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Advanced (Neuromusculoskeletal) Physiotherapy MSc, PG Dip

Course Description

This MACP-approved postgraduate programme provides physiotherapists with an opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills required for working as advanced practitioners in neuromusculoskeletal physiotherapy within a broad spectrum of health and society.

The programme emphasises and facilitates the integration of evidence from a wide variety of sources using research-focused lectures, seminars and practical workshops. We will provide you with the skills and knowledge to become advanced practitioners who are able to comprehensively assess and manage individuals with neuromusculoskeletal problems and design, implement and evaluate rehabilitation programmes tailored to the needs of individuals with neuromusculoskeletal problems. The MSc combines strong academic and scientific content with practical workshops taught by experienced expert clinicians.


- Internationally and nationally respected research-active teaching staff.
- Graduation from the programme confers eligibilty for registration as a member of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists.
- Excellent graduate employment rates.
- Facilitates career progression in a diverse range of physiotherapy careers eg extended scope practitioner, consultant / clinical specialist physiotherapist, private physiotherapy practitioner, educator and researcher.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/advanced-neuromusculoskeletal-physiotherapy-msc.aspx

Course detail

- Description

This programme equips physiotherapists with the skills and knowledge to become advanced practitioners who are able to:

- Comprehensively assess and manage individuals with neuromusculoskeletal problems;

- Design, implement and evaluate rehabilitation programmes tailored to the needs of individuals with neuromusculoskeletal problems.

Modules include clinical science subjects (anatomy. biomechanics, pain physiology and muscle and exercise physiology) as well as those focussing on physiotherapy practice.

The transference of knowledge into clinical practice is facilitated during practical sessions in college and on professional practice (clinical) placements. Students who successfully complete the programme are eligible for MACP (Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists) membership. The programme also supports students in their development of research skills and completion of a project.

- Course purpose

This programme provides the educational opportunities that will enable physiotherapists to develop the knowledge, research understanding, clinical, analytical and reasoning skills required for advanced physiotherapy assessment and management of people with neuromusculoskeletal conditions.

- Course format and assessment

Delivered by a combination of taught lectures, seminars, prosections, practical sessions, clinical practice placements and self-directed learning.

The MSc programme can be completed full-time over one year or part-time over two years. Other study options include; a PGDip in Advanced Phsiotheraphy (Neuromusculoskeletal) or the MSc modules can also be taken as stand-alone modules (with the exception of the Clinical Education and Research project modules).

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.


Details of available scholarships for 2016 can be found here: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/student-funding/index.aspx
Scholarships available for applications made by 31st March 2016

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

Visit the Advanced (Neuromusculoskeletal) Physiotherapy MSc, PG Dip page on the King’s College London website for more details!

(Student Profile)


4570.jpg "The course helped me develop many skills, both in terms of clinical ability and life and management skills. It allowed me to build a strong scientific background through detailed understanding of research methods, biomechanics, pain and neuroscience, as well as physiology and applied exercise."

(Student Profile)


4571.jpg "We were encouraged to develop our own opinions on a body of research. I am now able to understand the background on which much physiotherapy practice is based. This has allowed me to integrate old and new concepts and research into my practice."

(Student Profile)


4572.jpg "I gained a huge breadth and depth knowledge in tissues and biomechanics, pain, clinical pathologies and alongside each core module became well read in best evidence, developing skills in appraising evidence for its value and application to practice."


Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements are an Undergraduate Physiotherapy degree with 2nd Class honours (or international equivalent) for physiotherapists qualifying pre-1991, a Diploma in Physiotherapy. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

Last Updated

01 November 2016

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