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Prosthetics & Orthotics MSc/PgDip

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Full time | University of Strathclyde | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Prosthetics (Medical Technology) Orthoptics

Course type


Course Summary

Why this course?

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

The course aims to produce postgraduates with a first degree to be in Prosthetics & Orthotics, who are capable of developing careers in allied health professions and biomedical engineering (research, industrial and NHS).

Our learning environment brings together ideas and concepts from science, medicine and engineering to enable the development of relevant clinical and industrial research. You'll also benefit from the opportunity to meet our many industrial and clinical collaborators to help advise and further your career.

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 project provides an opportunity for you to experience the challenges and rewards of sustained, independent study in a topic of your own choice in the general field of prosthetics and orthotics.

It will involve you in a number of processes which 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 project may take the form of an extended literature review or involve experimental work. 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.

Students will also achieve PgDip exit awards during this course.


Methods of assessment include written assignments, exams, presentations and individual projects.


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.


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.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

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

University information

The University of Strathclyde were awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize, the highest national honour awarded to our sector. They are transforming our campus to create a first -class working learning environment. Their new £31 million Strathclyde Sport building provides a range of sport and wellbeing facilities for students, staff and the local community. The Centre offers state-of-the art training facilities, including a 25-metre swimming...more

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