted online every week (including MCQs and written reports). The form of assessments will reflect the nature of material that is being studied, but will normally include: critique of research literature; practical assessments in the research methodologies; portfolio-based assessments; written evaluative assignments and examinations.


This module will be the compulsory dissertation for the MSc in Trauma Sciences and the MSc Military and Humanitarian Trauma Sciences Programmes and will account for a total of 60 credits at Level 7. Under the supervision of an academic tutor the students will pursue an original research project on a topic of their choice. The project consists of a written dissertation. The dissertation is the last module needed to obtain the final award.

Programme Structure

MSc Trauma science is available to study part-time over two years by distance learning.

Year 1

8 online modules October through July with lectures accessed online when convenient for the part time distance learning.  Weekly interactive online sessions with internationally renowned faculty.

A very popular although optional two Week Summer Session on site in London between Year 1 and Year 2 – Conducted for 2 weeks in August. The Summer Session will concentrate on group projects, interactive workshops & training in subspecialty skills and simulation at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, The Barts & The London Education Academy and The Royal London Hospital Major Trauma Centre.  

Core modules

The MSc in Trauma Sciences comprises of 8 taught modules (15 credits each) and an optional 2-week summer school in year one, to a total value of 120 credits. 7 of these modules are compulsory and there is also an opportunity to undertake an elective module. Each 15-credit module involves approximately 30 hours of contact time plus 120 hours of independent study.

Elective modules

Summer School takes place at the end of your first year.

Year 2

Consists of a Masters Dissertation Project also completed via the Distance Learning Format.


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What our Students Say

Since graduation, I have been involved in a number of clinical, systems and academic developments. In addition to my clinical work as an anaesthesiologist, I have been leading the multidisciplinary project of setting up a “clinical pathway” for severely injured patients in our hospital. This involves the standardisation of the process of care from the prehospital setting until discharge with definition of clinical guidelines, roles and responsibilities as well as a solid performance improvement program.

On a regional level, I lead the first Swiss Trauma Network, uniting the three Trauma centers of Western Switzerland. As initial step we have managed to set up a joint Trauma registry. Next, we aim to standardise the structure of trauma care, share clinical guidelines and join our efforts in teaching and education.

On a national level, I am a member of the steering committee creating the future national Swiss Trauma registry, which should go online in 2014. The MSc has also inspired me to continue with academic activity. In April 2014, I published a 5-year review of trauma activity and patient outcomes from our hospital in a peer-reviewed journal. Further, I am the local principal investigator of an international trauma research project our department is about to integrate, examining coagulation and inflammatory responses to trauma.

Overall, my trauma-related activity has all been greatly influenced and pushed by what I had learned during the 2 years of the MSc programme

Dr. Catherine Heim Schoettker 

Master in Trauma Sciences graduate

Consultant in Anaesthesiology

As a critical care nurse and lecturer, the MSc has expanded my understanding of trauma management of critically ill patients and has allowed me to develop and implement complex-trauma education into a pre-registration nursing curriculum. The management of time critical trauma demands knowledge and competency and this course provided underpinning and advanced knowledge, which enabled me to develop my practice in order to deliver a higher standard of trauma care. Overall this has been an excellent course that by far surpassed my expectations. I fully recommend and endorse this course, and would urge any practitioner that may be involved in the care of trauma patients to enroll.

Dean Whiting

A Critical Care Nurse with a Military Background

MSc Trauma Sciences [Military & Humanitarian] graduate

A General Surgery Trainee in the Trauma Sciences [Military & Humanitarian] with a Particular Interest in Humanitarian Surgery who entered the Programme in 2013 and is currently interrupting to undertake a paid position as a PhD Researcher at QMUL Barts and The London School of Medicine in the Centre for Trauma Sciences Research Group under the tutelage of Professor Brohi.

Trauma Sciences [Military & Humanitarian] graduate

The Masters in Trauma Sciences provides an excellent opportunity to explore and understand exciting innovations in the current management of critically-injured patients from the point of injury through to discharge and ongoing rehabilitation.  As a general surgical trainee I particularly appreciated the emphasis on developing time critical decision-making skills and understanding the human factors that contribute to effective trauma care and leadership.  The enthusiasm of the faculty provides an excellent learning environment and has inspired me to pursue a PhD at one of the worlds leading Major Trauma Centres.

Joanna Shepard


Programme Directors:

Professor of Trauma Education
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Professor of Trauma Sciences
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Programme Administration:

Ms Natasha Chappell
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Centre for Neuroscience and Trauma
Blizard Institute
Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry
4 Newark Street
E1 2AT