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IN BRIEF. You will be taught by internationally renowned lower limb consultant surgeons and other specialists in practice. Gain an orthopaedic and sports trauma focus with hands-on surgical skills workshops and a clinical case approach. Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • You will be taught by internationally renowned lower limb consultant surgeons and other specialists in practice
  • Gain an orthopaedic and sports trauma focus with hands-on surgical skills workshops and a clinical case approach
  • Benefit from blended part-time distance learning element designed to fit in with your clinical commitments
  • Part-time study option
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • Clinical placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

COURSE SUMMARY

This course has been produced in consultation with clinical specialists to ensure that it provides the appropriate content for orthopaedic trainees and advanced therapists to progress in lower limb orthopaedics in the current climate. Supported by our own, highly experienced staff, you will also be  taught by clinical experts who are in current practice.  

Key lectures and case discussion sessions will be delivered on campus days by the consultant faculty, who will also guide the distance learning element of the course coupled with work-based learning tailored to individual aspirations. This course will also give you access to expertise in clinical assessment,  rehabilitation, lower limb pathology and biomechanics as well as specialist surgical skills workshops.

Modules can also be taken as stand-alone courses for continuing professional development.

COURSE DETAILS

The course runs full-time over one year and part-time over three years giving you the chance to exit with the following awards:

  • Postgraduate Certificate: two module
  • Postgraduate Diploma: four modules
  • Masters: four modules plus a dissertation

Part-time study with elements of distance learning is delivered in blocks for those involved in busy clinical practice.

Observational clinical placements in hospitals, specialist units and sports clubs are arranged for full-time students in the specialist areas of lower limb orthopaedics.

TEACHING

Delivery is by full-time (one year) and part-time attendance (three years) at the University. Please note: international applicants are only able to apply for the full-time route.

A programme of formal lectures, case discussion seminars and workshops, together with online learning is delivered to students by a team of orthopaedic consultants, radiologists, advanced therapists and other specialists. Attendance is between three to six days depending on the module with distance online learning released weekly, live webinars and tutorials using a variety of media. Both full and part-time students are taught together.

All supportive material from the taught days is recorded on our virtual learning environment, Blackboard.

Each module in the course employs a variety of teaching strategies considered most appropriate for delivery of the aims and objectives. A student-led approach to learning will be encouraged throughout with directed and personal study will perform an integral part of the course.

The clinical module, lower limb, covers the advanced assessment and differential diagnosis of orthopaedic and sports-related disorders, including pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative surgery management and rehabilitation strategies.

For those attending full-time, additional observational placements are an integral part of the course. Placements are offered in key orthopaedic departments and sports clubs.

Research skills sessions are integrated throughout the course.

ASSESSMENT

This course allows for a variety of assessments, depending on the module you will be undertaking and can include:

  • Written assignments
  • Objective structured clinical examination
  • Case presentation/study
  • Literature review
  • Electronic portfolio of evidence

FACILITIES

The course is delivered in new state of the art practical and workshop facilities.

Extensive online resources are available to aid study.    

A number of the specialist workshops will maximise the use of specialist facilities available at the University.

EMPLOYABILITY

This course has been produced in consultation with clinical specialists to ensure that it provides the appropriate content for orthopaedic trainees and advanced practitioners in both Primary and Secondary Care. You will gain the skills and qualification to compete for specialist posts in orthopedics within the NHS and private sector.

This course addresses the needs of orthopaedic trainees and of experienced non-medical health professionals who have been training/developing in their clinical roles.  

Many doctors have advanced to higher posts in surgery as a result of completing the MSc.  

Non-medical health professionals have advanced to specialist roles. Completion of the Extended Proficiency module provides students with an electronic portfolio of evidence of practice competency.  

Networking opportunities with experts and peers in the field of upper limb management.

LINKS WITH INDUSTRY

The course works with a number of orthopaedic companies to provide specialist workshops.

  • Arthrex
  • Stryker
  • DePuy
  • Smith & Nephew

There are also a number of bursaries available through these companies.

Not only will you have input from our own, highly experienced staff, you will be taught by clinical experts who are in current practice. Among these are internationally renowned Professors Max Fehily, Philip Turner and David Sochart.

FURTHER STUDY

Upon successful completion of this course it would be possible to progress on to a PhD, or a PhD via publication. We offer a range of research degrees relevant to your area of practice.



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Summary. In 2011, the International Diabetes Federation brought together world experts to develop the first ever Global Diabetes Plan 2011-2021 (Global Diabetes Plan 2011-2021) which sets out the evidence, cost effective solutions and tools for managing the global issue of diabetes in a coherent framework for action. Read more

Summary

In 2011, the International Diabetes Federation brought together world experts to develop the first ever Global Diabetes Plan 2011-2021 (Global Diabetes Plan 2011-2021) which sets out the evidence, cost effective solutions and tools for managing the global issue of diabetes in a coherent framework for action. The key strategy of The Global Diabetes Plan is to implement National Diabetes Programmes, defined as:

“a systematic and coordinated approach to improving the organisation, accessibility and quality of diabetes prevention and care"

Several landmark studies have demonstrated that, through a comprehensive package of treatment and support, the complications of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can be prevented or significantly delayed, enabling people with diabetes to live longer and healthier lives (Global Diabetes Plan 2011-2021). The sheer complexity of diabetic disease presents a need for integrated care provision at all stages of the patients journey.

The postgraduate certificate/ diploma/ MSc in Lower Limb Preservation in Diabetes aims to meet, in part, the key strategy of the Global Diabetes Plan by the provision of an international educational programme that takes an integrated approach to the management of diabetic disease and its effects in the lower limb.

About

Nationally/internationally there are a number of courses/residency programmes offering advanced learning in the field of patients with at risk lower limbs predominantly suffering from diabetes. All of these have merit but lack academic foundation or approval in the realms of infection, revascularisation, surgical management and optimisation of outcome for those patients at risk and who may ultimately face amputation.

The Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma/MSc programme in Lower Limb Preservation in Diabetes is open to all those who practise or wish to progress their knowledge in Diabetes, Limb Preservation and related areas. The course is designed for, but not limited to: specialist podiatrists, nurses, medical, surgical and healthcare professionals. is targeted at those currently working in or with aspirations to gain education and/or employment in the field of diabetes and limb preservation and is rooted in regional, national and international drivers towards integrated Diabetes care. The programme is multidisciplinary and multi-professional, with rich and challenging content and sound educational process. Delivery of the programme is offered entirely online, maximising a learning approach that fully embraces the opportunity for international practitioner engagement.

The educational programme aims to offer the student the opportunity to develop evidence based theoretical concepts of limb preservation transferable to professional practice, informed by a critical knowledge and understanding of integrative care requirements for those patients “at-risk” due to diabetes; who are in danger of primary amputation (patients with diabetes, end-stage renal disease and/ or peripheral sensorimotor neuropathy and peripheral vascular disease), and for those who have already suffered an amputation and are at risk of moving toward a second amputation, or have unacceptable dysfunction.

Attendance

Students are expected to engage with all online classes/sessions associated with the programme and be punctual and regular in attendance.

A student who has not been in attendance for more than three days through illness or other cause must notify immediately the Course Director. The student shall state the reasons for the absence and whether it is likely to be prolonged. Where the absence is for a period of more than five working days, and is caused by illness which may affect their studies, the student shall provide appropriate medical certification in accordance with the General Regulations for Students.

Students who are absent without good cause for a substantial proportion of online classes/ sessions may be required to discontinue studies, in accordance with the General Regulations for Students.

For distance learning students, communication with e-mentors and course directors should be frequent and will be monitored through the record of student logins to the course website. If a student fails to logon to Blackboard or to contact staff for a maximum period of one week, the module coordinator will note the student’s absence and direct contact will then be made with the student either by e-mail or by telephone. The student should notify the Course Director of any reasons as to their absence and if the reason for absence is medical, should provide appropriate medical certification in accordance with the General Regulations for Students.

Work placement / study abroad

There is no formalised placement associated with the programme, however, it is expected that there will be requirement to undertake some practice experience in the workplace. Students are likely to be in full time employment within a health, social or educational setting, for some or all of the period of the programme.

Career options

The Postgraduate Certificate/ Diploma/ MSc programme in Lower Limb Preservation is designed for, but not limited to: specialist podiatrists, nurses, medical, surgical and healthcare professionals and is targeted at those currently working in or with aspirations to gain further education and / or employment in the field of diabetes and limb preservation.



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Gain a thorough theoretical grounding in the management of common presentations of musculoskeletal disease of the lower limb, through analysis and interpretation of evidence of effectiveness of diagnosis and initial treatment. Read more
Gain a thorough theoretical grounding in the management of common presentations of musculoskeletal disease of the lower limb, through analysis and interpretation of evidence of effectiveness of diagnosis and initial treatment

•Attend lectures, seminars, group work, and facilitated discussion held at Warwick Medical School
•Undertake home study and self-directed reading (including some pre-course work)

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IN BRIEF. You will be taught by consultant surgeons and other specialists in practice, with surgical simulation sessions at MediaCityUK. Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • You will be taught by consultant surgeons and other specialists in practice, with surgical simulation sessions at MediaCityUK
  • Gain an orthopaedic and sports trauma focus with hands-on surgical skills workshops and a clinical case approach
  • Benefit from blended part-time distance learning element designed to fit in with your clinical commitments
  • Part-time study option
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • Clinical placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

COURSE SUMMARY

This course has been produced in consultation with clinical specialists to ensure that it provides the appropriate content for orthopaedic trainees and advanced therapists to progress in orthopaedics in the current climate. Not only will you have input from our own, highly experienced staff, you will also be taught by clinical experts who are in current practice.  

Key lectures and case discussion sessions will be delivered on campus days by the consultant faculty, who will also guide the distance learning element of the course. This course will also give you access to expertise in clinical assessment, rehabilitation, spinal pathology and biomechanics as well as specialist surgical skills workshops.

Modules can also be taken as stand-alone courses for continuing professional development.

COURSE DETAILS

The course runs full-time over one year and part-time over three years giving you the chance to exit with the following awards:

  • Postgraduate Certificate: two modules
  • Postgraduate Diploma: four modules
  • Master's: four modules plus a dissertation

Part-time study with elements of distance learning is delivered in blocks for those involved in busy clinical practice.

Observational clinical placements in hospitals and sports clubs are arranged for full-time students in the specialist areas of spinal orthopaedics, lower limb orthopaedics and upper limb orthopaedics.

TEACHING

Delivery is by full-time (one year) and part-time attendance (three years) at the University. Please note: international applicants are only able to apply for the full-time route.

A programme of formal lectures, case discussion seminars and workshops, together with online learning is delivered to students by a team of orthopaedic consultants, radiologists, advanced therapists and other specialists. Attendance is approximately five to six days per module with distance on-line learning released weekly and live webinars. Both full and part-time students are taught together.

All supportive material from the taught days is recorded on our virtual learning environment, Blackboard.

Each of the three clinical modules, upper limb, lower limb, and spinal, covers the advanced assessment and differential diagnosis of orthopaedic and sports-related disorders, including pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative surgery management and rehabilitation strategies.

For those attending full-time, additional observational placements are an integral part of the course. These are arranged for specialist areas of spinal orthopaedics, upper limb orthopaedics and lower limb orthopaedics. Placements are offered in key orthopaedic departments and sports clubs.

Research skills sessions are integrated throughout the course.

ASSESSMENT

This course allows for a variety of assessments, depending on

the module you will be undertaking and can include:

  • Written assignments
  • Objective structured clinical examination
  • Case presentation/study
  • Literature review
  • Objective structured clinical examination
  • Assignment

FACILITIES

The course is delivered in new state of the art practical and workshop facilities. Extensive on-line resources are available to aid study.    

A number of specialist workshops will take place in the new University campus at MediaCityUK including surgical simulation sessions.

EMPLOYABILITY

This course has been produced in consultation with clinical specialists to ensure that it provides the appropriate content for orthopaedic trainees and advanced therapists. You will gain the skills and qualification to compete for specialist posts in orthopedics within the NHS and private practice.

CAREER PROSPECTS

This course addresses the needs of orthopaedic trainees and of experienced non-medical health professionals who have been training/developing in their clinical roles.  

Many doctors have advanced to higher posts in surgery as a result of completing the MSc.

LINKS WITH INDUSTRY

The course works with a number of orthopaedic companies to provide specialist workshops.

There are also a number of bursaries available through these companies.

Not only will you have input from our own, highly experienced staff, you will be taught by clinical experts who are in current practice. Among these are internationally renowned Professors Lennard Funk, Philip Turner and David Sochart, as well as Consultant Spinal Surgeon Neil Oxborrow.

We are also proud to include sports physicians;

  • Dr Mike Stone, Sports Physician to the England Cricket team
  • Dr David Jones, Lead Sports Physician for the English Institute for Sport and Director of Medical Services for Sale Sharks
  • Phil Batty Sports Physician for Manchester City Football Club.

FURTHER STUDY

Upon successful completion of this course it would be possible to progress on to a PhD, or a PhD via publication. We offer a range of research degrees relevant to your area of practice.



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The Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy MSc is for qualified physiotherapists wanting to build on their skills and knowledge, advance their professional practice, and earn a further professional and academic qualification. Read more
The Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy MSc is for qualified physiotherapists wanting to build on their skills and knowledge, advance their professional practice, and earn a further professional and academic qualification.

This course has been developed with the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT). Course graduates benefit from being able to apply for full membership of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP).

You will develop your advanced evaluative and problem-solving skills for the examination, assessment and treatment of patients with musculoskeletal dysfunction.

Choosing option modules means you can create a CPE study programme to suit your professional or personal interests and aspirations.

The course is designed to fit around your existing physiotherapy practice hours. Week-long intensive study blocks allow attendance for students based in the UK, EU and internationally.

We are known for our flexible approaches to practice-based learning, with course durations and intensities that can be adapted to your individual needs and outside commitments.

Our high quality teaching and research are renowned, and have an applied focus. We have established strong links with specialist practice educators to ensure the provision of support and guidance both within the university and in practice

Course structure

The flexible modular framework enables you to tailor your degree course to suit your professional and personal interests and aspirations.

You will complete two one-week modules and two three-week modules at the university, as well as two three-week clinical placements which can be completed part- or full-time.

The course is delivered in a variety of ways, typically via group discussion, case studies, supervised placements, lectures, seminars, and practical sessions in our Human Movement Laboratory, and Clinical Skills and Simulation Rooms.

Assessment is via the method most appropriate to your chosen modules.

School of Health Sciences postgraduate education:
This course is part of our School of Health Sciences postgraduate education programme. The programme allows you to sign up for one module at a time and build your qualification as you go. It also gives you access to a range of interdisciplinary modules across a broad selection of health and social science subjects. Find out more:
https://www.brighton.ac.uk/Studying-here/Find-a-course/CPD-in-health-sciences/postgraduate-education/index.aspx

Syllabus

Modules:

Musculoskeletal Management – Cervico-thoracic spine and upper limb
Musculoskeletal Management – Lumbo-sacral spine and lower limb
Research Methods for Healthcare
Dissertation (not necessary for award of PGDip)

And

Musculoskeletal Clinical Placement – Lumbo-sacral spine and lower limb
Musculoskeletal Clinical Placement – Cervico-thoracic spine and upper limb

Plus

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy: Exploring Practice

OR

a module of your choice from the School of Health Sciences postgraduate education programme.

Please see the website for further details regarding the course content

https://www.brighton.ac.uk/courses/study/musculoskeletal-physiotherapy-msc-pgcert-pgdip.aspx

Facilities

Human Movement Laboratory:

The Human Movement Laboratory is used widely by our physiotherapy, occupational therapy and podiatry students, and is also used for commercial consultancy.

In the lab you will use the latest technology to measure and assess all aspects of human movement, joints, muscles, soft tissue structure and nerves. The laboratory has equipment for conducting cardio-pulmonary investigations including Cosmed metabolic system and spirometry.

Practical Skills and Simulation Rooms:

Our practical skills rooms are equipped so that you can learn and practise practical skills including palpation, massage and manipulation with other students before you work with real patients and clients.

We also have specialist classrooms for physiotherapy practise, including manual skills and exercise therapy rooms, which are equipped with treatment couches.

Careers and Employability

Masters-level education is an important component of advanced and specialist practice. It allows you greater autonomy and to accelerate personal and professional development or promotion in your practice.

The course enhances professional and academic development, enabling graduates to pursue careers in research, lecturing in higher education, or expanding and developing their own clinical practice.

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The Podiatry MSc is for practising podiatrists wanting to build on their skills and knowledge, advance their professional practice, and earn a further professional and academic qualification. Read more
The Podiatry MSc is for practising podiatrists wanting to build on their skills and knowledge, advance their professional practice, and earn a further professional and academic qualification.

The course helps you to develop your clinical and communication skills, and broaden your knowledge of podiatry and complementary specialties while earning a formal qualification.

A wide range of optional modules means you can create your own study programme to suit your professional or personal aspirations, and includes the opportunity to blend podiatry with related disciplines.

We are known for our flexible approaches to practice-based learning, with course durations and intensities that can be adapted to your individual needs and outside commitments.

The course is designed to fit around your existing practice hours. Week-long intensive study blocks allow attendance for students based in the UK, EU and internationally.

The University of Brighton developed and awarded the first degrees in podiatry in the UK and we have been recognised by podiatry's professional bodies for the standard of our teaching. You will have access to our excellent facilities including our own hospital, and Human Movement Laboratory.

Our expert lecturers are all active members of the SCP, ensuring that both the team and the curriculum stay up to date with podiatry policy and practice.

Our high quality teaching and research are renowned, and have an applied focus. We have established strong links with specialist practice educators to ensure the provision of support and guidance both within the university and in practice.

Course structure

Students normally study three one-week modules each year, typically separated by eight to twelve weeks. You can choose all podiatry options or include interdisciplinary options which may require you to attend one day per week rather than the week-long study block structure of podiatry.

To be awarded the Podiatry MSc, you must successfully complete three compulsory modules, plus three options and a dissertation. Alternatively, you can study individual modules, being awarded a PGDip on completion of six modules, or a PGCert on completion of three specified modules.

The course is delivered in a variety of ways, typically via e-learning, lectures, seminars, simulation in our high-tech Human Movement Laboratory, and practice-based learning in our Leaf Hospital.

School of Health Sciences postgraduate education
This course is part of our School of Health Sciences postgraduate education programme. The programme allows you to sign up for one module at a time and build your qualification as you go. It also gives you access to a range of interdisciplinary modules across a broad selection of health and social science subjects. Find out more:
https://www.brighton.ac.uk/Studying-here/Find-a-course/CPD-in-health-sciences/postgraduate-education/index.aspx

Syllabus

One Research Methods module selected from the School of Health Sciences postgraduate education programme.

Plus a minimum of two core podiatry modules from:

Anatomy for Podiatric Practice
Rheumatology and the Lower Limb
Analysis of Function
Diagnostic Imaging
Clinical Pharmacology
The Foot in Diabetes
Pathology and Microbiology
Off-loading the At-risk Foot
Foot and Lower Extremity Musculoskeletal Pathology and Clinical Biomechanics
Surgical Management of the Foot

Plus

Three further modules which may also come from the list above or other suitable modules in the School of Health Sciences postgraduate education programme

Plus

Dissertation.

Facilities

Leaf Hospital:

You will have access to the Leaf Hospital in Eastbourne, our own fully-staffed clinical facility, which offers a podiatry service and a private practice physiotherapy service. This gives you a further opportunity to gain practical experience treating patients throughout your degree.

The Leaf Hospital has two main clinics and three further consulting rooms, allowing up to 28 patients to be seen at any one time. Clinical practice is supported by a complete range of diagnostic and therapeutic equipment, including gait analysis, imaging and more.

You will benefit from use of the orthotics department, where you will produce high quality orthotics and insoles for patients as part of the practical element of your course.

On the first floor there is a fully equipped operating theatre for minor surgical procedures and a human anatomy lab where you will study prosection and take part in lower limb dissection.

Human Movement Laboratory:

The Human Movement Laboratory is used widely by our physiotherapy, occupational therapy and podiatry students, and is also used for commercial consultancy.

In the lab you will use the latest technology to measure and assess all aspects of human movement, joints, muscles, soft tissue structure and nerves. The laboratory has equipment for conducting cardio-pulmonary investigations including Cosmed metabolic system and spirometry.

Careers and Employability

Masters-level education is an important component of advanced and specialist practice. It allows you greater autonomy and to accelerate personal and professional development or promotion in your practice.

Feedback from students who have completed this course shows that they have progressed their careers in management and education, to higher levels of study and clinical specialisation.

Completion of the Podiatry MSc will also prepare you for further study at MPhil and PhD level if you wish to continue pursuing an academic path.

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Are you a health or social care professional looking to develop your key advanced practitioner knowledge and skills? You'll develop your current knowledge and expertise, linking it to contemporary literature, theory and research and apply it to your area of practice. Read more
Are you a health or social care professional looking to develop your key advanced practitioner knowledge and skills? You'll develop your current knowledge and expertise, linking it to contemporary literature, theory and research and apply it to your area of practice. Our range of programme optional modules, shared across a large range of named pathway awards, give you the flexibility and choice to tailor your learning to your workplace.

Key features

-Train to become an evidence-based practitioner, equipped to manage and lead in busy and constantly changing settings. Take the opportunity to study in a setting with exciting core and optional modules.*
-Study alongside an interprofessional range of health and social care professionals from a variety of backgrounds, for example allied health professionals, nursing, medical and social care.
-Benefit from our collaboration with the Faculty of Business who provide both core and optional modules in leadership and management.
-Choose from optional modules in a range of specialist areas such as management of long-term conditions (service delivery), practice education and evaluating outcomes. Specialist modules such as injection therapy can be taken as individual CPD options. Further options are also available from our named pathways.
-Complete the programme in a year, with a one year full-time study option. Alternatively, balance work and caring commitments by studying part time over two years and up to a maximum of five years.
-Make the most of our approach to blended learning, which combines short study blocks and distance learning technologies with face-to-face teaching, enhancing the learning process by allowing time for reflection. Study comprises a mixture of lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials.
-A range of assessments are used across our modules, designed to link your knowledge and skills to your area of practice. This will also enable you to develop advanced practitioner skills, including evidence-based case studies, portfolios and service delivery proposals as well as written and oral work.
-Learn from research active teaching staff, with national and international reputations in their specialist area. You’ll be encouraged to join the faculty’s research groups, nested under the Institute of Health and Community, and will work with our experienced staff on your own research project.
-Choose from three award pathways with full and part-time options: postgraduate certificate (PgCert), 60 credits; postgraduate diploma (PgDip), 120 credits; and masters (MSc), 180 credits.

*As this programme is designed for qualified practitioners there is no requirement of a clinical placement component. Neither the programme nor any of its pathways lead to eligibility to apply for registration with a regulatory body.

Course details

Pathways in this programme include the following shared modules: applying evidence to practice, developing self and others, project design for research, and the research dissertation. The pathways will all have at least one pathway specific module and two programme optional modules. To gain a postgraduate certificate, you’ll need to earn 60 credits. You’ll study three modules worth 20 credits each: applying evidence to practice, a pathway specific module or a programme option module if you are not pursuing a specific pathway, and a programme option module. To gain a postgraduate diploma, you’ll need to earn 120 credits. You’ll study three modules worth 20 credits each: project design for research, developing self and others, and a pathway specific module or programme option. To be awarded the full masters degree, you’ll need to earn a total of 180 credits. You’ll study the same core modules as the postgraduate diploma, with the extra 60 credits coming from your research dissertation.

Core modules
-ADV715 Project Design for Research
-ADV702 Applying Evidence to Practice
-ADV702C Applying Evidence to Practice
-ADV716 Research Dissertation

Optional modules
-ADV712 Supported Independent Study
-ADV751 Physiotherapy Practice: Supported Study
-ADV728 Safeguarding Children
-ADV754 Supporting Adult Learners in Professional Practice Settings (Social Workers)
-ADV727 Supporting Adult Learners in Professional Practice Settings
-ADV710 Pathomechanics and Rehabilitation of Gait and Balance
-ADV742 Nutrition and Dietetics in Common Paediatric Disorders
-ADV745 Working in the Professional Environment with Children and Families
-ADV749 Dietetic Practice: Supported Study
-ADV744 Neonatal Nutrition
-ADV703 Occupation as the Focus of Contemporary Practice
-ADV723 Advanced Practice with Children and Families
-ADV733 Retrieval and Transfer of a Critical Care Patient Within Special Situations
-ADV739 Rehabilitation: Cognition, Perception and Behaviour
-ADV756 Advanced Critical Reflection, Risk and Decision-Making
-ADV726 Assessing Adult Learners in Their Practice
-ADV737 Neurological Rehabilitation: Sensorimotor Disorders
-ADV741 Nutrition and Dietetics in Infancy and Childhood
-ADV750 Occupational Therapy Practice: Supported Study
-ADV752 Social Work Practice: Supported Study
-ADV708 Injection Therapy for Health Professionals (Botulinum Toxin)
-ADV709 Injection Therapy for Health Professionals (Corticosteroid)
-ADV729 Critical Care Management - Airway, Breathing and Circulation
-ADV720 Dietetic Management of Inherited Metabolic Disorders (IMD)
-ADV732 Advanced Clinical Reasoning for the Critical Care Patient
-ADV735 Advancing the Management of Long Term Conditions
-ADV747 Supporting the Needs of the Frail Older Person
-ADV746 Children, Young People and their Families and the Legal Process
-ADV730 Critical Care Management - Neurological, Environmental and Special Patient Groups
-ADV748 Advanced Clinical Reasoning in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
-ADV755 Application of Law and Policy in Safeguarding Adults
-ADV743 Clinical Dietetics for Infants and Children
-ADV753 Assessing Adult Learners in Their Practice (Social Workers)
-ADV758 Supporting the Needs of the Frail Older Person
-ADV759 International Perspectives and Practice Requirements for Health and Social Care Practitioners
-ADV761 Assessment and Management of Foot and Lower Limb Musculoskeletal Conditions
-ADV760 Participation for Children and Young People
-ADV762 Recognition and Reduction of Risk to the Lower Limb in the Patient with Diabetes
-ADV764 Leading Professionals, Managing Aspirations for Self and Others
-ADV740 Enhancing Practice in Chronic Pulmonary Conditions
-ADV765 The Ageing Person: Society, Body and Mind
-ADV763 Facilitating Collaborative Patient Management and Flow

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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The University of Northampton Advanced Professional Practice Masters is an MSc course, offering full-time and part-time options. Students studying for the full Master of Science degree complete 180 credits, choosing from a selection of modules and a 60 credit professional project. Read more

The University of Northampton Advanced Professional Practice Masters is an MSc course, offering full-time and part-time options.

Students studying for the full Master of Science degree complete 180 credits, choosing from a selection of modules and a 60 credit professional project. Shorter Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate options are also available.

Drawing on contemporary teaching and innovative research, the programme will enable students to develop their professional practice in a highly personalised way. This innovative and flexible course allows you to build a course that is tailored to your needs.

The programme is made up of modules which make up the whole Master’s Degree, but there is an option to opt to leave at that point having earned a Postgraduate Diploma.

The programme is based around three key areas:

-Recognising and valuing personal professional experience as contributing to academic achievements.

-Addressing the priority needs of the working environment through a contemporary range of practice modules.

-Focusing the application of learning within the workplace.

Course content

The MSc Advanced Professional Practice presents a highly flexible programme of study which students can tailor to meet their personal and professional development objectives.

An innovative development for this award is the introduction of a Valuing Professional Experience module. Available to study for 20, 40 or 60 academic credits, this module will allow students to demonstrate the value of their professional experience in relation to academic learning. As such, students can, with the help of a programme advisor, create an individual programme of study which draws on past experience and enhances current and future practice.

Advanced Professional Practice consists of a number of pathways:

-Advanced Occupational Therapy *

-Advanced Podiatry *

-Autonomous Healthcare Practice *

-Cancer Therapies *

-Care of the Older Person *

-Childcare Practice *

-Mentorship

-Non-medical Independent Nurse Prescribing

-Practice Education *

*Specialist pathway available as stand-alone Postgraduate Certificates

Course modules (16/17)

-Professional Project

-Valuing Professional Experience

-NISP (V300)

-Mentorship Programme

-Research Methods – Philosophy and Study Design

-Injection Therapy of the Lower Limb for Podiatrists

-The Lower Limb at Risk

-Advanced Skills For Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists And Podiatrists

-Implementing Innovative Change in Practice

-Occupational Therapy and Occupation

-Rehabilitation and Recovery

-The Stroke Journey

-Advanced Patient Assessment and Diagnostic Skills

-Clinical Interventions for Advanced Practitioners

-Leading People in Health and Social Care Organisations

-Facilitation, Assessment and QA in WBL

-Quality Enhancement in Interprofessional WBL

-Medical Law

-Living with Cancer and Beyond Cancer

-Haemato-oncology

-Chemotherapy

-Physical Healthcare of Older Adults

-Working with Older Adults: Mental Wellbeing

-Advanced Dementia Care

-Enabling Others in Mentoring, Practice Teaching and Assessment

-Assessing and Managing Risk in Child Protection

-Working with Complex Parenting Behaviour

-Planning and Supporting Permanence

-Therapeutic Communication Intervention

-Preparation for NMC Stage 4 Teacher Standard

Assessments

Assessment across all modules draws on relevant practice examples and students are encouraged to use case examples as the basis of their learning.

The specific methods reflect the ways in which practitioners are expected to function in their professional roles and may include: preparation of patient information resources, critical incident reports, care planning, action learning sets and preparation of professional reports for family courts.

Facilities and Special Features

This masters programme is as unique as you are. It is built around your need to progress through your career.

-Pathways designed to enable you to improve your professional skills which will benefit you and your employer.

-A programme that is tailored to you, enabling you to take a number of Postgraduate certificates, which together build to a masters qualification.

-The ability to step off the course with a postgraduate qualification at the end of each module.

-The Valuing Professional Experience module, allowing you to demonstrate the value of your professional experience which can provide up to 60 points toward your overall masters.

-IT and information services based on the campus as well as offsite access to NILE (Northampton Integrated Learning Environment).

Careers

Opportunities vary according to combination of study:

-Practice teaching roles (practice education and autonomous healthcare practice modules).

-Specialist practitioner roles with older clients (autonomous healthcare practice and care of the older person).

-Or advanced practitioner (advanced therapy training with nonmedical and independent prescribing and/or reflection on previous professional achievements).

Funding

The following postgraduate funding may be available to study the Advanced Professional Practice MSc at The University of Northampton.

UK postgraduate loans:

Erasmus funding:

Funding from FindAMasters:

Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 17/18 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £6,500

Part Time: £720 per 20 credit module for home and EU students

International: £11,900

International Part Time:  £1,320 per 20 credit module



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The postgraduate course in Prosthetics & Orthotics Rehabilitation Studies is modular and intended for off-campus delivery. Read more

Why this course?

The postgraduate course in Prosthetics & Orthotics Rehabilitation Studies is modular and intended for off-campus delivery. The course can lead to an award of an MSc, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.

The course has been designed for professionals already working in prosthetics, orthotics, therapy, surgery or associated disciplines. They're offered by distance learning allowing you to study at your own pace, at times and places that are convenient for you.

You’ll study

You'll select courses from the range of instructional modules available. The choice will be limited by initial qualifications.

Optional modules:
Clinical Governance
Orthotic Studies*
Prosthetic Studies*
Introductory Biomechanics
Lower Limb Prosthetic Biomechanics
Lower Limb Orthotic Biomechanics
Clinical Gait Analysis
* not available to prosthetists or orthotists

Restricted modules (for professional prosthetists/orthotists only):
Advanced Prosthetic Science
Advanced Orthotic Science

Please note that not all modules may be offered every year.

All modules count for 20 credits towards a postgraduate qualification.

MSc

You must obtain 180 credits to be awarded the MSc Rehabilitation Studies.

You must have completed the compulsory classes Research Methodology and Data Analysis, as well as the final project which is 60 credits. All other modules are from the options list.

Postgraduate Diploma

If you obtain a minimum of 120 credits from a selection of the optional and restricted modules you may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Rehabilitation Studies.

Postgraduate Certificate

If you obtain a minimum of 60 credits from a selection of the optional and restricted modules you may be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate.

Major projects

The final year project aims to develop planning, resourcing and implementing healthcare focused research skills within a work based research project. You'll be involved in a number of processes which include:

-justification of the selected topic
-selecting, devising and applying appropriate methods and techniques
-applying for ethical approval where human subjects are involved
-anticipating and solving problems which arise
-displaying knowledge of background literature
-evaluating and reporting the conclusions of the study

The project may take the form of an extended literature review or involve experimental work. This project work will have been supported by compulsory modules in research methodology and data analysis.

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The first year of this Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) accredited course enables healthcare professionals from varying clinical backgrounds to become safe, competent ultrasound practitioners. Read more

The first year of this Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) accredited course enables healthcare professionals from varying clinical backgrounds to become safe, competent ultrasound practitioners. The second year allows you to increase your clinical leadership and research knowledge. The third allows you to become an authentic leader in the field of medical ultrasound by providing you with an opportunity to design and manage a major research project.

Course details

The course:

  • develops you academically to postgraduate level
  • enables you to become an autonomous practitioner with the skills to undertake high quality medical ultrasound examination competently and safely in a range of ultrasound and research practice placing the person at the centre of care
  • enhances your critical skills to enable you to recognise and promote high quality evidence and care
  • develops your leadership abilities by providing you with the knowledge of research design or service improvement
  • promotes an ethos of caring compassion, professionalism and lifelong learning
  • enables you to function as a valued member of the multi-disciplinary healthcare team.
  • enables you to become an autonomous practitioner with the skills to design and manage research projects relevant to your ultrasound practice

What you study

In the first two years of study you have the option of two study routes:

  • Clinical
  • Point of care

After completing both years of study you are awarded the PgDip Medical Ultrasound. You then have the opportunity to continue your study and complete the MSc Medical Ultrasound.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules - Clinical Route

  • Principles of Ultrasound Science and Technology

and one optional module

  • General Medical and Gynaecological Ultrasound
  • Lower limb musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • Negotiated Study in Medical Ultrasound Practice
  • Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound
  • Upper limb musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • Vascular ultrasound

Year 1 core modules - Point of Care Route

  • Principles of Ultrasound Science and Technology

and two optional modules

  • Core Emergency Medicine Ultrasound
  • Deep Venous Thrombus Ultrasound
  • Renal and Hepato-biliary Ultrasound
  • Shock and Focused Echo Ultrasound

Year 2 core modules - Clincal Route

  • Designing Research Projects

and one optional module

  • General Medical and Gynaecological Ultrasound
  • Lower limb musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • Negotiated Study in Medical Ultrasound Practice
  • Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound
  • Upper limb musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • Vascular Ultrasound

Year 2 core modules - Point of Care Route

  • Designing Research Projects

and two optional modules

  • Deep Venous Thrombus Ultrasound
  • Focused Negotiated Study in Medical Ultrasound Practice
  • Renal and Hepato-biliary Ultrasound
  • Shock and Focused Echo Ultrasound

Year 3 core module

  • Dissertation

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

How you learn

Teaching is delivered at Teesside University through academic blocks. The clinical route is delivered over five two-week blocks. The point of care route is delivered over five two-day blocks to suit busy clinical workloads.

Both routes are supported through e-learning. You will also develop your practical skills within your clinical placement. It is a fusion which allows you to become an autonomous safe ultrasound practitioner. Teaching methods used during your academic blocks include lectures, seminars, group work, and practical workshops. The state-of-the-art Regional Ultrasound Simulation Centre here on campus is fully incorporated into the teaching.

How you are assessed

You are assessed by written assignment, examinations and practical triggered assessment.

Employability

Work placement

Prior to enrolling on the course, you must negotiate a clinical placement, where you can gain your practical skills. You must find this placement, the University cannot help with this.

Career opportunities

After completing your first year of study you can practise in your chosen area of ultrasound.



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The first year of this Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) accredited course enables healthcare professionals from varying clinical backgrounds to become safe, competent ultrasound practitioners. Read more

The first year of this Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) accredited course enables healthcare professionals from varying clinical backgrounds to become safe, competent ultrasound practitioners. The second year allows you to increase your clinical leadership and research knowledge.

Course details

The course:

  • develops you academically to postgraduate level
  • enables you to become an autonomous practitioner with the skills to undertake high quality medical ultrasound examinations competently and safely in a range of ultrasound practice, placing the person at the centre of care
  • enhances your critical skills enabling you to recognise and promote high quality evidence and care
  • develops your leadership abilities by providing you with a knowledge of research design or service improvement
  • promotes an ethos of caring, compassion, professionalism and lifelong learning development
  • enables you to function as a valued member of the multi-disciplinary healthcare team.

What you study

In both years of study you have the option of two study routes:

  • Clinical
  • Point of care

The pathway you choose will be dictated by your professional background and your chosen area of ultrasound practice.

After completing both years of study you are awarded your PgDip Medical Ultrasound. You then have the opportunity to continue your study on to the next stage and complete your MSc Medical Ultrasound.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules - Clinical Route

  • Principles of Ultrasound Science and Technology

and one optional module

  • General Medical and Gynaecological Ultrasound
  • Lower limb musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • Negotiated Study in Medical Ultrasound Practice
  • Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound
  • Upper limb musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • Vascular Ultrasound

Year 1 core modules - Point of Care Route

  • Principles of Ultrasound Science and Technology

and two optional modules

  • Core Emergency Medicine Ultrasound
  • Deep Venous Thrombus Ultrasound
  • Renal and Hepato-biliary Ultrasound
  • Shock and Focused Echo Ultrasound

Year 2 core modules - Clincal Route

  • Advanced Leadership in Health and Social Care
  • Advanced Personal Effectiveness in Leadership
  • Designing Research Projects

and one optional module

  • General Medical and Gynaecological Ultrasound
  • Lower limb musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • Negotiated Study in Medical Ultrasound Practice
  • Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound
  • Upper limb musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • Vascular Ultrasound

Year 2 core modules Point of Care Route

  • Advanced Leadership in Health and Social Care
  • Advanced Personal Effectiveness in Leadership
  • Designing Research Projects

and two modules

  • Deep Venous Thrombus Ultrasound
  • Focused Negotiated Study in Medical Ultrasound Practice
  • Renal and Hepato-biliary Ultrasound
  • Shock and Focused Echo Ultrasound

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

How you learn

Teaching is delivered at Teesside University during academic study blocks.

The clinical route is delivered over five two-week blocks.

The point of care route is delivered over five two-day blocks to suit busy clinical workloads.

Both routes are supported by e-learning. You will develop your practical skills within your clinical placement. It is a fusion which allows you to become an autonomous, safe ultrasound practitioner. 

Teaching methods used during your academic study blocks include lectures, seminars and practical workshops. The Regional Ultrasound Centre here on campus is fully incorporated into teaching.

How you are assessed

You are assessed by a written assignment, examinations and a practical triggered assessment.

Employability

Work placement

Prior to enrolling on the course, you must negotiate a clinical placement where you can gain your practical skills. You must find this placement, the University cannot help with this.

Career opportunities

After completing this course you are able to practise in your chosen area of ultrasound.



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You will study the core areas necessary for professional practice. the clinical sciences, health psychology, medicine, pharmacology, surgery, orthopaedics, research methods and clinical practice. Read more
You will study the core areas necessary for professional practice: the clinical sciences, health psychology, medicine, pharmacology, surgery, orthopaedics, research methods and clinical practice.

This intensive programme runs over 45 weeks per year, for two years. Your time on the course will be balanced between campus-based study and clinical practice.

The course begins in September. Formal lectures are an integral part of the curriculum and you also learn through seminars, student presentations and interactive workshops, some of which will be shared with students on the undergraduate program. You will be assessed through essays, exams, practical reports, presentations and your professional development portfolio.

As a podiatry student you will also share some teaching with students on physiotherapy, occupational therapy and pharmacy courses, allowing you to exchange knowledge and expertise with students from other disciplines.

Your practical placements will be mainly at our own Leaf hospital and the local NHS trusts. Day placements for students are arranged with clinics and hospitals across the south-east England and London. There is also an opportunity for self-funded placement at the University of Malta.

Syllabus

Modules

Year 1:

Foundations of Podiatric Practice
Clinical Placement 1 (shared with undergraduate students)
Dermatology, Local Anaesthetics and Surgery
Musculoskeletal Disorders of the Foot and Lower Limb
Clinical Sciences
Health Psychology and Professional Practice
Clinical placement 2 (NHS)

Year 2:

Experiencing Research
Medicine and Pharmacology Applied to the At-risk Foot
Consolidation for Professional Practice: Governance, Health and Social Contexts
Clinical Placement 3
Clinical Placement 4 (NHS)

Facilities

Leaf Hospital:

You will have access to the Leaf Hospital in Eastbourne, our own fully-staffed clinical facility, which offers a podiatry service and a private practice physiotherapy service. This gives you a further opportunity to gain practical experience treating patients throughout your degree.

The Leaf Hospital has two main clinics and three further consulting rooms, allowing up to 28 patients to be seen at any one time. Clinical practice is supported by a complete range of diagnostic and therapeutic equipment, including gait analysis, imaging and more.

You will benefit from use of the orthotics department, where you will produce high quality orthotics and insoles for patients as part of the practical element of your course.

On the first floor there is a fully equipped operating theatre for minor surgical procedures and a human anatomy lab where you will study prosection and take part in lower limb dissection.

Human Movement Laboratory:

The Human Movement Laboratory is used widely by our physiotherapy, occupational therapy and podiatry students, and is also used for commercial consultancy.

In the lab you will use the latest technology to measure and assess all aspects of human movement, joints, muscles, soft tissue structure and nerves. The laboratory has equipment for conducting cardio-pulmonary investigations including Cosmed metabolic system and spirometry.

Careers and Employability

Our graduates enjoy excellent employment prospects, typically securing roles in advanced practice, clinical teaching, research, education and training, and a variety of positions in the NHS and private sector.

They are working in the UK and worldwide in Europe and Canada, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Singapore.

Podiatrists engage with patient care in a wide range of practices from independent work in the community or private practice to multidisciplinary work in a hospital setting. The scope of podiatry practice varies from general foot care (nail, callus, corns) to musculoskeletal care (for example, tendinopathy, provision of insoles, orthoses and footwear), minor surgery (for example, toenail removal) and wound care (for exampe, diabetic foot ulcers).

With further study and extensive training, graduates can train to become a podiatric surgeon, who is allowed to perform the surgical treatment of the foot and its associated structures.

Graduates of this course are also equipped for further study at MPhil and PhD level.

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With an excellent reputation for teaching quality, our MSc Sport and Health Sciences presents an exciting and challenging opportunity to develop scientific understanding of sport, exercise and health. Read more
With an excellent reputation for teaching quality, our MSc Sport and Health Sciences presents an exciting and challenging opportunity to develop scientific understanding of sport, exercise and health. Programme content is underpinned by past and current research from our internationally recognised research groups: Bioenergetics and Human Performance(http://sshs.exeter.ac.uk/research/bhp/); and Physical Activity and Health Across the Lifespan(http://sshs.exeter.ac.uk/research/pahal/).

Our MSc Sport and Health Sciences provides you with a sound grounding in research methods and analytical procedures relating to sport and health sciences. The programme presents opportunities to employ theoretical concepts in applied sport, health and exercise settings and allows you to choose from a diverse range of modules allied to our research expertise.

Learning and teaching

The MSc Sport and Health Sciences presents an academic challenge whilst also providing you with the skills to apply theoretical concepts in real-world laboratory and field settings. The Masters programme is intended to enhance teaching and learning through research and applied practice derived from sport, health and exercise. It will provide you with the opportunity to employ theoretical concepts in applied sport, health and exercise settings and acquire a range of transferable skills to develop as an autonomous and reflective individual.

Delivered within a friendly and supportive learning environment, the programme draws upon innovative multi-method and multi-disciplinary research and teaching by our leading academics. You will have access to state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities including modern laboratories for biomechanics, physiology and psychology. You will also have the opportunity to be involved with on-going research projects and develop key transferable skills, which has led to a number of students subsequently seeking PhD study.

Careers

A dedicated careers day and tailored career support for each student are provided. Graduates of the programme have typically found employment in a variety of sport, exercise, leisure management and consultancy, and health promotion settings. Recent examples include: community based obesity practitioners and physical activity facilitators; lifestyle support worker and public health officers for NHS trusts; sports development officers; and a research assistant at the Medical Research Council.

This programme is suitable for sport, exercise and health-related professionals seeking continuing professional development. Recent examples of professionals graduating from our programmes include medical doctors, practice nurses, physiotherapists and youth sports managers/coaches.

Programme structure

The programme is made up of compulsory and optional modules, which may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme. The following are examples of what you can expect to be learning.

Compulsory modules

The compulsory modules are likely to be; Research Methods and Analytical Procedures and Dissertation (Journal Article).

Optional modules

Some examples of optional modules are as follows; Biomechanical Aspects of Lower Limb Injury; Laboratory Techniques in Physiology; Paediatric Exercise and Health; Physical Activity in the Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Disease and Current Issues in Sport and Exercise Psychology.

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This is a distance-learning programme. Part-time MSc (3.5 years) you can take up to a maximum of two study breaks, with each break being 12 months in length. Read more
This is a distance-learning programme.

Part-time MSc (3.5 years) you can take up to a maximum of two study breaks, with each break being 12 months in length.

Overview

This world-class course is for physiotherapists seeking a specialist qualification in sports physiotherapy, compliant with international standards of practice. You will develop a problem-solving and clinically reasoned approach to sports physiotherapy, athlete management and performance enhancement.

The blended learning environment combines distance learning with face-to-face teaching and clinical skills practice. You will experience an innovative blend of knowledge-based, activity-based and experiential learning.

The face-to-face induction event and residential teaching weeks in the first and second years of the programme will enable you to meet and work together with other students on real-work problems, and engage in debate with practitioners from a variety of contexts.

Programme features:
- Flexible and online, allowing you to study alongside your clinical practice.
- Endorsed by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP) (http://www.csp.org.uk/).
- Meets international competencies and standards set by the International Federation of Sports Physiotherapists (IFSP).
- Integrates the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine (ACPSM) CPD pathway.

View a video about this programme (http://www.bath.ac.uk/health/postgraduate/)

Visit the website http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/programmes/spor-phys/

Programme structure

This is a flexible programme. Our students typically study over three and a half years, however there is opportunity to complete units in up to five years.

The following events take place on the University of Bath campus:

Residential (two days) – Year One (September)
Sports Science Residential Week - Year One (January)
Clinical Residential Week - Year Two (June)

The programme is made up of the following compulsory units:

Year one:
Sports Physiotherapy in Practice 1
Sports Environment
Exercise Physiology
Athlete Biomechanics and Sports Analysis

Year two:
Sports Physiotherapy in Practice 2
Performance Physiotherapy (spine, lower limb, upper limb)
Athlete Management

Year three:
Evidence Based Clinical Sports Physiotherapy
Research Project Design
Sports Physiotherapy Research Project

View summary table (http://www.bath.ac.uk/health/images/spy-rogramme-structure.jpg) or Programme & Unit Catalogue (http://www.bath.ac.uk/catalogues/2015-2016/hl/hl-proglist-pg.html#G) for further information.

Learning and teaching

The majority of the content of the programme is delivered online to allow you to engage in flexible study alongside your clinical practice. To complement the online teaching there is a face-to-face induction event at the University and residential teaching weeks. Reflective, practice-based elements are provided through professional experiential learning and online virtual workshops.

Our Sports Physiotherapy teaching team have a wealth of professional experience, which has enabled them to develop a high level of expertise and work with an impressive range of clients. Our tutors have worked in the EIS, NHS and private practice in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, USA and the UK and at a wide range of events for different sporting disciplines. Examples include the Beijing Olympics, Commonwealth games, Paralympic World Cup and World University Games.

Methods of assessment

Each unit is individually assessed and may involve a mixture of written assignments, case studies, presentations and reflective discussion reports. Sports Physiotherapy in Practice 1 and 2 involve assessment of a portfolio of evidence relating to practice. There is a clinical exam during Phase 2, which takes place during the residential event at the University.

The MSc requires successful completion of an innovative research project and dissertation, including dissemination of findings to a target audience.

- Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL):
If you have studied for postgraduate units from another institution then you may be eligible to transfer credit for this prior learning (this is only the case if you have not already received an award for this prior learning).

Depending on the programme of study, you can gain APL for up to 50% of the total credits required (this credit must have been obtained within the previous five years).

About the department

The School for Health was established within the University of Bath in 2003, to centralise the high profile research and teaching in the health-related disciplines already taking place throughout the university, so creating a single entity through which links with the health sector at national and international level can be channelled, co-ordinated and developed.

In 2010 the School joined the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences and became the Department for Health, providing excellent opportunities for academic teaching and research collaborations with other departments, such as Psychology and Social & Policy Sciences. The Department's postgraduate teaching and research programmes now form part of the Faculty's new Graduate School, also launched in 2010, providing postgraduate students with dedicated support and a strong community in which to base their studies - whether on campus or by distance learning.

In keeping with government initiatives surrounding population health and more general public concerns, the Department divides its activities between two main pillars: Healthcare and Population Health – one focuses on the NHS, healthcare and health services research and the other focuses on population health, healthy living, sport & physical activity and tobacco control; each of these groups, in turn, contain both teaching programmes and research activities. Furthermore, there is a bridging spine between both pillars and which houses the Professional Doctorate in Health, Research in Health Practice and the administrative, finance, learning & teaching development, marketing and support activities of the Department.

The Department’s aims are:

- To develop a research portfolio that is both of the highest academic standard and has applications in the real world
- To build on external links with the public services and other bodies concerned with health and society
- To innovate design and delivery of healthcare services
- To change corporate approaches to healthy organisations
- To support government reform of health and social care provision
- To identify and facilitate opportunities for academic collaboration and new developments.

The Department's postgraduate taught programmes combine academic excellence with flexible and innovative design and delivery; our postgraduate portfolio is distinguished by the provision of a number of Professional Masters and a Professional Doctorate programme designed to be studied part-time by learners working in a wide range of healthcare roles from all around the world. All our postgraduate courses are taught online and this has proved to be one of our unique selling points, with students able to continue within their practice area or working environment whilst gaining a further qualification.

The Department is renowned for its exemplary attention to educational design, integrating knowledge with research evidence and resulting in programmes which are highly relevant to contemporary practice; in addition, the Department boasts some of the most innovative and successful approaches to online and part-time education, recognised through a number of awards.

At all levels, learning and teaching in the Department provides a strong focus on high quality education for real world situations and produces graduates with skills and knowledge relevant to professional roles and in high demand from employers.

Teaching programmes on offer within the Department include:

- Sport & Exercise Medicine, the world renowned flexible masters programme exclusively for doctors
- Sports Physiotherapy, a specialist programme designed by physiotherapists for physiotherapists
- Research in Health Practice, a programme launched in 2008 aimed at health and social care professionals interested in conducting their own research
- The innovative Professional Doctorate in Health which focuses on both Population Health and Healthcare within the Department, providing a doctoral level programme to develop expert practitioners and researchers in practice.

Facilities, equipment, other resources
Sport and exercise science and medical science laboratories. Close links with the English Institute of Sport and the Department of Sports Development and Recreation.

International and industrial links
There are current links with primary care trusts, strategic health authorities, the two hospitals in Bath and colleagues in industry. The Department works closely with esteemed international academic institutions, and individual health practitioners, in order to meet the regional, national and global challenges facing health and social care.

Careers information
Postgraduate research students gain a wealth of experience to assist them with their next step and are offered personal career advice at the University. The Department has an established research training skills programme for all research students. The taught programmes enable students to extend their health and social care career pathways and to build important networks for further professional opportunities.

Find out more about the department here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/health/

Find out how to apply here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/hss/graduate-school/taught-programmes/how-to-apply/

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The M.Sc. in Medical Physics is a full time course which aims to equip you for a career as a scientist in medicine. You will be given the basic knowledge of the subject area and some limited training. Read more
The M.Sc. in Medical Physics is a full time course which aims to equip you for a career as a scientist in medicine. You will be given the basic knowledge of the subject area and some limited training. The course consists of an intense program of lectures and workshops, followed by a short project and dissertation. Extensive use is made of the electronic learning environment "Blackboard" as used by NUI Galway. The course has been accredited by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (UK).

Syllabus Outline. (with ECTS weighting)
Human Gross Anatomy (5 ECTS)
The cell, basic tissues, nervous system, nerves and muscle, bone and cartilage, blood, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract, nutrition, genital system, urinary system, eye and vision, ear, hearing and balance, upper limb – hand, lower limb – foot, back and vertebral column, embryology, teratology, anthropometrics; static and dynamic anthropometrics data, anthropometric dimensions, clearance and reach and range of movement, method of limits, mathematics modelling.

Human Body Function (5 ECTS)
Biological Molecules and their functions. Body composition. Cell physiology. Cell membranes and membrane transport. Cell electrical potentials. Nerve function – nerve conduction, nerve synapses. Skeletal muscle function – neuromuscular junction, muscle excitation, muscle contraction, energy considerations. Blood and blood cells – blood groups, blood clotting. Immune system. Autonomous nervous system. Cardiovascular system – electrical and mechanical activity of the heart. – the peripheral circulation. Respiratory system- how the lungs work. Renal system – how the kidneys work. Digestive system. Endocrine system – how hormones work. Central nervous system and brain function.

Occupational Hygiene (5 ECTS)
Historical development of Occupational Hygiene, Safety and Health at Work Act. Hazards to Health, Surveys, Noise and Vibrations, Ionizing radiations, Non-Ionizing Radiations, Thermal Environments, Chemical hazards, Airborne Monitoring, Control of Contaminants, Ventilation, Management of Occupational Hygiene.

Medical Informatics (5 ECTS)
Bio statistics, Distributions, Hypothesis testing. Chi-square, Mann-Whitney, T-tests, ANOVA, regression. Critical Appraisal of Literature, screening and audit. Patient and Medical records, Coding, Hospital Information Systems, Decision support systems. Ethical consideration in Research.
Practicals: SPSS. Appraisal exercises.

Clinical Instrumentation (6 ECTS)
Biofluid Mechanics: Theory: Pressures in the Body, Fluid Dynamics, Viscous Flow, Elastic Walls, Instrumentation Examples: Respiratory Function Testing, Pressure Measurements, Blood Flow measurements. Physics of the Senses: Theory: Cutaneous and Chemical sensors, Audition, Vision, Psychophysics; Instrumentation Examples: Evoked responses, Audiology, Ophthalmology instrumentation, Physiological Signals: Theory Electrodes, Bioelectric Amplifiers, Transducers, Electrophysiology Instrumentation.

Medical Imaging (10 ECTS)
Theory of Image Formation including Fourier Transforms and Reconstruction from Projections (radon transform). Modulation transfer Function, Detective Quantum Efficiency.
X-ray imaging: Interaction of x-rays with matter, X-ray generation, Projection images, Scatter, Digital Radiography, CT – Imaging. Fundamentals of Image Processing.
Ultrasound: Physics of Ultrasound, Image formation, Doppler scanning, hazards of Ultrasound.
Nuclear Medicine : Overview of isotopes, generation of Isotopes, Anger Cameras, SPECT Imaging, Positron Emitters and generation, PET Imaging, Clinical aspects of Planar, SPECT and PET Imaging with isotopes.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging : Magnetization, Resonance, Relaxation, Contrast in MR Imaging, Image formation, Image sequences, their appearances and clinical uses, Safety in MR.

Radiation Fundamentals (5 ECTS)
Review of Atomic and Nuclear Physics. Radiation from charged particles. X-ray production and quality. Attenuation of Photon Beams in Matter. Interaction of Photons with Matter. Interaction of Charged Particles with matter. Introduction to Monte Carlo techniques. Concept to Dosimetry. Cavity Theory. Radiation Detectors. Practical aspects of Ionization chambers

The Physics of Radiation Therapy (10 ECTS)
The interaction of single beams of X and gamma rays with a scattering medium. Treatment planning with single photon beams. Treatment planning for combinations of photon beams. Radiotherapy with particle beams: electrons, pions, neutrons, heavy charged particles. Special Techniques in Radiotherapy. Equipment for external Radiotherapy. Relative dosimetry techniques. Dosimetry using sealed sources. Brachytherapy. Dosimetry of radio-isotopes.

Workshops / Practicals
Hospital & Radiation Safety [11 ECTS]
Workshop in Risk and Safety.
Concepts of Risk and Safety. Legal Aspects. Fundamental concepts in Risk Assessment and Human Factor Engineering. Risk and Safety management of complex systems with examples from ICU and Radiotherapy. Accidents in Radiotherapy and how to avoid them. Principles of Electrical Safety, Electrical Safety Testing, Non-ionizing Radiation Safety, including UV and laser safety.
- NUIG Radiation Safety Course.
Course for Radiation Safety Officer.
- Advanced Radiation Safety
Concepts of Radiation Protection in Medical Practice, Regulations. Patient Dosimetry. Shielding design in Diagnostic Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Radiotherapy.
- Medical Imaging Workshop
Operation of imaging systems. Calibration and Quality Assurance of General
radiography, fluoroscopy systems, ultrasound scanners, CT-scanners and MR scanners. Radiopharmacy and Gamma Cameras Quality Control.

Research Project [28 ECTS]
A limited research project will be undertaken in a medical physics area. Duration of this will be 4 months full time

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