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Prosthetics & Orthotics Rehabilitation Studies (Distance Learning) (MSc/PgDip/PgCert)

Course Description

Why this course?

The postgraduate course in Prosthetics & Orthotics Rehabilitation Studies is modular and intended for off-campus delivery. The course can lead to an award of an MSc, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.

The course has been designed for professionals already working in prosthetics, orthotics, therapy, surgery or associated disciplines. They're offered by distance learning allowing you to study at your own pace, at times and places that are convenient for you.

You’ll study

You'll select courses from the range of instructional modules available. The choice will be limited by initial qualifications.

Optional modules:
Clinical Governance
Orthotic Studies*
Prosthetic Studies*
Introductory Biomechanics
Lower Limb Prosthetic Biomechanics
Lower Limb Orthotic Biomechanics
Clinical Gait Analysis
* not available to prosthetists or orthotists

Restricted modules (for professional prosthetists/orthotists only):
Advanced Prosthetic Science
Advanced Orthotic Science

Please note that not all modules may be offered every year.

All modules count for 20 credits towards a postgraduate qualification.


You must obtain 180 credits to be awarded the MSc Rehabilitation Studies.

You must have completed the compulsory classes Research Methodology and Data Analysis, as well as the final project which is 60 credits. All other modules are from the options list.

Postgraduate Diploma

If you obtain a minimum of 120 credits from a selection of the optional and restricted modules you may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Rehabilitation Studies.

Postgraduate Certificate

If you obtain a minimum of 60 credits from a selection of the optional and restricted modules you may be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate.

Major projects

The final year project aims to develop planning, resourcing and implementing healthcare focused research skills within a work based research project. You'll be involved in a number of processes which include:

-justification of the selected topic
-selecting, devising and applying appropriate methods and techniques
-applying for ethical approval where human subjects are involved
-anticipating and solving problems which arise
-displaying knowledge of background literature
-evaluating and reporting the conclusions of the study

The project may take the form of an extended literature review or involve experimental work. This project work will have been supported by compulsory modules in research methodology and data analysis.

Visit the Prosthetics & Orthotics Rehabilitation Studies (Distance Learning) (MSc/PgDip/PgCert) page on the University of Strathclyde website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 or above honours degree from an approved university or an academic or professional qualification acceptable to the Director of the National Centre. The content of some courses may require a basic knowledge of trigonometry and the ability to handle simple algebraic equations.

Course Fees

Scotland/EU: £3,200 annually; Rest of UK: £3,200 annually; International: £3,200 annually

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