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Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy MSc/PGDip

Course Description

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.

Successful completion of the programme qualifies you for membership of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP) and recognition by the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT).

The Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy Masters programme offers you:

- a route to membership with the MACP and IFOMPT
- the support of a personal tutor and dissertation supervisor
- easy travel access with a dedicated University train station
- the opportunity to gain advanced level competences in your clinical specialty
- flexible study which can be organised around your other commitments

On completion of the Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy Masters programme you will have the ability to :

- critically evaluate approaches and methodologies for researching theoretical and practical issues relating to clinical practice
- critically evaluate previous professional development and plan future development within the framework of contemporary healthcare practice
- critically analyse the theoretical and conceptual issues underpinning manipulative physiotherapy and the different approaches
- use clinical reasoning skills to enable the effective management of complex clinical presentations
- formulate a justifiable research design and conduct analytically an investigation to address a given problem
- produce a written report worthy of scrutiny in both academic and clinical settings

This course is accredited by:


About the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

We are one of the top-rated sport science departments in the UK. Our School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences is one of the longest established in Europe for scientific research into sport, exercise, health and rehabilitation.

We are proud to be at the forefront of the rapid development of this academic discipline. Our school has achieved an outstanding performance in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF 2014) with 90 percent of its research classified as world leading or internationally excellent, putting us in the top three for research in the sector. These results provide further compelling evidence of the long recognised research strength of Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Birmingham.

Thanks to a £16.4 million investment, Birmingham boasts the largest custom built Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences facility in the UK.

This includes teaching and research laboratories for physiology, biochemistry, psychophysiology, biomechanics, sport psychology, motor skills, immunology, muscle mechanics and the neurophysiology of movement.

Funding and Scholarships

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

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Visit the Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy MSc/PGDip page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Madeleine Nazareth

Madeleine is an experienced musculoskeletal physiotherapist. She completed her undergraduate study at the University of the West of England, Bristol and graduated with a 1st-class Honours degree in Physiotherapy (2009). Following this, she has worked extensively in both the NHS and private sector. Madeleine is in the final stages of her MSc in Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy and is currently lecturing for the University of Birmingham on the undergraduate Physiotherapy programme.

Madeleine is also a postgraduate mentor, you can contact her online with questions or read further about her experience at the University of Birmingham on her mentor page: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk/mentor/madeleine-nazareth/


Entry Requirements

Current registration with the Health Professions Council and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (includes professional indemnity)A BSc/BA Honours degree or equivalent. (Evidence of equivalence of your qualification(s) to the UK educational system of awards can be found at View Website). The degree should normally be a first or upper second class Honours degree.You must provide documented evidence of a minimum of 1500 hours experience post qualification of using manipulative physiotherapy within a neuromusculoskeletal context.Supporting evidence of appropriate continuing professional development during this experience will also be required.

Last Updated

11 November 2016

Course Fees

max. £10,390 (Home/EU students) max. £18,760 (International students)

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