Hand Therapy (MSc incorporating PG Cert/PGDip)

University of Derby    College of Health, Psychology and Social Care

Part time January, April MSc, PGDip, PGCert 3-6 years part time
Medicine (26)

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Immerse yourself in the world of Hand Therapy with the MSc programme incorporating PG Cert/PGDip, exclusively designed for qualified occupational therapists and physiotherapists. This unique distance learning course in the UK offers the flexibility to study part-time from the comfort of your home. Enhance your skills and knowledge through modules that pave the way for accreditation by the British Association of Hand Therapists (BAHT). Delve into evidence-based practice, research methods, and critical evaluation to elevate your clinical expertise. Benefit from a supportive academic team, interactive study materials, and optional campus study days for networking and skill advancement. The programme's standout feature is the practical week on campus in Derby, providing hands-on experience and peer collaboration. With entry requirements including a 2:2 undergraduate degree in occupational therapy or physiotherapy, along with clinical experience in hand therapy, this programme is your gateway to becoming a BAHT accredited hand therapist and advancing your career in healthcare.

About the course

This course is for qualified occupational therapists and physiotherapists working in the field of hand therapy. It is the only distance learning MSc Hand Therapy course in the UK which offers the flexibility to study from home on a part time basis.

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Entry Requirements

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
If English is not your first language you must have achieved an IELTS score of at least level 6.5
You'll also need to currently work in the clinical field of hand therapy

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Where will I study?

Where is University of Derby

Student Profiles

Sue Kennedy

"I found the MSc Hand Therapy course provided me with the structure to learn more about my chosen specialty and the need to submit assignments ensured that I was disciplined in my learning.

The MSc workload was hard work and required dedication and commitment as the pressures on time were considerable. However, as the course progressed I found that my writing and critical thinking skills improved and that I actually enjoyed the challenge of investigating and debating the literature.

I found the staff and study days very helpful, but as the course is delivered through distance learning I found that I had to learn from my mistakes and be proactive in seeking help when I needed it.

The course has taught me alot and has resulted in many positive changes within my workplace and within my own practice. I'm looking forward to putting the skills I learnt into practice by undertaking a research project within my workplace."

Jessica Harris

The practical module has given me the opportunity to enhance my practical skills and clinical reasoning as well as providing me with a valuable opportunity to gain peer support for overall learning and share experiences of the MSc.

Melanie Eissens

"The practice module is a contribution to own practice in hand therapy. Especially the exchange of knowledge and experiences with fellow students which is meaningful as well as a lot of fun. The module helps you to make improvements in clinical practice and in research skills."

Mohamud Amin

"MSc Hand Therapy has changed my practice for good. I have developed and learnt critical appraisal skills and can now confidently evaluate every aspect of my practice, so as to get the best evidence available. I have also gained more knowledge and skills in the clinical area of hand therapy. I found the staff very helpful and was able to communicate with them whenever I needed the support with my learning."

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