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MSc in Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Technology

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    Full time & Part time available

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  • Course Duration

    12 months | 24-60 months

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    The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

  • Last Updated

    12 November 2018


Technology has always been central to the treatment of patients in orthopaedics and rehabilitation, and the use of technology has never been greater than it is at present. Today you can choose from a large and ever increasing variety of devices.

The Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery at the University of Dundee is one of the principal training institutions of orthopaedics, biomechanics and rehabilitation technology in the UK. 

This programme has been designed and written by experts from centres in Dundee and includes up-to-date material reflecting current knowledge and understanding. The Diploma course comprises four groups of modules and the MSc course comprises the same four module groups and a project. The courses are delivered by distance learning techniques, to suit the needs of today’s working professional.

The academic department is closely linked with the Orthopaedic Directorate of the NHS Tayside, which provides orthopaedic, wheelchair and seating, orthotic and prosthetic specialist services to the City of Dundee and its surrounding areas. Tayside Rehabilitation Engineering Services (TRES) is also part of the Directorate. TRES provide a clinical service in addition to an active programme of research and development, evaluation and teaching

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

Teaching & Assessment

How you will be taught

This programme is delivered by distance learning. We aim to ensure that this distance is only physical, and encourage contact between you and your tutor, and other students. The distance learning mode of study therefore allows you to learn at your own pace, using specially designed learning materials and methods which are easily integrated into your daily routine. Our distance learning courses are particularly suitable for healthcare professionals and others who are unable to take time off work for full-time study.

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.

How you will be assessed

Assessment for the postgraduate diploma award is by a combination of coursework (assignments) and written examination. The MSc project is assessed by dissertation and viva (oral examination). Vivas are held in Dundee.

Written examinations are held during September each year in Dundee. If you are unable to attend examinations in Dundee exams can also be sat by special 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 will sit either four or five examination papers, depending on which 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 at one time or spread them throughout your course.

What you will study

The programme consists of two courses, the PGDip Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Technology and the MSc Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Technology.

For each course there are four groups of distance learning modules:

  • Introductory Topics
  • Biomechanics
  • Rehabilitation Technology
  • Orthopaedic Technology

In addition, the MSc course includes a project. The courses must be completed within a period of two to five years from the date you start.


The majority of our students are already in full-time employment in a related professional healthcare position. Studying this course by distance learning allows them to gain recognised professional qualifications without having to take a career break.

Your Application

For the full-time course please apply through UCAS Postgraduate.

For the part-time course, please .

You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the how to apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

Visit the MSc in Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Technology page on the University of Dundee website for more details!





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