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Postgraduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine (PGDipMSM)

Apply for the Postgraduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine (PGDipMSM) through the Christchurch campus in 2023

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A 120 point Postgraduate Diploma (8 papers) designed for medical graduates focussing on musculoskeletal medicine.

Musculoskeletal medicine is based on biomedical and psychosocial knowledge and utilises a range of therapeutic skills including manual medicine, needling and acupuncture, injection techniques, applied biomechanics, pharmacotherapy, psychosocial management, and the need for appropriate referral.

The Postgraduate Diploma is available to candidates in Australia and New Zealand.

Our courses are endorsed by the International Association for the Study of Pain.


The Postgraduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine can be studied part-time over a 2 – 4 year time frame. Extensions of time to complete may be granted when there are exceptional circumstances.

Those candidates who first complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Medicine are able to apply for an exemption of 60 points in the Postgraduate Diploma thus completing it with four 15 point papers.


Every candidate shall:

  • be registered for medical practice in the country in which the Diploma is being taught.

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Structure of the Postgraduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine (PGDipMSM)

i Compulsory papers (90 points)
  • MSME 701 Clinical Diagnosis (15 points)
  • MSME 702 Musculoskeletal Tissues (15 points)
  • MSME 703 Musculoskeletal Disorders (15 points)
  • MSME 704 Introduction to Pain (15 points)
  • MSME 708 Introduction to Pain Management (15 points)
  • MSME 709 Clinical Therapeutics (15 points)
ii Two papers from the following (30 points)
  • MSME 705 Regional Disorders – Spine (15 points)
  • MSME 706 Regional Disorders – Limbs (15 points)
  • MSME 707 Musculoskeletal Management (15 points)
  • MSME 710 Recreational and Sports Injuries (15 points)
  • MSME 711 Pain Assessment (15 points)

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Further information

Administrator Client Services
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine
University of Otago, Christchurch
PO Box 4345, Christchurch, New Zealand
Tel +64 3 364 0469