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.
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.
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.
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
Year 2 core modules
Year 2 option module
Year 3 core modules
Modules offered may vary.
How you learn
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.
How you are assessed
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.
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.
You want to problem-solve in a clinical capacity, think independently and practise as a chartered physiotherapist – and you’re ready to get there fast. Our accelerated MSc Physiotherapy is the programme for you.
At GCU, programmes are both highly relevant to your career – and focused on creating meaningful change that contributes to the common good. You’ll gain the expertise and knowledge you need to apply for membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and become a practising physiotherapist.
You’ll develop new insight in the areas of neuromusculoskeletal, cardiovascular and respiratory therapeutics and neurorehabilitation – combining traditional study with comprehensive hands-on experience in clinical placements. And you’ll have the support of a thriving, friendly and diverse GCU community as you learn.
Neuromusculoskeletal 1 and 2; Health Promotion; Health Related Activity and Fitness; Cardiovascular and Respiratory Therapeutics; Practice Education; Inter-Professional Context of Practice; Neurorehabilitation; Working in Organisations: Interprofessional and Critical Perspectives; and Dissertation.
The learning and teaching methods we use ensure that our programme is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our approach is student-centred, practical, participative and relevant to the needs of employers.
We've moved away from the traditional teacher-centric learning to a more independent learning approach, where you are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills.
We use a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure that you have both the necessary knowledge and understanding of business and management and a portfolio of intellectual and personal skills.
Each module on the programme uses its own learning, teaching and assessment strategy to achieve learning objectives. Assessment methods vary between modules and may include unseen examinations, class tests, essays, management reports, case studies, presentations, and group work.
With approval from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) this programme allows you to gain the expertise and knowledge to become a practising physiotherapist.
Whether you pursue a career with the NHS, go into private practice or get involved in clinical research, you’ll leave our pre-registration MSc Physiotherapy programme prepared to make a positive impact on your own life and beyond. With a supportive global network and a world-class reputation, GCU graduates go on to rewarding roles throughout the UK and internationally.
This programme enables exploration of the theoretical basis of manipulative physiotherapy and its application to the development of your clinical reasoning.
This programme enables exploration of the theoretical basis of manipulative physiotherapy and its application to the development of your clinical reasoning. Using the process of clinical reasoning as its framework, this programme integrates the many approaches to practice in this specialist area. It facilitates an evaluation of existing evidence through the exploration of the assessment and management of neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction.
The programme offers part-time and full-time modes of study, providing you with the opportunity to tailor your learning experience to meet your personal and professional needs.
As a Birmingham student, you will be joining the academic elite and will have the privilege of learning from world-leading experts, as well as your peers. From the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself.
This programme is delivered via week long or two/three day blocks of teaching. If you decide to only take one module per semester, you will only need to be at the University for the duration of that module and any scheduled tutorials(organised by each module leader depending on the module). You will participate in a range of teaching styles such as lectures, small group tutorials, presentations, peer group learning, self-study etc.
You will have access to a comprehensive support system that will assist and encourage you, including personal tutors and welfare tutors who can help with both academic and welfare issues.
Physiotherapy graduates have entered careers both in the NHS and private sector. They work in hospitals, in the community as well as sports clubs and the military. An increasing number of Physiotherapy graduates are working on a freelance basis alongside their work in the NHS. Some choose to pursue further studies in education, research or undertake further training.
Careers Network – We can help you get ahead in the job market and develop your career
We recognise that as a postgraduate student you are likely to have specific requirements when it comes to planning for your next career step. Employers expect postgraduates to have a range of skills that exceed their subject knowledge. Careers Network offers a range of events and support services that are designed for all students, including postgraduates looking to find their niche in the job market.
Here are just a few ways in which we can help postgraduates to get ahead:
The Careers Network also have subject specific careers consultants and advisers for each College so you can be assured the information you receive will be relevant to your subject area. They also have a dedicated careers website for international students where you can find useful resources and information.
“We have hired some fantastic Birmingham graduates and postgraduates in the past, and believe that they have the experience and intelligence to understand the challenges of working with Procter and Gamble.”
In an independent survey, over 75% of employers regarded a postgraduate Masters-level qualification as ‘essential’ or ‘preferred’ when recruiting. ‘Talent Fishing: What Businesses want from Postgraduates’ A CIHE Report for Department of Business Innovation and Skills, March 2011.
For more information visit the Careers Network website.