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