Research course

Prosthetics and / or Orthotics Rehabilitation Studies

University of Strathclyde · National Centre for Prosthetics and Orthotics

Entry requirements

A first or upper second class Honours degree from a UK university or equivalent. Or other qualifications deemed by the Head of Department to be equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

The Centre supports research and development projects in prosthetic and orthotic design evaluation and rehabilitation engineering. Areas of interest include the development and evaluation of CAD/CAM methods in prosthetics and orthotics, orthotic techniques in the management of cerebral palsy. and investigation of the biomechanics of trans-femoral socket design. Research equipment and facilities include a fully-instrumented gait laboratory, body-device interface pressure measurement equipment, and a respiratory gas analyser to measure energy consumption. The Department enjoys collaborative links with other clinical and research facilities in the UK and overseas.

Department specialisms

Research areas include: Prosthetic and Orthotic Device Design and Evaluation; Clinical Evaluation of Contemporary Practice; Development and Testing of New Materials and Methods used in Prosthetics and Orthotics; Development and Evaluation of Computer-aided Patient Measurement, Device Design and Manufacturing Systems; Human Performance Measurement in Health and Disease.

Information for international students

For candidates whose first language is not English, minimum standards of written and spoken English are a TOEFL score of 600 or an IELTS score of 6.5.

Fees and funding

Research funding sources have included the National Health Service in Scotland, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the European Community.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Brendan McHugh
0141 548 3693
0141 552 1283