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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date

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  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 1 year, Part-time: 2 years

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip

  • Course Fees

    Please see website

  • Last Updated

    24 April 2018

Course content

These courses provide academic opportunities for physiotherapists to develop the clinical and basic science knowledge, reasoning and analytical research skills required to carry out advanced physiotherapy assessments and deliver optimal care and management of people with musculoskeletal conditions. Both courses offer modules which facilitate the development of advanced physiotherapy knowledge and skills.

Students on the Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy course have the opportunity to choose an optional module in areas such as Health Economics, Psychology or Management in Organisations.

Students on the Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (with Clinical Placements) course must take the Clinical Education module and undertake placements for a minimum of 150 hours.

Key benefits 

  • Quality partnership working with Internationally and nationally respected research-active academic staff ensures graduates have the knowledge, skills and personal attributes required by the NHS and other health care employers.
  • Graduation from the MSc in Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (with Clinical Placements) course confers eligibility for registration as a member of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP). Students on the MSc Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy course are eligible to apply for MACP membership through the MACP portfolio route.
  • Facilitates career progression in a diverse range of physiotherapy careers including extended scope practitioner, consultants/clinical specialists’ physiotherapists, private physiotherapy specialists, educators and researchers.
  • The part time course offers you the option of continuing with work while you study.


The Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy courses will provide you with the basic science and clinical knowledge and analytical skills to comprehensively assess and manage individuals with musculoskeletal problems. You will learn how to design, implement and evaluate care and rehabilitation programmes tailored to the needs of your individual patients.

The courses offer you flexibility, to study either full or part-time and the choice of whether to study for a full master’s qualification or a Postgraduate Diploma.

The MSc consists of modules totalling 180 credits including a research project and dissertation worth 60 credits. The Postgraduate Diploma requires completed modules with a total of 120 credits to meet the requirements of the award. If you are studying full-time you will complete the course in one year studying from September to September. Part-time students will complete the course over two years.

Course accreditation

Students on the MSc in Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (with Clinical Placements) are eligible for MACP membership on successful completion of the course. Students on the MSc in Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy are eligible to apply for MACP membership through the MACP portfolio route.

Regulating body

King’s College is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.


The majority of learning for this degree takes place at the King’s College London Guy’s Campus. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary.

Research projects can take place in a variety of locations including King’s, occasionally other local universities and also in local hospitals, clinics or sports clubs.

Work placements can be held in any healthcare setting with a suitable MACP qualified mentor and mainly take place in the UK; Predominantly NHS outpatient physiotherapy departments, some private hospitals, private physiotherapy practices and sports clubs.

Course format and assessment


You can expect to receive approximately 280 contact teaching hours for the MSc and 260 contact hours for the PG Dip during the courses. This will include lectures, seminars and practial sessions.

Students are expected to spend approximately two days a week studying independently and preparing for assignments during terms 1 and 2.

Students studying on the Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (with Clinical Placements) MSc and PG Dip will also go on clinical placements totalling at least 150 hours and will have direct contact time with their mentor for at least 50% of this time. Students are expected to spend approximately 50 hours consolidating learning from clinical placements and preparing for clinical assessments.

Students on both MSc courses will also undertake the Research project module which involves approximately 20 contact hours with their project supervisor(s) and approximately 600 hours self-study.


The primary method of assessment for this course is a combination of oral, practical and clinical assessments, written assignments, and written examination. MSc students will also be assessed through a written thesis.

Extra information

  • Occupational Health Clearance and Disclosure and Barring service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) clearance checks are required.
  • Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and professional indemnity cover (usually provided by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists) are required to undertake the programme.

Career prospects

Graduates of the course have successfully gone onto roles and further study including:

  • clinical physiotherapy specialist
  • extended scope practitioner
  • consultant physiotherapist
  • private physiotherapy practitioner
  • sports rehabilitation specialist
  • lecturer
  • researcher
  • postgraduate studentships (PhD).

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