This course is ideal for you if you are a physiotherapist in neuromusculoskeletal practice and would like to advance your specialist treatment and assessment skills. You attain high levels of autonomy and clinical decision-making skills for application to clinical practice, and extend your knowledge of manual and manipulative therapy skills to a specialist level.
The course provides a flexible learning pathway to accommodate your needs. Core modules focus on evidence-based practice and research. Specialist modules address diverse clinical and practice issues in neuromusculoskeletal manipulative therapy.
Completion of this course, with the inclusion of the Advanced Clinical Placement (Neuromusculoskeletal Therapy) module leads to membership of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists.
Core modules focus on evidence-based practice and research. Specialist modules address diverse clinical and practice issues in neuromusculoskeletal manipulative therapy. You choose an option module in Year and carry out an independent research study in your final Year.
Year 1 core modules
Year 2 core modules
Year 2 option module
Year 3 core modules
Modules offered may vary.
How you learn
You learn through key lectures, seminars, laboratory-based learning, structured resource-based learning, asynchronous electronic discussion, formative assessment, tutorials, small group work, research tutorials and practical skills-based sessions.
How you are assessed
All modules within this programme have formative and summative forms of assessment methods. Core research modules, designated pathway modules and the option module use a variety of assessment methods to help develop your advanced clinical skills for practice. Assessment includes written assignments, patient case studies, practical examinations, objective structured clinical examinations, reflective accounts, portfolio developments and oral presentations.
This course enhances your ability to secure employment as an advanced practitioner or extended scope practitioner specialising in the management of patients with neuromusculoskeletal conditions.
The Master of Physiotherapy (MPhty endorsed) programme endorsed in one of the specialist areas (Neurorehabilitation, Occupational Health Physiotherapy or Sports Physiotherapy) aims to advance the student’s clinical reasoning and patient management skills beyond that of the entry level practitioner and provide one of the prerequisites necessary to achieve specialisation. The one-semester research components that may comprise the design and implementation of a small research project, a case series, a data-based clinical review, a systematic review, or a critical review under the supervision of a member of staff, will ensure that the student is research enabled and ready to embrace evidence based practice in the performance of their career.
Alternatively, students can undertake two papers from the approved schedule and a thesis to obtain a research master's (MPhty). The School of Physiotherapy has a strong postgraduate research programme currently supporting numerous master's research students working on topics that range from neurological disorders to anatomical studies. We aim to provide students with a high level of knowledge and experience in order to help them develop their own research skills whether using qualitative or quantitative methodologies for statistical analysis, lab-based studies or community work, prevalence studies or intervention trialling – our aim is to have students complete their master,s confident in their abilities to conduct research and assess relevant literature and practices, whether this leads to PhD study in the future or to more assured clinical practice.
This qualification is available to registered physiotherapists. Domestic students must have a current Annual Practising Certificate from the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand. International students must obtain Special Purpose Scope of Practice from the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand before arriving in New Zealand.
For the endorsed Master's, distance based students must be practising physiotherapy whilst undertaking the clinical paper in Year 2 of the programme and should note that some papers involved in this qualification involve attending residential blocks in Dunedin and phoning in on audioconferences. On-campus students will be based at the School of Physiotherapy in Dunedin.
Students enrolling for this programme should take care to enrol for the on-campus or Distance versions of the papers as appropriate.
For the research Master's, students must have a supervisor for the special topic paper and the thesis. For assistance with finding a supervisor please contact the [email protected]. Before acceptance can be granted applicants must work with their potential supervisor to submit either a draft proposal or a project title with their application.
For the endorsed Master's, students must have a supervisor and submit a draft proposal for the research component 6 months prior to undertaking this paper.
Applications normally close on 31 October, however late applications may be considered.
Subject to approval, the following qualification will replace the Master of Physiotherapy (Manipulative Physiotherapy) from 2013: Master of Physiotherapy (Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy. For information on how to apply for this qualification please contact the [email protected].
This programme provides advanced theory, knowledge and clinical skills for rehabilitation professionals. It also prepares graduates to assume leadership positions in clinical research and professional practice, offering a flexible programme of study for both specialist training and professional training.
Graduates of this programme will be able to: