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This MSc programme combines knowledge of the engineering and medical sciences with advances in technology and practice to generate applications and solutions to clinically relevant problems. Read more

Why this course?

This MSc programme combines knowledge of the engineering and medical sciences with advances in technology and practice to generate applications and solutions to clinically relevant problems.

It affords a Masters level degree in this clinical area, while considering globally the effects of disability within a population and society’s approaches globally.

This is one of the few programmes globally that offers a specific degree in prosthetics and orthotics. The National Centre for Prosthetics and Orthotics (NCPO) has an international reputation for quality education within this field. The staff of the NCPO is involved in research and clinical practice both nationally and internationally.

The main aim of the course is to produce postgraduates capable of developing careers in allied health professionals and biomedical engineering (research, industrial and NHS).

We require candidates first degree to be in Prosthetics & Orthotics. Our learning environment brings together ideas and concepts from science, medicine and engineering to enable the development of relevant clinical and industrial research.

What you'll study

Taught classes, laboratory demonstrations, practical exercises and clinical visits take place during semesters 1 and 2. Diploma students then complete a project dissertation and MSc students complete a research or development project reported by a thesis.

Work placement

Visits to local clinical centres and lectures from industrialists and visiting experts from the UK and overseas are an integral part of our courses.

You'll also have the opportunity to meet our many industrial and clinical collaborators to help advise and further your career.

Major projects

You'll undertake a clinically relevant project in the rehabilitation area of prosthetics and/or orthotics.

Facilities

The Department of Biomedical Engineering consists of the Bioengineering Unit and the National Centre for Prosthetics and Orthotics – two complementary and key areas of health technology teaching and research within the University.

The National Centre for Prosthetics and Orthotics was established in 1972, growing out of the Bioengineering Unit at the University of Strathclyde, which was established more than 50 years ago, both being internationally-recognised centres of excellence for education and research at the interface of engineering and the medical science, with particular emphasis on clinically-related teaching and research. The new department of Biomedical Engineering in 2012 was formed through the merger of these two esteemed units.

Research areas include:

Rehabilitation Engineering
Medical Devices
Diagnostic Technologies: the Foot in Diabetes

The department also hosts the Centre for Doctoral Training in Medical Devices and Health Technologies, the Strathclyde Institute of Medical Devices and the Centre for Excellence in Rehabilitation Research.

In addition the department is a major partner in the Glasgow Research Partnership in Engineering; Health Technologies Knowledge Transfer Network; and Glasgow Health Technology Cooperative.

Guest lectures

This programme will include internationally recognised lecturers from the World Health Organisation and large NGOs globally which may include Handicap International and the international Committee for the Red Cross.

Fees and funding

Scotland/EU/Rest of UK: Any UK practicing Orthotist wishing to undertake this Masters programme will be eligible to apply for funding from the Orthotic Education and Training Trust OETT, and would be considered for funding up to a maximum or 67%.

International: £19,100

International Excellence Awards: Biomedical Engineering is pleased to offer these prestigious competitive scholarships to four full-time international applicants to the MSc Biomedical Engineering. Recipients will be awarded up to £4,000 towards their fees. The recipients will be notified before the beginning of term.

The China-Scotland Friendship Award: This award of £4,000 towards tuition fees is offered to a Chinese applicant of outstanding ability. The recipient will be notified before the beginning of term.

Biomedical Engineering Celebration Awards for India: These awards of £6,000 towards tuition fees are open to well-qualified applicants from India joining the one-year full-time MSc Biomedical Engineering. The final submission date for applications is 29 May 2015. Applicants will be advised of the outcome in June 2015.

Biomedical Engineering Malaysia Award: This competitive award of £4,000 towards tuition fees is offered each year to one very well-qualified Malaysian applicant to the MSc Biomedical Engineering. The recipient will be notified before the beginning of term.

Home applicants: Home applicants may apply for a Postgraduate Student Awards Agency for Scotland (PSAS) loan which covers the cost of tuition fees on specific eligible courses.

Scottish students: Students living in Scotland can find out more about funding from the Student Awards Agency Scotland.

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The postgraduate course in Prosthetics & Orthotics Rehabilitation Studies is modular and intended for off-campus delivery. Read more

Why this course?

The postgraduate course in Prosthetics & Orthotics Rehabilitation Studies is modular and intended for off-campus delivery. The course can lead to an award of an MSc, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.

The course has been designed for professionals already working in prosthetics, orthotics, therapy, surgery or associated disciplines. They're offered by distance learning allowing you to study at your own pace, at times and places that are convenient for you.

You’ll study

You'll select courses from the range of instructional modules available. The choice will be limited by initial qualifications.

Optional modules:
Clinical Governance
Orthotic Studies*
Prosthetic Studies*
Introductory Biomechanics
Lower Limb Prosthetic Biomechanics
Lower Limb Orthotic Biomechanics
Clinical Gait Analysis
* not available to prosthetists or orthotists

Restricted modules (for professional prosthetists/orthotists only):
Advanced Prosthetic Science
Advanced Orthotic Science

Please note that not all modules may be offered every year.

All modules count for 20 credits towards a postgraduate qualification.

MSc

You must obtain 180 credits to be awarded the MSc Rehabilitation Studies.

You must have completed the compulsory classes Research Methodology and Data Analysis, as well as the final project which is 60 credits. All other modules are from the options list.

Postgraduate Diploma

If you obtain a minimum of 120 credits from a selection of the optional and restricted modules you may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Rehabilitation Studies.

Postgraduate Certificate

If you obtain a minimum of 60 credits from a selection of the optional and restricted modules you may be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate.

Major projects

The final year project aims to develop planning, resourcing and implementing healthcare focused research skills within a work based research project. You'll be involved in a number of processes which include:

-justification of the selected topic
-selecting, devising and applying appropriate methods and techniques
-applying for ethical approval where human subjects are involved
-anticipating and solving problems which arise
-displaying knowledge of background literature
-evaluating and reporting the conclusions of the study

The project may take the form of an extended literature review or involve experimental work. This project work will have been supported by compulsory modules in research methodology and data analysis.

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The Podiatry MSc is for practising podiatrists wanting to build on their skills and knowledge, advance their professional practice, and earn a further professional and academic qualification. Read more
The Podiatry MSc is for practising podiatrists wanting to build on their skills and knowledge, advance their professional practice, and earn a further professional and academic qualification.

The course helps you to develop your clinical and communication skills, and broaden your knowledge of podiatry and complementary specialties while earning a formal qualification.

A wide range of optional modules means you can create your own study programme to suit your professional or personal aspirations, and includes the opportunity to blend podiatry with related disciplines.

We are known for our flexible approaches to practice-based learning, with course durations and intensities that can be adapted to your individual needs and outside commitments.

The course is designed to fit around your existing practice hours. Week-long intensive study blocks allow attendance for students based in the UK, EU and internationally.

The University of Brighton developed and awarded the first degrees in podiatry in the UK and we have been recognised by podiatry's professional bodies for the standard of our teaching. You will have access to our excellent facilities including our own hospital, and Human Movement Laboratory.

Our expert lecturers are all active members of the SCP, ensuring that both the team and the curriculum stay up to date with podiatry policy and practice.

Our high quality teaching and research are renowned, and have an applied focus. We have established strong links with specialist practice educators to ensure the provision of support and guidance both within the university and in practice.

Course structure

Students normally study three one-week modules each year, typically separated by eight to twelve weeks. You can choose all podiatry options or include interdisciplinary options which may require you to attend one day per week rather than the week-long study block structure of podiatry.

To be awarded the Podiatry MSc, you must successfully complete three compulsory modules, plus three options and a dissertation. Alternatively, you can study individual modules, being awarded a PGDip on completion of six modules, or a PGCert on completion of three specified modules.

The course is delivered in a variety of ways, typically via e-learning, lectures, seminars, simulation in our high-tech Human Movement Laboratory, and practice-based learning in our Leaf Hospital.

School of Health Sciences postgraduate education
This course is part of our School of Health Sciences postgraduate education programme. The programme allows you to sign up for one module at a time and build your qualification as you go. It also gives you access to a range of interdisciplinary modules across a broad selection of health and social science subjects. Find out more:
https://www.brighton.ac.uk/Studying-here/Find-a-course/CPD-in-health-sciences/postgraduate-education/index.aspx

Syllabus

One Research Methods module selected from the School of Health Sciences postgraduate education programme.

Plus a minimum of two core podiatry modules from:

Anatomy for Podiatric Practice
Rheumatology and the Lower Limb
Analysis of Function
Diagnostic Imaging
Clinical Pharmacology
The Foot in Diabetes
Pathology and Microbiology
Off-loading the At-risk Foot
Foot and Lower Extremity Musculoskeletal Pathology and Clinical Biomechanics
Surgical Management of the Foot

Plus

Three further modules which may also come from the list above or other suitable modules in the School of Health Sciences postgraduate education programme

Plus

Dissertation.

Facilities

Leaf Hospital:

You will have access to the Leaf Hospital in Eastbourne, our own fully-staffed clinical facility, which offers a podiatry service and a private practice physiotherapy service. This gives you a further opportunity to gain practical experience treating patients throughout your degree.

The Leaf Hospital has two main clinics and three further consulting rooms, allowing up to 28 patients to be seen at any one time. Clinical practice is supported by a complete range of diagnostic and therapeutic equipment, including gait analysis, imaging and more.

You will benefit from use of the orthotics department, where you will produce high quality orthotics and insoles for patients as part of the practical element of your course.

On the first floor there is a fully equipped operating theatre for minor surgical procedures and a human anatomy lab where you will study prosection and take part in lower limb dissection.

Human Movement Laboratory:

The Human Movement Laboratory is used widely by our physiotherapy, occupational therapy and podiatry students, and is also used for commercial consultancy.

In the lab you will use the latest technology to measure and assess all aspects of human movement, joints, muscles, soft tissue structure and nerves. The laboratory has equipment for conducting cardio-pulmonary investigations including Cosmed metabolic system and spirometry.

Careers and Employability

Masters-level education is an important component of advanced and specialist practice. It allows you greater autonomy and to accelerate personal and professional development or promotion in your practice.

Feedback from students who have completed this course shows that they have progressed their careers in management and education, to higher levels of study and clinical specialisation.

Completion of the Podiatry MSc will also prepare you for further study at MPhil and PhD level if you wish to continue pursuing an academic path.

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The Podiatry and Education MSc is for practising podiatrists wanting to build on their skills and knowledge, advance their professional practice, and earn a further professional and academic qualification. Read more
The Podiatry and Education MSc is for practising podiatrists wanting to build on their skills and knowledge, advance their professional practice, and earn a further professional and academic qualification.

The course helps you to develop your clinical and communication skills, and broaden your knowledge of podiatry and complementary education while earning a formal qualification.

We are known for our flexible approaches to practice-based learning, with course durations and intensities that can be adapted to your individual needs and outside commitments.

The course is designed to fit around your existing practice hours. Week-long intensive study blocks allow attendance for students based in the UK, EU and internationally.

The University of Brighton developed and awarded the first degrees in podiatry in the UK and we have been recognised by podiatry's professional bodies for the standard of our teaching. You will have access to our excellent facilities including our own hospital, and Human Movement Laboratory.

Our expert lecturers are all active members of the SCP, ensuring that both the team and the curriculum stay up to date with podiatry policy and practice.

Our high quality teaching and research are renowned, and have an applied focus. We have established strong links with specialist practice educators to ensure the provision of support and guidance both within the university and in practice.

Course structure

To be awarded the Podiatry and Education MSc, you must successfully complete six modules and a dissertation. Alternatively, you can study individual modules, being awarded a PGDip on completion of six modules, or a PGCert on completion of three specified modules.

The course is delivered in a variety of ways, typically via e-learning, lectures, seminars, simulation in our high-tech Human Movement Laboratory, and practice-based learning in our Leaf Hospital.

School of Health Sciences postgraduate education:
This course is part of our School of Health Sciences postgraduate education programme. The programme allows you to sign up for one module at a time and build your qualification as you go. It also gives you access to a range of interdisciplinary modules across a broad selection of health and social science subjects. Find out more:
https://www.brighton.ac.uk/Studying-here/Find-a-course/CPD-in-health-sciences/postgraduate-education/index.aspx

Syllabus

• Research Methods for Health Professionals

This module aims both to enable you to increase your critical understanding of published research findings, and to develop specific research skills in the preparation of research proposals, project design, methods of data collection, analysis and presentation.

You will discuss relevant ethical issues and sources of information, and review and practice appropriate methods of data manipulation and analysis.

Plus two modules from this list

• Anatomy for Podiatric Practice
• Rheumatology and the Lower Limb
• Diagnostic Imaging
• Clinical Pharmacology
• The Foot in Diabetes
• Pathology and Microbiology
• Off-loading the At-risk Foot
• Foot and Lower Extremity Musculoskeletal Pathology and Clinical Biomechanics
• Surgical Management of the Foot

Plus

• Principles of Practice-based Learning 1 and 2 (HEM26 and HEM27)
• Practice-based Learning in Action (HEM28)

Plus

• Dissertation

Facilities

Leaf Hospital:

You will have access to the Leaf Hospital in Eastbourne, our own fully-staffed clinical facility, which offers a podiatry service and a private practice physiotherapy service. This gives you a further opportunity to gain practical experience treating patients throughout your degree.

The Leaf Hospital has two main clinics and three further consulting rooms, allowing up to 28 patients to be seen at any one time. Clinical practice is supported by a complete range of diagnostic and therapeutic equipment, including gait analysis, imaging and more.

You will benefit from use of the orthotics department, where you will produce high quality orthotics and insoles for patients as part of the practical element of your course.

On the first floor there is a fully equipped operating theatre for minor surgical procedures and a human anatomy lab where you will study prosection and take part in lower limb dissection.

Human Movement Laboratory:

The Human Movement Laboratory is used widely by our physiotherapy, occupational therapy and podiatry students, and is also used for commercial consultancy.

In the lab you will use the latest technology to measure and assess all aspects of human movement, joints, muscles, soft tissue structure and nerves. The laboratory has equipment for conducting cardio-pulmonary investigations including Cosmed metabolic system and spirometry.

Careers and Employability

Masters-level education is an important component of advanced and specialist practice. It allows you greater autonomy and to accelerate personal and professional development or promotion in your practice.

Feedback from students who have completed this course shows that they have progressed their careers in education and management, to higher levels of study and clinical specialisation.

Completion of the Podiatry and Education MSc will also prepare you for further study at MPhil and PhD level if you wish to continue pursuing an academic path.

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The Podiatry with Diabetes MSc is for practising podiatrists wanting to build on their skills and knowledge, advance their professional practice, and earn a further professional and academic qualification. Read more
The Podiatry with Diabetes MSc is for practising podiatrists wanting to build on their skills and knowledge, advance their professional practice, and earn a further professional and academic qualification.

The course helps you to develop your clinical and communication skills, and broaden your knowledge of podiatry and the diabetes specialty while earning a formal qualification.

A wide range of optional modules means you can create your own study programme to suit your professional or personal aspirations, and includes the opportunity to blend podiatry with related disciplines.

We are known for our flexible approaches to practice-based learning, with course durations and intensities that can be adapted to your individual needs and outside commitments.

The course is designed to fit around your existing practice hours. Week-long intensive study blocks allow attendance for students based in the UK, EU and internationally.

The University of Brighton developed and awarded the first degrees in podiatry in the UK and we have been recognised by podiatry's professional bodies for the standard of our teaching. You will have access to our excellent facilities including our own hospital, and Human Movement Laboratory.

Our expert lecturers are all active members of the SCP, ensuring that both the team and the curriculum stay up to date with podiatry policy and practice.

Our high quality teaching and research are renowned, and have an applied focus. We have established strong links with specialist practice educators to ensure the provision of support and guidance both within the university and in practice.

Course structure

To be awarded the Podiatry with Diabetes MSc, you must successfully complete six modules and a dissertation. Alternatively, you can study individual modules, being awarded a PGDip on completion of six modules, or a PGCert on completion of three specified modules.

The course is delivered in a variety of ways, typically via e-learning, lectures, seminars, simulation in our high-tech Human Movement Laboratory, and practice-based learning in our Leaf Hospital.

School of Health Sciences postgraduate education:
This course is part of our School of Health Sciences postgraduate education programme. The programme allows you to sign up for one module at a time and build your qualification as you go. It also gives you access to a range of interdisciplinary modules across a broad selection of health and social science subjects. Find out more:
https://www.brighton.ac.uk/Studying-here/Find-a-course/CPD-in-health-sciences/postgraduate-education/index.aspx

Syllabus

Modules:

One Research Methods module selected from the School of Health Sciences postgraduate education programme

Plus two mandatory modules:

• The foot in diabetes (HEM 34)
• Offloading the at risk foot (HEM38)

Plus a minimum of three modules selected from the School of Health Sciences postgraduate education programme

Plus a 60-credit dissertation.

Facilities

Leaf Hospital:

You will have access to the Leaf Hospital in Eastbourne, our own fully-staffed clinical facility, which offers a podiatry service and a private practice physiotherapy service. This gives you a further opportunity to gain practical experience treating patients throughout your degree.

The Leaf Hospital has two main clinics and three further consulting rooms, allowing up to 28 patients to be seen at any one time. Clinical practice is supported by a complete range of diagnostic and therapeutic equipment, including gait analysis, imaging and more.

You will benefit from use of the orthotics department, where you will produce high quality orthotics and insoles for patients as part of the practical element of your course.

On the first floor there is a fully equipped operating theatre for minor surgical procedures and a human anatomy lab where you will study prosection and take part in lower limb dissection.

Human Movement Laboratory:

The Human Movement Laboratory is used widely by our physiotherapy, occupational therapy and podiatry students, and is also used for commercial consultancy.

In the lab you will use the latest technology to measure and assess all aspects of human movement, joints, muscles, soft tissue structure and nerves. The laboratory has equipment for conducting cardio-pulmonary investigations including Cosmed metabolic system and spirometry.

Careers and Employability

Masters-level education is an important component of advanced and specialist practice. It allows you greater autonomy and to accelerate personal and professional development or promotion in your practice.

Feedback from students who have completed this course shows that they have progressed their careers in their clinical specialisms, management, and education, to higher levels of study and clinical specialisation.

Completion of the Podiatry with Diabetes MSc will also prepare you for further study at MPhil and PhD level if you wish to continue pursuing an academic path.

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You will study the core areas necessary for professional practice. the clinical sciences, health psychology, medicine, pharmacology, surgery, orthopaedics, research methods and clinical practice. Read more
You will study the core areas necessary for professional practice: the clinical sciences, health psychology, medicine, pharmacology, surgery, orthopaedics, research methods and clinical practice.

This intensive programme runs over 45 weeks per year, for two years. Your time on the course will be balanced between campus-based study and clinical practice.

The course begins in September. Formal lectures are an integral part of the curriculum and you also learn through seminars, student presentations and interactive workshops, some of which will be shared with students on the undergraduate program. You will be assessed through essays, exams, practical reports, presentations and your professional development portfolio.

As a podiatry student you will also share some teaching with students on physiotherapy, occupational therapy and pharmacy courses, allowing you to exchange knowledge and expertise with students from other disciplines.

Your practical placements will be mainly at our own Leaf hospital and the local NHS trusts. Day placements for students are arranged with clinics and hospitals across the south-east England and London. There is also an opportunity for self-funded placement at the University of Malta.

Syllabus

Modules

Year 1:

Foundations of Podiatric Practice
Clinical Placement 1 (shared with undergraduate students)
Dermatology, Local Anaesthetics and Surgery
Musculoskeletal Disorders of the Foot and Lower Limb
Clinical Sciences
Health Psychology and Professional Practice
Clinical placement 2 (NHS)

Year 2:

Experiencing Research
Medicine and Pharmacology Applied to the At-risk Foot
Consolidation for Professional Practice: Governance, Health and Social Contexts
Clinical Placement 3
Clinical Placement 4 (NHS)

Facilities

Leaf Hospital:

You will have access to the Leaf Hospital in Eastbourne, our own fully-staffed clinical facility, which offers a podiatry service and a private practice physiotherapy service. This gives you a further opportunity to gain practical experience treating patients throughout your degree.

The Leaf Hospital has two main clinics and three further consulting rooms, allowing up to 28 patients to be seen at any one time. Clinical practice is supported by a complete range of diagnostic and therapeutic equipment, including gait analysis, imaging and more.

You will benefit from use of the orthotics department, where you will produce high quality orthotics and insoles for patients as part of the practical element of your course.

On the first floor there is a fully equipped operating theatre for minor surgical procedures and a human anatomy lab where you will study prosection and take part in lower limb dissection.

Human Movement Laboratory:

The Human Movement Laboratory is used widely by our physiotherapy, occupational therapy and podiatry students, and is also used for commercial consultancy.

In the lab you will use the latest technology to measure and assess all aspects of human movement, joints, muscles, soft tissue structure and nerves. The laboratory has equipment for conducting cardio-pulmonary investigations including Cosmed metabolic system and spirometry.

Careers and Employability

Our graduates enjoy excellent employment prospects, typically securing roles in advanced practice, clinical teaching, research, education and training, and a variety of positions in the NHS and private sector.

They are working in the UK and worldwide in Europe and Canada, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Singapore.

Podiatrists engage with patient care in a wide range of practices from independent work in the community or private practice to multidisciplinary work in a hospital setting. The scope of podiatry practice varies from general foot care (nail, callus, corns) to musculoskeletal care (for example, tendinopathy, provision of insoles, orthoses and footwear), minor surgery (for example, toenail removal) and wound care (for exampe, diabetic foot ulcers).

With further study and extensive training, graduates can train to become a podiatric surgeon, who is allowed to perform the surgical treatment of the foot and its associated structures.

Graduates of this course are also equipped for further study at MPhil and PhD level.

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The Podiatry with Independent Prescribing MSc is for practising podiatrists wanting to build on their skills and knowledge, advance their professional practice, and earn a further professional and academic qualification. Read more
The Podiatry with Independent Prescribing MSc is for practising podiatrists wanting to build on their skills and knowledge, advance their professional practice, and earn a further professional and academic qualification.

A range of optional modules means you can create your own study programme to suit your professional or personal aspirations, and includes the opportunity to blend podiatry with related disciplines.

You will learn from expert lecturers who are all active members of the SCP. This ensures that both the team and the curriculum stay up to date with podiatry policy and practice.

The University of Brighton developed and awarded the first degrees in podiatry in the UK and we have been recognised by podiatry's professional bodies for the standard of our teaching. You will have access to our excellent facilities including our own hospital, and Human Movement Laboratory.

On graduation, you will be able to fulfil advanced professional and autonomous roles as a non-medical prescriber. You will be able to confidently select appropriate medications for patients based on relevant physical examination, assessment, history taking and diagnosis.

The course is approved by the College of Podiatry. An annual monitoring process is in place to ensure the course continues to meet the highest standards for professional training.

Course structure

Lectures will be kept to a minimum as we encourage student-centred learning by utilising action learning sets, online learning, tutorial group discussions, seminars, workshops, facilitated group work, role play, practical skills sessions and laboratory based work, enriched with key note lectures from subject specialists.

You will share your professional experiences with fellow students who are all qualified and experienced health professionals. This provides a multidisciplinary perspective to group discussions, lively debate and a collective learning experience.

In order to gain annotation as an independent prescriber, you must also complete a minimum of 90 hours of supervised practice within your clinical practise setting. This must be supervised by a designated medical practitioner (DMP) who you have identified and agreed with the course team.

We are known for our flexible approaches to practice-based learning, with course durations and intensities that can be adapted to your outside commitments. Several modules in the graduate programme, including one developed for this course, make extensive or even exclusive use of online resources as a teaching medium. However the specific approaches used will vary depending on the modules that you choose.

Syllabus

Completing prescribing modules will enable you to understand and apply the legal context relevant to independent prescribing as it applies to podiatry (including controlled drugs, mixing of medicines and use of unlicensed, and off label products).

Modules:

Pharmacology and Therapeutics for Prescribers
Health Assessment for Prescribing
Clinical and Professional Aspects of Prescribing
A research methods module from the School of Health Sciences postgraduate education programme
Two core modules from the following list and one further option module from this list or from the School of Health Sciences postgraduate education programme
A 60-credit dissertation

Options:

Advanced Clinical Skills Through Competency and Work-based Learning
Foot and Lower Extremity Musculoskeletal Pathology and Clinical Biomechanics
The Foot in Diabetes
Diagnostic Imaging
Pathology and Microbiology
Anatomy for Podiatric Practice
Surgical Management of the Foot
Clinical Pharmacology
Injection Therapy 1 – Lower Limb and Regional Anaesthesia
Off-loading the At-risk Foot
Rheumatology and the Lower Limb

Facilities

Leaf Hospital:

You will have access to the Leaf Hospital in Eastbourne, our own fully-staffed clinical facility, which offers a podiatry service and a private practice physiotherapy service. This gives you a further opportunity to gain practical experience treating patients throughout your degree.

The Leaf Hospital has two main clinics and three further consulting rooms, allowing up to 28 patients to be seen at any one time. Clinical practice is supported by a complete range of diagnostic and therapeutic equipment, including gait analysis, imaging and more.

You will benefit from use of the orthotics department, where you will produce high quality orthotics and insoles for patients as part of the practical element of your course.

On the first floor there is a fully equipped operating theatre for minor surgical procedures and a human anatomy lab where you will study prosection and take part in lower limb dissection.

Human Movement Laboratory:

The Human Movement Laboratory is used widely by our physiotherapy, occupational therapy and podiatry students, and is also used for commercial consultancy.

In the lab you will use the latest technology to measure and assess all aspects of human movement, joints, muscles, soft tissue structure and nerves. The laboratory has equipment for conducting cardio-pulmonary investigations including Cosmed metabolic system and spirometry.

Careers and Employability

Masters-level education is an important component of advanced and specialist practice. It allows you greater autonomy and to accelerate personal and professional development or promotion in your practice.

Completion of the Podiatry with Independent Prescribing MSc will also prepare you for further study at MPhil and PhD level if you wish to continue pursuing an academic path.

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This MRes conversion course is ideal for graduates interested in developing a research career in an academic, industrial or clinical setting. Read more
This MRes conversion course is ideal for graduates interested in developing a research career in an academic, industrial or clinical setting. It introduces biomedical engineering and provides extensive training in research methodology and practice.

The MRes is a credit-based modular degree comprising both assessed instructional modules and project work. Students must obtain a minimum of 180 credits, 60 of them by satisfactory completion of instructional classes and 120 by satisfactory completion of research project requirements.

Instructional modules are selected from conversion classes, compulsory classes and advanced study class options as follows (number of credits in brackets):

Conversion Classes

. Engineering Science (20)
. Medical Science (20)

Compulsory Taught Classes

. Professional Studies in Biomedical Engineering (10)
. Research Methodology (10)

Advanced Class Options (minimum of one)

. Biomedical Electronics (10)
. Biomedical Instrumentation (10)
. Introduction to Biomechanics (10)
. Clinical and Sports Biomechanics (10)
. Tissue Mechanics (10)
. Biomaterials and biocompatibility (10)
. Regenerative Medicine & Tissue Engineering (10)
. Cardiovascular Devices (10)
. Prosthetics and Orthotics (10)
. Bio-signal Processing and Analysis (10)


Students also undertake a research/development project (120 credits), chosen from a pool of relevant industrial or clinical projects, and submit a thesis.

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The MCh Orth Course in Dundee (accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of England) is a clinically-based Masters degree that encompasses taught, clinical attachment and research elements, which provide orthopaedic surgeons with in-depth knowledge of the latest advances in surgical and biomechanical techniques. Read more
The MCh Orth Course in Dundee (accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of England) is a clinically-based Masters degree that encompasses taught, clinical attachment and research elements, which provide orthopaedic surgeons with in-depth knowledge of the latest advances in surgical and biomechanical techniques.

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, to reflect the multi-disciplinary aspect of the research carried out at IMAR, where the majority of the MCh Orth projects are conducted, the respective staff were returned into Unit of Assessment 25 (General Engineering - Biomedical Engineering) and Unit of Assessment 8 (Primary Care and Other Community Based Clinical Subjects) where 90% and 85% of our quality profile was deemed of international class. This is an excellent outcome taking into consideration that IMAR was only established in 2003 in support of the MCh Orth course.

Why study Orthopaedic Surgery at Dundee?

There are six key reasons:
- Course accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of England
- Best lecturing faculty drawn from specialists across the entire UK
- Best research experience in clinical and biomechanics in association with the Institute of Motion Analysis and Research, one of the leading facilities in biomechanics and motion analysis worldwide
- Associated clinical attachment with a consultant orthopaedic surgeon with no need for GMC registration
- Our MCh Orth philosophy is to recruit ambitious orthopaedic surgeons with career aspirations that encompass leadership, academic excellence and the highest levels of skill and expertise
- Our successful MCh Orth graduates value education and recognise the need for professional reflection and lifelong learning to deepen their understanding, and to enhance their ability and develop a sound professional judgement

We have been successfully educating orthopaedic surgeons for 20 years and to date we have over 350 graduates. We continue to offer the highest standard of visiting external lecturer and orthopaedic lecture topics to be found anywhere and on any other similarly titled course; arthritis, foot and ankle, gait and motion analysis, hand and wrist, biomechanics, hip and knee, paediatrics, imaging techniques, shoulder and elbow, trauma, wheelchairs and seating systems, spine, research, statistical analysis and many other associated specialities.

What's so good about studying Orthopaedic Surgery at Dundee?

This programme is delivered by the Department of Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery and the Institute of Motion Analysis & Research within the School of Medicine.

"It was a great learning experience. Coming here, my overall personality has changed. I have learnt the right way to write thesis and also got to know the recent advancements in field of Orthopaedic surgery."
International Student Barometer, 2009

How you will be taught

You will be taught via lectures, tutorials, multi-media demonstrations, dry bone workshops, anatomy demonstrations, clinical and operating theatre attachments, and hands-on latest surgical techniques using Thiel embalming cadavers, which is unique to Dundee in the whole of the UK.

What you will study

Bioengineering material will provide you with basic science and permitting you, as clinicians, to associate with clinical engineering materials to compliment your clinical knowledge. A formal programme of lectures, tutorials, multi-media demonstrations, dry bone workshops, anatomy demonstrations, clinical and operating theatre attachments, and hands on latest surgical techniques (using

Thiel Embalming cadavers, which is unique to Dundee in the whole of the UK) are provided and these include:
Foot and Ankle
Hand and Wrist
Hip and Pelvis
Knee
Paediatric Orthopaedics
Shoulder and Elbow
Spine
Trauma
Tumour
Infection
Pathology
Disability Medicine
Biomechanics
Implants
Introduction to Mechanics
Orthopaedic Technology
Statistics in Medical Research
Mechanics of Materials
Orthotics
Prosthetics
Seating and Wheelchairs
Foot Pressure Analysis
Gait Analysis
Motion Analysis
Sports Injury

How you will be assessed

The programme assessment is made up of three elements: two written MCQs (one per semester) using the latest e-assessment technology and iPads, OSCE and a thesis. Candidates will be examined orally on the subject of thesis by a committee consisting of a convenor, an external and internal examiners. Students are required to pass each element to qualify for the award of the degree. There is no resit facility.

Careers

Many of our MCh Orth graduates have gone on to highly successful careers once returned to their own countries with many taking up new challenges and opportunities within the UK up to Consultant position. Several have published widely in journals and at conferences and have even gone onto Fellowships throughout Europe and employment in the UK.

This unique MCh Orth course offers a truly wide ranging curriculum that will help you to achieve your career goals no matter what your speciality. Our distinguished visiting lecturers are specialists at the forefront of innovative orthopaedics and continue to return each year to teach as they understand the value and benefit of this course to working surgeons. They care deeply about the course and what it has achieved over the last twenty years and without their support we would not have been able to be so successful.

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Accreditation. Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM). The MSc is a modular conversion course which provides broad training in biomedical engineering to help you progress with a career in research, industry or in the NHS. Read more
Accreditation: Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM)

Why this course?

The MSc is a modular conversion course which provides broad training in biomedical engineering to help you progress with a career in research, industry or in the NHS.

We bring together engineering, medicine and the life and physical sciences to enable the development of relevant clinical and industrial research.

The programme explores advances in technology and engineering to generate applications and solutions to clinically relevant problems.

As part of the course you’ll go on visits to local clinical centres and attend lectures from industrialists and visiting experts from the UK and overseas. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet our many industrial and clinical partners to help advise and further your career.

You’ll study

The first and second semesters consist of taught classes, laboratory demonstrations, practical exercises and clinical visits.

Following this, Diploma students complete a project dissertation and MSc students complete a research or development project reported by a thesis.

Facilities

The Department of Biomedical Engineering was formed in 2012 following the merger of the Bioengineering Unit and the National Centre for Prosthetics & Orthotics.

Accreditation

The MSc in Biomedical Engineering is accredited by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM). An IPEM-accredited MSc is normally required for those wishing to pursue careers as Clinical Scientists in the National Health Service.

Learning & teaching

Instructional classes include:

-lectures
-laboratory demonstrations
-practical exercises
-clinical visits

You’ll also have the opportunity to visit local clinical centres and attend seminars given by visiting experts from the UK and overseas.

Assessment

This credit-based modular degree comprises assessed instructional modules and project work.

Careers

How much will I earn?

The starting salaries for entry level medical engineering technicians in the NHS range between £21,176 and £27,625 (Band 5)*.

Salaries for biomedical engineers in the private sector are comparable to those in the NHS, ranging between £21,000 and £45,000 depending on experience and level of responsibility*

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IN BRIEF. You will have the qualification required for Health and Care Professions Council registration as a statutory requirement for practice. Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • You will have the qualification required for Health and Care Professions Council registration as a statutory requirement for practice.
  • This qualification will enhance your employability
  • You will have advanced knowledge, skills and attributes to escalate your professional and academic development
  • NHS funding available
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • Clinical placement opportunityI
  • nternational students can apply

COURSE SUMMARY

This is a unique podiatry programme at master’s level leading to Health and Care Profession Council registration. Currently the only programme in the UK.

This is a 3 year full-time programme in which you will be developing practical skills with patients from the first semester (in the University in-house clinics) and then on placement within health services in subsequent years. The placements will be in wide variety of specialisms and you will be supervised by experienced and specialist podiatrists. Aligned with this is the academic component of acquisition of knowledge, the development of critical enquiry, research and application of research into practice. You will be taught by national and internationally recognised academics who are subject specialists. You will also have the opportunity to be involved in the Foot and Ankle Research Programme, led by Professor Chris Nester. You will be taught by and have opportunity to work with senior post-doctoral researchers who, have published in peer reviewed journals and written books aligned to the profession. You will be supported by academic, personal tutors and placement supervisors in the development of skills for critical reflection in order to ensure ongoing professional and personal development, and enhance employability. 

Please note: For applications for entry in September 2017 or later, it is likely there will be changes to the funding of fees and a bursary may no longer be available. 

COURSE DETAILS

This non-standard 3 year full time programme will provide you with a master’s level academic qualification together with a professional practice qualification, which is a pre-requisite for registration to the Health and Care Professions Council. It will provide you with the knowledge, skills and attributes to become leaders in the podiatry profession with research and/or the clinical roles.

The ethos of the programme is to enhance:

  • application of research into clinical practice
  • application of knowledge into practice through mentorship/teaching
  • application of experience of practice into knowledge
  • escalation of professional and academic development

TEACHING

  • Lectures - will provide foundation material for further study as well as guest lectures by key individuals from practice, service users & carers and academia to ensure students are exposed to the wider national and international context of podiatry.
  • Individual and group tutorials - will enable peer learning to take place as well as more focused individual learning needs.
  • Critical Reflection on practice experience and ongoing personal and professional development through PDP/log book.
  • Self- directed learning - essential for development of key skills and independence in choice of learning material.
  • Teaching and learning experience in clinical practice will include exposure to a range of clinical placements where students learning will be facilitated by experienced practitioners in specific fields of practice, including other members of health and social care professions.

ASSESSMENT

Theoretical components

  • Assignment 20%
  • Objective structured exam 10%
  • Exam 10%
  • Viva 20%

Practical components

  • Log book /PDP 100%

FACILITIES

Podiatry clinic

Our podiatry clinic adds a cutting-edge to your training, as well as providing a valuable asset to the local community.

The clinic includes:

  • Private cubicles
  • Orthoses suite with workshops
  • Computer aided design and manufacturing facilities
  • Gait examination room
  • Seminar rooms
  • Gait laboratory
  • Anatomy room
  • Clinical skills rooms

Clinical gait analysis and research facility

This laboratory was part of a £1.5 million renovation of the podiatry clinical education and research spaces. The laboratory hosts the Salford Gait Analysis Service which provides quantitative gait analysis and consultation services for four National Health Service Trusts in the Manchester area.

The service supports the care of children with cerebral palsy by enabling assessment of their gait to input to their care pathways. We also offer gait and human movement assessment related to amputees, neuromuscular disorders (such as stroke) and a range of orthopaedics disorders.

The equipment includes:

  • 10 Qualisys OQUS motion analysis cameras
  • Four AMTI force plates embedded into the floor
  • Custom stairs that integrate with the force plates are available
  • Visual 3D real-time analysis software
  • Eight channel Noraxon Telemyo G2T wireless EMG system with associated foot switches and accelerometry
  • Tekscan pressure system.

Human movement laboratory

This is the original gait laboratory within the University, and is located adjacent to the prosthetics and orthotics clinical suite and technical workshops.

This lab is used for research, clinical and educational work and has:

  • 10 camera Vicon 612 motion analysis system
  • Two Kistler force plates (embedded into the floor)
  • Two Kistler force plates located in a purpose built portable walkway
  • 12 Xsens inertial measuring units
  • One eight-channel MIE telemetric electromyography system
  • Visual 3D real-time analysis software
  • ORLAU video vector generator.

CAREER PROSPECTS

Currently, BSc (Hons) students work within NHS services or the independent sector.

With this new programme it is anticipated that in addition to the above, the students will increase their employability in these areas and also increase their career progression. It is also anticipated that students may subsequently want to continue in education to complete PhD studies or to gain employment in the commercial sector.

LINKS WITH INDUSTRY

NHS clinical services/ commercial organisations aligned to podiatry for placements, career advice and mentorship.

FURTHER STUDY

PhD in the Foot and Ankle research programme – Health Sciences



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Technology has always been central for the diagnosis and treatment in orthopaedics, biomechanics and rehabilitation, and the use of technology has never been greater than it is at the present time. Read more
Technology has always been central for the diagnosis and treatment in orthopaedics, biomechanics and rehabilitation, and the use of technology has never been greater than it is at the present time. For instance, twenty-five years ago there was only one type of artificial hip and today there are more than forty. This rapid development has considerable implications for all those working in the fields of orthopaedics and rehabilitation. This programme aims to provide an understanding of the principles involved in the development, application and evaluation of orthopaedics, biomechanics and rehabilitation technology.

The programme consists of two seperate courses, the Postgraduate Diploma in Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Technology and the MSc in Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Technology. For each course there are four groups of distance learning modules. In addition, the MSc course includes a project. The courses must be completed within a period of two to five years from the start date.

This programme is delivered by the Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery Department.

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, to reflect the multi-disciplinary aspect of the research carried out at the Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery Department where the majority of staff are tutors on this programme, the respective staff were returned into Unit of Assessment 25 (General Engineering - Biomedical Engineering) and Unit of Assessment 8 (Primary Care and Other Community Based Clinical Subjects) where 90% and 85% of our quality profile was deemed of international class.

Aims of the Programme

The programme is intended to provide students with an understanding and knowledge of the technological aspects of orthopaedics and rehabilitation.

Programme Content

The programme consists of four taught modules: Introductory Topics, Biomechanics, Rehabilitation Technology and Orthopaedic Technology. In addition, those studying for an MSc, undertake a research project in a relevant area.

Each student is assigned a tutor, who is available for direct contact by telephone; a telephone answering service is available after office hours, and you may also contact your tutor by email, post or fax. Email is the preferred option for all tutor contact.

For detailed information on the syllabus, visit the course website.

Methods of Assessment

The modules are assessed by a combination of written examination and continuous assessment. In addition, the research project, undertaken by those studying towards an MSc, is assessed by dissertation and oral examination.

Coursework:
At the end of each module group you submit an assignment to your tutor(s) for assessment. A copy of the assignment is returned to you with your marks and the original is retained by the University. The assignment forms the coursework element of the final assessment.

Examinations:
Written examinations are held during March every year in Dundee and also by arrangement at fully approved examination centres throughout the United Kingdom and overseas. You will sit either four or five examinations, depending on the introductory modules you have studied. You must complete all the modules in a module group, including the assignment, before you can sit the exam(s) for that group. You may choose to sit all the exams together or spread them throughout your course.

Dissertation:
The Masters project is assessed by dissertation and viva (oral examination). Vivas are held during September each year in Dundee. Course regulations require MSc students to pass the final assessment for the Diploma course before they may submit their dissertation.

Learning Materials

For each module, you receive learning materials consisting of a module guide and one or more study guides. The module guide for each module provides information about the structure, recommended reference materials and the tutor support system. Modules consists of several individual units, each unit dealing with a different aspect of the module. For every unit there is a study guide that explains the objectives of that unit (what you will have learned by the end of the unit) and leads you through the learning material, section by section, using text, illustrations, activities, exercises and references to the recommended textbooks.

You monitor your own progress through the unit by completing the self-assessment questions, which are placed at regular intervals throughout the text, and checking your answers against those provided in the study guide. At the end of each study guide, there is a short exercise which you complete and return to your tutor for marking.

Tutor Support

When you need to discuss any aspects of your study, you may contact your tutor for support. Your tutor is available for direct contact by telephone at set times during the week, as specified in the module guide for each module. A telephone answering service is available after office hourse and you may also contact your tutor by email, post or fax.
You recieve a regular newsletter and are encouraged to contact other students, even to form local groups where possible, to share ideas.

Students wishing to pursue the MSc must complete the Diploma within 3 years part-time or 9 months full-time. The MSc must be completed within a period of 1 year full-time or 2-5 years part-time.

Fees must be paid in full prior to commencing the course (in-house only).

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This programme is delivered by the Institute of Motion Analysis & Research within the Department of Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery at the TORT Centre. Read more
This programme is delivered by the Institute of Motion Analysis & Research within the Department of Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery at the TORT Centre.

The Institute of Motion Analysis and Research (IMAR) was established in 2003 by combining the Foot Pressure Analysis Laboratory and the Dundee Gait Laboratory at the Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery Department, University of Dundee. However, gait analysis has been at the forefront of development in this field for the past 25 years and foot pressure measurement for the past 16 years, which gives us a tremendous bank of knowledge on which to draw. IMAR's main goal is to promote excellence in teaching and research and to provide a comprehensive clinical service in the field of motion analysis.

A third laboratory dedicated to Sports Biomechanics is currently nearing completion to augment and support the current facilities of IMAR.

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, to reflect the multi-disciplinary aspect of the research carried out, the respective staff at IMAR were returned into Unit of Assessment 25 (General Engineering - Biomedical Engineering) and Unit of Assessment 8 (Primary Care and Other Community Based Clinical Subjects) where 90% and 85% of our quality profile was deemed of international class. This is an excellent outcome taking into consideration that IMAR was only established in 2003.

Aims of the Programme

The programme is intended to provide students with an understanding and knowledge of the technological aspects, and the fundamental and advanced concepts of motion measurement and clinical analysis.

Programme Content

This is a modular course, which includes a foundation module, plus the following subjects:
Motion Measurement
Fundamentals in Motion Analysis
Advanced Motion Analysis
For more details, visit the course website.

In addition, those studying for an MSc undertake a research project in a relevant area.

Methods of Assessment

The modules are assessed by a combination of written examination and continuous assessment. In addition, the research project, undertaken by those studying towards an MSc, is assessed by dissertation and oral examination.

Coursework:
At the end of each unit you submit an assignment to your tutor for assessment, along with an assignment card containing a signed declaration that the work submitted is your own. A copy of the assignment is returned to you with your marks and the original is retained by the University. The assignments form the coursework element of the final assessment for both courses.

Examinations:
Written examinations are held during March/ April each year in Dundee. Under special circumstances exams can also be sat by arrangement at approved examination centres (for example, at British Council Offices) outside, and in the United Kingdom. If you sit an examination outside Dundee you will be responsible for paying any costs the examination centre may charge

You must complete all the modules in a module group, including the assignment, before you can sit the exam(s) for that particular group. You may choose to sit all the exams at one time or spread them throughout your course .

Dissertation:
The MSc project is assessed by dissertation and viva (oral examination). Vivas are held in Dundee.

Available Courses

MSc (distance learning) - Normally up to 36 months £8,650
PGDip (distance learning) - Normally up to 36 months* £5,650
PGCert (distance learning) - Normally up to 18 months £2,825
MSc (in house) 12 months - £10,000

If taken in-house, the start date for this course is September. The distance learning start date can be at any point in the year.
*PG Dip to be normally completed in 24 months if the MSc is being considered.

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The term Clinical Gait Analysis now means different things to different people. This programme has been designed for health professionals already employed within a clinical service offering full three dimensional gait analysis (kinematics, kinetics and EMG). Read more
The term Clinical Gait Analysis now means different things to different people. This programme has been designed for health professionals already employed within a clinical service offering full three dimensional gait analysis (kinematics, kinetics and EMG). It requires students to have access to these facilities to support their learning. It is not appropriate for people who only have access to more basic technology or who are hoping to move into the field but who have no current access to such facilities.

This course is part of the EU CMAster project that establishes masters level education in clinical gait analysis.

The course is distance based with set weekly learning objectives incorporating both self-study and group reflection. A highly practical approach embeds learning into professional practice by using your own measurement systems and clinical data.

You will benefit from the knowledge and expertise of the course leader Professor Richard Baker. Richard has over 20 years experience delivering and managing clinical gait analysis services in Europe and Australia. He was founding Director of the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Centre for Clinical Research Excellence in Clinical Gait Analysis.

If you are a professional with a technical or clinical background who wants to be equipped with the skills and knowledge required to be competent across all of the major elements of clinical gait analysis this course will meet your needs.

Students enrolling from 2014 onwards will have the option of undertaking a full-time research project at KU Leuven (Belgium) or VU Amsterdam (The Netherlands) as an alternative to Module 5. Erasmus funding may be available to support this. This is part of the CMAster collaboration.

Key benefits:

• Benefit from a strong focus on practical gait analysis and the interpretation of clinical data
• Fit your studies around your work – the course is delivered part-time by distance learning
• Receive guidance and support from a pioneer in the field in both Europe and Australia

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/clinical-gait-analysis

Suitable for

Health professionals with a technical or clinical background already working in instrumented clinical gait analysis services.
You will need to have access to kinematic, kinetic and EMG measurement systems and local guidance in how to use them

Programme details

MSc Clinical Gait Analysis helps you to gain:

• a systematic understanding of the theoretical basis and practical application of clinical gait analysis with an awareness of current challenges and new insights which is at the state of the art.
• a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to your own research, advanced scholarship and evidence based practice and a proven ability to apply these with originality and practical understanding to improve your clinical practice.
• excellent learning and critical appraisal skills to serve as a foundation for self-directed lifelong learning and continuing professional and clinical development.

Format

The course is delivered entirely by distance learning. Most of the learning will be through a number of learning tasks that the student is expected to perform and reflect upon as an individual and within learning groups. There will be a specific emphasis on learning through giving and receiving peer feedback. Students will have access to a wide range of materials prepared for the University of Salford and our European partners in at the VU University in Amsterdam and the Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven, Belgium.

Students will be encouraged to spend some time learning abroad particularly for a clinical placement. European students who spend more than five weeks in a country other than their own or the UK will qualify for a Diploma Supplement recording their participation in the CMAster programme.

Module titles

• Measuring Walking
• Healthy Walking
• Walking with Pathology
• Clinical Data Interpretation
• Major Project

Assessment

You will be assessed through:

• Electronic portfolio of work completed
• Professional interview
• Contribution to course wiki
• Clinical and measurement case studies
• Negotiated assessment illustrating how you are applying your education to your clinical practice
• Written dissertation in form of paper for publication

Career potential

The course will provide you with a strong foundation for further professional development and career advancement.
The aim of the EU CMAster Project is to educate Europe’s next generation of clinical movement analysts.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

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