|Type of Study||Fee|
|Full-time||£9,250 per year|
|Full-time International||£15,960 per year|
Prosthetics and Orthotics
School - School of Health and Society
Subject area - Prosthetics and Orthotics and Podiatry
UCAS Code: B984
Start Date(s): September
Three years full-time
UK - £9,250 per year
International - £15,960 per year
- One of the only two universities in the UK offering this course
- Combines the study of the body with engineering principles
- A rewarding and practical career with development opportunities
- An interview will be required for admission onto this course
- Overseas study available
- Clinical placement opportunity
- International students can apply
This course is available with a Health Care Foundation Year.
Prosthetists and orthotists deal with the assessment, diagnosis and management of the whole of the body. Prosthetists provide artificial limbs (prostheses) to people who have all or part of a natural limb missing. Orthotists provide supportive braces and splints (orthoses) to people with various conditions of the limbs or spine. Prosthetists and orthotists work with people of all ages and with different requirements.
On the course you will learn how to assess, diagnose and treat people requiring prosthetic and orthotic care. The strong practical emphasis, using our well-equipped clinical assessment areas, is taught in conjunction with relevant theory and background information.
This course offers the opportunity to learn through placements in prosthetic and orthotic clinics across the country. As you move through the course, you will gradually require a greater depth of learning and increased competency in dealing with people, meeting their needs and deciding on the most effective treatment to offer.
The NHS Constitution is at the heart of our recruitment and selection process for students applying to become health care professionals.
Read about how some of our students are helping a victim of domestic abuse in Uganda rebuild her life by supplying and fitting her with artificial hands.
Find out more about our PhD student who has won an international prize for her artificial limb research.
“It’s not like a normal university course where you sit in large lecture theatres with loads of students – it’s relaxed, classes are small, and your lecturers are friends. Each year gets more in-depth, but we basically spend a few days a week learning anatomy, pathologies and biomechanics that we apply to ‘clinic and workshop’ days where we go from casting a real patient to making a full leg across a few weeks. It is very hands on right from day one.
In second and third year we go on placements for each discipline, and I’ve enjoyed that the most. I got the opportunity to help a service user who had lost a lot of weight because their current leg socket was too big – by hand-casting a more modern design. I later heard that the user said it was the most comfortable leg they had ever worn. It was amazing to know how something I had done had affected someone else’s life for the better!”
Read more about Lydia's experience on the article she's contributed to from the Institute of Engineering and Technology.Lydia Bowers, BSc (Hons) Prosthetics and Orthotics student
This course takes three years to complete and includes a wide variety of clinical, practical and theoretical learning. You will spend most of your time at the University but you will also spend time in clinical placements where you will get the chance to see real patients wearing their prostheses and orthoses. You will also get the chance to see patients at the University, within our purpose built facilities, and work with the latest technologies and equipment that are used for today's prosthetic and orthotic devices.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.