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This postgraduate programme integrates the advanced clinical, theoretical, academic and research components of paediatric physiotherapy practice. The emphasis is on the management of paediatric patients with cardiorespiratory, neurological and musculoskeletal disorders. Flexibility in selection of modules allows for your particular interests to be accommodated.

About this degree

This MSc offers you the opportunity to extend your understanding of key areas in physiotherapy, including challenging the foundations of established but poorly justified treatments, developing and undertaking clinical research and practice, learning about new and emerging treatment options. You will also benefit from the mentorship of recognised experts in paediatric physiotherapy.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of five compulsory modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and the research dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time 12 months, flexible 2-5 years) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, part-time 12 months) is offered. Students take 60 credits of core modules.

Compulsory modules

  • Physiotherapy Research & Dissemination
  • Paediatric Neuro Physiotherapy
  • Paediatric Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy
  • Paediatric Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
  • Clinical Education in Advanced Physiotherapy Part I
  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Paediatric and Adolescent Sports and Performance Injury Prevention and Management

Optional modules

  • Clinical Education in Advanced Physiotherapy Part II
  • Work Based Learning in Health
  • Disability and Development
  • Child Development: Inclusive Approaches in Global Contexts
  • Leadership & Professional Development
  • Paediatric and Adolescent Sports and Performance, Injury Prevention and Management
  • Clinical Exercise and Physical Activity
  • Respiration through Life, Health and Disease
  • Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Skills
  • Motor Control in Life, Health and Disease
  • The Heart Through Life, Health and Disease

Dissertation/report

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.

Placement

There is a compulsory three-week placement (105 hours of contact time). There is an optional second placement. These placements are part of the Clinical Education in Advanced Physiotherapy modules.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Funding

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

The programme will provide you with knowledge and experience for a career in academia, research or clinical practice. You will also develop the skills to pursue senior positions within your specialist clinical career field.

Employability

The programme aims to transform the way you think about expert patient care, and the theoretical foundation for paediatric physiotherapy clinical practice. The programme provides a rigorous, evidence-based training in best research and clinical practice. You will graduate with skills suitable for a range of clinical, educational or research posts.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL is a world-class university and this well-established and popular postgraduate physiotherapy programme is highly regarded both locally and internationally. Our close relationship with Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children means that much of our research and training is carried out on a joint basis. You will receive expert tuition with lectures, tutorials and workshops delivered by recognised experts in physiotherapy practice. You will also will undertake one placement as a compulsory module. MSc students may choose to undertake a second placement as an optional module.

Department: Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

This MSc is suitable for students with a first degree in physiotherapy and at least two years' relevant post-qualification clinical experience, who wish to extend their understanding of key areas.

Application deadlines

26 July 2019

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Advanced Physiotherapy: Paediatrics at graduate level
  • why you want to study Advanced Physiotherapy: Paediatrics at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


Visit the Advanced Physiotherapy: Paediatrics MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert page on the University College London website for more details!

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