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IN BRIEF:

  • This course is CSP accredited. It will significantly enhance your skills as an independent, reflective practitioner
  • Gain confidence in implementing new practice that is reasoned, evidence-based and holistic
  • Take individual modules of relevance to your area of professional practice
  • Part-time study optionInternational students can apply

COURSE SUMMARY

The programme is taught by an academically and clinically experienced staff team who are enthusiastic, supportive and approachable. Over the years we have had an interesting diversity of students from the United Kingdom, European middle East. Africa and other International. This diversity enables discussions around different experiences and managements.

You will learn a range of higher level assessment and management approaches including evidence based manual therapies and rehabilitation strategies. These skills will enable you to be an autonomous, effective and considered practitioner. These attributes are essential to enhance employability in both clinical and academic areas.

You will be taught in small groups how to locate critically comment on and disseminate a range of contemporary evidence. The programme uses a blend of lecture, tutorial, group discussion, practical and research supervision in a blended, supported learning approach.

You will have the opportunity to be involved with staff research projects and may do individual or group based research depending on your particular area of interest or work. This will enhance your critical thinking, presentation and writing skills. The supervisors will challenge you and help to facilitate your progress. This journey may help you to continue to PhD studies or publication.

TEACHING

The programme of study is delivered through:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Practical sessions
  • E-learning

You can take this course on a full or part-time basis. On the full-time course, you’ll study two modules in the first two semesters and attend the University on the Wednesday and Thursday of each week. On the part-time course, you’ll attend the University for two days on alternate weeks. Please note: international students are only able to apply for the full-time route.

You’ll also be expected to pursue self-directed study. The material you’ll need for this can be accessed via our virtual learning environment, Blackboard.

ASSESSMENT

  • Viva practical assessment (40%)
  • Presentations (20%)
  • Written Assignments (40%)

CAREER PROSPECTS

This course will boost your career prospects and broaden your skills portfolio. You’ll have the opportunity to choose modules and assignment topics of relevance to your interests and area of professional practice. Graduates of the MSc may also choose to pursue an academic or research-based career path.

LINKS WITH INDUSTRY

The Programme teams are linked with Health Authorities within the North West in their roles as visiting lecturers. Four of the Programme lecturers are physiotherapy practitioners.

FACILITIES

We have some of the best facilities in the UK, including our comfortable plinth rooms, Human Performance Lab and gait analysis rooms. Our purpose-built laboratory is probably the best in the country and contains almost every type of physiological and biomechanical equipment you can imagine including:

  • 9 AMTI Force Plates, 5 of which are situated in a 40m running track
  • ProReflex 10 Camera real-time motion analysis system which can be integrated with force plate data using Qualysis software. Primarily this is used for clinical studies on patients with gait problems. It can also be used by Sports Scientists to analyse athletes performance and technique. We also use a range of Digital Video and High Speed Digital Video cameras along with Quintic software for the same purpose
  • KinCom Isokinetic Dynamometer for muscle strength testing
  • EMG (electromyography) system used to measures the electrical activity of muscles and to gather information about the muscular and nervous systems
  • Esaote AU5 Ultrasound used to study skeletal muscles, tendons and ligaments
  • Laveg Speed Gun which is used to determine speed of sprints

We have a range of cycle and rowing ergometers, two treadmills, and two online gas analysis systems. There is also an off-line gas analysis system for use with Douglas Bags.

We can perform blood analysis with our Analox GM7 Multi-Assay Blood Analyser to measure blood lactate, glucose and a range of other blood substrates.

There is also the Reflotron which another multi-use system that can measure blood cholesterol and haemoglobin as well as portable blood glucose and lactate analysers.

In addition we have the usual equipment found in exercise physiology labs :

  • Polar heart rate monitors
  • Harpenden skinfold callipers
  • Wingate tests
  • Hand grip dynamometers
  • Height, weight monitors
  • Jump mats

Visit the Advanced Physiotherapy (MSc/PGDip/PGCert) page on the University of Salford website for more details!

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