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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Medicine

  • Start Date

    See Course

  • Course Duration

    Part-time: 3 to 6 years

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    17 September 2018

Course content

  • 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, evaluating, maintaining and developing services for current and future hand therapy provision.

You’ll develop your ability to critically evaluate and reflect on your own practice in hand therapy while reviewing the theory that is fundamental to hand therapy. The course will help you to develop your understanding of research methods and research skills so that you feel empowered to improve your clinical practice. You’ll find that the course is flexible to suit you and fit around your other commitments.

You’ll be fully supported by our knowledgeable academic team, who will help you with your studies by email, phone, online or face to face tutorials. You’ll have the option of attending additional study days on campus to meet with tutors, network with peers and advance your study skills. Although this is a distance learning course, the optional Hand Therapy in Practice module involves a practical week on campus in Derby. As well as developing your skills, it will also give you the opportunity to meet your peers and share knowledge and best practice.

You can choose to study an individual module as a standalone course as part of your continuing professional development, so you only need to study areas that are relevant to you if you’d rather not commit to the full course.

If you successfully complete specific modules, you’ll be eligible to apply to the British Association of Hand Therapists (BAHT) for accreditation as a BAHT accredited hand therapist provided you have completed the required clinical hours or as an Associate Member accredited hand therapist, if you have completed the clinical hours required by BAHT outside the UK.

How you will learn

In most of the modules you will be assessed by a 4000 word assignment. 'Hand Therapy in Practice' is assessed by a 2000 word assignment and an oral assessment of which you will need to pass both elements.

The 'Independent Study' module gives you the opportunity to undertake some in depth hand therapy research in an area relevant to your practice. Your assignment will be 15,000 words, or alternatively you can carry out a systematic review of literature again in an area of hand therapy relevant to your hand therapy practice, of 20,000 words. You also have the option to carry out an action-based study or a project.


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

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