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

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

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

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

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

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

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

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

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

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

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

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

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

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

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This course is ideal for you if you are a physiotherapist in neuromusculoskeletal practice and would like to advance your specialist treatment and assessment skills. Read more
This course is ideal for you if you are a physiotherapist in neuromusculoskeletal practice and would like to advance your specialist treatment and assessment skills. You attain high levels of autonomy and clinical decision-making skills for application to clinical practice, and extend your knowledge of manual and manipulative therapy skills to a specialist level.

Course details

The course provides a flexible learning pathway to accommodate your needs. Core modules focus on evidence-based practice and research. Specialist modules address diverse clinical and practice issues in neuromusculoskeletal manipulative therapy.

Professional accreditation

Completion of this course, with the inclusion of the Advanced Clinical Placement (Neuromusculoskeletal Therapy) module leads to membership of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists.

What you study

Core modules focus on evidence-based practice and research. Specialist modules address diverse clinical and practice issues in neuromusculoskeletal manipulative therapy. You choose an option module in Year and carry out an independent research study in your final Year.

Year 1 core modules
-Clinical Management of Neuromusculoskeletal Dysfunction of the Upper Quadrant
-Concepts of Neuromusculoskeletal Manipulative Therapy
-Evidence-based Practice

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

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

Year 3 core modules
-Dissertation

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

You learn through key lectures, seminars, laboratory-based learning, structured resource-based learning, asynchronous electronic discussion, formative assessment, tutorials, small group work, research tutorials and practical skills-based sessions.

All modules within this programme have formative and summative forms of assessment methods. Core research modules, designated pathway modules and the option module use a variety of assessment methods to help develop your advanced clinical skills for practice. Assessment includes written assignments, patient case studies, practical examinations, objective structured clinical examinations, reflective accounts, portfolio developments and oral presentations.

Employability

This course enhances your ability to secure employment as an advanced practitioner or extended scope practitioner specialising in the management of patients with neuromusculoskeletal conditions.

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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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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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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; Mark Maybury, extended scope practitioner, physiotherapist and sonographer; Dr S. Perera, Consultant Radiologist, Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; and various other tutors such as consultant rheumatologists, consultant neurophysiologist 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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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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The Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) Program at UBC is a twenty-five month professional program leading to entry to practice and is accredited by Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada (PEAC). Read more
The Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) Program at UBC is a twenty-five month professional program leading to entry to practice and is accredited by Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada (PEAC). In the UBC MPT program, students experience the breadth and depth of the profession with 45 weeks of academic course work and a total of 1080 “hands-on” clinical hours. Students experience a diverse, inclusive, and evidence-based curriculum. The course content is updated annually to reflect recent research findings and current best practice. The teaching and learning practices in the MPT Program are based on recent education research and best practice in adult teaching and learning.

The MPT Program embraces innovative teaching and learning approaches that align with the curricular vision and goals, including technology-enhanced teaching and learning and simulation; interprofessional learning; and community-based learning. Faculty members within the Department are acknowledged throughout Canada, and internationally, as leaders in Physical Therapy research and include a Canada Research Chair, as well as Michael Smith and CIHR Scholars. The MPT Program is taught by a complement of faculty members and expert clinicians, with high instructor-to-student ratios in clinical skills courses.

Students experience six clinical placements in diverse aspects of clinical care such as acute, outpatient, geriatrics, interprofessional (including rural and paediatrics), and rehabilitation for various populations such as stroke, spinal cord injury, head injury and others (as well as an option for a research placement). In addition, in partnership with Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health, UBC can place students in the only two student-led physiotherapy clinics in the province, which provide an outstanding opportunity for peer learning and interprofessional experience. Students have access to a vast number of clinical placement location possibilities in British Columbia ranging from large city centres to small communities. Students at the senior level have the option to request one “Out-of-Province” or International placement. Clinic site visits and patient interface workshops are offered throughout the curriculum exposing students to real patients while learning their theoretical skills (neuro; pediatric; shadow placements).

The entry-level MPT program is located in a state-of-the-art facility on the campus of the University of British Columbia in beautiful Vancouver. Cameras and large screen monitors in labs allow for all students to have the best seat in the house when observing demonstrations of even the most detailed subjects. Large lab spaces accommodate two students for every physiotherapy plinth. Additionally, students have access to a modern, well-equipped exercise gym in which to learn exercise testing and prescription.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Physical Therapy
- Specialization: Physical Therapy
- Subject: Health and Medicine
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Program components: Coursework only
- Faculty: Faculty of Medicine

Program Overview

Physical therapists specialize in the assessment and treatment related to movement. Common movement disorders result from impairment of the neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, respiratory or cardiovascular systems. Following assessment of their clients, physical therapists often use physical agents such as therapeutic exercise, heat, cold, and electrical stimulation to increase muscle strength and function, reduce pain, promote general health and fitness, and prevent disability. As specialists in movement dysfunction, physical therapists also provide expertise in human mobility, carefully analyzing gait patterns and prescribing treatment regimens or devices (such as braces, crutches, or wheelchairs) to enable clients to move independently through their environments.

The M.P.T. degree provides the professional education necessary to obtain a license to practice physical therapy. It differs from the advanced or research M.Sc. in Rehabilitation Sciences, which prepares practitioners with advanced research skills and requires completion and defense of a thesis.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This course is suitable for physiotherapists, GPs, doctors, occupational therapists, podiatrists, nurses and other allied Health professionals working in orthopaedics, rheumatology, neurological and musculoskeletal patient management. Read more
This course is suitable for physiotherapists, GPs, doctors, occupational therapists, podiatrists, nurses and other allied Health professionals working in orthopaedics, rheumatology, neurological and musculoskeletal patient management. It brings together the theory, practice, evidence, safety, ethical and legal aspects of injection therapy that enhances interdisciplinary working, professional development and reflective practice.

Routes are offered for both neurological injection (botulinum toxin) and joint and soft tissue injection (steroid injections). There are some joint sessions as well as both subject specialist theory and practical sessions with experienced, clinically based tutors to guide and support you throughout.

INDUSTRY LINKS

Most of the students completing this course are current NHS employees. We work closely with local NHS Trusts to support training and development and SLA funding is available through the CPD agreement. Please ask your manager for details if you are an employee of a local NHS Trust.

There is currently no legal obligation to have completed a specific training programme to practice injection therapy as an AHP. However, it is considered to be good practice by the relevant regulatory bodies to have a formal qualification such as this, which demonstrates good theoretical knowledge , practical skill and ability to consider best practice through evaluation of the evidence base for injection therapy practice.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

The course is delivered in both the classroom and specialist practical teaching rooms.

There are two assessments for this course. The first requires 10 injections which are assessed and signed off by your nominated mentor in practice as well as a reflective case based assignment (3000 words).

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

MSc Advanced Physiotherapy

is an advanced programme of study for registered and qualified Physiotherapists.
Under this main programme of study, there are

five specialist areas

where our students can direct their focus and develop their professional practice:
Physiotherapy focus
Musculoskeletal Therapy focus
Neurological Therapy focus
Cardio-respiratory Therapy focus
Manual Therapy focus (provides eligibility for MACP membership)

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

MSc Advanced Physiotherapy

.
Each of these areas consists of

core units

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

Some of these units may be delivered by other Master’s programmes within the University. This not only widens the variety of units, which you can study but also offers the potential for multi-professional education and professional study.
Whilst there is freedom to choose a range of units, which interest the student and develop multi-professional practice,

Advanced Physiotherapy

units must form two thirds of your final credits in order to successfully graduate from the programme.

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

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A University of Hertfordshire research degree is an internationally recognised degree signifying high levels of achievement in research. Read more
A University of Hertfordshire research degree is an internationally recognised degree signifying high levels of achievement in research. It develops extensive subject expertise and independent research skills which are honed over an extended period, depending on the level of the award. You would undertake a substantial, original research project for the duration of the degree, under the supervision and guidance of two or more academic members of staff. Your supervisory team provides guidance both in the selection of a research topic and in the conduct of the research. You are also supported by attendance at postgraduate seminar series to develop subject specific knowledge and research skills relevant to your field of research. The degree is assessed solely on the basis of the final research output, in the form of a substantial written thesis which must be "defended" in a viva. During the course of the degree, you would be given opportunities to present your work at major conferences and in refereed research publications.

Why choose this course?

-An internationally recognised research qualification
-Developing advanced subject expertise at postgraduate level
-Develop research skills through practice and extensive research experience
-Employers are looking for high calibre graduates with advanced skills who can demonstrate independence through research

Careers

Graduates with this degree will be able to demonstrate to employers a highly-valued ability to work independently on a substantial and challenging original project and to maintain that focus over an extended period, and will have developed much sought after, highly refined research skills.

Teaching methods

Research degrees are not taught programmes, however, programmes of supporting studies are a key element.

We have a broad research profile covering the main areas of Dietetics, Paramedic Science, Disaster Management and Planning, Physiotherapy and Radiography (both Therapeutic and Diagnostic) and several members of staff have strong national and international profiles. Our research activities are broadly divided into (a) Professional and Educational Research and (b) Professional Practice research.

The work of the Professional and Educational Research group crosses several discipline boundaries and is focused on three main areas: that of Simulation in Education, Education Systems and Pedagogic Research, and Research in Professional and Role Development. A significant amount of the work is undertaken in collaboration with professional organisations and NHS partners.

The work of the Professional Practice Research Group focuses on several areas of significant expertise: haemophilia, electrotherapy, musculoskeletal therapy, neurorehabilitation, radiography practice and disaster management. Many of the projects undertaken are in collaboration with health and other service partners with a focus on applied work that makes a direct contribution to the evidence on which professional practice is based.

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This course is ideal for you if you are a physiotherapist in neuromusculoskeletal practice and would like to advance your specialist treatment and assessment skills. Read more
This course is ideal for you if you are a physiotherapist in neuromusculoskeletal practice and would like to advance your specialist treatment and assessment skills.

Course details

You attain high levels of autonomy and clinical decision-making skills for application to clinical practice. You also extend your knowledge of manual and manipulative therapy skills to a specialist level. Teaching for each of the three modules takes place over six days (two blocks of three days).

What you study

Core modules
-Clinical Management of Neuromusculoskeletal Dysfunction of the Lower Quadrant
-Clinical Management of Neuromusculoskeletal Dysfunction of the Upper Quadrant
-Concepts of Neuromusculoskeletal Manipulative Therapy

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

You learn through a variety of teaching and learning methods including keynote lectures, seminars, practical skills workshops, tutorials and group tasks linked to formative assessment.

You are assessed through a variety of formative and summative assessment methods to help develop your advanced clinical skills for practice. These include written assignments, patient case studies, practical examinations, reflective accounts, oral presentations and peer review.

Employability

This course enhances your ability to secure employment as an advanced practitioner or extended scope practitioner specialising in the management of patients with neuromusculoskeletal conditions.

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