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MScProsthetics & Orthotics

Why this course?

This MSc programme combines knowledge of the engineering and medical sciences with advances in technology and practice to generate applications and solutions to clinically relevant problems.

It affords a Masters level degree in this clinical area, while considering globally the effects of disability within a population and society’s approaches globally.

This is one of the few programmes globally that offers a specific degree in prosthetics and orthotics. The National Centre for Prosthetics and Orthotics (NCPO) has an international reputation for quality education within this field. The staff of the NCPO is involved in research and clinical practice both nationally and internationally.

The main aim of the course is to produce postgraduates capable of developing careers in allied health professionals and biomedical engineering (research, industrial and NHS).

We require candidates first degree to be in Prosthetics & Orthotics. Our learning environment brings together ideas and concepts from science, medicine and engineering to enable the development of relevant clinical and industrial research.

What you'll study

Taught classes, laboratory demonstrations, practical exercises and clinical visits take place during semesters 1 and 2. Diploma students then complete a project dissertation and MSc students complete a research or development project reported by a thesis.

Work placement

Visits to local clinical centres and lectures from industrialists and visiting experts from the UK and overseas are an integral part of our courses.

You'll also have the opportunity to meet our many industrial and clinical collaborators to help advise and further your career.

Major projects

You'll undertake a clinically relevant project in the rehabilitation area of prosthetics and/or orthotics.


The Department of Biomedical Engineering consists of the Bioengineering Unit and the National Centre for Prosthetics and Orthotics – two complementary and key areas of health technology teaching and research within the University.

The National Centre for Prosthetics and Orthotics was established in 1972, growing out of the Bioengineering Unit at the University of Strathclyde, which was established more than 50 years ago, both being internationally-recognised centres of excellence for education and research at the interface of engineering and the medical science, with particular emphasis on clinically-related teaching and research. The new department of Biomedical Engineering in 2012 was formed through the merger of these two esteemed units.

Research areas include:

  • Rehabilitation Engineering
  • Medical Devices
  • Diagnostic Technologies: the Foot in Diabetes

The department also hosts the Centre for Doctoral Training in Medical Devices and Health Technologies, the Strathclyde Institute of Medical Devices and the Centre for Excellence in Rehabilitation Research.

In addition the department is a major partner in the Glasgow Research Partnership in Engineering; Health Technologies Knowledge Transfer Network; and Glasgow Health Technology Cooperative.

Guest lectures

This programme will include internationally recognised lecturers from the World Health Organisation and large NGOs globally which may include Handicap International and the international Committee for the Red Cross.

Course content

Disability & Societal Effects

This module aims to expand understanding of disability and its impact on societies. The World Health Organisations Report on Disability ,and the United Nations Convention of Rights for People with Disability (UN CRPD) will be used as a basis to raise awareness and appreciation of disability and the effect on society, and future impact.

Throughout this module, students will be expected to:

  • investigate the current literature on global issues and rights surrounding disability
  • critically evaluate and discuss different societies consider the implementation of these rights
  • appraise the effects international societies and different organisational impact such as NGOs persons with disability, and their effectiveness and longevity
  • evaluate the effectiveness of long term change in each society considered
  • appraise future research requirements to evidence disability and its impact on societies across the globe as a priority for fully embedded evidence-based change

This dissertation aims to provide an opportunity for students to experience the challenges and rewards of sustained, independent study in a topic of their own choice in the general field of Prosthetics & Orthotics.

It will involve students in a number of processes which may include justification of the selected topic; selecting, devising and applying appropriate methods and techniques; anticipating and solving problems which arise; displaying knowledge of background literature; and evaluating and reporting the conclusions of the study.

The dissertation is likely to take the form of a literature review. This project work will have been supported by a compulsory research methods module and specialist knowledge classes throughout the year designed to assist with technical aspects of methodology and analysis.


The object of the project is to expand and enlarge on work within the clinically applied fields of prosthetics and/or orthotics or a revised topic in order to prepare a full paper for submission to a referee engineering journal.

This may involve further research and background study, further experimental and/or simulation work, more detailed analysis and discussion of results, or other activities, to be agreed by the individual supervisor.

The full paper will be prepared by the student, under supervision, in the correct format from submission to the chosen journal.

The primary aim of the class is to give students practice and experience of integrating different strands of rehabilitation engineering, design and business input to a prosthetic and orthotic investigation or design.  The content will relate to a realistic context and the class will prepare students for situations which they may encounter in subsequent employment and future research.

Medical Science for Engineering

You'll be provided with instruction in key areas of human anatomy, physiology and cell biology relevant to the advanced study of bio and clinical engineering. You'll gain an understanding of normal biological function and control as derived from scientific and clinical evidence.

The class aims to educate you to use your knowledge of normal function to better understand pathology, disease diagnosis and treatment.

Engineering Science
This class aims to provide instruction of fundamental engineering (mechanics of rigid bodies, mechanics of deformable bodies, mechanics of fluids and electronics) for life scientists who have no formal education in the engineering sciences.
Professional studies in Biomedical Engineering

This class aims to:

  • provide an introduction to the philosophy, ethics and methodology of research
  • outline the role that the bioengineer plays in the solution of clinical problems
  • provide training in the principles, assessment and application of safety procedures  in areas relevant to medical physics and biomedical engineering
  • engender an awareness of the importance of regulatory issues in medical device design and manufacturing
Research Methodology
This class aims to equip the students with the skills necessary to use mathematics and statistics tools including software in experimental design and data visualisation and analysis needed to progress in their research in Biomedical Engineering.
Regenerative Medicine

You'll learn to describe the developments and advances in regenerative/repair medicine in terms of

  • Source of cells
  • Cell expansion/seeding and bioreactor technology
  • Tissue scaffolds: design criteria, fabrication and characterisation
  • Clinical status of replacement tissues and organs
Tissues mechanics
This class aims to provide an introduction to the mechanical properties of human tissue using a PBL approach. With the aid of an existing finite element (FE) model of the knee, students will virtually dissect the knee joint identify the different tissue types in the knee. Discussion will take place to determine how to incorporate the material properties of the different tissues into the model. A Journal “club” will be used to discuss recent literature, informing and directing you to perform appropriate experimental methods to determine the mechanical properties. these can then be incorporated into the FE model. A fully working FE knee joint will be the objective of the class.
Clinical & Sports Biomechanics

This class aims to provide you with the ability to appraise the role of biomechanics and biomechanical measurement techniques in the development and evaluation of clinical practice in rehabilitation and in the production and management of sports injuries. The class will also allow you to assess the role of biomechanics and biomechanical measurement in the improvement of human function and the optimising of sports performance.  The class will focus on orthopaedic and neurological issues.

Biosignal Processing & Analysis

This class aims to familiarise students with the fundamentals and concepts of signals and systems (both continuous-time and discrete-time), and to develop a framework for processing and analysing a variety of biomedical signals and images (biosignals), including electrocardiograms (ECGs) and magnetic resonance images.

You'll also develop valuable Mathcad and MATLAB signal/image processing skills, through non-compulsory self-study laboratory exercises.

Biomaterials & Biocompatibility

This class aims to:

  • provide fundamental information on the properties of synthetic biomaterials, and how these are evaluated experimentally and from the literature
  • outline how material properties are influenced by methods of processing
  • explore with the aid of appropriate examples what is meant by biocompatibility; provide an overview of the host responses to and interactions with biomaterials, and how these interactions are assessed and influenced by surface properties
  • introduce the principles of toxicology, identify the major toxic interactions with foreign chemicals and the protective mechanisms which enable us to survive most toxic insults. Assessment of  the safety of materials according to the International Standards will be discussed
Cardiovascular Devices

This class aims to:

  • give students a broad overview of cardiovascular devices used in the clinical setting for the treatment of a range of clinical conditions
  • demonstrate and develop an understanding of the clinical, design and regulatory challenges involved in developing devices for this clinical sector
  • offer some insight into the pathologies underlying the need for cardiovascular device technologies
Haemodynamics for Engineers

This module aims to give students an insight into the complexities of blood flow, and how the laws of fluid relate to the flow of blood in health and disease, and the design of cardiovascular prostheses and devices, in particular.

The basic principles underlying the measurement of blood pressure and flow will be explored in relation to the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Numerical Modelling in Biomedical Engineering

This module aims to provide experience of using numerical modelling tools, in particular Matlab, in a Biomedical Engineering context. For those with no knowledge of matlab, some pre-class preparatory work will be required and expected.

Case studies will be presented from the departmental research portfolio that require the use of numerical modelling. These case studies will be explained in detail, together with a methodology of the required numerical modelling to answer the research question. Students will be expected to write their own code to answer the research question, to appropriately graphically present results and to interpret the results in context.

Medical Robotics

This module aims to introduce the concepts and the design of medical robotics and its applications in various medical disciplines including, interventions, surgery and rehabilitation.

The course focuses on fundamental principles such as kinematics, dynamics, control and artificial intelligent combined with medical applications and examples.

Learning & teaching

The course is delivered through a wide range of lectures, tutorials, practical laboratories, teaching seminars, networking events, and career support sessions.


The course is assessed through a range of varied methods including: written assignments, exams, written assignments, presentations, and individual projects.

Entry requirements


First or second-class Honours degree from a UK university (or equivalent qualification) in prosthetics and orthotics.


A degree is normally required but applications from those with other qualifications may be considered.

Fees & funding

Any UK practising Orthotist wishing to undertake this Masters programme will be eligible to apply for funding from the Orthotic Education and Training Trust OETT, and would be considered for funding up to a maximum or 67%.



  • £7,800

Rest of UK

  • £9,250


  • £19,800

International Excellence Awards

Biomedical Engineering is pleased to offer these prestigious competitive scholarships to four full-time international applicants to the MSc Biomedical Engineering. Recipients will be awarded up to £4,000 towards their fees. The recipients will be notified before the beginning of term.

The China-Scotland Friendship Award

This award of £4,000 towards tuition fees is offered to a Chinese applicant of outstanding ability. The recipient will be notified before the beginning of term.

Biomedical Engineering Celebration Awards for India

These awards of £6,000 towards tuition fees are open to well-qualified applicants from India joining the one-year full-time MSc Biomedical Engineering. The final submission date for applications is 29 May 2015. Applicants will be advised of the outcome in June 2015.

Biomedical Engineering Malaysia Award

This competitive award of £4,000 towards tuition fees is offered each year to one very well-qualified Malaysian applicant to the MSc Biomedical Engineering. The recipient will be notified before the beginning of term.

Home applicants

Home applicants may apply for a Postgraduate Student Awards Agency for Scotland (PSAS) loan which covers the cost of tuition fees on specific eligible courses.

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

International students

We have a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.


This Masters degree in Prosthetics & Orthotics is planned to afford the graduates the ability to consider and evaluate prosthetic and orthotic clinical practice with an evidence-based approach. The programme is designed to develop the ability to assess the country specific health care needs as recommended in the World Health Organisation guidelines and standards, and in alignment with the UN convention of Human Rights of the persons with a Disability. Future careers would include:

  • education
  • prosthetic & orthotic healthcare management
  • clinical research

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Prosthetics and Orthotics

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2018, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

Prosthetics and Orthotics

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2018, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time

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