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Course content

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 physiotherapists with particular interests to be accommodated.

About this degree

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 paediatric physiotherapy.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits) two optional modules from twelve choices (30 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.

Core 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
  • Children in Difficult Circumstances
  • Disability & Development
  • Child Development: Inclusive Approaches in Global Contexts
  • Leadership & Professional Development
  • Clinical Knowledge & Decision Making
  • Information Law & Governance in Clinical Practice
  • Patient Safety & Clinical Risk
  • Muscle and Exercise Physiology in Health and Disease
  • Respiration through Life, Health and Disease
  • Paediatric and Adolescent Sports and Performance, Injury Prevention and Management
  • Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Skills

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.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Advanced Physiotherapy: Paediatrics MSc

Careers

The programme enables graduates to pursue a career in academia, research or clinical practice, or to use their postgraduate qualification to be successful in applying for more senior positions within their specialist clinical career field.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Paediatric Physiotherapist, King Fahad Medical City (KFMC)
  • Specialist Physiotherapist, Unspecified Healthcare Organisation

Employability

The programme aims to transform the way students 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. This gives graduates 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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL is a world-class university and this well-established and popular postgraduate physiotherapy programme is very 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. The excellent reputation of this programme is partly due to expert tuition with lectures, tutorials and workshops delivered by recognised experts in physiotherapy practice. All students will undertake one placement as a core module. MSc students may choose to undertake a second placement as an option module.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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: Paediatrics (MSc/PGDip/PGCert) page on the University College London website for more details!

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