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This course enables graduates from any discipline to develop the theoretical, practical, analytical and evaluative skills necessary to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a physiotherapist. Read more

This course enables graduates from any discipline to develop the theoretical, practical, analytical and evaluative skills necessary to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a physiotherapist. The purpose of the course is to produce physiotherapists who are self aware, skilled, critical, analytical, reflective and evaluative, independent learners who actually contribute to shaping the future health and wellbeing of the individual and society. Graduates from the course will be distinctive in their ability to synthesise evidence from current practice and research to develop an in-depth critical knowledge and understanding of the physiotherapy profession. Furthermore, they will be able to demonstrate a critical awareness of current issues within the provision of health and social care, and will be capable of demonstrating leadership in both personal and professional development.

Teaching, learning and assessment

There is a strong emphasis on student directed learning. A variety of assessment methods are used including written assignments, practical-like exams, presentations and reflective portfolios. Practice-based learning is a major component of the course, comprising more than 1,000 hours of study at clinical sites throughout Scotland.

In Year One you will complete a two-week foundation placement in semester one and two six-week placements over the summer. In Year Two you will undertake one six-week placement in semester two and one six-week and one four-week elective placement over the summer. Any additional travel and accommodation costs associated with placement will be borne by the student. Normally there are 32–34 students per year on this course. The year group is split into smaller groups for practical classes and some tutorials. This ensures that individuals receive excellent support and benefit from sharing their experiences with their classmates.

Teaching hours and attendance

This is a full-time course and students are expected to be available 9am-5pm Monday to Friday. Students should expect to study for an average of 40 hours per week. Timetabled classes are approximately 12- 15 hours per week.

Links with industry/professional bodies

On completion, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a physiotherapist. You will also be eligible to apply for membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Modules

10 credits: Introduction to Practice-based Learning H-level 15 credits: Preparing for Practice as and AHP/ Research Methods for Health Professionals/ Developing Innovative Physiotherapy Practice/ Supporting Health and Wellbeing 20 credits: Clinical Studies 1 CRP/ Clinical Studies 2 NMSK/ Clinical Studies 3 Neuro / Advancement of Physiotherapy Practice 40 credits: Foundations of Health Science You will also complete a dissertation (60 credits), plus 30 weeks of practice-based learning placements (105 level 10 credits).

Careers

The majority of graduates work as physiotherapists within the National Health Service – either in major hospitals or in the community. With further post-registration experience, graduates can choose to specialise in a particular area, which may include for example: sports, neurology, paediatrics, respiratory, orthopaedics or private practice. Some graduates choose to follow a research career path.

Quick Facts

  • Offers an accelerated route for graduates from any discipline to gain a recognised qualification in physiotherapy practice. 
  • Highly regarded postgraduate course which prepares graduates for success in a competitive jobs market.
  • The course offers a balance of university and practice-based experiences with students completing over 1000 hours of placement in sites around Scotland.

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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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This course is for people who are working as physiotherapists, who wish to develop themselves and their profession. Read more

This course is for people who are working as physiotherapists, who wish to develop themselves and their profession. The MSc Advancing Physiotherapy Practice aims to help you thrive in health and social contexts where the pace of change is fast and professionals need to be dynamic and proactive to meet the needs of the individuals that they work with.

The programme of study aims to be:

  • Clinical: with a focus on highly topical subjects, ability to learn in and from the workplace, practical experience, and ability to take specialist clinical and practice routes: for example, musculoskeletal physiotherapy, neurological physiotherapy, cardiorespiratory physiotherapy, paediatric physiotherapy, leadership and management, and education. 
  • Flexible: with a determination to enable study for students who have a variety of circumstances, and who live in different countries. Two paces of study are available (full-time and part-time) and two modes of study (distance learning, and blended learning which requires attendance). The standard full-time pace is 18 months, which can be accelerated to 12 months where relevant requirements are met. 
  • Supportive: with a focus on helping you to adjust to master’s level study at the start of the course, to stay engaged with your profession throughout the course, and to increase your employability as you progress towards completion. Alongside modules you will be involved in a ‘Learning in Community Programme,’ which includes study skills training, social events, CPD opportunities such as Master Classes, and opportunities and guidance to increase your employability, including guidance on professional registration.

Study routes

Full-time with attendance: 12-18 months

The full-time study route makes use of a blended mode of learning which includes face-to-face contact supported by online resources. This is designed with international students in mind and offers attractive practical modules as well as opportunities to learn in clinical settings (see modules).

The standard duration of the full-time route is 18 months. This is valuable if your priority is to use all opportunities to develop your professional standing and employability. If you wish to prioritise quick completion of your MSc Advancing Physiotherapy Practice, and meet requirements, you can accelerate it to 12 months duration.

Part-time with attendance: 3-7 years

You can study the MSc Advancing Physiotherapy Practice part-time, with a minimum duration of three years, and maximum duration of seven years. If you study this route you can select modules which involve some attendance and some online study. For example, some modules are delivered with blocks of attendance and online study between these blocks. If you study part-time you can also choose to complete distance learning modules as part of your programme.

Distance learning (part-time or full-time):

1-7 years You can choose modules that enable you to complete your MSc Advancing Physiotherapy Practice entirely as distance learning . You can study distance learning at a full-time pace (12-18 months duration) or at a part-time pace (3-7 years).

Teaching, learning and assessment

We use a range of student-centred learning methods, including tutorials, seminars and practical classes, with facilitation of work based learning and recognition of prior learning. Further specific strategies are used to enable distance learning.

Your performance will be assessed by coursework (assignments), presentations and practical examinations, and you are provided with structured support in learning how to develop and demonstrate your academic skills at a master’s level. Class sizes are usually 5-10 students.

Teaching hours and attendance

Each module that is studied on-campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. Your attendance requirements at QMU will vary between semesters of study, but contact time might average about six hours per week over one academic year; this would be higher during taught modules. Whether you are studying distance learning or through a mixture of face-to-face contact and online work (blended learning), each 30-credit module will entail around 300 hours of student work. This includes contact with tutors (online or face-to-face), supported by independent learning. When thinking about the total amount of learning, for the full-time pace of study, you will undertake 120 credits of study over two 15-week semesters, followed by your dissertation. This suggests up to 40 hours per week of study. A student who chooses to study part-time may be undertaking, for example, 60 credits of study, which would equate to about 20 hours per week of study.

The distance learning route can be studied part-time or full-time.

Links with industry/professional bodies

In order to design a flexible, clinical and supportive course, we talked with current students, former students and employers internationally. We collaborate with many physiotherapists and managers locally to create opportunities for our students to contribute to the development of physiotherapy services during their course. This ensures the relevance of their studies, their professional development, and advancement of the physiotherapy profession. The MSc Advancing Physiotherapy Practice was developed from the MSc Physiotherapy (Post- Reg) which was accredited by the UK’s Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. The MSc Advancing Physiotherapy Practice will be renewed for the same  accreditation. This course does not lead to HCPC registration. However, advice is given to assist the process of registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Course material will also help the student to develop knowledge and skills recognised by the HCPC

Careers

This course will enable you to focus your continuing professional development in relation to clinical physiotherapy practice and physiotherapy research. It is intended to enhance your clinical, research and education career opportunities both in the UK  and internationally. Gaining the qualification will increase your employment potential across the world and help you gain academic recognition in Canada, USA, Australia and other countries.

Quick Facts

  • The MSc Advancing Physiotherapy Practice has been designed to address the multiple needs of UK, EU, and International students, with support to help the transition to master’s level study. 
  • The course enables development for all students; both those with and without clinical experience. 
  • Graduates of this course have gained employment across the globe as junior and senior physiotherapists, in government and private practice, and in research and doctoral positions.


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The MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) is a two-year and two-month long, accelerated qualifying programme for students with a suitable first degree. Read more

The MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) is a two-year and two-month long, accelerated qualifying programme for students with a suitable first degree. Graduates from this programme will be eligible to seek registration with the Health Professions Council and membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

The ability to adapt to the changing needs of the service user and changing health and social care provision in the 21st century is embedded in the curriculum of this innovative programme. The aim of the programme is to train reflective, person-centred practitioners by covering the core skills within the areas of musculoskeletal cardiorespiratory and neurological physiotherapy and integrating them within an evidence-based context. Students will develop independent learning and problem solving skills using enquiry based learning. There is the opportunity to learn leadership skills and engage in service development projects. Hands on skills and clinical reasoning skills acquired in university will be developed further through a range of clinical placements.

Course structure

The course is full time over two years and six weeks commencing January each year. There are no part-time or distance learning options.

The award for the programme is:

MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration)

The interim awards are:

  • MSc Health Studies (without the placement component)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Health Studies
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Health Studies

Year 1: Theme Professionalism

Modules may include:

  • Long-term Conditions (30 credits)
  • Physiotherapy Practice (30 credits)
  • Rehabilitation Practice with Health Promotion (30 credits)
  • Physiotherapy Professional Practice Placements 1 and 2

Year 2: Theme Management/Leadership

Modules may include:

  • Audit Research and Service Evaluation (15 credits)
  • Patient Management (15 credits)
  • Leadership and Service Development (15 credits)
  • Physiotherapy Professional Practice Placements 3 and 4
  • Research in Physiotherapy Practice (30 credits)
  • Contemporary Practice (15 credits)
  • Physiotherapy Professional Practice Placement 5

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

Learning support

York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of learning support services to assist students throughout their studies.



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This is an integrated course. that prepares students for the breadth of contemporary physiotherapy practice in the continually evolving Health and Social Care sector. Read more

This is an integrated course that prepares students for the breadth of contemporary physiotherapy practice in the continually evolving Health and Social Care sector. You will study in a small cohort where staff will get to know each student, you will start learning in the clinical environment from the first semester, and you will learn in a way that makes links between theory and practice from day one.

The structure of the course is innovative; there is one module for each of the six semesters, with integrated part-time clinical placements for four of the six modules. Approximately 2/3 of the clinical placements are part-time (1-2 days per week), and there is also a five-week full-time elective placements towards the end of the course where you can choose your own clinical placement location.

You’ll be taught in our purpose built rehabilitation and assessment facilities, which includes a therapy clinic and movement analysis laboratory. We have excellent links with Physiotherapists working within the NHS and private practices across the North West. There are also links with charitable organisations and international institutions and hospitals, providing excellent opportunities for our students to gain experience of the breadth of contemporary physiotherapy practice.

PROGRAMME AT A GLANCE

YEAR 1

The first year of study will include knowledge and skill development across musculoskeletal, cardio-respiratory and neurological domains, and students start integrating their capabilities into holistic patient assessment and management.

 Semester 1: Integrated Physiotherapy Practice 1

  • 135 hours of clinical practice

Semester 2: Integrated Physiotherapy Practice 2

  • 180 hours of clinical practice

Semester 3: Integrated Physiotherapy Practice 3

  • 293 hours of clinical practice

YEAR 2

Students will continue to develop their assessment and management skills, including using exercise concepts and pain management strategies. The modules will offer students opportunities to develop core clinical capabilities, to ensure that each student is prepared for working in a variety of clinical settings.

Semester 1: Integrated Physiotherapy Practice 4

  • 255 hours of clinical practice

Semester 2: Integrated Physiotherapy Practice 5

Semester 3: Integrated Physiotherapy Practice 6

  • 188 hours of clinical practice

FURTHER INFORMATION

OPPORTUNITIES

Our MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) course will provide the opportunity for you to undertake various clinical placements during your time at UCLan, both in traditional and contemporary settings. Previous placements include Blackburn Rovers Football Club, Ministry of Defence, and overseas experiences.

GRADUATE CAREERS

We have excellent employability rates for students graduating from our BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy course, last year 100% of these students gained employment within 6 months of graduation. Through consultation with our clinical stakeholders we know that there is a demand for physiotherapists in the North West, and especially with Masters-level qualifications.

INDUSTRY LINKS

We have strong links with clinical partners in the North West, in both NHS and non-NHS settings. We organise annual recruitment events where employers from the public (NHS) and private spheres attend and network with physiotherapy students.

We have excellent employment rates for physiotherapy graduates.

PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION

The course is currently going through an accreditation process with the Health & Care Professions Council and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

Students will have the opportunity to test their knowledge and skills development through a range of assessment tasks. There is particular emphasis on ‘real life’ assessments that reflect the ways in which students will learn and practice during the course. Methods include practicals, vivas, presentations, assignments and clinical practice based assessment. There is a strong commitment to providing timely and constructive feedback for all assessments.

Interprofessional working is an important part of Physiotherapy and Healthcare. Whilst you are at University, you will have timetabled sessions where you will work in partnership with several professions, including Nurses and Occupational Therapists. Learning about, with and from students in other healthcare disciplines will help prepare you for real-world clinical settings. During your time on placement, you will work with a variety of professionals and will be a part of the wider multi-disciplinary team. This will further develop your skills in communication and collaborative working to provide optimal patient care and improve health outcomes.

DBS CHECKS

Throughout this course you will be working with vulnerable groups of individuals including children. In order to ensure that the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing offers places on their programmes to the most suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). The Faculty of Health and Wellbeing will be able to guide you through this process once you have been successfully offered a conditional place at the University. It is important to note that any unsatisfactory Enhanced DBS clearance may result in the offer of your place being withdrawn even if you have already started your course.



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Physiotherapy is a health care profession concerned with maximising the potential of human function and movement. It uses physical approaches to promote, maintain, and restore physical, psychological and social wellbeing, taking account of the variations in health status. Read more
Physiotherapy is a health care profession concerned with maximising the potential of human function and movement. It uses physical approaches to promote, maintain, and restore physical, psychological and social wellbeing, taking account of the variations in health status. At Essex this is a science-based subject in which we are committed to applying, evaluating and reviewing the evidence that underpins and informs practice.

At the core of physiotherapy practice is the making of clinical judgement and informed interpretation of clinical information. Physiotherapists are autonomous professionals, able to act as first-contact practitioners, as well as accepting referrals from other health care professionals. Through partnership and negotiation, physiotherapists work with people to optimise their functional ability and potential.

This pre-registration course is a two-year accelerated programme which enables you to take advantage of inter-professional learning (IPL), encouraging professionals to learn with and from each other – an understanding that helps ensure you have the expertise to respond adequately and effectively to the complexity of your clients’ needs, and that care is safe, seamless and of a high standard.

Placement Opportunities

You will be introduced to physiotherapy through observing and working with physiotherapists practising in a variety of settings (primary and secondary care, public and private sectors, adult and the elderly, acute care setting and specialist mental health/learning disability services), and adopt a critical stand in the discussion of contemporary physiotherapy practice in the context of the environment of practice.

You are also introduced to key concepts in physiotherapy for the assessment and evaluation of patients, and given opportunities to explore scientific measures as indicators for health and illness.

We organise these practice placements for you to work in role with multi-professional health care teams in a wide range of settings.

Whilst on placement you will have an educator allocated to you and contact with a member of the academic team who will visit you and support you whilst on placement. Placements encompass a variety of multi-disciplinary health and social settings based within the NHS, the Private Sector, the Voluntary Sector and other Primary Health Care Services.

Over a thousand hours will be spent in the practice environment where students apply the theory and practice of physiotherapy. You develop your abilities to critically analyse clinical data and evidence, to make judgements and to respond to patients who require physiotherapy.

Placements are primarily based throughout Essex but you may also have the opportunity to experience services in Hertfordshire, Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.

Professional accreditation

Completing our course leads to eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) as a physiotherapist.

HCPC registration is required to work as a physiotherapist in the UK, and once individuals are registered they are able to practice in a wide variety of clinical settings.

We are committed to embedding the NHS Constitution Values (which are strongly reflected in our University values) into everything we do. They define the behaviours and expectations of all our staff and students, underpinning the work we do in the university, clinical arena and other workplaces.

We understand that not all of our students and staff are employed within the NHS but these values uphold the underlying principles of excellent care as a standard and as such we expect that anyone who has any aspect of their work which ultimately cares for others will aspire to upholding these values.

For us involving not only our students, but service users, experts by experience, carers and NHS/non NHS professionals in the creation and delivery of all programmes is vital.

Our expert staff

A unique feature of our School is that most of our staff work or have worked within clinical practice. This enhances our grasp of the contemporary links between academic research, the major issues of the day and real-life practice.

Physiotherapy is taught by a small and friendly team of registered experienced staff with a variety of different backgrounds and research interests. The subject lead for physiotherapy is Izzie Easton. Izzie qualified as a physiotherapist in 1998, and has practised in numerous hospitals. In particular she has gained experience working in respiratory physiotherapy, orthopaedics, and critical care.

We also have expertise in the areas of prehabilitation, rehabilitation following sports injuries, first contact trauma management, education in pain management, and computer-based ‘virtual patient’ simulators.. Full details of our staff can be found on the HHS Staff Profiles.

Specialist facilities

Within our School of Health and Human Sciences, we have a range of specialist clinical laboratories and IT facilities to assist you with the effective learning and acquisition of new skills; for students of Physiotherapy, we have two specialist labs on our Colchester Campus which provide you with all the facilities you need to train as a physiotherapist.

We also offer excellent physical and online resources in terms of libraries, computer labs, datasets, archives and other research materials. You can take advantage of our links with the Institute of Social and Economic Research, which conducts large-scale survey projects, many for government, EU and other public agencies, and has its own library.

The UK Data Archive is also based at our Colchester Campus and stores national research data.

Your future

In 2014 we had a 100% employability rate for our MSc Physiotherapy students. What does this mean? It means that all our successful got jobs and are on their chosen pathway working in the careers they worked so hard to get.

Example structure

Year 1
-Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy
-Interprofessional Collaboration and Development
-Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
-Neurological Physiotherapy
-Patient Pathways 1
-Research in Health Care

Year 2
-Advancing Physiotherapy Practice
-Contexts for Contemporary Practice
-Patient Pathways 2
-Research Activity

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You want to problem-solve in a clinical capacity, think independently and practise as a chartered physiotherapist – and you’re ready to get there fast. Read more

You want to problem-solve in a clinical capacity, think independently and practise as a chartered physiotherapist – and you’re ready to get there fast. Our accelerated MSc Physiotherapy is the programme for you.

At GCU, programmes are both highly relevant to your career – and focused on creating meaningful change that contributes to the common good. You’ll gain the expertise and knowledge you need to apply for membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and become a practising physiotherapist.

You’ll develop new insight in the areas of neuromusculoskeletal, cardiovascular and respiratory therapeutics and neurorehabilitation – combining traditional study with comprehensive hands-on experience in clinical placements. And you’ll have the support of a thriving, friendly and diverse GCU community as you learn.

What you will study

Neuromusculoskeletal 1 and 2; Health Promotion; Health Related Activity and Fitness; Cardiovascular and Respiratory Therapeutics; Practice Education; Inter-Professional Context of Practice; Neurorehabilitation; Working in Organisations: Interprofessional and Critical Perspectives; and Dissertation.

Teaching methods

The learning and teaching methods we use ensure that our programme is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our approach is student-centred, practical, participative and relevant to the needs of employers.

We've moved away from the traditional teacher-centric learning to a more independent learning approach, where you are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills.

Assessment methods

We use a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure that you have both the necessary knowledge and understanding of business and management and a portfolio of intellectual and personal skills.

Each module on the programme uses its own learning, teaching and assessment strategy to achieve learning objectives. Assessment methods vary between modules and may include unseen examinations, class tests, essays, management reports, case studies, presentations, and group work.

Accreditation

With approval from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) this programme allows you to gain the expertise and knowledge to become a practising physiotherapist.

Graduate prospects

Whether you pursue a career with the NHS, go into private practice or get involved in clinical research, you’ll leave our pre-registration MSc Physiotherapy programme prepared to make a positive impact on your own life and beyond. With a supportive global network and a world-class reputation, GCU graduates go on to rewarding roles throughout the UK and internationally.



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These courses provide academic opportunities for physiotherapists to develop the clinical and basic science knowledge, reasoning and analytical… Read more

These courses provide academic opportunities for physiotherapists to develop the clinical and basic science knowledge, reasoning and analytical research skills required to carry out advanced physiotherapy assessments and deliver optimal care and management of people with musculoskeletal conditions. Both courses offer modules which facilitate the development of advanced physiotherapy knowledge and skills.

Students on the Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy course have the opportunity to choose an optional module in areas such as Health Economics, Psychology or Management in Organisations.

Students on the Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (with Clinical Placements) course must take the Clinical Education module and undertake placements for a minimum of 150 hours.

Key benefits 

  • Quality partnership working with Internationally and nationally respected research-active academic staff ensures graduates have the knowledge, skills and personal attributes required by the NHS and other health care employers.
  • Graduation from the MSc in Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (with Clinical Placements) course confers eligibility for registration as a member of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP). Students on the MSc Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy course are eligible to apply for MACP membership through the MACP portfolio route.
  • Facilitates career progression in a diverse range of physiotherapy careers including extended scope practitioner, consultants/clinical specialists’ physiotherapists, private physiotherapy specialists, educators and researchers.
  • The part time course offers you the option of continuing with work while you study.

Description

The Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy courses will provide you with the basic science and clinical knowledge and analytical skills to comprehensively assess and manage individuals with musculoskeletal problems. You will learn how to design, implement and evaluate care and rehabilitation programmes tailored to the needs of your individual patients.

The courses offer you flexibility, to study either full or part-time and the choice of whether to study for a full master’s qualification or a Postgraduate Diploma.

The MSc consists of modules totalling 180 credits including a research project and dissertation worth 60 credits. The Postgraduate Diploma requires completed modules with a total of 120 credits to meet the requirements of the award. If you are studying full-time you will complete the course in one year studying from September to September. Part-time students will complete the course over two years.

Course accreditation

Students on the MSc in Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (with Clinical Placements) are eligible for MACP membership on successful completion of the course. Students on the MSc in Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy are eligible to apply for MACP membership through the MACP portfolio route.

Regulating body

King’s College is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Location

The majority of learning for this degree takes place at the King’s College London Guy’s Campus. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary.

Research projects can take place in a variety of locations including King’s, occasionally other local universities and also in local hospitals, clinics or sports clubs.

Work placements can be held in any healthcare setting with a suitable MACP qualified mentor and mainly take place in the UK; Predominantly NHS outpatient physiotherapy departments, some private hospitals, private physiotherapy practices and sports clubs.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

You can expect to receive approximately 280 contact teaching hours for the MSc and 260 contact hours for the PG Dip during the courses. This will include lectures, seminars and practial sessions.

Students are expected to spend approximately two days a week studying independently and preparing for assignments during terms 1 and 2.

Students studying on the Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (with Clinical Placements) MSc and PG Dip will also go on clinical placements totalling at least 150 hours and will have direct contact time with their mentor for at least 50% of this time. Students are expected to spend approximately 50 hours consolidating learning from clinical placements and preparing for clinical assessments.

Students on both MSc courses will also undertake the Research project module which involves approximately 20 contact hours with their project supervisor(s) and approximately 600 hours self-study.

Assessment

The primary method of assessment for this course is a combination of oral, practical and clinical assessments, written assignments, and written examination. MSc students will also be assessed through a written thesis.

Extra information

  • Occupational Health Clearance and Disclosure and Barring service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) clearance checks are required.
  • Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and professional indemnity cover (usually provided by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists) are required to undertake the programme.

Career prospects

Graduates of the course have successfully gone onto roles and further study including:

  • clinical physiotherapy specialist
  • extended scope practitioner
  • consultant physiotherapist
  • private physiotherapy practitioner
  • sports rehabilitation specialist
  • lecturer
  • researcher
  • postgraduate studentships (PhD).


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Learn in state-of-the-art facilities, study the latest in clinical research and get leading-edge training in our MSc Physiotherapy programme. Read more

Learn in state-of-the-art facilities, study the latest in clinical research and get leading-edge training in our MSc Physiotherapy programme. GCU collaborates with industry to bring a cutting-edge course of study to physiotherapists seeking to advance their careers. The programme is delivered by practising experts, specialists and academics – and informed by the latest developments in the field.

You’ll hone your skills in a friendly, open and diverse environment – where we’re focused on advancing your career and committed to global engagement, social responsibility and serving the common good. Get a world-class education that takes a cross-functional approach, with contributions from the fields of nursing, podiatry, occupational therapy and radiography as well as physiotherapy, and modules taught by guest experts and experienced academic staff across GCU’s School of Health and Life Sciences.

Drawing on our close relationship with industry, your programme includes a wide range of teaching methods to help you advance in your career – including problem-solving activities, case studies, practice-based learning, peer support and blended learning using GCULearn, our high-tech virtual environment.

What you will study

Advancing Practice (1 and 2); Evaluating Evidence to Develop Research and Inform Practice; Advanced Leadership for Health and Social Care Practitioners; and Dissertation.

Teaching methods

The learning and teaching methods we use ensure that our programme is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our approach is student-centred, practical, participative and relevant to the needs of employers.

We've moved away from the traditional teacher-centric learning to a more independent learning approach, where you are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills.

Assessment methods

We use a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure that you have both the necessary knowledge and understanding of business and management and a portfolio of intellectual and personal skills.

Each module on the programme uses its own learning, teaching and assessment strategy to achieve learning objectives. Assessment methods vary between modules and may include unseen examinations, class tests, essays, management reports, case studies, presentations, and group work.

Graduate prospects

You might broaden the scope of your current work – or launch a new career as a clinical specialist, consultant, researcher or private practitioner. Whichever path you choose, your MSc Physiotherapy will give you the skills and qualifications you need to succeed. Our alumni are competitive for roles in the private, public and third sectors, within the UK and abroad.



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This postgraduate programme integrates the advanced clinical, academic and research components of cardiorespiratory physiotherapy practice. Read more

This postgraduate programme integrates the advanced clinical, academic and research components of cardiorespiratory physiotherapy practice. The emphasis is on the management of patients with cardiorespiratory disorders. Flexibility in selection of modules allows for physiotherapists with particular interests to be accommodated.

About this degree

This MSc offers physiotherapy students the opportunity to extend their understanding of key areas in this field, including challenging the foundations of established but poorly justified treatments, developing and undertaking clinical research and practice, learning about new and emerging treatment options, and enjoying the mentorship of recognised experts in cardiorespiratory physiotherapy.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits) three optional modules from 11 choices (45 credits) and the research dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time 12 months, flexible 2-5 years) is offered. Students take 75 credits of core modules and 45 credits of optional modules.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, part-time 12 months) is offered. Students take 60 credits of core modules

Core modules

  • Clinical Education in Advanced Physiotherapy Part I
  • Respiration through Life, Health and Disease
  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Physiotherapy Research and Dissemination
  • Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Skills

Optional modules

  • Cardiorespiratory Theory for Physiotherapists
  • Clinical Education in Advanced Physiotherapy Part II
  • Paediatric Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy
  • Physical Activity and Clinical Exercise for Cardiovascular Disease
  • Health Management and Clinical Exercise for Pulmonary Disease
  • Muscle and Exercise Physiology in Health and Disease
  • The Heart Through Life, Health and Disease
  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Clinical Knowledge and Decision Making
  • Information Law and Governance in Clinical Practice
  • Patient Safety and Clinical Risk

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a substantial report and an oral examination.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of teaching and self-directed learning, and includes up to six weeks of clinical placements. Assessment is through clinical assessments, written assignments, oral presentations, multiple choice tests, submission of the literature review and research proposal, assessed coursework, unseen and prior disclosure written examinations, and the dissertation with an oral presentation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Advanced Physiotherapy: Cardiorespiratory MSc

Careers

Recent graduates have pursued careers in academia, research or furthered their clinical practice. For example, acquiring this MSc enabled a student to take up a post as an associate lecturer at a university and another to be offered a consultant physiotherapy position at a leading NHS hospital. Several students have used the MSc as a ‘springboard’ for gaining funding to undertake PhDs at UCL, Great Ormond Street Hospital and King's College London amongst others. Graduates have secured senior positions, such as team leads and clinical specialist posts within major London hospitals.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Physiotherapist, National University Hospital
  • Physiotherapist, Singapore General Hospital
  • Physiotherapist, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Employability

The programme aims to transform the way students think about expert patient care, and the theoretical foundation for cardiorespiratory physiotherapy clinical practice. Graduates receive rigorous, evidence-based training in best research and clinical practice, which provides them with a competitive advantage when applying for physiotherapy clinical, educational or research posts.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL is a world-class university and this well-established and popular postgraduate physiotherapy programme is very highly regarded both locally and internationally.

The excellent reputation of this programme is partly due to expert tuition with lectures, tutorials and workshops delivered by recognised experts in physiotherapy practice.

Students on our physiotherapy programmes come to UCL from all over the world. This cross-fertilisation of international clinical experiences and ideas generates a powerful and inspirational platform for postgraduate physiotherapy learning.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

80%: Clinical Medicine subjects; 81%: Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care subjects rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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The School of Healthcare Sciences at Cardiff University is ranked no. 1 in the UK for Physiotherapy by both the Complete University guide and the Times Good University guide 2014, 2015 and 2016. Read more
The School of Healthcare Sciences at Cardiff University is ranked no. 1 in the UK for Physiotherapy by both the Complete University guide and the Times Good University guide 2014, 2015 and 2016. This part-time MSc course is for qualified physiotherapists, and aims to develop valuable skills that will help them advance in the profession.

The course has a flexible portfolio of modules that can be tailored to meet individual needs and develop their knowledge and skills in areas such as research, education, leadership and management, and clinical practice, which are necessary to become an advanced practitioner.

Physiotherapy at the School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University was ranked no. 1 in the UK, by both the Complete University Guide and the Times Good University Guide 2014, 2015 and 2016, and as part of the course you will have the opportunity to work with internationally renowned researchers, including Professor Robert van Deursen, Professor Nicola Phillips, and Dr Val Sparkes.

Full-time students complete their taught modules in one academic year, with a further six months for the dissertation. Part-time students complete their taught modules over two academic years, with up to a further two years for the dissertation.

This course welcomes UK-based as well as international Physiotherapists at any stage of their career (this includes newly qualified Physiotherapists).

Distinctive features

• The flexibility to align with various career pathways, so that the route of study can be tailored to individual needs.

• Research-active and clinical staff involved in course design and delivery.

• Outside lecturers, who are experts in their field, to contribute to the delivery of the course.

• Independent learning opportunities in a research-led environment.

• Acquisition of high quality clinical reasoning skills and the development of innovative ideas.

• Shared learning opportunities with Allied Health Professionals across a variety of disciplines and/or specialists in their own field.

Structure

The MSc Physiotherapy programme is modular and students must complete four modules (30 credits each) in the taught component of the course; one of the modules is a compulsory research module and there is a choice of a minimum of 2 from the pathway specific modules. Further details can be obtained in discussion with the programme manager.

Students undertaking the full-time route will complete 4 modules and the dissertation module over 3 semesters enabling the student to normally complete and submit their dissertation within 18 months of initial registration on the programme. The dissertation module will be undertaken in semester 2.

Students undertaking the part-time route will complete 4 modules and the dissertation module over a maximum of 4 years..

Dual Pathway:

We have recently developed a dual pathway available for Physiotherapists at any stage of their career (this includes newly qualified Physiotherapists). The programme has a flexible portfolio of modules that can be tailored to meet individual needs and develop the knowledge and skills in the areas such as research, education, leadership and management and clinical practice which are necesssry to become an expert practitioner.

For a list of modules for the FULL-TIME route, please see website:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/physiotherapy-msc

For a list of the modules for the PART-TIME route, please see website:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/physiotherapy-msc-part-time

Teaching

Teaching is mainly through workshops, tutorials and seminars. There are also lectures, and these are followed up by appropriate opportunity to discuss and evaluate the ideas presented. Content is supported by online resources.

Self-directed study forms an important part of the course, and you will be directed in study skills and guided in the areas for study.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a variety of assessment procedures, such as written assignments, oral presentations, poster presentations and small projects. This enables you to demonstrate your ability at analysing and evaluating a situation but also to use a variety of ways to present your ideas and abilities. The research project is a culmination of the development of all these skills.

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This postgraduate programme integrates the advanced clinical, theoretical, academic and research components of paediatric physiotherapy practice. Read more

This postgraduate programme integrates the advanced clinical, theoretical, academic and research components of paediatric physiotherapy practice. The emphasis is on the management of paediatric patients with cardiorespiratory, neurological and musculoskeletal disorders. Flexibility in selection of modules allows for physiotherapists with particular interests to be accommodated.

About this degree

This MSc offers physiotherapy students the opportunity to extend their understanding of key areas in this field, including challenging the foundations of established but poorly justified treatments, developing and undertaking clinical research and practice, learning about new and emerging treatment options, and enjoying the mentorship of recognised experts in paediatric physiotherapy.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits) two optional modules from twelve choices (30 credits) and the research dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time 12 months, flexible 2-5 years) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, part-time 12 months) is offered. Students take 60 credits of core modules.

Core modules

  • Physiotherapy Research & Dissemination
  • Paediatric Neuro Physiotherapy
  • Paediatric Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy
  • Paediatric Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
  • Clinical Education in Advanced Physiotherapy Part I
  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Paediatric and Adolescent Sports and Performance Injury Prevention and Management

Optional modules

  • Clinical Education in Advanced Physiotherapy Part II
  • Children in Difficult Circumstances
  • Disability & Development
  • Child Development: Inclusive Approaches in Global Contexts
  • Leadership & Professional Development
  • Clinical Knowledge & Decision Making
  • Information Law & Governance in Clinical Practice
  • Patient Safety & Clinical Risk
  • Muscle and Exercise Physiology in Health and Disease
  • Respiration through Life, Health and Disease
  • Paediatric and Adolescent Sports and Performance, Injury Prevention and Management
  • Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Skills

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a substantial report and an oral examination.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of teaching and self-directed learning, and includes up to six weeks of clinical placements. Assessment is through clinical assessments, written assignments, oral presentations, multiple choice tests, submission of the literature review and research proposal, assessed coursework, unseen and prior disclosure written examinations, and the dissertation with an oral presentation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Advanced Physiotherapy: Paediatrics MSc

Careers

The programme enables graduates to pursue a career in academia, research or clinical practice, or to use their postgraduate qualification to be successful in applying for more senior positions within their specialist clinical career field.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Paediatric Physiotherapist, King Fahad Medical City (KFMC)
  • Specialist Physiotherapist, Unspecified Healthcare Organisation

Employability

The programme aims to transform the way students think about expert patient care, and the theoretical foundation for paediatric physiotherapy clinical practice. The programme provides a rigorous, evidence-based training in best research and clinical practice. This gives graduates a competitive advantage when applying for physiotherapy clinical, educational or research posts.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL is a world-class university and this well-established and popular postgraduate physiotherapy programme is very highly regarded both locally and internationally. Our close relationship with Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children means that much of our research and training is carried out on a joint basis. The excellent reputation of this programme is partly due to expert tuition with lectures, tutorials and workshops delivered by recognised experts in physiotherapy practice. All students will undertake one placement as a core module. MSc students may choose to undertake a second placement as an option module.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

80%: Clinical Medicine subjects; 81%: Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care subjects rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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This postgraduate programme integrates the clinical, academic and research components of paediatric physiotherapy practice. The emphasis is on the management of paediatric patients with cardiorespiratory, neurological and musculoskeletal disorders. Read more

This postgraduate programme integrates the clinical, academic and research components of paediatric physiotherapy practice. The emphasis is on the management of paediatric patients with cardiorespiratory, neurological and musculoskeletal disorders. Flexibility in selection of modules allows for physiotherapists with particular interests to be accommodated.

About this degree

This MSc offers physiotherapy students the opportunity to extend their understanding of key areas in this field, including challenging the foundations of established but poorly justified treatments, developing and undertaking clinical research, learning about new and emerging treatment options and enjoying the mentorship of recognised experts in paediatric physiotherapy.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits), and the research dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months, flexible study 2-5 years) is offered. Students take 75 credits of core modules and 45 credits of optional modules.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, part-time nine months) is offered. Students take 60 credits of core modules.

Core modules

  • Paediatric Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy
  • Paediatric Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
  • Paediatric Neuro Physiotherapy
  • Physiotherapy Research and Dissemination
  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Paediatric and Adolescent Sports and Performance Injury Managament
  • Clinical Education in Paediatric Physiotherapy
  • Research Project

Students must take CHLDG07, CHLDGC13, CHLDGS10 and CHLDGC99 plus at least 3 more core modules from the list.

Optional modules

  • Child Development: Inclusive Approaches in Global Contexts
  • Children in Difficult Circumstances
  • Clinical Knowledge and Decision-Making
  • Disability and Development
  • Information Law and Governance in Clinical Practice
  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Muscle and Exercise Physiology in Health and Disease
  • Patient Safety and Clinical Risk
  • Respiration through Life, Health and Disease

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a substantial report and an oral examination.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of teaching and self-directed learning. Assessment is through written assignments, oral presentations, multiple choice texts, submission of the literature review and research proposal, assessed coursework, unseen and prior disclosure written examinations, and the dissertation with an oral presentation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Physiotherapy Studies: Paediatrics MSc

Funding

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

The programme will enable graduates to pursue a career in academic, research or clinical practice, or to use their postgraduate qualification to be successful in applying for more senior positions within their career field.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Lecturer in Physiotherapy, Prince Sattam Abdulaziz University
  • Physiotherapist, Public Health Service Malta

Employability

This programme aims to transform the way students think about expert patient care, and the theoretical foundation for paediatric physiotherapy clinical practice. The programme provides graduates with a rigorous, evidence-based training in best research and clinical practice, which will give them a natural advantage when applying for physiotherapy clinical, educational or research posts.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL is a world-leading university offering well-established and popular postgraduate physiotherapy programmes which are highly regarded both locally and internationally. Our close relationship with Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children means that much of our research and teaching is carried out on a joint basis.

Lectures, tutorials and workshops are delivered by recognised experts in physiotherapy practice.

Students on our physiotherapy programmes come to UCL from all over the world. This cross-fertilisation of international clinical experiences and ideas generates a powerful and inspirational platform for postgraduate physiotherapy learning.



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The MSc Physiotherapy course has been specifically designed to develop qualified practitioners who are proactive, flexible and able to meet the changing needs of health and social care. Read more
The MSc Physiotherapy course has been specifically designed to develop qualified practitioners who are proactive, flexible and able to meet the changing needs of health and social care. This MSc develops physiotherapists who are critical thinkers and independent learners with entrepreneurial and problem solving skills.

Highlights

>Shared campus with one of the largest teaching hospitals in the UK.
>This course is taught in partnership with Kingston University. You will benefit from a large, multi-faculty experience combined with the health science expertise offered by St George’s, University of London.
>Opportunity to learn anatomy by prosection and dissection of cadavers.
>The course includes 30 weeks of clinical placement.
>Interprofessional education: Shared learning alongside all other MSc postgraduate courses and both pre and post registration students.
>Access to the Graduate School.

This qualification is awarded by St George's, University of London and delivered by the School of Rehabilitation Sciences in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, a partnership between Kingston University and St George's.

Modules

Year one

The main focus is on the foundation skills of physiotherapy, using a problem-solving approach it will draw on some of the year two modules of the BSc Physiotherapy and integrate with existing Master's level modules on reflective practice and psychology for exercise and health.

Year two

You will study the broader concepts of clinical practice and the preventive and innovative role of physiotherapy to meet changing health and social care needs. You will share modules with year three BSc and postgraduate professionals in order to further develop critical thinking and leadership skills in an interprofessional environment.

Studying

You will benefit from the support of a personal tutor, peer group learning and a range of web-based learning materials and online discussion forums. Teaching also takes place in our specially designed rehabilitation skills labs.

Self-directed study

You will study an area of interest in depth, developing research and presentation skills and gain insight into possible careers.

Clinical placements are undertaken in a variety of healthcare environments including acute NHS hospital trusts, community based services, mental health trusts and private hospitals. The supervised hands-on experience is an essential opportunity to put theory into practice.

Careers

Chartered physiotherapists provide essential healthcare services to people of all ages. Assessing an individual’s ability to move and return to normal activities following an acute injury, illness or for someone living with a long term condition.

Good physiotherapists need excellent communication skills, along with a scientific background, a passionate interest in patient care and the promotion of good health.

The approach combines physical (therapeutic exercise) with a psychosocial approach to facilitate a return to functional independence and a normal lifestyle. Working in multidisciplinary teams and practising within a variety of settings, helping people of all ages in a wide variety of settings, such as:

> intensive care
> mental health
> stroke units
> rehabilitation centres
> sports and leisure facilities

Successful completion of this course will mean you can apply for registration with the Health Professions Council and membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Application

Applications are made through UCAS. To find out more information about the process and our deadlines, please visit our website.

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This new programme integrates the clinical, academic and research components of neurophysiotherapy practice, with an emphasis on the management of patients with neurological disorders. Read more

This new programme integrates the clinical, academic and research components of neurophysiotherapy practice, with an emphasis on the management of patients with neurological disorders. The programme fosters understanding of evidence-based practice and encourages physiotherapists to develop as advanced practitioners. Students select from a wide range of modules according to their interest and complete at least one clinical placement.

About this degree

This programme offers students the opportunity to extend their knowledge of the key practical and theoretical aspects of neurophysiotherapy, challenge the foundations of established but poorly justified treatments, develop and undertake clinical research and learn about new and emerging treatment options, enjoying the mentorship of recognised experts in neurophysiotherapy.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a dissertation/report (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time 12 months, flexible 2-5 years) is offered. Students take five core modules (75 credits) and three optional modules (45 credits).

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time one year, flexible study up to two years) is offered. Students take four core modules (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Clinical Education in Physiotherapy*
  • Evidence-informed Neurophysiotherapy Practice*
  • Motor Control and Pathophysiology of Neurological Disorders*
  • Physiotherapy Research and Dissemination*
  • Research Methods & Statistics
  • (*PG Cert students take the four core modules indicated above.)

Optional modules

  • Skeletal Muscle and Associated Disease
  • Peripheral Nerves and Associated Diseases
  • Motor Neurons, Neuromuscular junctions and Associated Diseases
  • Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Disease
  • Neurorehabilitation
  • Peripheral Nerve, Muscle and Special Senses
  • Motor Systems and Disease
  • Higher Functions of the Brain
  • Epilepsy, Pain, Tumours and Infections of the Central Nervous System
  • Paediatric Neurophysiotherapy
  • Paediatric Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
  • Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Skills
  • Muscle and Exercise Physiology in Health and Disease
  • Respiration Through Life Health and Disease
  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Disability and Development
  • Patient Safety and Clinical Risk
  • Information Law and Governance in Clinical Practice
  • Clinical Knowledge and Decision Making
  • Clinical Education in Advanced Physiotherapy

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials online learning and self-directed learning. Assessment is through written assignments, online assignments, oral presentations, multiple choice texts, literature review and research proposal, assessed coursework, unseen and prior disclosure written examinations, and the dissertation with an oral presentation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Advanced Physiotherapy: Neurophysiotherapy MSc

Careers

The programme will enable graduates to pursue a career in academia or research, or to use their postgraduate qualification to be successful in applying for more senior clinical or management positions within their career field. Recent physiotherapy graduates have pursued senior careers in healthcare policy, university lecturing, private practice, management or highly specialist clinical practice. Several past physiotherapy students have used the MSc successfully to gain funding for PhD studies.

Employability

This programme aims to transform the way students think about the theoretical foundation for neurophysiotherapy clinical practice and what defines expert patient care. The programme provides graduates with a rigorous, evidence-based training in best research and clinical practice, which will give them a natural advantage when applying for physiotherapy clinical, educational or research posts.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL is a world-leading university offering well-established and popular postgraduate physiotherapy programmes that are highly regarded both locally and internationally.

The neurophysiotherapy degree offers an extensive range of core and optional modules in specialist areas and lectures, tutorial and workshops are delivered by recognised experts in physiotherapy practice. We have close links to the UCL Institute of Neurology and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery at Queen Square with its specialist physiotherapy department.

Our students come from all over the world. This cross-fertilisation of international experience and ideas generates a powerful and inspirational platform for postgraduate physiotherapy learning which, combined with the central London location, makes UCL an attractive choice for physiotherapy students.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

80%: Clinical Medicine subjects; 81%: Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care subjects rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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