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Hand Therapy (MSc incorporating PG Cert/PGDip)


University of Derby College of Health and Social Care

Part time See Course MSc Part-time: 3 to 6 years

About the course

  • This 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
  • Incorporates modules which, upon completion, enable you to apply to the British Association of Hand Therapists (BAHT) for accreditation as a BAHT accredited hand therapist or Associate Member accredited hand therapist (provided you have completed the required clinical hours)
  • Enables you to disseminate evidence-based practice and identify areas of practice for development
  • Enables flexible study

This course is for qualified occupational therapists and physiotherapists working in the field of hand therapy.

Building on the competence you’ve already gained in your own professional practice, this course will enable you to continue learning,

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Entry Requirements

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 will need to hold IELTS 6.5
You'll also need to currently work in the clinical field of hand therapy.


Course Content



Where is University of Derby


Student Profile(s)

Sue Kennedy

1038.jpg "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

1148.jpg 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

1149.jpg "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

1150.jpg "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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