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

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

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework


What you'll learn

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

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.

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.

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


Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework


Your tutor

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 or post. Email is the preferred option for all tutor contact.

How you will be taught

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.

How you will be assessed

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.

What you will study

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.

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.

Thanyaporn Rakbangboon

Studying for this course, I have gained a lot through various experiences both in the classroom and via laboratory teaching. From daily interaction with my classmates and academic staff, I have improved my interpersonal skills and gained more confidence in professional and academic communication in English. This is of great benefit to me working with my colleagues back in my University in Thailand. I also believe I have gained in competence and expertise and I am more confident in dealing with my own students.


Thanyaporn Rakbangboon

Nirmalya Deb

This course is must for all aspiring orthopaedic surgeons who would like to add a new dimension to their medical career. The unique feature of the curriculum is that it has extensive coverage beginning from basic mechanics of tissues and bones to hot topics like total knee and hip arthroplasty, which makes it an immensely fascinating course. Overall, this course is suitably designed to augment the physician’s clinical acumen and I would recommend the course in highest possible terms.


Nirmalya Deb
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Irini Patsaki

I decided to apply for the Orthopaedic & Rehabilitation Technology MSc course at Dundee University in an effort to enhance my existing knowledge in orthopaedic science and especially in the field of biomechanics, whilst still remaining in work. It really is worth the time and money spent. Now, while working in the ICU in the General Hospital of Athens, I have better knowledge of rehabilitation principles of acute injury than my colleagues.

Irini Patsaki
ICU Physical Therapist

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 qualifications

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.5
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0

 Equivalent grades from other test providers


English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are 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.

 Discover our English Language Programmes

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 2019-20
Scottish and EU students £11,000 (On Campus), £9,900 Distance Learning
Rest of UK students £11,000 (On Campus), £9,900 Distance Learning
International students (non-EU) £11,000 (On Campus), £9,900 Distance Learning
Fee statusFees for students starting 2020-21
Scottish and EU students £11,550 (On Campus) £10,395 (Distance Learning)
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
Rest of UK students £11,550 (On Campus) £10,395 (Distance Learning)
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
International students (non-EU) £11,550 (On Campus) £10,395 (Distance Learning)
See our scholarships for International applicants

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students will increase by no more than 5% per year for the length of your course.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

For the full-time course please apply through UCAS Postgraduate.

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

You apply for this course through our Direct Application System, which is free of charge. You can find out more information about making your application when you click Apply Now below

  Degree Course code
Apply nowOrthopaedic and Rehabilitation Technology MScP002892

Course Contact

Dr Tim Drew
+44 (0)1382 383505

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