About this course
The Amputation and Prosthetic Rehabilitation MSc is a flexible programme of higher-level study suitable for both clinicians and non-clinicians who would like to work in this field. Learn about a patient’s journey from pre-amputation to prosthetic rehabilitation, exploring the physical and psychological aspects of patient care.
This course is a great way to improve your specialist knowledge if you already work, or would like to work, in this area. It’s ideal for multidisciplinary healthcare professionals from backgrounds such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, prosthetics and orthotics, engineering, nursing and other related professions.
You’ll explore contemporary issues related to limb loss, and develop expertise in research, clinical practice and commerce. This will involve studying a wide range of current issues facing the delivery of amputation and prosthetic rehabilitation in a variety of different settings, including:
adult and children’s services within the NHS and other healthcare organisations
global issues related to limb loss and access to prosthetic service
prosthetic componentry and the prosthetic industry
charity settings across different sectors
engagement in occupations
exercise and paralympic sport
The course is delivered by healthcare rehabilitation experts whose amputation and prosthetics research is helping to develop the field. It also looks at the perspectives of patients, families, carers and clinicians taking a person-centred approach.
Our Amputee Rehabilitation and Prosthetic Use module is endorsed by the British Association of Chartered Physiotherapist in Amputee Rehabilitation (BACPAR).
As a student at a Russell Group university you’ll benefit from research-led learning throughout your study and you’ll be supported by academics who are recognised experts in their fields.
If you prefer, you can apply to study this course as:
- a part-time master's - study the same course content between 2 and 4 years
You can also take a single module as part of continuing professional development (CPD). Explore modules that are available as CPD.
Your modules and fees may vary if you choose a different study option.
Dr Maggie Donovan-Hall is an Associate Professor within Health Sciences at the University of Southampton. Her research contributes to:
- the use and development of health technologies in rehabilitation such as prosthetics and orthotics, functional electrical stimulation and cochlear implants
- understanding rehabilitation treatments and their importance
- improving access to health and rehabilitation including research in low and middle-income countries
Find out more on Dr Donovan-Hall's staff profile page.
This course is based at Highfield.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
You’ll need a:
- 2:2 degree
- at least one satisfactory reference (on some occasions a second reference will be required)
You’ll need to show that you’ve studied at HEI (Healthcare Environment Inspectorate) at level 7
We may offer you a conditional place on the course if you can evidence equivalence to an undergraduate degree but do not meet level 7.
You'll also need to pass your first M-level module, to study this course. This module will be decided by the programme leader.
English language requirements
If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English. You'll need an overall score of 6.5 and the following scores for reading, writing, listening and speaking:
IELTS score requirements
We accept other English language tests, find out which English language tests we accept.
Recognition of professional experience
If you don't have the exact entry requirements, but you have significant work experience in this sector we’ll assess your relevant professional experience, your subject knowledge and your aptitude for learning.
Your application will be considered on individual merit and you may be asked to attend an interview.
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The flexible nature of the course means that you can bring credits from other universities. You can also select modules from the Health Sciences portfolio. If you can’t find a module to suit your needs you can choose to study an ‘open’ module. This type of module will involve working with an academic coach and creating your own learning outcomes.
You’ll normally complete the full MSc award in 12 to 18 months of full-time study, or 2 to 5 years of part-time study. Our modules are developed in partnerships with the British Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Amputee Rehabilitation (BACPAR) and bring together experts in clinical practice, research and enterprise.
The course focuses on 3 key areas:
- amputee rehabilitation and prosthetic use
- contemporary issues in limb loss
- research methods
You’ll spend between 250 and 400 hours of study time on each module.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules:
Learning and assessment
Teaching and learning methods include:
- group seminars
- work-based learning
- supervised and self-directed study
These methods are designed to integrate theory and practice and to encourage a spirit of enquiry.
We’ll encourage you to take part in a wide range of activities that promote meaningful discussion, debate and application to the post-amputation rehabilitation process.The peer directed learning approach works well due to the multidisciplinary nature of the field and the possible mix of UK and international students. It will provide opportunities to learn and connect with different cultures and clinical/professional settings.
For the Contemporary Issues in Limb Loss module, you’ll need to write a 3,000-word assignment on a key issue discussed in the module.
For the Amputee Rehabilitation and Prosthetic Use module, you’ll need to complete a:
- formative assignment
- summative assessment
The summative assessment, made up of 2 components, is marked and contributes to the final module mark. You'll need to achieve a pass of at least 50% in both components.
We will not mark the formative assessment, and it does not contribute to your overall module mark. The goal of the formative assignment is to provide you with feedback and help you identify strengths and weaknesses in your work. The formative assignment has been designed to contain elements that are important for the summative (marked assessment) to help you improve your learning.
You’ll need to write a dissertation around a topic of your choice.
Past students have written about topics such as:
- the changing world of amputation and prosthetic rehabilitation
- global challenges and worldwide issues
- current debates in diabetes management and advances in skin health
- advances in engineering and prosthetic development
We’ll assign you a personal tutor, and you’ll have access to a senior tutor.
This amputation and prosthesis rehabilitation training will give you the specialist knowledge you need to progress your career in a range of fields. Many of our graduates go on to work as:
- occupational therapists
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK/EU students pay £9,250.
- International students pay £23,136.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK and EU nationals only)
This can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master's course. Find out if you're eligible.
Funding your postgraduate studies
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page.
Applications must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course. You must supply all supporting documentation at least two weeks before starting your course.
We recommend you apply at least 6 weeks before the start of the course to ensure you're able to meet our requirements and apply for a visa in time.
We cannot guarantee students who do not meet these deadlines will be able to begin their course.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We'll get back to you within 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
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