In 2016, I decided to embark on my MSc journey. I enrolled on the MSc Orthotics rehabilitation studies course at the University of Strathclyde. It is a distance learning course so was convenient for me at the time. I must say, going into it, I did not know what to expect. My experience with it was a very positive one with in-depth online notes; assignments that made me think out of the box and also use my theoretical and practical knowledge of orthotics.
In the first year, we undertook introductory biomechanics, research methodology and data analysis modules. The second year built on the first year modules, second year modules included lower limb orthotic biomechanics, advanced orthotic science and clinical gait analysis. In the third year, we had to do a big project drawing from all the information we had gained in the previous two years.
I always had an interest in research, completing this MSc has given me the necessary tools needed to take my research forward. It has opened a new world of research for me. It has made me realise that there is a great need for further research in orthotics. I will encourage any orthotist interested in research to get necessary tools needed.
I will like to thank OETT for their help in part-funding this course. The lecturers were knowledgeable and were always on hand to answer any questions we had. The assessments ran smoothly and were mostly well organised. I will also like to thank my project supervisor – Dr Christine McNogle for her support while I was undertaking my project. My employer – T&S Orthotics – was very supportive and allowed me time off to study when required.
To my wife and children for their support during my sleepless nights while studying, working on assignments and my project, Thank you.
BSc Hons, MSc Orthotic Rehabilitation Studies