All students should have a professional medical or physiotherapy qualification, and should be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or General Medical Council (GMC). Students based within the European Economic Area (EEA) will need to provide evidence of registration with their equivalent home organisation.  International students (i.e. outside the EEA) will need to be registered with the UK HCPC or GMC as appropriate to their professional qualification and must also have a current visa to study in the UK.  All students should be able to provide evidence of opportunities to practise musculoskeletal medicine.

Students must have successfully completed all components of the Society of Musculoskeletal Medicine Diploma course or have successfully completed a course in orthopaedic medicine provided by affiliated organisations, i.e. Orthopaedic Medicine International (OMI UK); Orthopaedic Medicine Seminars (OMS); Irish Society of Orthopaedic Medicine (ISOM), with demonstration of their achievement of the learning outcomes of the accredited course through submission of a reflective essay and personal development plan.  Guidelines are available for this. 

Students successfully completing courses provided by other organisations, e.g. the Cyriax Foundation, European Teaching Group of Orthopaedic Medicine (ETGOM) and Orthopaedic Medicine International (OMI Global) will be required to submit a portfolio of evidence that includes support for students’ achievement of the learning outcomes of the SOMM Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine course through their reflective essay and personal development plan.

Students also require:

—  Sufficient verbal and written skills in English – this must include the ability to communicate the principles and practice of musculoskeletal/orthopaedic medicine. This will be evinced within the portfolio reflective essay, plus face to face or telephone interview as appropriate. English tests are not essential but a level equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.5 is required and students may be requested to take the test if that level is not evident in the pre-requisite assessment procedures.

—  The ability to think and write at master’s level, as evinced through the reflective essay.

—  Satisfactory character and academic references.