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This course is designed for experienced postgraduate physiotherapists working within neuro-musculoskeletal clinical practice. It is also suitable if you have studied manual therapy at a high level on clinically-based courses, such as with the International Maitland Teachers Association (IMTA). Read more

This course is designed for experienced postgraduate physiotherapists working within neuro-musculoskeletal clinical practice. It is also suitable if you have studied manual therapy at a high level on clinically-based courses, such as with the International Maitland Teachers Association (IMTA). You can have relevant clinically focussed learning recognised and the credits transferred via a recognition of prior learning (RPL) process.

The course enables you to advance your clinical, therapeutic and reasoning skills within the field of neuro-musculoskeletal practice. You engage in debate and develop skills which enhance your ability to facilitate service development and enhance patient care. Successful completion of the course leads to the opportunity to meet the requirements for registration with the Musculoskeletal Association of chartered Physiotherapists (MACP).

The course is structured around two core manual therapy modules that focus on the upper and lower quadrant. The upper quadrant includes key aspects of evidence, theory and reasoning that inform clinical practice. The lower quadrant considers different dysfunctions and also different principles that guide our practice. These modules develop and challenge your clinical handling and reasoning skills.Together these modules form a Postgraduate Certificate in Manual Therapy.

At postgraduate diploma level you choose optional modules relevant to your personal and professional development. This enables you to either increase the breadth of your learning or maintain a focus on developing clinical skills relevant to your physiotherapy practice dependent on your goals. One module which allows you to continue developing advanced clinical skills is the MACP clinical placement in neuro-musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

Your assessments are designed to fulfil the aims and learning outcomes of modules, as well as replicate the challenges you may face within your clinical field. This provides authentic experience and the opportunity to develop skills that are directly transferable to practice.

You learn from enthusiastic tutors including academics who have physiotherapy research published in peer reviewed journals. This includes Dr Stephen May, who is an internationally renowned physiotherapist who has contributed to several well known textbooks including the key text on the McKenzie Approach 'Lumbar Spine: Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy'.

Distance learning study

To aid your professional and clinical development we use a range of online learning and teaching activities, such as interactive tutor and peer group discussions. Experienced tutors also provide regular personal guidance and feedback.

Recognition for prior learning

Physiotherapy students who have successfully completed 2a, 2b, and 3 International Maitland Teachers Association (IMTA) modules can gain credits against specific modules from the MSc Manual Therapy. This can be achieved through the recognition for prior learning (RFPL) process. For more information read our IMTA guidance.

Course structure

The masters (MSc) is achieved by successfully completing the postgraduate diploma plus dissertation (180 credits).

The postgraduate certificate (PgCert) is achieved by successfully completing manual therapy for the upper quadrant and manual therapy for the lower quadrant (60 credits).

The postgraduate diploma (PgDip) is achieved by successfully completing the postgraduate certificate plus 60 credits to include project design and planning (120 credits).

Core modules

  • Manual therapy for the upper quadrant (30 credits)
  • Manual therapy for the lower quadrant (30 credits)
  • Project design and planning (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional modules

You study 45 credits worth of modules, which could include teaching and learning, leadership skills or more clinically relevant topics such as:

  • MACP clinical placement in neuro-musculoskeletal physiotherapy (30 credits)
  • Pain management (15 credits)
  • Musculoskeletal radiographic image interpretation – axial skeleton – acute and emergency care (15 credits)
  • Concepts of learning and teaching (15 credits)
  • The leadership landscape (15 credits)

Assessment

  • presentations
  • practical assessment
  • vivas
  • written assessment

Employability

Previous students have gained employment in physiotherapy in a variety of settings, including

  • the NHS
  • overseas in public sector posts
  • private clinics and private hospitals
  • advanced practice roles, such as emergency department physiotherapist
  • extended scope practitioner (specialist physiotherapists or those who work in an extended role alongside a medical consultant)
  • research
  • teaching.


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This well-established, clinically focused course has been designed to enable physiotherapists and sports therapists to develop and extend their knowledge and skills in order to provide advanced management of patients with neuromusculoskeletal disorders and to assist in the delivery of effective health care services. Read more
This well-established, clinically focused course has been designed to enable physiotherapists and sports therapists to develop and extend their knowledge and skills in order to provide advanced management of patients with neuromusculoskeletal disorders and to assist in the delivery of effective health care services.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

The course aims to advance students' professional practice, preparing them for senior and specialist roles within the neuromusculoskelatal physiotherapy and sports therapy fields.

The course aims to equip students with a foundation in the critical analysis of current manual therapy practice and the underpinning evidence. Students' problem solving, evaluative and clinical skills will be challenged and developed to an advanced level ensuring a sound, effective and reasoned approach to clinical practice. Innovation of thought and practice are encouraged, supporting the development of clinical leadership skills.

The course integrates the many diverse approaches currently employed in the management of neuromusculoskeletal patients and places a strong emphasis on manual skills and mentored clinical practice allowing the student to develop confidence and expertise in this area.

On successful completion of the course, students will gain an academic qualification and those on the MACP route will also be eligible for full membership of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP) thus gaining a further professional qualification.

The course provides:
-A flexible learning pathway: you can tailor your route through the course to suit your needs and those of your workplace
-Equal emphasis on theoretical and practical elements of manual therapy
-Teaching excellence: all of our tutors are experts in their field
-An enriched learning experience: nationally renowned specialists are invited to lecture on the course
-An excellent range of clinically relevant option modules: you can shape your programme of study to your own personal or professional needs
-A high level of mentored clinical practice: skills and knowledge gained on the course can be applied in practice (MACP route only);
career enhancement
-An academic and professional qualification

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

After successfully completing this course, you will gain:
-A deep and extensive knowledge of the current theories, approaches and research evidence, which underpin contemporary manual therapy practice
-A high level of clinical reasoning skills essential to advanced practice including reflection, analysis and self-evaluation
-The ability to critically appraise the current evidence base for clinical practice
-Expertise in the assessment and management of neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction
-A sound working knowledge of research methodologies and their application
-A high level of communication skills essential for specialist roles and for working within a multidisciplinary team
-An understanding of the importance of clinical outcome measures in the development and justification of professional knowledge and clinical practice
-Increased confidence in the management of musculoskeletal disorders
-Clinical expertise within the musculoskeletal field

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

The course aims to enable students to advance their careers by preparing them for a wide variety of senior and specialist roles within the neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy and Sports Therapy fields of practice. Graduates from this course have secured posts in clinical, research and educational areas including roles as lecturer-practitioners; consultants; extended scope practitioners; clinical specialists, clinical managers and research therapists.

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

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UIC Barcelona offers training in orthopaedic manual therapy (OMT), a specialist area of physiotherapy that evaluates and treats neuromusculoskeletal disorders. Read more
UIC Barcelona offers training in orthopaedic manual therapy (OMT), a specialist area of physiotherapy that evaluates and treats neuromusculoskeletal disorders. It is based on clinical reasoning, a biopsychosocial approach to patients, and scientific and clinical evidence.

The Master’s Degree Programme in OMT incorporates all information and experience relating to manual therapy and complies with the training standards set by the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT).

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El Método Pold es un concepto innovador, en el marco de la Fisioterapia Manual Especializada, que nace en España en 1990 de la mano de D. Read more
El Método Pold es un concepto innovador, en el marco de la Fisioterapia Manual Especializada, que nace en España en 1990 de la mano de D. Juan Vicente López Díaz. Fue presentado al mundo científico Internacional en el Congreso Mundial de Fisioterapia de la WCPT en Barcelona en 2003, y mas recientemente en el Congreso de la CLAFK (WCPT) en Chile 2010. Actualmente existen más de un millar de especialistas en el método repartidos entre Europa, América y Asia, y es probablemente la Terapia Manual de origen latino más extendida y reconocida a nivel mundial.

Está basado en la aplicación de una manipulación de los tejidos blandos y articulaciones mediante una movilización con un patrón oscilatorio, realizado a una frecuencia específica para cada estructura, denominada frecuencia de resonancia, y que se mantiene durante el tiempo necesario para conseguir unos efectos en los tejidos de gran eficacia terapéutica.

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MSc Advanced Physiotherapy is an advanced programme of study for registered and qualified Physiotherapists. Under this main programme of study, there are five specialist areas where our students can direct their focus and develop their professional practice. Read more
MSc Advanced Physiotherapy is an advanced programme of study for registered and qualified Physiotherapists.

Under this main programme of study, there are five specialist areas where our students can direct their focus and develop their professional practice:
-Physiotherapy focus
-Musculoskeletal Therapy focus
-Neurological Therapy focus
-Cardio-respiratory Therapy focus
-Manual Therapy focus (provides eligibility for MACP membership)

However, no matter whether students choose to focus on one or many of the different specialist areas of focus above, you will graduate with an MSc Advanced Physiotherapy.

Each of these areas consists of core units which must be taken in order for you to achieve the academic standards required to successfully complete your programme and be eligible to be awarded an MSc degree by the University. In addition, there are a range of optional units which can be taken to improve your professional practice or develop specialist skills in a particular area.

Some of these units may be delivered by other Master’s programmes within the University. This not only widens the variety of units, which you can study but also offers the potential for multi-professional education and professional study.

Whilst there is freedom to choose a range of units, which interest the student and develop multi-professional practice, Advanced Physiotherapy units must form two thirds of your final credits in order to successfully graduate from the programme.

This is a flexible programme of study and can be delivered on a modular basis as a full or part time programme. All units of study provide academic credits, which are built up to offer exit routes at the following stages:
-180 credits: MSc Advanced Physiotherapy
-120 credits: PgDip Advanced Physiotherapy
-60 credits: PgCert Advanced Physiotherapy

About the Course

The programme contains units in several clinical specialities including: physiotherapy; cardio-respiratory therapy; manual therapy; musculoskeletal therapy and neurological therapy. These units have been developed after consultation with students, other practitioners and service managers and are intended to equip the student/practitioner with the skills to develop their practice at a unit and organisational level.

Features and benefits of the course

-Full time students have up to 15 months to complete the course, taught units should be completed within 12 months.
-Part time students must undertake a minimum of one unit per year
-All students must take either the Dissertation or the Advanced Physiotherapy Project Unit. Students cannot take both.
-The Manual Therapy focus provides eligibility for membership of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP).
-Most modules can be taken as stand-alone units. By this we mean that they can be studied on their own merit providing evidence for your CPD portfolio or they can form part of the credits required to gain a master’s level qualification.
-This programme is accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
-Access to state of the art Clinical Skills laboratories and Simulation Suites
-Students can focus on particular areas of specialist study, Musculoskeletal, Neurological Therapy, Cardio-respiratory, Physiotherapy or Manual Therapy

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During your study on this course you will be required to critically analyse the biomechanics of the upper and lower limbs and consider their influence on the mechanics of sports injuries. Read more
During your study on this course you will be required to critically analyse the biomechanics of the upper and lower limbs and consider their influence on the mechanics of sports injuries. You will also critically analyse the current recommendations for the prevention of sports injuries and demonstrate practical competency in the delivery of peripheral and vertebral manual therapy techniques. You will demonstrate the ability to plan, design and conduct an individual piece of research and demonstrate suitable levels of competency and professionalism within the work place as expected by industry standards.
Our Masters programme in Sports Therapy runs over one year full-time. Individual modules may also be taken as part of a continuing professional development programme.

The modules covered in this programme are:
• Injury Assessment and Management (20 credits)
You will study a range of issues relating to injury epidemiology and prevention, will develop your subjective and objective assessment skills, and evaluate technique in injury management including electrotherapy modalities.

• Peripheral Manual Therapy (20 credits)
You will develop theoretical and practical knowledge of Maitland, Cyriax and Mulligan manual therapy techniques, for peripheral and spinal injuries.

• Integrated Clinical and Professional Practice (20 credits)
You will develop your knowledge of legal and ethical issues surrounding therapeutic treatments, and integrate clinical skills to formulate appropriate clinical management plans.

• Advanced Clinical Reasoning and Rehabilitation (20 credits)
You will consider pathoneurodynamics in injury, develop advanced skills in rehabilitation programming and exercise prescription, and implement advanced reasoning skills in clinical decision making.

• Clinical Placement (20 credits)
Through 100 hours of supervised practical experience in a clinical setting of your choice, you will implement your practical skills and develop skills in reflective practice.

• Dissertation(60 credits) and Research Methods (20 credits)
Through a combination of lecture based learning and independent study, you will study a range of qualitative and quantitative methods in order to design and conduct an independent research thesis.

• Applied Musculoskeletal Training and Adaptation (20 credits)
You will develop the theoretical and practical skills in prescribing and coaching a range of strength and conditioning Students will also have the opportunity to complete additional awards which may include L3 VTCT Sports Injuries, L4 VTCT Sports Massage and L2 Personal Training.

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The course is designed for sports scientists (or similar graduates) who wish to apply their knowledge to a therapy setting and learn clinical skills. Read more
The course is designed for sports scientists (or similar graduates) who wish to apply their knowledge to a therapy setting and learn clinical skills. Completing the course provides eligibility for membership of The Society of Sports Therapists (SST) which gives you licence to practice as a sports therapist. In the most recent (2014-15) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

More about this course

London Metropolitan is proud to have been one of the first universities in the UK to develop this ground-breaking degree. It tackles a growing demand for professionals, with sports-specific knowledge, and equips them with the tools necessary to become successful professional sports therapists.

This course focuses on giving you the ability to diagnose, treat and rehabilitate sports injuries or dysfunction to become a competent postgraduate sports therapist. It includes the development of practical, patient-handling and clinical decision-making skills. In addition, those who successfully complete the course are eligible for membership of the Society of Sports Therapists.

The University has a long history of teaching sports science and therapy courses, and an excellent record of graduate employment in these fields. You will benefit from a range of specialist resources within our £30m Science Centre including a fully-functioning public clinic.

A variety of methods will be used to assess your performance including literature reviews, seminar presentations, written seminar papers, time-constrained assessments, practical examinations (including viva voce) and the dissertation.

Professional accreditation

Eligibility available for graduates to membership of the Society of Sports Therapists who accredit the course.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:
-Clinical Skills in Sports Therapy (core, 40 credits)
-Manual Therapy for Peripheral Joints (core, 20 credits)
-Manual Therapy for Spinal Joints (core, 20 credits)
-Scientific Frameworks for Research (core, 20 credits)
-Sports Application to Practice (core, 20 credits)
-Sports Rehabilitation (core, 20 credits)
-Sports Therapy and Exercise Science Dissertation (core, 40 credits)
-Work Placement (core, 20 credits)

After the course

Many former students work with professional, semi-professional and amateur sporting institutions. These include football, rugby, ice hockey and basketball teams, and professional cyclists. Roles have also been plentiful in private practice, providing sports therapy and rehabilitation services within health and leisure centres. There is also the option to pursue further research.

Moving to one campus

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

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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. Read more
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.

Course details

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.

Professional accreditation

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.

What you study

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
-Clinical Management of Neuromusculoskeletal Dysfunction of the Upper Quadrant
-Concepts of Neuromusculoskeletal Manipulative Therapy
-Evidence-based Practice

Year 2 core modules
-Clinical Management of Neuromusculoskeletal Dysfunction of the Lower Quadrant
-Designing Research Projects

Year 2 option module
-Advanced Clinical Placement (Neuromusculoskeletal Therapy) (To attain membership of the Manipulation Association of Chartered Physiotherapists you will be required to successfully complete this module)

Year 3 core modules
-Dissertation

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

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.

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.

Employability

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.

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Additional Entry requirements:

Criminal Records Check: A satisfactory criminal records check will be required. Other requirements: All students are required to purchase professional indemnity insurance. In order to go on practice placements, a health clearance check and joining the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme will be required. There will be additional costs incurred for the applicant for these processes.

International students or home and EU students who want to work internationally will have to undertake additional CPD studies to meet the competencies required in order to register for the National Board exams. There will be additional costs incurred for the applicant for these processes.

Course Description:

This course will attract people holding a relevant undergraduate honours degree who wish to change career and become an occupational therapist. It is an intensive professional programme of study which will develop theoretical, analytical, practical, evaluative and reasoning skills as well as professional values.

Occupational therapists assess individuals’ disruption and disengagement from their occupations, and facilitate alternative ways for them to re-engage and participate in their occupational roles to improve their quality of life, wellbeing and sense of belonging.

Modules reflect contemporary and prospective occupational therapy practice, concerned with the relationship between the individual’s or a community’s occupations, their health, wellbeing and belonging. The programme is underpinned by person-centred, evidence-informed and occupation-focused occupational therapy practice. The course prepares graduates to work in diverse practice contexts.

Teaching, learning and assessment:

The course philosophy integrates academic and placement study. It centres on adult learning perspectives of learner-responsibility, active participation in learning, collaborative and autonomous learning and learning as a community. Problem-based learning using practice scenarios is a major feature of the learning experience where students work to develop professional reasoning, evidence informed decision making, interpersonal and team working skills. Learning is thus facilitated by a process of acquiring enquiry skills, interpreting information, group discussion, exchanging of perspectives, creation of knowledge, and arriving at a position or judgment.

Teaching methods incorporate self-directed study, practice scenarios, group work, workshops, eLearning modules, digital technology, reflection, lectures and placements. Assessment methods include peer and self-assessment, written assignments, viva voce, conference presentations, projects and placements.

Practice placements form a core element of the course and your personal performance is also assessed. There are four placements in total: Placement 1 – full-time, 6 weeks; Placement 2 – full-time, 6 weeks; Placement 3 – part-time, 14 weeks; Placement 4 – full-time, 8 weeks. There will be additional travel and accommodation costs for every placement.

Teaching hours and attendance:

Each module which you study on campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. The MSc academic modules require you to attend from 9.15am – 6.15pm. You should be aware that services may operate over seven working days. Placements may involve evening and weekend attendance. You will be expected to mirror the working hours of practice educators and be required to purchase professional indemnity insurance.

Links with industry/professional bodies:

Upon successful completion of the course, you can apply for membership of the College of Occupational Therapists and will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council to work as an occupational therapist.

Modules:

15 credits: Occupational Choices and Narratives in Context/ Research Methods 30 credits: Occupational Therapy Theory, Values and Skills for Practice/ Occupational Therapy Process and Practice/ Advancing Scholarship and Professional Practice Non-credited: Manual Handling 60 credits: Research Project You will also complete undergraduate level professional practice placements 1, 2, 3 & 4 (1000 hours in total) in order to be eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Careers:

Occupational therapists are employed in a diverse range of settings including the National Health Service, public health, education, employment services, local authority, prison service, third sector organisations and private practice. Outside the UK, graduates of this course have gone on to work in Hong Kong, Australia, Europe, Canada, the USA and New Zealand.



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This course is for people with a relevant degree seeking to refocus their studies into the area of speech and language therapy. Read more
This course is for people with a relevant degree seeking to refocus their studies into the area of speech and language therapy. It will enable you to register with the Health and Care Professions Council and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) to practise as a speech and language therapist in the UK.

As a speech and language therapist, you will assess, diagnose and treat children and adults with a wide range of
communication difficulties. This will include developmental disorders and speech and language problems resulting from injury, stroke and disease. You will also develop strong practical skills as well as a sound understanding of the theory of speech and language therapy.

There is a major clinical studies (ie placement) element to this course and clinical work is underpinned by modules
in linguistics, psychology and biological and medical sciences. Although every effort is made to arrange summer
block placements to suit students’ circumstances, this is not always possible and students must be prepared to be
flexible about placement location and timing. Students are responsible for any travel and/or accommodation costs
incurred during placements.

Teaching, learning and assessment

Teaching will include a mix of lectures, tutorials, student-led seminars, clinical placement experience, case study analysis and individual project work. Emphasis will be placed on integrating clinical and university based learning opportunities and on independent study. Your performance will be assessed by a combination of course work including essays, reports, presentations, vivas and examinations, as well as clinical practical assessments.

Teaching hours and attendance

Each module which you study on campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. Your attendance at placement is compulsory and your attendance at QMU-based modules is expected.

Classes will be spread over the whole week, except for placement days when you will be off campus. This is a full-time course, with the expectation that classes, independent study and placement together require 35-40 hours of dedicated time each week.

Links with industry/professional bodies

The course provides graduates, including those who complete the PgDip, with eligibility to register with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and the Health and Care Professions Council to practise in the UK.

Modules

Foundations for Speech and Language Therapy/ Linguistics 1: Introduction to Linguistics/ Neurology for SLT and Audiology/ Adult Acquired Language and Cognitive Communication Disorders/ Linguistics 2: Clinical Linguistics/ Disorders of Speech and Fluency/ Manual Handling/ Dysphagia (Developmental and Acquired)/ Within-Semester Clinical Placement 1/ Professional Practice for SLT 1/ Biological and behavioural Science for SLT: Typical Processes/ Developmental Disorders of Language and Communication/ Intellectual Disability, Physical and Sensory Impairment/ Linguistics 3: Linguistic Processing and Variation/ Within-Semester Clinical Placement 2/ Motor Speech Disorder, Voice Disorder, Cleft Lip and Palate/ Clinical Contexts/ Within-Semester Clinical Placement 3/ Professional Practice 2/ Research Methods

If studying for the MSc, you will also complete a dissertation (60 credits).

Careers

Most graduates work within the NHS in community clinics, schools and hospitals. Some graduates have gained research posts and some have gone on to achieve higher degrees. Some graduate Speech and language therapists may wish to seek employment outside the UK. For further information about how and where this qualification can be used outside of the UK please contact the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

Quick Facts

- The diploma course is the only postgraduate pre-registration course of its kind in Scotland.
- This course is the only one in the UK whereby speech and language therapists and audiologists are in the same department.
- Both these awards qualify you to register to work as a speech and language therapist in the UK.

Other useful information

Entry for International students: NB International applicants should be aware that full registration with the RCSLT entails completion of a probationary period of clinical practice in the UK after the successful completion of the degree. It may be necessary to confirm with the professional body in your home country that this qualification is recognised and that full registration in the UK will entitle you to practice in your home country.

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Physiotherapists use skills of manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and electro-physical modalities, in order to help people manage a range of physical problems. Read more
Physiotherapists use skills of manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and electro-physical modalities, in order to help people manage a range of physical problems. On this well-respected programme you will develop a sound knowledge of the clinical sciences underpinning human function, helping to make lasting changes in your patients’ lives.

We have a strong reputation for Physiotherapy at UEA. We are ranked Number 1 in the Complete University Guide 2017, and have an excellent reputation for learning and research, small teaching groups, early patient contact and an innovative approach focused on interprofessional learning and enquiry-based interrogative education. You’ll also be part of a close-knit student body and a supportive learning culture who are passionate about delivering the best in health care.

This course is fully approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

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Rehabilitation physiotherapy focuses on restoring function and movement after sickness or injury. Physiotherapists use manual therapy, movement training and education to help patients to recover. Read more

What is rehabilitation physiotherapy?

Rehabilitation physiotherapy focuses on restoring function and movement after sickness or injury. Physiotherapists use manual therapy, movement training and education to help patients to recover.

Who is this course for?

This course is for physiotherapists with suitable registration or qualifications, who want to specialise in rehabilitation.

Course learning outcomes

The Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation (Physiotherapy) is a coursework program which qualifies students to apply advanced knowledge and skills in rehabilitation treatment settings.
On successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation (Physiotherapy) graduates will be able to:
*Apply and adapt advanced knowledge within a systematic and coherent body of theoretical knowledge, skills and technical competencies across diverse contexts as a physiotherapist
*Design assessment, management and evaluation plans across the lifespan, for culturally and demographically diverse peoples, especially in tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous communities
*Retrieve, critically evaluate and apply established and evolving evidence and concepts to physiotherapy practice to develop solutions for complex problems
*Communicate theoretical knowledge, therapy concepts, treatment options and professional decisions using high-level oral and written English language and where appropriate, numeracy skills to a variety of audiences
*Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for future professional development requirements based on reflection on current skills, knowledge and attitudes.

Course Structure

Students can choose from 2 streams: (1) coursework or (2) coursework and research. Students enrolled in the coursework graduate diploma program may choose the research core subjects as elective subjects and students enrolled in a coursework/research graduate diploma program may choose the coursework core subjects as elective subjects. If this course is to be used as a pathway to enrolment in a PhD, students will need to complete the coursework/research stream.

This course is available to International students via external or distance education only.

Award title

GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF REHABILITATION (PHYSIO) GDipRehab(Physio)

Course articulation

Students admitted to a Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation may after completion of that award, gain advanced standing for those studies towards a Master of Rehabilitation

Entry requirements (Additional)

English band level 3a - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:
*Academic IELTS – 7.0 (no component lower than 6.5), OR
*TOEFL – 577 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 5.5), OR
*TOEFL (internet based) – 100 (minimum writing score of 23), OR
*Pearson (PTE Academic) - 72

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.
JCU’s English language provider is Union Institute of Languages (UIL). UIL have teaching centres on both the Townsville and Cairns campuses.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Why JCU?

The School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences teaches this course. The School provides several programs unique to Australia. We have:
*Rehabilitation Sciences have current accreditation with their professional bodies
*teaching staff awarded the Australian Learning Teaching Councils’ National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
*cutting-edge facilities including a movement analysis laboratory, and an exercise testing and rehabilitation clinic.

Application deadlines

*1st February for commencement in semester one (February)
*1st July for commencement in semester two (mid-year/July)

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Programme Aims

Graduates of this programme will be able to:

‌•Meet the changing needs in practice and contribute to the development of rehabilitation;
‌•Demonstrate a lifelong ability to critically analyze and evaluate ongoing practice so that the quality of practice can be advanced and ensured;
‌•Assess patients and make rational decisions regarding physiotherapeutic approaches to treatment, through a logical clinical reasoning process;
‌•Demonstrate the level of proficiency, confidence and independence in the safety use of manipulative physiotherapy expected of a graduate in the field; and
‌•Critically evaluate the management methods and to work in the framework of evidence-based approach.

Programme Characteristics

‌•This programme fulfills all requirements of international monitoring by International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT).
‌•Students who successfully complete the award are eligible to apply for full membership of Manipulative Therapy Specialty Group of the Hong Kong Physiotherapy Association, which is a member organization of IFOMPT.
‌•Unique experience in Chinese manual therapy in an East–meets-West context.
‌•Programme aimed at clinical specialization. Highly commended by clinicians and clinic/ department managers of private and public organizations.
‌•Balance of theory, practice and scientific investigation components.
‌•Reasonable credit transfer considered for equivalent subjects earned at postgraduate level.
‌•This programme does not confer eligibility for registration with the Physiotherapist Board of Hong Kong.

How to Apply

The award of MSc in Manipulative Physiotherapy admit students in alternate year:

‌•MSc in Manipulative Physiotherapy programme will invite application for September 2017 Entry
‌•Application period: late November 2016 to 28 Feb 2017
‌•For application, please visit http://www.polyu.edu.hk/study

Programme Structure

1 compulsory subject - 3 credits
7 core subjects - 21 credits
1 project study - 6 credits
Total - 30 credits

Proposed Study Plan for Full-time One-year Study
1 Year Full-Time Study
Semester 1 (Sept –Jan.)
‌•Research Methods and Data Analysis*
‌•Physical Diagnosis of Neuro-musculoskeletal Disorders*
‌•Diagnostic Procedures in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy*
‌•Project Study
Semester 2 (Jan –May)
‌•Advanced Principle and Practice of Manipulative Physiotherapy (Lower Quarter)*
‌•Advanced Principle and Practice of Manipulative Physiotherapy (Upper Quarter)*
‌•Musculoskeletal Injury and Repair*
‌•Project Study
Semester 3 (June-July)
‌•Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy Practice I & II (6 weeks full-time day clinic)
* Evening classes


Proposed Study Plan for Part-time Study
Year 1 Semester 1 (Sept –Jan.)
‌•Research Methods and Data Analysis*
‌•Physical Diagnosis of Neuro-musculoskeletal Disorders*
‌•Diagnostic Procedures in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy*
Semester 2 (Jan –May)
‌•Advanced Principle and Practice of Manipulative Physiotherapy (Lower Quarter)*
‌•Advanced Principle and Practice of Manipulative Physiotherapy (Upper Quarter)*
‌•Musculoskeletal Injury and Repair*
Year 2 Semester 1 (Sept –Jan.)
‌•Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy Practice I*
Semester 2 (Jan –May)
‌•Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy Practice II*
‌•Project Study
Semester 3 (June-July)
‌•Project Study (Cont.)

Core Areas of Study

Core Subjects
‌•Musculoskeletal Injury and Repair
‌•Diagnostic Procedures in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
‌•Physical Diagnosis of Neuro-musculoskeletal Disorders
‌•Advanced Principle and Practice of Manipulative Physiotherapy (Lower Quarter)
‌•Advanced Principle and Practice of Manipulative Physiotherapy (Upper Quarter)
‌•Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy Practice I
‌•Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy Practice II

Postgraduate Scheme

The Postgraduate Scheme in Rehabilitation Sciences comprises the following awards:

‌•MSc in Manipulative Physiotherapy
‌•MSc in Occupational Therapy
‌•MSc in Rehabilitation of People with Development Disabilities
‌•MSc in Rehabilitation Sciences
‌•MSc in Sports Physiotherapy

The awards under this scheme admit students in alternate years:

‌•MSc in Manipulative Physiotherapy, MSc in Occupational Therapy and MSc in Sports Physiotherapy are offered in the same admission year.
‌•MSc in Rehabilitation of People with Developmental Disabilities and MSc in Rehabilitation Sciences are offered in the same admission year.

English Language Requirement

If you are not a native speaker of English, or your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the following minimum English language requirement for admission purpose, unless otherwise specified by individual programmes concerned:

‌•A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for the Internet-based test or 550 for the paper-based test, OR
‌•An overall Band Score of at least 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Individual cases will be considered on their own merit. Applicants may be required to attend interviews or tests to further demonstrate their language proficiency.

Enquiries

For academic matters, please contact:

Dr Joseph Ng

Tel : (852) 2766 6765
Email :
For general matters, please contact:

General Office

Tel : (852) 2766 6728
Email :

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In addition, students undertake professional work placements with our partners to broaden their experience. Graduates will be eligible to join the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT) (pending, subject to validation). Foundation clinical and rehabilitation skills are developed through a blended learning approach. Integral periods of work-based learning and research skills development are embedded in the programme to enable students to apply an evidence-based approach towards sport rehabilitation. Students can also get accreditation to the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT). This is a new course starting in 2017 and is currently subject to validation.

Modules

All modules are compulsory:
-Manual Therapy
-Clinical Assessment
-Sport Rehabilitation
-Injury Management
-Professional Reflective Practice
-Research Methods
-Thesis

Career Opportunities

The University of St Mark & St John is renowned for producing excellent vocationally focused graduates. As the increasing participation and demands of sport and exercise continue to rise, proportional diverse demands are placed on healthcare practitioners in the field of Sports and Exercise Medicine and there is a growing demand for Sport Rehabilitators to work alongside other healthcare professionals or as an autonomous practitioners.This course is for those considering careers within professional sporting environments, the Ministry of Defence, sports injury clinics, sports clubs and the health and fitness industry.

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Course details

Through this course you build on your prior learning to develop a critical understanding of contemporary physiotherapy practice. You gain the skills to be a safe, reflective, autonomous, professional practitioner able to manage clients across their lifespan in a variety of settings. Core skills underpinning physiotherapy include manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and functional movement analysis. Appropriate intervention is underpinned by sound clinical reasoning and problem solving within the context of an evidence-based approach to clinical practice.We take a problem-based approach to learning, which includes opportunities to share aspects of learning with students from other allied health professions to promote teamwork and an appreciation of how other disciplines contribute to healthcare. Successful completion of the course provides eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Students studying this programme who obtain an NHS bursary can't also apply for a postgraduate loan from the Student Loan Company. From September 2017 funding for this programme will change. The website will be updated once this has been confirmed.

Professional accreditation

On successful completion of the course you'll be eligible to apply for membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.

What you study

In Stage 1, you study the core sciences underpinning physiotherapy practice. You are introduced to a range of physiotherapy interventions which are responsive to client need and underpinned by evidence-based approaches to practice. You also explore professional issues in health and social care. During this stage you complete three clinical placements where you assess and treat your own patients under the supervision of qualified physiotherapists. You may be allocated placements within paediatrics, elderly care, learning disabilities and mental health services in addition to acute, medical, musculoskeletal and neurological areas. Clinical placements are arranged by academic tutors and you should be prepared to travel for some placements.

In Stage 2 you complete three more clinical placements. You must complete 1,000 hours of satisfactory clinical practice to meet the requirements of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. You also develop your knowledge of the sciences underpinning physiotherapy and further explore the professional development of the physiotherapist and research methods.

In Stage 3 you complete your dissertation.

Stage 1 core modules
-Applied Anatomy, Physiology and Biomechanics for Physiotherapy Practice
-Integrated Physiotherapy Practice
-Physiotherapy Practice Placements 1, 2a and 2b
-The Physiotherapy Professional

Stage 2 core modules
-Personal and Professional Development in Physiotherapy
-Physiotherapy in the Management of Long-term and Life-limiting Conditions
-Physiotherapy Practice Placements 3a, 3b, 4
-Practical Research Methods for Physiotherapists

Stage 3 core modules
-Major Project

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

Various learning and teaching methods are used throughout the course and include keynote lectures, seminars and small-group work as well as practical laboratory sessions. You are encouraged and supported to engage in self-directed learning to prepare for practical sessions and seminars.

Assessment is varied and reflects module learning outcomes. You are assessed by written assignments, oral presentations and practical examinations. In the interests of professional safety, you must complete all modules successfully. Essential competencies for this course include:
-Conducting assessment and treatment procedures safely and effectively
-Demonstrating high-level clinical reasoning and problem-solving skills
-Demonstrating satisfactory skills in communication and team working
-Evidence of appropriate selection and appraisal of methods of critical enquiry

Clinical placements are assessed at undergraduate level.

Employability

Opportunities are available for employment within the NHS, private sector or charitable trusts – in hospitals, GP surgeries, schools, industry and in the community. You could also consider a career working in clinical research or teaching, in the UK or overseas.

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