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    Full time & Part time available

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    1.5 years full time, 4 years part time

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  • Last Updated

    14 March 2019

As a qualified physiotherapist, this MSc will enable you to develop valuable skills that will help you advance in your profession whether you are looking for promotion within clinical practice or a move into academia or research.


This MSc is for qualified physiotherapists who want to further their skills and expertise in order to progress within the profession at a university ranked in the top 10 in the UK.

Developments within the allied health professions, like the emergence of clinical specialists, extended scope practitioners and consultant therapists, have created a need for the acquisition of advanced knowledge and skills. This course has a flexible portfolio of modules that can be tailored to meet your individual needs and develop your knowledge and skills in areas such as research, education, leadership and management, and clinical practice, which are necessary to become an expert practitioner.

The programme aims to develop your evaluative, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and to increase your practical and theoretical knowledge of physiotherapy, so that you can apply these skills in the further advancement of your profession, service provision and patient care.

The course is suited to UK-based and international physiotherapists at any stage of their career (including newly qualified physiotherapists).

Full-time students complete their taught modules in one academic year, with a further six months for the dissertation.

Distinctive features

  • The opportunity to learn in a School consistently ranked in the top ten in the UK for physiotherapy by both the Complete University Guide and the Times Good University Guide
  • The flexibility to align with various career pathways, so that the route of study can be tailored to individual needs.
  • Free bespoke In-sessional English Language Course to support Healthcare International students
  • The opportunity to work with internationally renowned researchers, including Professor Robert van Deursen, Professor Nicola Phillips, and Dr Val Sparkes, as well as clinicians who are Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioners in their speciality
  • Acquisition of high quality clinical reasoning skills and the development of innovative ideas.
  • A compulsory ‘Study Skills at M Level’ module to assist students in developing academic skills and promote confidence in their Masters study.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

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.

How will I be supported?

The University offers a wide range of services and activities designed to support students. These include a student counselling service, a student advisory service, crèche and day facilities, sport and exercise facilities, as well as campus information, library and IT services.

This programme gives you the opportunity to share ideas with health professionals. As well as developing your own intellectual abilities, this sharing of ideas enables you to learn and benefit from the experiences of others. Opportunity is given for this sort of discussion and exchange of ideas through seminars and tutorials.

All students are given a named personal tutor following registration onto the programme, who is able to assist them with any pastoral care as well as advice on writing style, grammar and academic mentoring.

All modules within the programme make extensive use of Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Learning Central, on which students will find course materials, links to related materials and assessment exemplars. All lectures are recorded via Panopto and are available to students throughout their programme.

For students whose first language is not English there are open access English Language courses available.

Career prospects

Postgraduate level study is essential if you want to progress to advanced and specialist practice. An MSc will enable you to have greater autonomy within your profession, to further your career and take advantage of a greater range of opportunities.

Our modules are designed to complement progression in clinical practice, but also to facilitate a move into academia or research.

Our graduates have gone on to roles including:

  • Clinical specialist
  • Consultant physiotherapist
  • Physiotherapy management positions
  • Physiotherapy and clinical education positions.
  • Lecturer

Visit the Physiotherapy - MSc page on the Cardiff University website for more details!






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