This postgraduate programme integrates the advanced clinical, academic and research components of cardiorespiratory physiotherapy practice. The emphasis is on the management of patients with cardiorespiratory disorders. Flexibility in selection of modules allows for physiotherapists with particular interests to be accommodated.
This MSc offers physiotherapy students the opportunity to extend their understanding of key areas in this field, including challenging the foundations of established but poorly justified treatments, developing and undertaking clinical research and practice, learning about new and emerging treatment options, and enjoying the mentorship of recognised experts in cardiorespiratory physiotherapy.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits) three optional modules from 11 choices (45 credits) and the research dissertation (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time 12 months, flexible 2-5 years) is offered. Students take 75 credits of core modules and 45 credits of optional modules.
A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, part-time 12 months) is offered. Students take 60 credits of core modules
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a substantial report and an oral examination.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of teaching and self-directed learning, and includes up to six weeks of clinical placements. Assessment is through clinical assessments, written assignments, oral presentations, multiple choice tests, submission of the literature review and research proposal, assessed coursework, unseen and prior disclosure written examinations, and the dissertation with an oral presentation.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Advanced Physiotherapy: Cardiorespiratory MSc
Recent graduates have pursued careers in academia, research or furthered their clinical practice. For example, acquiring this MSc enabled a student to take up a post as an associate lecturer at a university and another to be offered a consultant physiotherapy position at a leading NHS hospital. Several students have used the MSc as a ‘springboard’ for gaining funding to undertake PhDs at UCL, Great Ormond Street Hospital and King's College London amongst others. Graduates have secured senior positions, such as team leads and clinical specialist posts within major London hospitals.
Recent career destinations for this degree
The programme aims to transform the way students think about expert patient care, and the theoretical foundation for cardiorespiratory physiotherapy clinical practice. Graduates receive rigorous, evidence-based training in best research and clinical practice, which provides them with a competitive advantage when applying for physiotherapy clinical, educational or research posts.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
UCL is a world-class university and this well-established and popular postgraduate physiotherapy programme is very highly regarded both locally and internationally.
The excellent reputation of this programme is partly due to expert tuition with lectures, tutorials and workshops delivered by recognised experts in physiotherapy practice.
Students on our physiotherapy programmes come to UCL from all over the world. This cross-fertilisation of international clinical experiences and ideas generates a powerful and inspirational platform for postgraduate physiotherapy learning.
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
80%: Clinical Medicine subjects; 81%: Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care subjects rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
Visit the Advanced Physiotherapy: Cardiorespiratory (MSc/PGDip/PGCert) page on the University College London website for more details!