The School of Healthcare Sciences at Cardiff University is ranked no. 1 in the UK for Physiotherapy by both the Complete University guide and the Times Good University guide 2014, 2015 and 2016. This part-time MSc course is for qualified physiotherapists, and aims to develop valuable skills that will help them advance in the profession.
The course has a flexible portfolio of modules that can be tailored to meet individual needs and develop their knowledge and skills in areas such as research, education, leadership and management, and clinical practice, which are necessary to become an advanced practitioner.
Physiotherapy at the School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University was ranked no. 1 in the UK, by both the Complete University Guide and the Times Good University Guide 2014, 2015 and 2016, and as part of the course you will have the opportunity to work with internationally renowned researchers, including Professor Robert van Deursen, Professor Nicola Phillips, and Dr Val Sparkes.
Full-time students complete their taught modules in one academic year, with a further six months for the dissertation. Part-time students complete their taught modules over two academic years, with up to a further two years for the dissertation.
This course welcomes UK-based as well as international Physiotherapists at any stage of their career (this includes newly qualified Physiotherapists).
• The flexibility to align with various career pathways, so that the route of study can be tailored to individual needs.
• Research-active and clinical staff involved in course design and delivery.
• Outside lecturers, who are experts in their field, to contribute to the delivery of the course.
• Independent learning opportunities in a research-led environment.
• Acquisition of high quality clinical reasoning skills and the development of innovative ideas.
• Shared learning opportunities with Allied Health Professionals across a variety of disciplines and/or specialists in their own field.
The MSc Physiotherapy programme is modular and students must complete four modules (30 credits each) in the taught component of the course; one of the modules is a compulsory research module and there is a choice of a minimum of 2 from the pathway specific modules. Further details can be obtained in discussion with the programme manager.
Students undertaking the full-time route will complete 4 modules and the dissertation module over 3 semesters enabling the student to normally complete and submit their dissertation within 18 months of initial registration on the programme. The dissertation module will be undertaken in semester 2.
Students undertaking the part-time route will complete 4 modules and the dissertation module over a maximum of 4 years..
We have recently developed a dual pathway available for Physiotherapists at any stage of their career (this includes newly qualified Physiotherapists). The programme has a flexible portfolio of modules that can be tailored to meet individual needs and develop the knowledge and skills in the areas such as research, education, leadership and management and clinical practice which are necesssry to become an expert practitioner.
For a list of modules for the FULL-TIME route, please see website:
Teaching is mainly through workshops, tutorials and seminars. There are also lectures, and these are followed up by appropriate opportunity to discuss and evaluate the ideas presented. Content is supported by online resources.
Self-directed study forms an important part of the course, and you will be directed in study skills and guided in the areas for study.
You will be assessed through a variety of assessment procedures, such as written assignments, oral presentations, poster presentations and small projects. This enables you to demonstrate your ability at analysing and evaluating a situation but also to use a variety of ways to present your ideas and abilities. The research project is a culmination of the development of all these skills.