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Course content

This Master's degree seeks to offer a mix of theoretical and practical skills in assessing, diagnosing, referring and managing musculoskeletal problems presenting to primary health care teams.

MSc Musculoskeletal Management in Primary Care will provide practitioners with the knowledge and skills to assess, triage and care for patients with musculoskeletal conditions in the community and to apply evidence-based practice. It will focus on multidisciplinary assessment and management and will promote biopsychosocial approaches to musculoskeletal assessment and management.

This postgraduate course believes in the importance of life-long learning and endeavours to provide the practitioner with an educational framework that promotes independent learning and is both professionally relevant and appropriate for applying theory to practice. It aims to develop competent, reflective and analytical practitioners, who can contribute effectively to practice delivery and to commissioning and who are responsive to evolutionary changes in the structure and provision of health care.


A variety of learning and teaching strategies are utilised on the programme from eLearning to lectures, tutorials, workshops and clinical skills sessions. Student will produce a portfolio and personal development plan to help facilitate their approach to learning whilst undertaking the programme.

Assessment will be dependent on the module but will include written essays, presentations, written tests, observed structured clinical examinations, skills logs and reflective portfolio.


This Master's aims to provide students with a critical understanding of musculoskeletal conditions and the knowledge, skills and judgement required to contribute to and influence the development of these approaches within primary care. This course aims to allow students to:
-Critically engage with the contemporary issues in this area
-Develop a critical understanding of clinical practice in this topic within their working context
-Develop effective research utilisation and evaluation of evidence based practice
-Share, challenge and analyse specialist skills and practice of their own and related professional groups in order to foster collaborative working.
-Develop a broader and more informed understanding of musculoskeletal health within primary care
-Critically challenge the evidence base relevant to their working context
-Develop effective decision making skills for primary care practice and commissioning
-Demonstrate self awareness within personal and professional development through reflective practice

Visit the Musculoskeletal Management in Primary Care - MSc page on the University of Central Lancashire website for more details!




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