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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

Course overview

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.

A wide range of optional modules means you can create your own 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.

Syllabus

Musculoskeletal Management - Lower Quadrant
Musculoskeletal Management - Upper Quadrant
Research Methods for Health Professionals
Dissertation
and:
Clinical placement 1 - Lower Quadrant
Clinical placement 2 - Upper Quadrant
Plus:
Key issues in NMS Management or an option from graduate programme in health and social science

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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 programme enables physiotherapists to develop and enhance their skills in the overall assessment management, evaluation and the rehabilitation of the patient in a variety of health and Social care settings. Read more
This programme enables physiotherapists to develop and enhance their skills in the overall assessment management, evaluation and the rehabilitation of the patient in a variety of health and Social care settings.

Students may choose a pathway with a named endorsement (see related courses below) depending on the initial Postgraduate Certificate route, providing that the subject of the Final Stage covers the same clinical speciality.

Whilst following this programme of study you will engage with learning through a range of teaching methods. To a degree these methods will be dependent on modules studied, however student-centred approaches to learning are a feature of the modules and you will be expected to take responsibility for your learning as you develop your academic skills.

There are a number of approaches to the manner in which modules are delivered and these include block attendance, study day attendance, distance learning and blended learning. When devising your study plan you will be informed regarding which delivery methods are utilised for which module and in which semester your chosen modules are being delivered. You will also be informed about dates and times of compulsory attendance at the university and (or) practice placement.

Why Bradford?

-The MSc Rehabilitation Studies provides an ideal opportunity for physiotherapists to develop advanced skills in their particular area of interest including musculoskeletal, continence, women’s health or sports physiotherapy.
-Continuing professional development funding may be available for some modules and courses. However, access to funding for part or all of an award cannot be guaranteed.

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.

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This programme provides advanced theory, knowledge and clinical skills for rehabilitation professionals. It also prepares graduates to assume leadership positions in clinical research and professional practice, offering a flexible programme of study for both specialist training and professional training. Read more
This programme provides advanced theory, knowledge and clinical skills for rehabilitation professionals. It also prepares graduates to assume leadership positions in clinical research and professional practice, offering a flexible programme of study for both specialist training and professional training.

Programme Aims

Graduates of this programme will be able to:

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

Programme Characteristics

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

How to Apply

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

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

Programme Structure

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

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


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

Core Areas of Study

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

Postgraduate Scheme

The Postgraduate Scheme in Rehabilitation Sciences comprises the following awards:

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

The awards under this scheme admit students in alternate years:

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

English Language Requirement

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

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

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

Enquiries

For academic matters, please contact:

Dr Joseph Ng

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

General Office

Tel : (852) 2766 6728
Email :

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As a physiotherapist, you can make a real difference to the way people function physically, socially and psychologically. Physiotherapy aims to make the most of an individual's abilities through health promotion, preventive healthcare and rehabilitation.

Course details

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

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

Professional accreditation

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

What you study

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

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

In Stage 3 you complete your dissertation.

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

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

Stage 3 core modules
-Major Project

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

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

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

Clinical placements are assessed at undergraduate level.

Employability

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/msc-manual-therapy

Distance learning study

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

Recognition for prior learning

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

Course structure

Part time – typically 3 years. Starts September and January

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

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

Optional modules
You study 45 credits worth of modules, which could include teaching and learning, leadership skills or more clinically relevant topics such as:
-MACP clinical placement in neuro-musculoskeletal physiotherapy (30 credits)
-Pain management (15 credits)
-Concepts of learning and teaching (15 credits)
-The leadership landscape (15 credits)

Assessments: presentations; practical assessment; vivas; written assessment.

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If you're interested in physiotherapy, then we're here to give you the knowledge and skills to be able to register with the Health and Care Professions Council. Our accelerated programme will help you become a practicing physiotherapist with only two years of study, rather than the traditional three. You'll use your existing academic skills to study patient management in core areas of physiotherapy, including cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal and neurology.

We offer a blend of academic study and practical experience, including five placement opportunities in a variety of settings across North West England, Southern Scotland and the Isle of Man. After 1000 hours of supervised clinical practice, combined with the research and theory learnt in the classroom, you'll have everything you need to be a fully-registered and qualified physiotherapy practitioner.

Course outline

This programme is validated by both the Health and Care Professions Council and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, ensuring eligibility to register with both organisations. We cover core areas of current practice and embrace the values of the NHS Constitution, such as treating people with respect, dignity and compassion.

All modules have been designed with reference to related organisations, including the HCPC, CSP and NHS to ensure relevance to contemporary practice. In addition, five clinical placements are integrated throughout the course. These do not carry academic credit but must be successfully completed in order to achieve the award.

The programme adopts an evaluative and evidence-based approach to physiotherapy practice. You'll work collaboratively with students from other professional disciplines and be involved in peer assessment. A series of mandatory training events including basic life support and infection control will be timetabled over the two years.

Graduate destinations

You'll be qualified to work in a variety of NHS, education, private, voluntary and independent environments both in the UK and abroad. Some countries will require graduates to take an entry examination or assessment. The skills you learn will serve you well both in the clinical field and in any job requiring research, leadership or management skills.

Admission requirements

You will hold:
-An existing BSc (Hons) degree in a relevant science-based subject, normally at 2i (upper class second) level. Examples of relevant subjects include sports rehabilitation, sports therapy, human biology, biomedical sciences, anatomy and physiology, etc.
OR
-An existing qualification in nursing, midwifery or relevant Allied Health Profession, gained through study to BSc (Hons) level.
-A recognised practitioner qualification in e.g: osteopathy or chiropractic.

In addition, you will have gained:
-Work experience or observation in one or more relevant clinical or voluntary settings. One of these would ideally be within the UK NHS, or equivalent service for international students.

You will be able to demonstrate:
-Study to level 6 within the past 5 year (to the start of the programme).
-A good basic knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, which will be assessed at interview.

Other entry qualifications
Non-standard entrants are required to demonstrate ability to benefit from and to successfully complete the course. These candidates will need to show evidence of continuous professional development within the last 5 years; relevant work experience; and demonstrate the motivation and ability to succeed. All applicants will need to provide evidence of academic ability to Level 6.

Work Experience
All applicants are strongly advised to seek work experience in physiotherapy prior to application / interview to gain a full understanding of current physiotherapy practice.

Overseas students and language requirements
We welcome applications from overseas students. If English is not your first language we also require one of the following qualifications:
-IELTS - an overall mark of 7 with no less than 6.5 in any one component
-TOEFL - 550 points paper-based or 213 points computer-based
-Cambridge proficiency grade C

Applicants who are selected for interview are invited to attend the Fusehill Street campus in Carlisle for an information session and campus tour, followed by a group activity assessment, an assessment of human anatomy and physiology knowledge and an individual interview.

Selection is initially based on academic profile, personal statement and academic reference. At interview we are looking for a good understanding of physiotherapy practice; excellent communication skills; motivation and commitment to pursuing physiotherapy as a career; and the potential to succeed as a health professional. Observational work experience or visits to two different workplaces would greatly enhance understanding of the role of physiotherapy in health and social care, enabling you to succeed at interview.

All places are offered subject to successful interview, as well as Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (DBS formerly CRB), medical fitness to practise and proof of qualifications.

Fitness to practise and health requirements
All offers of a place are subject to satisfactory health screening. Further information will be provided following the offer of a place.
Please note that Professional Bodies such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) have certain requirements regarding health and character status of applicants and their ability to meet the required core professional competencies and to practise safely without direct supervision. Please read the NMC and HCPC information to find out more. Please ask us for advice and/or support as early as possible in the application process if you have any questions about this requirement.

For more information about core competencies and medical fitness to train please click here. There are fitness standards provided here for most programmes of study: health professions, social work and teaching.

In some instances, an applicant may be invited to attend a professional practice panel to discuss any recommended reasonable adjustments, and whether or not core professional competencies are achievable.

In order to be admitted and continue on the course, students must be deemed as medically fit for both practice and theory by the Occupational Health Department. If you have any concerns about a health condition/issue and its impact on your ability to undertake the course please contact the Occupational Health Department as early as possible in the application process.

Telephone: 01253 657950
E-mail:

Disclosure and Barring Service check
If you are offered a place we require you to comply with an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) background clearance check. Details on the policy can be found here.

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This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to practice physiotherapy via an accelerated programme which builds on prior learning and experience. It is a two year course with an exciting and varied mix of academic and clinical learning.

Our course is the only Physical Therapy programme outside North America which is accredited by CAPTE. Therefore, each year we welcome a number of students from the United States and Canada as well as students from other countries who wish to practice in the USA to this course.

Visit the website http://www.rgu.ac.uk/health-professions/study-options/postgraduate-taught-full-time/physiotherapy-pre-registration

Course detail

There is a firm emphasis on the development of clinical reasoning and practical skills throughout the course.

Academic modules have been developed to allow students to develop strong core assessment and treatments skills and a deeper knowledge of core areas such as exercise prescription and health improvement theory. Integrating the core practice areas of cardiovascular respiratory, neurology and musculoskeletal encourages students to think holistically about their patients to embed this in their practice.

Year 1

•Foundations Of Physiotherapy Practice
•Exercise And Health
•Clinical Education 1
•Physiotherapy Practice 1 & 2
•Clinical Education 2

Year 2

•Clinical Education 3
•Physiotherapy Pathways
•Physiotherapy Research Project
•Clinical Education 4 & 5
•Enhancing Service and Practice
•Clinical Education 6

Placements and accreditation

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

Students undertake six placements which are spread over the duration of the course. The final placement is an elective which is arranged by students themselves; this can be undertaken in any country if the required conditions are met.

Careers

Students who complete their MSc (Pre-registration) Physiotherapy degree at RGU and wish to pursue working within the United States are welcome to apply to upgrade their MSc to a Doctorate of Physiotherapy (DPT).

How to apply

To find out how to apply, use the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline

Funding

For information on funding, including loans, scholarships and Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) please click the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/future-students/finance-and-scholarships/financial-support/uk-students/postgraduate-students/postgraduate-students/

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

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

Modules

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

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please see the following link:
https://www.yorksj.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Other sources of funding

Information on alternative sources of funding can be found here:
https://www.yorksj.ac.uk/student-services/money/funding-my-course/postgraduate-/postgraduate-funding-/

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Overview

Physiotherapy is a constantly evolving profession which requires practitioners to demonstrate current best practice and continued professional development at postgraduate level. The philosophy of this flexible modular course is to broaden and extend knowledge and skills in the field of physiotherapy and encourage personal and professional development. This programme is designed to provide opportunity for students to question and challenge current practice in aspects of physiotherapy and to enable students to explore in depth, areas of professional interest within physiotherapy. It also aims to enable students to evaluate evidence both for current practice and for new approaches in physiotherapy practice.

The structure of the core modules meets the needs of individuals to review and evaluate the background of the physiotherapy profession and to integrate this into their clinical practice where appropriate. The optional modules allow students to devise a programme to suit their own specific requirements in terms of professional and personal development. The research module and dissertation, together with core/optional modules such as Evidence-based Practice and Assessment and Measurement, develop the student’s research capabilities and critical evaluation skills.

The School of Health & Rehabilitation is based on Keele campus and has a well-established undergraduate physiotherapy programme. It has strong connections both with local clinical units and with other Schools within the University such as the Schools of Nursing & Midwifery, Medicine, and Pharmacy.

The part-time MSc programme can be completed in two years, but students may take up to five years if they wish (modular route). The structure of the course therefore allows flexible learning in accordance with individual student interests and needs.

See the website https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/physiotherapypart-time/

Course Aims

Provide an environment where the student is supported and motivated to develop academically, professionally and personally. Promote reflective thinking, reflective practice, and self-evaluation. Develop the process of critical and evaluative thinking, writing, and communication. Transfer scientific knowledge from theory into practice. Develop research skills to provide students with a sound academic core to their clinical practice in physiotherapy. Develop a scientific approach to the evaluation of current practice in physiotherapy.

Promote interdisciplinary perspectives and an holistic approach to the management and rehabilitation of person.

Course Content

The MSc programme comprises taught modules to the value of 120 M Level credits and a dissertation of 60 M Level credits, giving a total of 180 credits. Students may choose to finish their studies after completing 60 taught credits (Postgraduate Certificate) or 120 taught credits (Postgraduate Diploma), or they may study any module on a stand-alone basis and obtain the relevant credits. The part-time MSc programme can be completed in two years, but students may take up to five years if they wish. The structure of the course therefore allows flexible learning in accordance with individual student interests and needs.

The core modules meet the needs of individuals to review and evaluate the scientific background of their own specialism and to integrate this into their clinical practice. The option modules allow students to devise a programme to suit their own specific requirements in terms of professional and personal development. The Research module and Evidence-based Practice module together with the dissertation develop the student’s research capabilities and critical evaluation skills.

Teaching & Assessment

Lecture sessions are led by a variety of experienced authorities in their field. Therefore, the student receives a wide knowledge base from academics and practising experts.

The programme is assessed by a variety of techniques chosen to reflect the aims and objectives and teaching methods of individual modules, for example: essay, critical evaluation, paper review, seminar presentations, examination, the use of the Virtual Learning Environment, and dissertation. The pass mark for all modules is 50%.

Additional Costs

Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines we do not anticipate any additional costs for this post graduate programme.

Find information on Scholarships here - http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/

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This course is a unique opportunity to qualify as a Chartered Physiotherapist combined with a PhD leading to a Doctorate in Physiotherapy. Read more
This course is a unique opportunity to qualify as a Chartered Physiotherapist combined with a PhD leading to a Doctorate in Physiotherapy.

The course will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to practice physiotherapy through an accelerated programme which builds on prior learning and experience.

The initial two years are run largely in parallel with the MSc (Pre-registration) Physiotherapy course with an enhanced research element that leads to undertaking a Doctoral Thesis in the final 18 months of the course.

After 2 years successful candidates will be awarded the PgDip and will be eligible to apply for Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration which gives eligibility to practice. Successful completion of the final doctoral thesis will then lead to the award of Doctorate of Physiotherapy. The course is also recognised and validated by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

Course detail

There is a firm emphasis on the development of doctorate level research skills in conjunction with the clinical reasoning and practical skills required of a physiotherapist.

Academic modules have been developed to allow students to develop strong core assessment treatment and research skills and a deeper knowledge of core areas such as exercise prescription and health improvement theory. Integrating the core practice areas of cardiovascular respiratory, neurology and musculoskeletal encourages students to think holistically about their patients and to embed this in their practice. The thesis allows the transfer of practical and academic elements to the clinical application of research.

Stage 1

• Foundations of Physiotherapy Practice
• Exercise And Health
• Clinical Education 1
• Physiotherapy Practice 1 & 2
• Clinical Education 2

Stage 2

• Clinical Education 3
• Physiotherapy Pathways
• Physiotherapy Research Proposal
• Clinical Education 4 & 5
• Enhancing Service and Practice
• Clinical Education 6

Stage 3

• Thesis

Format

The problem orientated model of learning used throughout the course is particularly suited to those who have already experienced a University learning environment. You will be taught via a mixture of enquiry based learning, practical workshops, projects and simulation, working with volunteer patients and in our state of the art Clinical Skills Centre including METIman. During the course, we also frequently invite external speakers including expert clinicians.

Students are required to work in groups and learning occurs through practical and tutorial sessions with some group and individual project work. Experienced tutors with current clinical experienced will facilitate this.

The Doctoral thesis will allow in-depth study of a clinically or service relevant area to PhD level with the student working with a group of experienced clinicians and academics.

Careers

Students will be eligible for HCPC and CSP registration on completion of their DPT after transfer from their PGDip.

A DPT is a requirement for registration in the United States.

The addition of the PhD is likely to add to graduates prospects in clinical research and academic careers.

How to apply

All applications should be made via the University's application form for research students: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/research/graduate-school/applying-for-a-research-degree

Completed application forms should be accompanied by:
• Two academic references
• A transcript or mark sheet for all graduate qualifications
• A draft research proposal, or at least a short summary to indicate the potential area of research (Refer to Section 8 of the Application Form)

Funding

For information on funding, including loans, scholarships and Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) please click the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/future-students/finance-and-scholarships/financial-support/uk-students/postgraduate-students/postgraduate-students/

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OVERVIEW. The Physiotherapy MSc programme is offered to professionally qualified physiotherapists who wish to develop and extend their knowledge and professional expertise in physiotherapy. Read more
OVERVIEW

The Physiotherapy MSc programme is offered to professionally qualified physiotherapists who wish to develop and extend their knowledge and professional expertise in physiotherapy.

It provides opportunities for personal and professional development, building on current knowledge and experience to facilitate an exploration of physiotherapy in its many forms.

The flexibility of the programme allows students to choose their own programme of study which enables them to advance their knowledge and skills in their own particular area of interest be it clinical, managerial, education or research.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

Flexible programme enables you to advance your knowledge and skills in your own particular area of interest.

Well established course - Physiotherapy at masters level has been established at Coventry since 1992.

Designed and regularly updated to respond to the challenges of a changing healthcare climate.

Tutors are experts in their own fields and are 'research active.'

Many modules are shared across the professions, reflecting the inter-professional nature of physiotherapy and providing valuable opportunity for discussion and debate.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

MSc Physiotherapy is organised as a series of optional modules which will enable you to focus on topics relevant to your own areas of interest and practice settings.

Examples of modules may include:

Developing expertise in physiotherapy,
extended scope practitioner,
pulmonary rehabilitation,
neuro-rehabilitation,
the neural control of human behaviour in health and disease,
injection therapy (musculoskeletal and neurological),
musculoskeletal upper and lower quadrants,
ethics, the law and professional practice,
evidence based practice,
research methodology.

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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 MACP-approved postgraduate programme provides physiotherapists with an opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills required for working as advanced practitioners in neuromusculoskeletal physiotherapy within a broad spectrum of health and society. Read more
This MACP-approved postgraduate programme provides physiotherapists with an opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills required for working as advanced practitioners in neuromusculoskeletal physiotherapy within a broad spectrum of health and society.

The programme emphasises and facilitates the integration of evidence from a wide variety of sources using research-focused lectures, seminars and practical workshops. We will provide you with the skills and knowledge to become advanced practitioners who are able to comprehensively assess and manage individuals with neuromusculoskeletal problems and design, implement and evaluate rehabilitation programmes tailored to the needs of individuals with neuromusculoskeletal problems. The MSc combines strong academic and scientific content with practical workshops taught by experienced expert clinicians.

KEY BENEFITS

- Internationally and nationally respected research-active teaching staff.
- Graduation from the programme confers eligibilty for registration as a member of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists.
- Excellent graduate employment rates.
- Facilitates career progression in a diverse range of physiotherapy careers eg extended scope practitioner, consultant / clinical specialist physiotherapist, private physiotherapy practitioner, educator and researcher.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/advanced-neuromusculoskeletal-physiotherapy-msc.aspx

Course detail

- Description

This programme equips physiotherapists with the skills and knowledge to become advanced practitioners who are able to:

- Comprehensively assess and manage individuals with neuromusculoskeletal problems;

- Design, implement and evaluate rehabilitation programmes tailored to the needs of individuals with neuromusculoskeletal problems.

Modules include clinical science subjects (anatomy. biomechanics, pain physiology and muscle and exercise physiology) as well as those focussing on physiotherapy practice.

The transference of knowledge into clinical practice is facilitated during practical sessions in college and on professional practice (clinical) placements. Students who successfully complete the programme are eligible for MACP (Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists) membership. The programme also supports students in their development of research skills and completion of a project.

- Course purpose

This programme provides the educational opportunities that will enable physiotherapists to develop the knowledge, research understanding, clinical, analytical and reasoning skills required for advanced physiotherapy assessment and management of people with neuromusculoskeletal conditions.

- Course format and assessment

Delivered by a combination of taught lectures, seminars, prosections, practical sessions, clinical practice placements and self-directed learning.

The MSc programme can be completed full-time over one year or part-time over two years. Other study options include; a PGDip in Advanced Phsiotheraphy (Neuromusculoskeletal) or the MSc modules can also be taken as stand-alone modules (with the exception of the Clinical Education and Research project modules).

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.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Details of available scholarships for 2016 can be found here: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/student-funding/index.aspx
Scholarships available for applications made by 31st March 2016

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

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