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MSc Hand Therapy (incorporating PG Cert/PG Dip)


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University of Derby
Faculty of Education, Health & Sciences
Two to six years
You'll usually need an undergraduate degree (at least 2:2) or a diploma in occupational therapy or physiotherapy, or an equivalent qualification. An English Language GCSE grade C or equivalent. You'll also need to currently work in the clinical field of hand therapy.
Costs vary depending on the year you start. Visit LINK and search for this course to see how much it will cost you.
September, January
MSc, PgDip, PgCert
Ann Underhill
Masters study type: Part time Masters study type: Direct learning

Why choose this course?

- This is the only distance learning MSc Hand Therapy course in the UK which will give you the flexibility to study the course from home on a part time basis so you can stimulate the development of your own learning.

- You can study this course as part of your personal and professional development, allowing you to develop in areas of hand therapy that interest and matter to you.

- If you complete specific modules within the course you'll be eligible to apply to the British Association of Hand Therapists (BAHT) for accreditation as a BAHT accredited hand therapist when you graduate.

- You'll be taught by a highly experienced teaching team who are actively involved in hand therapy research so you can be sure you'll be learning all the latest theories and developments.


About the course

This course is for qualified occupational therapists and physiotherapists working in the field of hand therapy. You don't need to be working in hand therapy full time but a proportion of your work needs to be within hand therapy.

Building on the skills you will have gained in your own professional practice, this course enables you to continue learning, evaluating, maintaining and developing services for hand therapy both now and in the future. The course is divided into the Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Masters stage but you can choose to study as little as one module which would contribute to your continued professional development.

You'll find that the course is flexible to suit you and fit around your other commitments, but what you learn will still be challenging and interesting.

During the course you'll be able to:

- Develop your ability to critically evaluate and reflect on your own practice in hand therapy.
- Critically review the theory which underpins hand therapy.
- Contribute to the body of knowledge about hand therapy.
- Develop your understanding of research methods and research skills.
- Develop yourself personally and professionally.
- Make improvements in clinical practice and research into hand therapy.

To remain registered with the Health Professions Council, it's now essential that all health professionals can show they're committed to life-long learning and continued professional development. Taking this course is a great way of showing this. To get a post in the NHS as a Clinical Specialist, Extended Scope Practitioner or Consultant Therapist, you'll usually need to have, or be working towards, a Master's degree. So this course should help you develop your career.

After completing the PG Diploma or Masters stage of the course you could apply for a place on our Doctor of Health and Social Care Practice which will enable you to develop as a clinical and professional leader in your workplace.

Visit the MSc Hand Therapy (incorporating PG Cert/PG Dip) page on the University of Derby web site for more details!


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