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MSc/PgDip/PgCert Prosthetics &/or Orthotics Rehabilitation Studies

Why this course?

The postgraduate courses offered are modular and intended for off-campus delivery. The courses can lead to an award of an MSc., Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.

The courses have been designed for professionals already working in prosthetics, orthotics, healthcare, medicine or associated disciplines. They are 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.

MSc

You must obtain a total of 180 credits which includes 120 credits from a selection of compulsory, optional and restricted modules and 60 credits from a final project to be awarded an MSc in:

  • Rehabilitation Studies
  • Prosthetic Rehabilitation Studies
  • Orthotic Rehabilitation Studies
  • Prosthetic & Orthotic Rehabilitation Studies

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
  • Prosthetic Rehabilitation Studies
  • Orthotic Rehabilitation Studies
  • Prosthetic & Orthotic 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 in:

  • Rehabilitation Studies
  • Prosthetic Rehabilitation Studies
  • Orthotic Rehabilitation Studies
  • Prosthetic & Orthotic Rehabilitation Studies

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.

Course content

Classes

Clinical Governance

This class is intended to inform you about the ideas and principles behind evidence-based practice. It will focus on practical and clinically relevant lessons on improving healthcare services from current national and international work.

The implementation of clinical governance will be considered. You'll review the economic impact of implementation and be directed towards relevant references on research. The course will demonstrate how the results of such research have been put into practice.

Orthotic Studies

This class provides an overview of the current practice of orthosis provision in terms of orthosis prescription, manufacture, fitting and appropriate biomechanical and therapy theory.

This class is only for physicians, surgeons and therapists´╗┐.

Prosthetic Studies

The class provides an overview of the current practice of prosthesis provision in terms of prescription manufacture, fitting and appropriate biomechanical and therapy theory.

This class is only for physicians, surgeons and therapists.

Introductory Biomechanics

During walking, the forces generated at the ground are transferred to the skeletal system via the soft tissue interface within the prosthesis or orthosis. The patient will only wear a device if it is comfortable and the magnitudes of the forces are within tolerable levels during use.

This class will teach/revise those basic mechanical subjects with which you'll be required to be familiar with such as force, moments, static equilibrium, etc.

The forces and moments about the joints of the leg generated during walking and the ways in which the stump-device interface forces generated during walking with prostheses or orthoses are accommodated during manufacture of the device will be covered.

The effect of the stump-device interface forces on the materials used to make prostheses and orthoses will be examined.

Lower Limb Prosthetic Biomechanics

The Introductory Biomechanics module is a pre-requisite for this class unless prior learning is demonstrated and accepted.

This class provides an understanding of the forces generated during walking with a lower limb prosthesis.  It looks at:

  • the effects of these forces on the patient and the prosthesis
  • the influence on these forces of mal-alignment and the subsequent effect on the gait pattern of the patient
  • reasons for gait deviations, other than those of poor socket rectification and alignment
  • the effect on the stump/socket interface forces of different socket types
  • the requirements of prosthetic feet and knee mechanisms and prescription criteria based on mechanical characteristics
Lower Limb Orthotic Biomechanics

The Introductory Biomechanics class is a pre-requisite for this class unless prior learning is demonstrated and accepted.

An orthosis should exert, as closely as possible, the correct magnitude of force in the best pattern just to overcome the patients’ problem, and no more. Over-bracing can created unnecessary difficulties for the patient and should be avoided by accurate prescription. Superimposed on such prescribed forces are those which are generated when a patient walks.

This class gives you an understanding of the force systems required to meet the different prescription aims of orthotic fitting. You'll look at:

  • the magnitude of the forces generated during walking with lower limb orthoses
  • the effects of these forces on the patient and the orthoses
  • how mal-alignment and poor fit influence such forces
  • the forces generated in the joints of the normal and pathological foot
  • the effect of footwear on such forces
  • the biomechanics of other prescribed devices e.g. standing frames, swivel walkers, etc
Clinical Gait Analysis

The Introductory Biomechanics module is a pre-requisite for this module unless prior learning is demonstrated and accepted.

Human gait has been a subject of interest and study for a considerable period.  It's only relatively recently that instrumented gait analysis has been sufficiently refined to be of clinical use.  Human gait, whether in health or disease, is a complex activity and remains a difficult area to tackle.  To make an impact in the clinic it's necessary to have a systematic approach to defining the problem of interest, establishing the means and methods of assessment and interpreting the findings.  The clinical acceptability of any data depends very much on the ease of obtaining the results and on their presentation.  Given that the information may be obtained conveniently and quickly, it must then be presented in a palatable form.  Without a careful plan of action and without clear knowledge about what can and cannot be achieved, the likely outcome will be disappointment.

This module is intended to give you an appreciation of the methods and levels of accuracy of those gait assessment techniques that are currently available.  They range from the simple to the sophisticated, (or the inexpensive to the costly), and the advantages and limitations of each will be explored.  The interpretation of the data and its relevance to clinically observed conditions will be discussed.

Advanced Prosthetic Science

This class is only for professional prosthetists and orthotists.

The aims of the class is to increase awareness of the state-of-the-art in prosthetic design and implementation, as well as practical awareness of the limitations and gaps in knowledge.  Good working knowledge of the likely impact of technological trends will be achieved.

Advanced Orthotic Science

This class is only for professional prosthetists and orthotists.

You'll review the theoretical and practical basis of orthosis provision in terms of prescription, manufacture, fitting and appropriate biomechanical and therapy theory. You'll also consider the major barriers to progress and the likely impact of technology on the field.

Learning & teaching

You select instructional modules from the range available. All the modules include:

  • coursework
  • classwork
  • tutorials
  • self-directed learning (with the appropriate academic support)

Some modules will require you to attend a residential week at the National Centre for Prosthetics & Orthotics.

The course is delivered by distance learning. All course materials are available on the University's virtual learning environment 'Myplace' along with a timetable of coursework submission and feedback dates. You can upload coursework to myplace at the appropriate time for each module and feedback is provided by an agreed feedback date. Skype is also available for individual contact with supervisors.

Guest lectures

A range of guest lecturers contribute the research methodology/data analysis and clinical gait analysis residential weeks.

Assessment

You must perform all coursework and course assignments satisfactorily. Some modules may require a pass in a written exam at the end of a compulsory residential week. Exams are held at the conclusion of each of the instructional modules, either at the end of the residential week in the National Centre or overseas at a nominated local institute or British Council Office.

If you do not show satisfactory progress you may, on the advice of either the Course Co-ordinating Committee or the Board of Examiners, be permitted to transfer your registration to the Postgraduate Diploma or the Postgraduate Certificate.

You’ll only be allowed one attempt to pass each exam. However, the Board of Examiners may, in special circumstances, allow you one further attempt to pass an outstanding exam.

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.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

  • 2017/18 - £3,300

Rest of UK

  • 2017/18 - £3,300

International

  • 2017/18 - £3,300

How can I fund my course?

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Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students starting in 2017 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 can 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

Postgraduate students starting in 2017 who are ordinarily resident in Wales can apply for 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. We are waiting on further information being released about this 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 starting in 2017 who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland can apply for support from Student Finance NI. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. We are waiting on further information being released about this 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.

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Prosthetics and Orthotics Rehabilitation Studies

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: distance learning, part-time

Prosthetics and Orthotics Rehabilitation Studies

Qualification: PG Certificate, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: distance learning, part-time

Orthotics Rehabilitation Studies

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: distance learning, part-time

Orthotics Rehabilitation Studies

Qualification: PG Certificate, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: distance learning, part-time

Prosthetics Rehabilitation Studies

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: distance learning, part-time

Prosthetics Rehabilitation Studies

Qualification: PG Certificate, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: distance learning, part-time

Rehabilitation Studies

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: distance learning, part-time

Rehabilitation Studies

Qualification: PG Diploma, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: distance learning, part-time

Rehabilitation Studies

Qualification: PG Certificate, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: distance learning, part-time

Rehabilitation Studies

Qualification: , Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: distance learning, part-time

Prosthetics and Orthotics Rehabilitation Studies

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

Prosthetics and Orthotics Rehabilitation Studies

Qualification: PG Certificate, Start date: Sep 2018, Mode of delivery: distance learning, part-time

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