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If you are a senior clinician or health care professional looking to advance your career, you will recognise the importance of, ensuring you have the most up-to-date skills and experience needed to meet the ever-changing needs and challenges of modern practice. Read more
If you are a senior clinician or health care professional looking to advance your career, you will recognise the importance of, ensuring you have the most up-to-date skills and experience needed to meet the ever-changing needs and challenges of modern practice.

This highly-regarded course is aimed at experienced physiotherapist looking to progress their careers. It offers a flexible approach, and will give you the advanced theoretical and clinical expertise you need to take your career to the next level.

You will learn alongside other health professionals to gain both generic and specialist expertise - meaning that you'll be able to respond more dynamically, have a multi-disciplinary approach to all areas of practice, and provide the best and most appropriate care to your patients.

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This course is aimed at applicants who have already studied for a degree and want to pursue a professional qualification in physiotherapy. Read more
This course is aimed at applicants who have already studied for a degree and want to pursue a professional qualification in physiotherapy. On this course you learn to be a highly skilled physiotherapist with an advanced level of clinical reasoning, critical thinking and reflection at one of the largest and most established physiotherapy educational departments in the UK.

Sheffield Hallam physiotherapy education is known for its high quality teaching and excellent clinical placement opportunities which has been reflected in recent National Student Survey (NSS) feedback. Your lessons take place in our purpose built modern facilities, clinical skills practical suites and you make use of our state-of-the-art technologies such as Simulation, Simman, virtual reality suits and a mock ward environment.

On this course you develop key transferable skills that enable you to become a qualified Physiotherapist. In addition to this you gain a wealth of attributes such as:
-Advanced exercise prescription.
-Advanced clinical reasoning.
-Leadership.
-Advanced complex case management.
-Shared learning in interprofessional education, and further develop your research skills while completing a piece of primary research.

The course consists of University based teaching, which includes practicals and seminars, online materials, blogs, webinars, videos, discussion forums and clinical placements in a variety of settings. An opportunity to experience physiotherapy overseas or in a highly specialised setting may be available in the final full time placement.

Sheffield Hallam is known for its research and offers a vibrant community for postgraduates to work closely with experienced academics and service users to develop their knowledge and expertise. You have the opportunity to complete an advanced exercise prescription course.

Students completing this course have excellent career prospects thanks to strong links with physiotherapy providers locally and nationally. This course fosters excellent employability opportunities meaning you stand out from others with your advanced Masters level skills. Your Masters learning / advanced clinical skills and leadership qualities enables you to enhance your career pathway.

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

Professional recognition

This course is subject to approval by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Graduates are eligible to apply to register with the HCPC and apply to become members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. You must be registered with the HCPC in order to practise as a physiotherapist in the UK.

On successful completion of the MSc Physiotherapy course you will be eligible to apply for Health and Care Professions Council registration as a Physiotherapist.

On completion of the intermediate awards - PgDiploma/PgCertificate in Rehabilitation, you will not be eligible to apply for HCPC registration as a Physiotherapist.

Course structure

Full time - 2 years. Start date - January 2017

Year One modules
-Induction
-Introduction to professional practice
-Advanced exercise prescription
-Clinical reasoning in physiotherapy
-Foundation placement
-Intermediate placement
-Researching for practice

Year Two modules
-Advanced clinical reasoning in physiotherapy
-Dissertation
-Advanced placement
-Elective placement
-Advanced complex case management

Plus one of the following specialist modules
-Concepts of learning and teaching
-Pain management
-Personalised study module
-Leadership module: leading people

Assessment: various methods of assessment throughout the course

Other admission requirements

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 7.0 overall and a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 7.0 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English. Selection event guidance can be found here: https://www.shu.ac.uk/visit-us/selection-events/selection-event-for-msc-physiotherapy-pre-registration

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

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

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

Placement Opportunities

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

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

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

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

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

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

Professional accreditation

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

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

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

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

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

Our expert staff

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

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

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

Specialist facilities

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

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

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

Your future

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

Example structure

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

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

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The Performing Arts Medicine MSc at UCL is a unique programme providing specialised training to those interested or already involved in offering health services to this very special sector of instrumental musicians, singers, dancers, actors and other performing artists. Read more
The Performing Arts Medicine MSc at UCL is a unique programme providing specialised training to those interested or already involved in offering health services to this very special sector of instrumental musicians, singers, dancers, actors and other performing artists.

Degree information

The MSc and diploma cover musculoskeletal injury, performance psychology, pain management, assessment and rehabilitation, disability, travelling and touring, dance and music performance science, management of the professional voice and research methodology. MSc students also engage in a research project and dissertation. The certificate is a limited curriculum version for non-clinicians or clinicians who wish to upgrade at a later time.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The MSc programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and the research project (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma (eight core modules, 120 credits) A Postgraduate Certificate (four core modules, 60 credits). There are no optional modules for this degree.

Core modules
-Clinical Assessment and Rehabilitation of the Performing Artists
-Clinical Management of the Professional Voice*
-Pain and Disability Management within the Performing Arts World
-Environmental & Lifestyle Issues for the Performing Artist*
-Musculoskeletal and Neuromuscular Performance Related Injury
-Performance Psychology*
-Research Methodology
-Science of Dance and Music Performance*

*PG Cert core module

Dissertation/research project
All MSc students undertake a research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 6,000–7,000 words, a presentation and a viva.

Teaching and learning
The delivery of the programme is through lectures, tutorials or workshops. Performing arts clinics and performance settings when possible are also included in the programme. Details about the lecturers and tutors can be found here.

Assessment is through coursework, written examinations and objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs).

Careers

Graduates gain in-depth knowledge of the diverse field of performing arts medicine. Their specialised skills can be incorporated in their own professional practice or they can participate in performing arts clinics in various settings e.g. conservatoires, orchestras, music or dance colleges.

Graduates' knowledge and experience is valued and they may be invited as educators and trainers in performing arts medicine and will become members of an ever-growing medical community with common interest in the wellbeing of the performer.

Graduates who have aspirations for further academic study and research activity, such as progressing to PhD, will receive appropriate guidance.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-GP (General Practitioner), Grove Surgery
-Physiotherapist, Freelance Physiotherapist
-Physiotherapist, NHS (National Health Service)
-Physiotherapist, Perfect Balance Clinic
-Lecturer, Birmingham Conservatoire

Employability
Assessing a performing artist requires specialised skills and the ability to associate health issues with the particular artistic activity. The course provides its students with broad knowledge of the art forms and their demands on the performer and how these impact on their wellbeing. With focused tutorials and real life scenarios the student builds the confidence to assess and diagnose or refer appropriately as well as to monitor rehabilitation and return to performance. The privileged position of the health professional in helping performers overcome often career threatening adversity is a most rewarding experience that enriches this type of work.

Why study this degree at UCL?

No other MSc programme currently exists that brings together all elements of Performing Arts Medicine. This unique programme has been designed for health professionals entering this diverse field.

The programme is taught and supervised by lecturers working in this and affiliated fields. Research is supported by the Institute of Sport Exercise and Health, the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine, orchestras, theatre companies, and music and dance colleges.

Graduate students present in international conferences and publish in journals becoming members of the global performing arts medicine community.

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With accreditation from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and Health & Care Professions Council, our course provides the relevant expertise and knowledge along with the eligibility to apply to become a practising physiotherapist. Read more
With accreditation from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and Health & Care Professions Council, our course provides the relevant expertise and knowledge along with the eligibility to apply to become a practising physiotherapist.

As a physiotherapist you will help people of all ages to manage pain and dysfunction. Covering the core areas of neuromusculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and neurological physiotherapy you will learn how to think independently and problem-solve in a clinical capacity. You will acquire comprehensive hands-on experience through a selection of diverse clinical practice placements, which can be based in primary and community care or hospital settings.

You will carry out a minimum of 1,000 hours of clinical placement experience with the supervision of experienced physiotherapists. A combination of campus-based learning, independent study and clinical practise will enhance both your problem-solving skills and your interprofessional working relationships.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: 20% of our research in the Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care unit is world leading or internationally excellent.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/physiotherapyprereg_msc

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

You can seek positions in the NHS in acute and community settings, or work within private health care, industry, education, sports clubs and industry. Physiotherapists have the opportunity to specialise in areas such as learning difficulties, mental health, sports medicine, education, research and management.

- Physiotherapist
- Sports Therapist
- Rehabilitation Worker

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

Our course will prepare you for work as a physiotherpaist through a combination of University based modules and clinical practice placements. You'll study the core areas of physiotherapy practice - neuromusculoskeletal physiotherapy, cardiorespiratory physiotherapy and neurological physiotherapy.

Practice placements will take place in a variety of environments, including primary and community care and hospital based settings. A key benefit of our course is the use of inter-professional working, and you will share many aspects of learning with students on our MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration) course. Our problem-based independent learning approach will develop you to become an autonomous practitioner and lifelong learner.

Dr James Milligan

Senior Lecturer

"The accelerated physiotherapy programme involves campus-based learning and clinical placements to gain the skills necessary to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council to work as a physiotherapist."

James Milligan gained fifteen years of clinical experience in a variety of acute hospital and community settings in West Yorkshire before taking on the role of Senior Lecturer. His main interests lie in neuromusculoskeletal therapy. He is currently Course Leader of the MSc Physiotherapy course and mainly teaches undergraduate and postgraduate routes for physiotherapy and sports therapy.

Facilities

- Rehabilitation Science Labs
Our state of the art facilities allow for the practical application of anatomy, mobilisation, electrotherapy, massage, heat therapy, cardio vascular and respiratory testing, physiology, anthropometry, rehabilitation and first aid.

- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Clinical Skills Suite
The £1 million suite has been designed to meet the learning needs of a range of health professionals, with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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This MSc is designed to give clinicians and practitioners a deeper understanding of sports medicine, sports injuries and exercise medicine. Read more
This MSc is designed to give clinicians and practitioners a deeper understanding of sports medicine, sports injuries and exercise medicine. The programme covers the evidence-based management of sports medicine and musculoskeletal injuries, and emphasises the vital role of physical activity in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease. This MSc can be taken full time over one year, part-time over two years, or via flexible distance learning.

Degree information

The programme focuses on sports injuries and their prevention and treatment, and provides a thorough grounding in relevant areas of anatomy, biomechanics, exercise physiology and psychology, as well as the fundamentals of exercise in maintaining and improving health. Students develop essential research skills through an independent research project.

All students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of seven core modules (105 credits), one optional module (15 credits) and a research project (60 credits). Clinical sessions are spread over the year: commitment is equivalent to one half-day per week over three 12-week semesters. Clinic options include sports injury, physiotherapy and podiatry, exercise testing, and team visits.

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered.

Core modules
-Exercise Physiology
-Health and Physical Activity
-Sports Injuries I – Lower Limb
-Sports Injuries II – Upper Limb
-Sports Injuries III – Head, Neck and Spine
-Advanced Sports Injury and Injury Prevention
-Research Methods

Optional modules
-Team and Event Medicine
-Rehabilitation of Sports Injuries

Dissertation/report
All MSc students undertake an independent research project from a diverse range of available topics, which culminates in a dissertation, an oral examination and a presentation.

Teaching and learning
Teaching is delivered through a combination of formal lectures, hands-on practical sessions, small group seminars, clinics and field trips, and will be delivered by lecturers who are highly experienced in their field. Up-to-date, evidence-based practice will be emphasised throughout and students' contribution through discussion is considered key. Assessment is through written examination, presentations, coursework and Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), as well as the dissertation and viva voce (oral) examination.

Careers

Graduates of the programme will gain a deeper understanding and valuable insights into the key areas of sports injury prevention and management, health and physical activity, and will be able to prescribe exercise safely for a range of medical conditions. This will prepare them for potential work in many areas from elite sports medicine to NHS sports and musculoskeletal clinics and exercise medicine services.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Physiotherapist, Josephine Lawson Physiotherapy Clinic
-Sports Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist, Princess Grace Hospital
-Doctor, NHS Health Education East Midlands
-Rotational and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
-Project Manager, Weight Management Centre

Employability
A Master's-level degree in Sports Medicine, Exercise & Health from UCL will open many doors in the sports and exercise medicine world, from sports injury clinics to developing exercise medicine programmes for the prevention and treatment of chronic disease, and working with sports teams. UCL's MSc in Sports Medicine, Exercise & Health is led by local experts with active involvement in NHS and elite sports and exercise medicine settings. A distinct feature of the programme is the wide variety and large number of distinguished external guest speakers, all experts in their own fields locally, nationally and internationally. Students have unrivalled access to our guest speakers for career advice and potential opportunities.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL is one of the world's very best universities, consistently placed in the global top 20 in a wide range of world rankings. The UCL Division of Surgery & Interventional Science is part of one of the most prestigious medical schools in Europe, with a team of nearly 400 people, from surgeons and oncologists to clinical trials specialists and researchers. This programme is based at the Institute of Sport Exercise and Health (ISEH). Our aim is to understand the causes of human disease and develop innovative therapies and technology to improve quality of life.

The MSc in Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health at UCL places a strong emphasis on improving health through exercise alongside the management of sports and musculoskeletal injury. The programme has significant clinical content and students benefit from attendance at numerous specialist clinics and opportunities for field visits to sports teams and events.

Graduate students on the MSc in Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health at UCL are from diverse backgrounds reflecting the true multidisciplinary nature of sports and exercise medicine.

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This course enables graduates from any discipline to develop the theoretical, practical, analytical and evaluative skills necessary to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a physiotherapist. Read more
This course enables graduates from any discipline to develop the theoretical, practical, analytical and evaluative skills necessary to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a physiotherapist. The purpose is to produce postgraduate physiotherapists who are skilled, independent, critical, analytical and capable of evaluative judgement, and who can contribute to the health and wellbeing of the individual and of society.

Graduates from the course will be distinctive in their ability to synthesise evidence from current practice and research to develop an in-depth critical knowledge and understanding of the physiotherapy profession. Furthermore, they will be able to demonstrate a critical awareness of current issues within the provision of health and social care, and will be capable of demonstrating leadership in both personal and professional development.

This course is due for revalidation in December 2016. Please check our website for updated details.

Teaching, learning and assessment

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

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

Teaching hours and attendance

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

Links with industry/professional bodies

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

Modules

15 credits: Applied Physiology for Physiotherapy/ Professional Studies for AHPs/ Research Methods for Health
Professionals/ Current and Emerging Roles within Physiotherapy Practice

20 credits: Applied Functional Anatomy/ Neuromusculoskeletal Studies 1/ Neuromusculoskeletal Studies 2

30 credits: Neurological Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy/ Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Management

You will also complete a dissertation (60 credits), plus 30 weeks of practice-based learning placements (105 level 10 credits).

Careers

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

Quick Facts

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

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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 accelerated course enables graduates from biological sciences, behavioural sciences and other health professions to convert their first degree to a masters degree. Read more
This accelerated course enables graduates from biological sciences, behavioural sciences and other health professions to convert their first degree to a masters degree. The course consists of three, 15-week trimesters per year for two years. A similar accelerated course in occupational therapy (MSc Health through Occupation) enables students on both courses to share some aspects of learning.

Professional accreditation
On completion of the course, graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the Health Professions Council (HPC) as a physiotherapist and for membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

Course structure
Problem-based tutorials, subject specialist resource sessions and skills workshops make up the learning week for campus-based modules. Study focuses on real-life situations, integrating subjects such as anatomy, physiology, pathology, therapeutic skills, behavioural sciences and research methods. Completion of the Project Studies module and the submission of a dissertation lead to the masters award.
Areas of study

The course begins in April and consists of seven campus-based modules and five clinical practice modules. Year 1 is mainly campus-based with core modules in Cardio-respiratory Management, Neuromusculoskeletal Management and Neurology. Year 2 involves mainly clinical practice placements with the campus-based Dissertation Studies running throughout the year. Completion of all modules leads to the MSc in Rehabilitation Science award. Students who have completed all the first year university-based modules and all five clinical placement modules but not the dissertation are eligible to apply for membership with the HPC and CSP. Students who have obtained 120 or 60 credits from university-based modules may be awarded a postgraduate diploma or postgraduate certificate in Rehabilitation Science respectively (without eligibility to apply for membership with the HPC or the CSP as physiotherapist).

Syllabus

Year 1
Cardio-respiratory Management
Neuromusculoskeletal Management
Neurology
Clinical Education (two one-week block placements)

Year 2
Clinical Education placements (five six-week placements)
Project Studies
Dissertation

Career and progression opportunities
The National Health Service Plan indicates the government's commitment to expand the roles of allied health professionals. Graduates are equipped for careers in the NHS and the private health sector, both in the UK and abroad. After a period of work experience, they can progress to PhD research programmes and contribute to the evidence base of the profession.

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The programme fulfils the need to support Veterinary Surgeons who treat both companion and large animals. The Veterinary Physiotherapist (VP) can provide this support during an animal’s recovery from injury or surgery as well as in preparation of the athletic animal. Read more
The programme fulfils the need to support Veterinary Surgeons who treat both companion and large animals. The Veterinary Physiotherapist (VP) can provide this support during an animal’s recovery from injury or surgery as well as in preparation of the athletic animal. Considering the number of animals owned and cared for in the UK and a general wish for high standards of animal health and welfare, there is now a growing need for well-educated and highly qualified, accredited VPs to provide this sort of service.

The course

We have a long history of successfully delivering animal science-related courses in conjunction with animal healthcare organisations, for individuals and their employers. This programme is another example of collaboration, this time with the National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists (NAVP). Delivery, therefore, will be provided by colleagues from Harper Adams, technical specialists who are members of NAVP and also specialist external academics.

The programme fulfils the need to support veterinary surgeons who treat both companion and large animals. The veterinary physiotherapist (VP) can provide this support during an animal’s recovery from injury or surgery as well as in preparation of the athletic animal. Considering the number of animals owned and cared for in the UK and a general wish for high standards of animal health and welfare, there is now a growing need for well-educated and highly qualified, accredited VPs to provide this sort of service.

This programme is delivered on a part-time basis and studied over three academic years, with students completing the taught modules within the first two years and completing the Masters Research Project within an individually negotiated timescale over one to two years.

Please note that the course begins in July.

How will it benefit me?

Veterinary physiotherapy is now well established as a mainstream treatment and offers the opportunity to become part of a growing professional community. Successful completion of this programme will provide individuals with more extensive opportunities for graduate employment as a VP in the animal health sector by developing the specific scientific, technical and business skills required. On successful completion, students will gain a recognised Higher Education postgraduate qualification as well as professional membership to NAVP, which is recognised by both practising veterinary surgeons and lead sector insurers as valid providers of specialist veterinary physiotherapy.

Application process

Applications for entry in 2013 close on 15th March 2013. If you would like to apply for a place, please complete and return the application form to:

Heather Hogan
Postgraduate Office
Harper Adams University
Newport, Shropshire, TF10 8NB

There will be two interview/open days held in January and April where individuals will be selected from the applications received. The first one in January will be for those applications received before the 3rd December 2012; the April open day will be for all those applications received before the final closing date.

If you are shortlisted for one of the interview/open days we will be in touch with a date and time.

A waiting list is also kept in case applicants decline, or fail to take up, their offer.

Further information

For course structure information select the 'Course structure' tab, or download our Frequently Asked Questions PDF.

Due to the course being a part time course only, Harper Adams are unable to accept International Students who will require a Tier 4 Visa. If you require more information on this please visit the UK Borders Agency website.

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French physiotherapist Françoise Mézières developed an innovative method to treat body imbalances. She invented postural re-education and was a trailblazer for global therapy methods in Europe. Read more
French physiotherapist Françoise Mézières developed an innovative method to treat body imbalances. She invented postural re-education and was a trailblazer for global therapy methods in Europe. The Mézières Method has continued to develop since then, incorporating the scientific advances of recent years without sacrificing its essence or originality.

Body mechanics hinges on the interplay of the various myofascial chains. Nevertheless, our static posture is determined by many factors, including genetics, psychobehavioural and emotional aspects, trauma, etc. These influences, together with a person's daily habits, cause changes in static posture and imbalances in the myofascial chains, which in turn give rise to dysfunctions and pathologies.

With this in mind, global physiotherapy aims to restore balance to the various myofascial chains through a personalised programme. The Mézièrist physiotherapist treats imbalances by rooting out the primary cause of an injury, correcting and monitoring the various compensatory mechanisms seen over the course of the session.

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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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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 Postgraduate Diploma is aimed at the physiotherapist working or aspiring to work in the field of sport. It will equip you with the principles of sports physiotherapy and therapeutic exercise to enable you to competently work with individuals or teams in the sporting setting regardless of their age, ability, disability or level of participation.

Successful completion of the two core modules will provide the practitioner with the knowledge, skills and understanding to work in the sporting environment and implement prevention of injury strategies, manage acute trauma and injury and rehabilitate the individual. It will also equip the individual to work as a physiotherapist travelling with a team in either a single or multi-sporting environment.

Completion of the programme of study will provide evidence of SSPRD activity which will be appropriate to apply for membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine (ACSPM).

It is possible to extend study and undertake additional modules towards the award of MSc Rehabilitation Studies (Physiotherapy in Sport). Students who have completed other University courses in the last five years may have them considered in order to RPEL marks to contribute to this Masters programme.

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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Successful completion of the two core modules will provide the practitioner with the knowledge, skills and understanding to work in the sporting environment and implement prevention of injury strategies, manage acute trauma and injury and rehabilitate the individual. It will also equip the individual to work as a physiotherapist travelling with a team in either a single or multi-sporting environment.

Completion of the programme of study will provide evidence of SSPRD activity which will be appropriate to apply for membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine (ACSPM).

It is possible to extend study and undertake additional modules towards the award of MSc Rehabilitation Studies (Physiotherapy in Sport). Students who have completed other University courses in the last five years may have them considered in order to RPEL marks to contribute to this Masters programme.

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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