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The Musculoskeletal Science MSc covers a broad spectrum of musculoskeletal topics, including basic science and clinical aspects. Read more
The Musculoskeletal Science MSc covers a broad spectrum of musculoskeletal topics, including basic science and clinical aspects. It aims to give students, in a multidisciplinary setting, a holistic view of musculoskeletal science, orthopaedic bioengineering and medicine, and provides an in-depth knowledge of specific areas appropriate to each student's individual interests.

Degree information

Students on this MSc programme acquire essential scientific knowledge, improve their basic research skills, and are equipped with the ability to solve the musculoskeletal problems emphasised within the NHS framework. The programme emphasises the four major areas as identified by the Bone and Joint Decade - arthritis, osteoporosis, trauma and spinal disorders, and transferable skills and research methodology in orthopaedic bioengineering.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a research project (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months and flexible study up to five years) is offered. A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time three months and flexible study up to two years) is offered.

Core modules
-Clinical aspects of Musculoskeletal Medicine and Surgery, Part I
-Musculoskeletal Tissue Biology - Form and Function
-Musculoskeletal Biomechanics and Biomaterials, Part I
-Research Methodology and Generic Skills

Optional modules - up to 60 credits of optional modules (4 modules) drawn from the following:
-Clinical aspects of Musculoskeletal Medicine and Surgery, Part II
-Musculoskeletal Biology, Part II
-Musculoskeletal Biomechanics and Biomaterials, Part II
-Musculoskeletal Epidemiology and Research Methodology, Part II
-Clinical Experience in Musculoskeletal Surgery

Dissertation/report
All MSc students undertake an independent research project, which can be carried out at their own institution or hospital, and culminates in a dissertation and oral examination.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of web-based taught lectures, seminars, tutorials, online research forum, group project work and workshops. Assessment is through unseen written examination, coursework, and the dissertation and viva voce. Candidates are examined in the year in which they complete the programme.

Careers

This programme offers students from a wide variety of disciplines the opportunity to gain a higher degree in an exciting and rapidly developing field, and equips them to make a strong contribution to the development of musculoskeletal services. The students can develop their careers in healthcare sector, medical device industry and bio-industry, regenerative medicine, regulatory bodies, as well as academic community.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Trauma and Orthopaedics, NHS Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and studying Engineering, The Open University.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Division of Surgery & Interventional Science is part of one of the most prestigious medical schools in Europe, with a team of nearly 400 people, from surgeons, biologists, bioengineers and material scientists and oncologists to clinical trials specialists and researchers. Our aim is to understand the causes of human musculoskeletal disease and develop innovative therapies and technology to improve the quality of life of the people around us.

Students on this MSc will gain an unparalleled grounding in musculoskeletal science and orthopaedic bioengineering including a holistic view of clinical care as well as orthopaedic sciences and bioengineering. The programme is run at the internationally renowned Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore.

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The Musculoskeletal Science MSc covers a broad spectrum of musculoskeletal topics, including basic science and clinical aspects. Read more
The Musculoskeletal Science MSc covers a broad spectrum of musculoskeletal topics, including basic science and clinical aspects. It aims to give students, in a multidisciplinary setting, a holistic view of musculoskeletal science, orthopaedic bioengineering and medicine, and provides an in-depth knowledge of specific areas appropriate to each student's individual interests.

Degree information

Students on this MSc programme acquire essential scientific knowledge, improve their basic research skills, and are equipped with the ability to solve the musculoskeletal problems emphasised within the NHS framework. The programme emphasises the four major areas as identified by the Bone and Joint Decade - arthritis, osteoporosis, trauma and spinal disorders, and transferable skills and research methodology in orthopaedic bioengineering.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of eight taught modules (120 credits), and a research project (60 credits).

Students will be awarded an MSc on successful completion of all taught modules and research project; a Postgraduate Diploma on successful completion of eight taught modules (all core modules plus any four from options); and a Postgraduate Certificate on successful completion of four taught modules.

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months and flexible study up to five years) is offered. A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time three months and flexible study up to two years) is offered.

Core modules
-Clinical Aspects of Musculoskeletal Medicine and Surgery, Part I
-Musculoskeletal Tissue Biology - Form and Function
-Musculoskeletal Biomechanics and Biomaterials, Part I
-Research Methodology and Generic Skills

Optional modules - up to 60 credits of optional modules (4 modules) drawn from the following:
-Clinical Aspects of Musculoskeletal Medicine and Surgery, Part II
-Musculoskeletal Tissue Biology - Disease and Dysfunction
-Musculoskeletal Biomechanics and Biomaterials, Part II
-Research Governance
-Clinical Experience in Musculoskeletal Surgery
-Surgical Skills in Orthopaedic Surgery

Dissertation/report
All MSc students undertake an independent research project that will contribute to cutting-edge scientific, clinical and industrial research, and culminates in a dissertation and oral examination.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of taught lectures, seminars, tutorials, group project work and workshops. Assessment is through online MCQs, coursework, and the dissertation and viva voce. Candidates are examined in the year in which they complete the programme.

Careers

This programme offers students from a wide variety of disciplines the opportunity to gain a higher degree in an exciting and rapidly developing field, and equips them to make a strong contribution to the development of musculoskeletal services. The students can develop their careers in healthcare sector, medical device industry and bio-industry, regenerative medicine, regulatory bodies, as well as academic community.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Orthopaedic Surgeon, St Thomas' Hospital (NHS)
-MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery), King's College London
-Medical Research on Replacement Joints, Cardiff University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)
-Occupational Therapy Assistant, Watford General Hospital (NHS)
-Orthopaedic Surgeon, Assaswa International Hospital

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Division of Surgery & Interventional Science is part of one of the most prestigious medical schools in Europe, with a team of nearly 400 people, from surgeons, biologists, bioengineers and material scientists and oncologists, to clinical trials specialists and researchers. Our aim is to understand the causes of human musculoskeletal disease and develop innovative therapies and technology to improve the quality of life.

Students on this MSc will gain an unparalleled grounding in musculoskeletal science and orthopaedic bioengineering, including a holistic view of clinical care as well as orthopaedic sciences and bioengineering. The programme is run at the internationally renowned Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore.

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The MRes in Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA) has been established by leading international researchers and clinicians within the Universities of Liverpool, Sheffield and Newcastle as part of our MRC/Arthritis Research UK funded Centre for Integrated research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA) initiative (www.cimauk.org). Read more
The MRes in Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA) has been established by leading international researchers and clinicians within the Universities of Liverpool, Sheffield and Newcastle as part of our MRC/Arthritis Research UK funded Centre for Integrated research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA) initiative (http://www.cimauk.org). CIMA researchers investigate why our bones, joints, ligaments and muscles function less well as we age, and how age related decline of the musculoskeletal tissues and age related clinical disorders (such as osteoporosis and arthritis) can be ameliorated or prevented.

Why is the CIMA MRes unique?

The programme provides you with access to state-of-the-art resources and facilities from across the three CIMA partner sites (Liverpool, Sheffield and Newcastle), with teaching and supervision delivered by leading researchers and clinical practitioners. As a CIMA student, you will be allied with the wider cohort of CIMA researchers, and participate in regular CIMA scientific meetings and events.

The CIMA MRes Programme

The first semester (60 credits) comprises taught modules which will ground you in current approaches and techniques to study the integrated musculoskeletal system as a whole and the effects ageing has on this system. These modules are delivered by e-learning, including live interactions with tutors and peers, online lectures and presentations and discussion forums. You will supplement the online component via self-directed learning. During the second semester, you will undertake a research module which will provide you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge to a project under the expertise of supervisors based across the CIMA consortium. You will receive multidisciplinary skills training specific to your individual training needs, and have the opportunity to undertake an exchange visit at another CIMA site (e.g. to learn a particular research technique in another laboratory).

Modules

Muscle in the Integrated Musculoskeletal System (20 credits)
Biology of Ageing (20 credits)
Biology and Assessment of Skeletal Health (10 credits)
Principles of Nutrition: Relevance to Ageing(10 credits)
Research Project and Skills Training (120 credits)

Why study the CIMA MRes in Musculoskeletal Ageing?

The CIMA MRes will provide you with the ability to:

• Show evidence of a systematic and comprehensive understanding of, and ability to critically appraise, core principles, current literature, techniques and paradigms within integrated musculoskeletal ageing research.
• Collect, analyse and critically evaluate qualitative and quantitative research data.
• Plan, manage and carry out a research project in a rigorous scientific manner within a prescribed time-frame.
• Show evidence of a range of skills, including scientific writing, oral presentation, time management, study/ experimental design, and professional development.

Whether you have a background in basic science, are a medical student or clinician, as a CIMA MRes graduate you will be highly equipped to embark on further research in musculoskeletal ageing at doctoral level, and be well placed to choose from a wide range of career options within clinical practice, academia, or within the commercial/ industrial sector.

Bursary competition for September 2015 entry

CIMA is currently offering a number of competitive bursaries for outstanding applicants (individual awards of up to £3000) towards the MRes in Musculoskeletal Ageing. Successful candidates should be able to demonstrate the following:

Essential
A minimum grade (or expected grade) of 2.1 in a degree in a related subject.
Enthusiasm and motivation to contribute to research in the area of Musculoskeletal Ageing

Desirable
Practical laboratory experience (especially if related to the area of Musculoskeletal Ageing).
Presentation or conference attendance experience (especially if in the area of Musculoskeletal Ageing)


To apply, you must submit an application to the University to apply for the MRes programme, and fill in an additional bursary application form available under the fees tab https://www.liv.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/musculoskeletal-ageing-mres/fees/

The closing date for bursary applications is Monday 31st August 2015, until all bursaries have been awarded.

Interviews will be held.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Course structure

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

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

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

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

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

Syllabus

Modules:

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

And

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

Plus

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy: Exploring Practice

OR

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

Please see the website for further details regarding the course content

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

Facilities

Human Movement Laboratory:

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

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

Practical Skills and Simulation Rooms:

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

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

Careers and Employability

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

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

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This unique programme is designed to provide an education in the underlying scientific principles of physical therapy - physiotherapy, osteopathy, sports therapy - and an opportunity to experience the clinical application of specialist rehabilitation techniques with expert clinicians at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH). Read more
This unique programme is designed to provide an education in the underlying scientific principles of physical therapy - physiotherapy, osteopathy, sports therapy - and an opportunity to experience the clinical application of specialist rehabilitation techniques with expert clinicians at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH).

Degree information

Students can expect to acquire a broad and deep understanding of the science underpinning a physical therapy approach to the treatment of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. In addition, the MSc builds on cognitive skills, and students will become creative in their thinking and highly skilled in analysis and evaluation, and thus ideally placed to become innovative leaders within their field.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits), and a research project (60 credits).

Core modules
-Clinical Aspects of Musculoskeletal Medicine
-Movement Science and Pain
-Musculoskeletal Biomechanics and Application in Physical Therapy
-Musculoskeletal Tissue Biology - Disease and Dysfunction
-Musculoskeletal Tissue Biology - Form and Function
-Rehabilitation and Multi-Dimensional Patient Management
-Research Governance
-Research Methodology and Generic Skills

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, case-based studies, workshops and practical classes. Assessment is through MCQ examinations; coursework, including narrative reviews, structured questions and case studies; and poster presentation. The research project is assessed by a written dissertation and viva examination.

Careers

On successful completion of this programme, students can expect to assume leadership positions in clinical practice in the NHS, or in private practice for those with a prior clinical qualification. Graduates will also be well placed to enter academic or clinical research or a biomedical/healthcare-related position in industry.

Employability
Graduates are likely to be highly attractive to prospective employers; not only will they have gained multidisciplinary knowledge of the musculoskeletal system and treatments for musculoskeletal disease and dysfunction, but importantly they will have developed their skills in analysis and evaluation of information and creation of new ideas. These higher-level cognitive skills are highly sought after by employers.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This programme is unique in that it covers the basic science informing a physical therapy approach to treatment. The programme encourages students to integrate knowledge across modules and to use a multi-dimensional approach to patient management.

The programme is delivered through a partnership between internationally renowned UCL academics and world-leading specialist clinicians at the RNOH, providing students with excellent networking opportunities with academics, clinical professionals and like-minded peers.

UCL was rated as the best university for research strength in the UK in the latest Research Excellence Framework (December 2014). The RNOH has a worldwide reputation for ground-breaking neuro-musculoskeletal healthcare and specialist rehabilitation.

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This programme is aimed at physiotherapists working in the speciality of musculoskeletal practice in a variety of health care settings. Read more
This programme is aimed at physiotherapists working in the speciality of musculoskeletal practice in a variety of health care settings. It offers physiotherapists a range of opportunities to develop their theoretical knowledge relevant to their role and the chance to extend current clinical practice.

Students will integrate the theory and evidence base of musculoskeletal practice. The modules include taught sessions at the Faculty of Health Studies, University of Bradford to encourage shared learning. These sessions include both theory and practical skills with an emphasis on clinical reasoning and problem solving.

Further learning and teaching on the practice module occurs in the clinical setting under the guidance of a clinical mentor. Students require access to an appropriate clinical caseload in order to be able to undertake the Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Practice modules.

We are able to offer a limited number of Overseas students the required clinical caseload within the University's Physiotherapy Clinic.

Why Bradford?

The musculoskeletal modules in Bradford have been developed in conjunction with specialist clinicians working in hospitals within the region, thus ensuring the continued clinical relevance of the programme.

A further strength of the programme is the use of external lecturers who are specialists within their field and continue to have a clinical caseload. The programme also has the opportunity for overseas students to undertake the required clinical practice elements within the onsite Physiotherapy Clinic.

Learning activities and assessment

Assessment methods:
Physiotherapy Management of Spinal Dysfunction
1) Observed examination of a patient demonstrating an advanced clinical reasoning approach
2) Evidence based single case study
3) Practical skills checklist signed off by a clinical mentor

Physiotherapy Management of Lower Limb Dysfunction
1) Observed Structured Practical Examination- covering anatomy, biomechanics, clinical examination, treatment and scenarios.
2) Assignment based on the critical evaluation of a clinical paper
3) An open book case study including video analysis

Physiotherapy Management of Upper Limb Dysfunction
1) Observed Structured Practical Examination- covering anatomy, biomechanics, clinical examination, treatment and scenarios.
2) Assignment based on the critical evaluation of a clinical paper
3) An open book case study including video analysis

[[Career support and prospects
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

This Post Graduate Certificate offers the physiotherapist a range of opportunities to develop advanced theoretical knowledge and practical skills relevant to their musculoskeletal role and offers the chance to extend and enhance their clinical practice and career pathway.

This award will be of benefit to physiotherapists working and specialising in the musculoskeletal field in a variety of health care settings.

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This programme is aimed at physiotherapists working in the speciality of musculoskeletal practice in a variety of health care settings. Read more
This programme is aimed at physiotherapists working in the speciality of musculoskeletal practice in a variety of health care settings. It offers physiotherapists a range of opportunities to develop their theoretical knowledge relevant to their role and the chance to extend current clinical practice.

Students will integrate the theory and evidence base of musculoskeletal practice. The modules include taught sessions at the Faculty of Health Studies, University of Bradford to encourage shared learning. These sessions include both theory and practical skills with an emphasis on clinical reasoning and problem solving.

Further learning and teaching on the practice module occurs in the clinical setting under the guidance of a clinical mentor. Students require access to an appropriate clinical caseload in order to be able to undertake the Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Practice modules.

We are able to offer a limited number of Overseas students the required clinical caseload within the University's Physiotherapy Clinic.

Why Bradford?

The musculoskeletal modules in Bradford have been developed in conjunction with specialist clinicians working in hospitals within the region, thus ensuring the continued clinical relevance of the programme.

A further strength of the programme is the use of external lecturers who are specialists within their field and continue to have a clinical caseload. The programme also has the opportunity for overseas students to undertake the required clinical practice elements within the onsite Physiotherapy Clinic.

Career support and prospects

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

This Post Graduate Diploma offers the physiotherapist a range of opportunities to develop advanced theoretical knowledge and practical skills relevant to their musculoskeletal role and offers the chance to extend and enhance their clinical practice and career pathway.

This award will be of benefit to physiotherapists working and specialising in the musculoskeletal field in a variety of health care settings.

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This Master's degree seeks to offer a mix of theoretical and practical skills in assessing, diagnosing, referring and managing musculoskeletal problems presenting to primary health care teams. Read more
This Master's degree seeks to offer a mix of theoretical and practical skills in assessing, diagnosing, referring and managing musculoskeletal problems presenting to primary health care teams.

MSc Musculoskeletal Management in Primary Care will provide practitioners with the knowledge and skills to assess, triage and care for patients with musculoskeletal conditions in the community and to apply evidence-based practice. It will focus on multidisciplinary assessment and management and will promote biopsychosocial approaches to musculoskeletal assessment and management.

This postgraduate course believes in the importance of life-long learning and endeavours to provide the practitioner with an educational framework that promotes independent learning and is both professionally relevant and appropriate for applying theory to practice. It aims to develop competent, reflective and analytical practitioners, who can contribute effectively to practice delivery and to commissioning and who are responsive to evolutionary changes in the structure and provision of health care.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

A variety of learning and teaching strategies are utilised on the programme from eLearning to lectures, tutorials, workshops and clinical skills sessions. Student will produce a portfolio and personal development plan to help facilitate their approach to learning whilst undertaking the programme.

Assessment will be dependent on the module but will include written essays, presentations, written tests, observed structured clinical examinations, skills logs and reflective portfolio.

FURTHER INFORMATION

This Master's aims to provide students with a critical understanding of musculoskeletal conditions and the knowledge, skills and judgement required to contribute to and influence the development of these approaches within primary care. This course aims to allow students to:
-Critically engage with the contemporary issues in this area
-Develop a critical understanding of clinical practice in this topic within their working context
-Develop effective research utilisation and evaluation of evidence based practice
-Share, challenge and analyse specialist skills and practice of their own and related professional groups in order to foster collaborative working.
-Develop a broader and more informed understanding of musculoskeletal health within primary care
-Critically challenge the evidence base relevant to their working context
-Develop effective decision making skills for primary care practice and commissioning
-Demonstrate self awareness within personal and professional development through reflective practice

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We understand that you may not have the time to do a full-time degree, so our CPD pathways allow you to study flexibly, in the way that best suits you. Read more
We understand that you may not have the time to do a full-time degree, so our CPD pathways allow you to study flexibly, in the way that best suits you. The structure, mode of delivery and level of support allow you to progress towards a qualification at postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or Masters level.

We offer two musculoskeletal pathways which enable you, as a clinician, to assess and manage patients with a range of musculoskeletal conditions beyond your normal scope of practice. Optional modules allow you to expand your musculoskeletal practice with a focus on imaging, including ultrasonography, or a focus on patient management including injection therapy.

We:
-Provide you with a critical understanding of the key concepts underlying advanced musculoskeletal clinical skills beyond your normal professional scope of practice
-Provide you with the opportunity to acquire advanced musculoskeletal clinical skills beyond your normal professional scope of practice
-Provide you with skills to access and critically appraise research findings to develop your own evidence-based practice
-Enhance your understanding of the essential principles of research design and to conduct an extensive piece of independent research including: planning, formulating, designing, choosing research methods, collecting data, analysing, interpreting and writing-up
-Ensure you acquire a range of transferable employment-related skills

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 cares for others will aspire to uphold 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

We have a range of guest specialists who work with us, including Billy Fashanu, consultant physiotherapist and various other tutors such as consultant rheumatologists, radiologists, consultant neurophysiologists and other injecting practitioners.

Specialist facilities

The School of Health and Human Sciences is located at two sites; in the Kimmy Eldridge building on the Colchester campus and in the Gateway Building on the Southend campus.

As one of our CPD students, you may be taking modules at either campus or online to suit your needs, which means that you can access facilities across both campuses as required.

Example structure

Postgraduate study is the chance to take your education to the next level. The combination of compulsory and optional modules means our courses help you develop extensive knowledge in your chosen discipline, whilst providing plenty of freedom to pursue your own interests. Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.

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MSc Advanced Professional Practice (APP) Paediatric Musculoskeletal Health Pathway. This part time programme is open to all healthcare professionals with an interest in health in the paediatric population. Read more

MSc Advanced Professional Practice (APP) Paediatric Musculoskeletal Health Pathway

This part time programme is open to all healthcare professionals with an interest in health in the paediatric population. Epidemiology including risk factors, and public health issues including nutrition and physical activity.

This is a specialised pathway of the MSc Advanced Professional Practice programme.

Course Overview

The Paediatric Musculoskeletal Health pathway includes the following:

• Musculoskeletal Health of the Neonate

• Musculoskeletal health of the Infant and Toddler

• Growth, Development and Nutrition

Find out more over at the AECC website.

The units will be taught using a range of teaching and learning methods including:

• Workshops

• Practical skills classes

• Seminars

• Small group work

• Lectures



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This programme is open to all healthcare professionals with an interest in developing advanced clinical and practical skills in this area. Read more

MSc Advance Professional Practice (APP) Functional Musculoskeletal Health Pathway

This programme is open to all healthcare professionals with an interest in developing advanced clinical and practical skills in this area.

Course Overview

This part-time programme will allow students access to advanced knowledge and exposure to the latest research within the functional musculoskeletal health care profession. This course is an essential for professionals planning to work within this speciality.
The course is an interdisciplinary, comprehensive programme designed to provide a unique preparation for sports injury, performance management and injury rehabilitation.

As a student on this course you will benefit from hands-on learning opportunities to evaluate, treat and rehabilitate acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions and on achieving and MSc will be confident and competent when assessing, treating and rehabilitating musculoskeletal related injuries for the elite athlete or weekend warrior.

Course Units

The following units are covered on the Functional Musculoskeletal Health pathway:

• Upper body functional health
• Lower body functional health
• Functional management of sports injuries
• Structured learning events
• Current advances in practice
• Clinical placement
• Evidence-based practice
• Research dissertation
• Clinical audit

The units will be taught using a range of teaching and learning methods including:

• Workshops
• Practical skills classes
• Seminars
• Small group work
• Lectures

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This course explores the biological basis of age-related musculoskeletal decline and associated pathologies, including factors influencing the decline and interventions to maintain good musculoskeletal health as we age. Read more
This course explores the biological basis of age-related musculoskeletal decline and associated pathologies, including factors influencing the decline and interventions to maintain good musculoskeletal health as we age.

With rapidly changing demographics, falling birth rate and increasing life expectancy, we are an ageing population. However, healthy lifespan is not keeping pace with increased longevity and people are living longer but not necessarily in good health.

A significant contributor to ill health in old age is physical frailty and poor musculoskeletal function and health. Osteoarthritis alone affects 6 million people in the UK and the health consequences of low physical activity, in terms of years of life lost, are more significant than those of smoking.

The course is aimed at life science graduates interested in gaining an in depth understanding of the ageing process and how it specifically affects musculoskeletal function and health. It is suitable for those considering a research career as this Masters programme has a significant research component and the course is taught exclusively by active researchers in a national centre of excellence.

Designed also to appeal to allied health professionals, such as physiotherapists, dieticians and those working with the elderly in a clinical context. Supplying students with an in depth understanding of musculoskeletal ageing, equipping them with practical skills to assess and research the topic and learning practical approaches to minimise the impact of ageing on this major body system are the aims of this course.

About the College of Medical and Dental Sciences

The College of Medical and Dental Sciences is a major international centre for research and education, make huge strides in finding solutions to major health problems including ageing, cancer, cardiovascular, dental, endocrine, inflammatory diseases, infection (including antibiotic resistance), rare diseases and trauma.
We tackle global healthcare problems through excellence in basic and clinical science, and improve human health by delivering tangible real-life benefits in the fight against acute and chronic disease.
Situated in the largest healthcare region in the country, with access to one of the largest and most diverse populations in Europe, we are positioned to address major global issues and diseases affecting today’s society through our eight specialist research institutes.
With over 1,000 academic staff and around £60 million of new research funding per year, the College of Medical and Dental Sciences is dedicated to performing world-leading research.
We care about our research and teaching and are committed to developing outstanding scientists and healthcare professionals of the future. We offer our postgraduate community a unique learning experience taught by academics who lead the way in research in their field.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding

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Lead academic 2016. Professor Ilaria Bellantuono. This unique one-year programme is run by the Centre for Integrated research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA) and funded by Medical Research Council and Arthritis Research UK. Read more

About the course

Lead academic 2016: Professor Ilaria Bellantuono

This unique one-year programme is run by the Centre for Integrated research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA) and funded by Medical Research Council and Arthritis Research UK. CIMA is a collaboration between the University of Sheffield, the University of Liverpool and the University of Newcastle.

The course provides multidisciplinary research training on the musculoskeletal system as a whole in the context of ageing. The training has a strong focus on employability. Topics range from basic science to clinical aspects, from in vitro to in vivo models, and from the latest advances in the assessment of the musculoskeletal system to lifestyle interventions.

Although you’ll be based at Sheffield, the course involves exchange visits to the other universities.

Our study environment

You’ll be based in teaching hospitals that serve a population of over half a million people and refer a further two million. We also have close links with the University’s other health-related departments.

Our research funding comes from many sources including the NIHR, MRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, the Department of Health, EU, and prominent charities such as the Wellcome Trust, ARC, YCR, Cancer Research UK and BHF. Our partners and sponsors include Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Astra Zeneca and Eli Lilly.

You’ll also benefit from our collaboration with the Department of Biomedical Sciences.

How we teach

Classes are kept small (15–20 students) to make sure you get the best possible experience in laboratories and in clinical settings.

Our resources

We have a state-of-the-art biorepository and a £30m stem cell laboratory. The Sheffield Institute of Translational Neuroscience (SITraN) opened in November 2010. We also have microarray, genetics, histology, flow cytometry and high-throughput screening technology, and the latest equipment for bone and oncology research.

At our Clinical Research Facility, you’ll be able to conduct studies with adult patients and volunteers. The Sheffield Children’s Hospital houses a complementary facility for paediatric experimental medical research.

Hepatitis B policy

If your course involves a significant risk of exposure to human blood or other body fluids and tissue, you’ll need to complete a course of Hepatitis B immunisation before starting. We conform to national guidelines that are in place to protect patients, health care workers and students.

Core modules

Principles of Human Nutrition: relevance to ageing; Biology of Ageing; Biology and Assessment of Skeletal Health; Muscle in the Integrated Musculoskeletal System; Research Project.

Teaching and assessment

The taught element is online and may be taken remotely at home (live interactions will take place between 9–5pm UK time). This includes live lectures, wikis and blogs, and tutor support.

The research project involves hands-on laboratory work. It includes placements with all three universities.

You’ll also have the chance to take part in seminars, workshops and networking events delivered by industrial partners. You’ll be assessed through exams, coursework, a mock grant proposal and a research project dissertation.

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The Centre for Integrated research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA) MRes is a research-based course with a taught component that is equivalent to an MSc. Read more
The Centre for Integrated research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA) MRes is a research-based course with a taught component that is equivalent to an MSc. It provides a springboard into a career that involves a working knowledge of scientific research.

The course is designed for students with a BSc in the life sciences or another science discipline. It is also for intercalating and qualified MBBS or BDS students. You can study the course as a stand-alone qualification or as an entry route onto a PhD or MD.

The taught component of the course includes musculoskeletal ageing specific content. This content is delivered as a series of e-learning modules provided by Newcastle University and also the CIMA partner universities of Liverpool and Sheffield. You will also receive training in general research principles and in professional and key skills.

You will also receive:
-Training in general research principles
-Training in professional and key skills
-Peer mentoring from current CIMA PhD students

Your research project is a major element of the course. Your project involves 24 weeks of research in an area of musculoskeletal ageing. Supervision is by expert academic researchers in your field of interest. You will also do a placement at either Liverpool University or Sheffield University. These universities are our academic partners in the Centre for Integrated research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA) course

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This programme aims to provide you with further knowledge of the scientific concepts and procedures underpinning sport and exercise related musculoskeletal function, measurement, injury and treatment. Read more
This programme aims to provide you with further knowledge of the scientific concepts and procedures underpinning sport and exercise related musculoskeletal function, measurement, injury and treatment.

The programme will allow you to adopt a multidisciplinary approach to the scientific study of sport and exercise related musculoskeletal health and performance including anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, bioengineering, and kinesiology. You will have the opportunity to carry out in-depth and critical research in selected areas of interest.

Core study areas include orthopaedic biomechanics, neuromuscular function, physiology of exercise and sport, immediate and pre-hospital care of the injured athlete, research methods for sport and exercise, basic science and regenerative therapy, emerging technologies for health and wellbeing, motion analysis of human movement, developing computer models for sports biomechanics, sports injury, and a research project.

This course is delivered under the auspices of the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine – East Midlands (NCSEM-EM), and is primarily taught at Loughborough University. The NCSEM-EM is an Olympic legacy funded project aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of the nation. The course is delivered in conjunction with The University of Nottingham with some teaching at the Queen’s Medical Centre.

See the website http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/ssehs/musculoskeletal-sport-science-health/

Programme modules

Programme Modules:
Semester 1
- Orthopaedic Biomechanics
- Neuromuscular Function
- Physiology of Exercise and Sport
- Immediate and Pre-Hospital Care of the Injured Athlete (continues into semester 2)
- Research Methods for Sport and Exercise

Semester 2
- Basic Science and regenerative therapy
- Emerging Technologies for Health and Wellbeing
- Motion analysis of human movement
- Developing Computer Models for Sports Biomechanics
- Sports Injury
- Research Project

Assessment

Coursework and examination, project reports and research project.

Careers and further study

Typical destinations include teaching in further and higher education, sports science support with the English Institute of Sport, working in rehabilitation and exercise therapy, working with professional sports organisations, research and PhD study.

Why choose sport, exercise and health sciences at Loughborough?

Staff within the School are renowned internationally for the quality of their teaching and research, which has influenced policy and practice around the world.

Knowledge gained from our research underpins the teaching and variety of learning experiences offered through the School’s comprehensive range of postgraduate taught and research degrees.

Our staff expertise, combined with on-going investment in buildings, teaching facilities, laboratories and equipment, makes the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences a stimulating, multidisciplinary environment in which to study.

- Research
Research within the School is classified broadly into three themes: Performance in sport, Lifestyle for health and well-being, and Participation in sport and exercise.

- Career prospects
Over 92% of our graduates were in employment and/or further study six months after graduating. They go on to work with companies such as APR Psychology, Adidas, BUPA, Badminton England, British Red Cross, Ministry of Education, KPGM, Lucozade, NHS, Nuffield Health and Youth Sport Trust.

Find out how to apply here http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/ssehs/musculoskeletal-sport-science-health/

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