Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Technology MSc

  • For Entry: September
  • Duration: 12 months | 24-60 months
  • School: Medicine
  • Study Mode: Full Time+Part Time

Technology has always been central to the treatment of patients in orthopaedics and rehabilitation, and the use of technology has never been greater than it is at present. Today you can choose from a large and ever increasing variety of devices.

This programme aims to provide you with an understanding of the principles involved in the development and the use of orthopaedic and rehabilitation technology.

Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Technology

This course will teach you about fundamental mechanics and specific engineering concepts related to orthopaedic devices and treatments.

Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Technology staff and students

Why study this course at Dundee?

The Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery at the University of Dundee is one of the principal training institutions of orthopaedics, biomechanics and rehabilitation technology in the UK. 

This programme has been designed and written by experts from centres in Dundee and includes up-to-date material reflecting current knowledge and understanding. The Diploma course comprises four groups of modules and the MSc course comprises the same four module groups and a project. The courses are delivered by distance learning techniques, to suit the needs of today’s working professional.

What is so good about this course?

The academic department is closely linked with the Orthopaedic Directorate of the NHS Tayside, which provides orthopaedic, wheelchair and seating, orthotic and prosthetic specialist  services to the City of Dundee and its surrounding areas. Tayside Rehabilitation Engineering Services (TRES) is also part of the Directorate. TRES provide a clinical service in addition to an active programme of research and development, evaluation and teaching


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This programme is delivered by distance learning. We aim to ensure that this distance is only physical, and encourage contact  between you and your tutor, and other students. The distance learning mode of study therefore allows you to learn at your own pace, using specially designed learning materials and methods which are easily integrated into your daily routine. Our distance learning courses are particularly suitable for healthcare professionals and others who are unable to take time off work for full-time study.

Each student is assigned a tutor, who is available for direct contact by telephone; a telephone answering service is available after office hours, and you may also contact your tutor by email, post or fax. Email is the preferred option for all tutor contact.

The programme consists of two courses, the PGDip Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Technology and the MSc Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Technology.

For each course there are four groups of distance learning modules:

  • Introductory Topics
  • Biomechanics
  • Rehabilitation Technology
  • Orthopaedic Technology

In addition, the MSc course includes a project. The courses must be completed within a period of two to five years from the date you start.

Assessment for the postgraduate diploma award is by a combination of coursework (assignments) and written examination. The MSc project is assessed by dissertation and viva (oral examination). Vivas are held in Dundee.

Written examinations are held during September each year in Dundee. If you are unable to attend examinations in Dundee exams can also be sat by special arrangement at approved  examination centres (for example, at British Council Offices) outside, and in the United Kingdom. If you sit an examination outside Dundee you will be responsible for paying any costs the  examination centre may charge.

You will sit either four or five examination papers, depending on which introductory modules you have studied. You must complete all the modules in a module group, including the assignment, before you can sit the exam(s) for that group. You may choose to sit all the exams at one time or spread them throughout your course.

The majority of our students are already in full-time employment in a related professional healthcare position. Studying this course by distance learning allows them to gain recognised professional qualifications without having to take a career break.

Year of Entry: 2016

Students normally require a degree in science, engineering or a medically-related professional qualification in, for example, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, orthotics, prosthetics, nursing or medicine.

EU and International students

For entry requirements tailored to your home country visit the Your Country pages.

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.5
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0

Please check our English language requirements page for details of equivalent grades from other test providers, and information about the University of Dundee English language courses.


English Language Pre-Sessional Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional programmes throughout the year and Foundation Programme(s) for both undergraduate and postgraduate students which start at the beginning of the academic year.  These programmes are all designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.  Successful completion of these programmes guarantees progression to various degrees at the University of Dundee as long as you hold a relevant offer.

The 30 week (one Academic Year) Foundation Programme(s) allow applicants who have not met our typical academic entry requirements, and require additional English Language support by up to 1.0 IELTS, to gain the necessary qualifications to enter the University of Dundee degree programmes in the following year.

The 24 week Pre-Sessional programme (March – August) provides additional English Language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English Language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS and the 10 week Pre-Sessional programme  (June – August) (October – December) provides specialist English Language tuition for students who are 0.5 IELTS below the requirement for their degree programme.

There have been many changes to the arrangements for funding students entering higher education in recent years, yet a degree from the University of Dundee, with its high rate of employment success, remains a cost-effective option.

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application. Find out more about fee status.

Fee statusFees for students starting 2016/17
Scottish, Rest of UK and EU students 10000
Overseas students (non-EU) 10000

For the full-time programme please apply through UKPASS at the link below.

For the part-time programme, please email the department directly.

Please read the Postgraduate "How to Apply" section for information on how to upload relevant documents to UKPASS before proceeding with your application.

Apply online via UKPASS

Course Contact

Dr Tim Drew
+44 (0)1382 383505