MSc in Prosthetics and Orthotics

University of Strathclyde: Faculty of Engineering

Program Description

MSc in Prosthetics and Orthotics

University of Strathclyde: Faculty of Engineering

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 on a population and society’s approaches globally.

This is one of the few programmes globally that offer 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 centers 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.

Guest lecturers

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


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.

Course content

  • Disability & Societal Effects
  • Dissertation
  • Project
  • Medical Science for Engineering
  • Engineering Science
  • Professional studies in Biomedical Engineering
  • Research Methodology
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Tissues mechanics
  • Clinical & Sports Biomechanics
  • Biosignal Processing & Analysis
  • Biomaterials & Biocompatibility
  • Cardiovascular Devices
  • Hemodynamics for Engineers
  • Numerical Modelling in Biomedical Engineering
  • Medical Robotics

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.


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 school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated March 9, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2019
1 year
Full time
7,800 GBP
Full-Time Tuition Per Academic Year: Scotland/EU £7,800; Rest of UK £9,250; International £19,800
United Kingdom - Glasgow, Scotland
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