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This postgraduate programme integrates the clinical, academic and research components of paediatric physiotherapy practice. You will focus on the management of paediatric patients with cardiorespiratory, neurological and musculoskeletal disorders. Flexibility in selection of modules means your particular interests can be accommodated.

About this degree

You will benefit from the mentorship of recognised experts in paediatric physiotherapy. The 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, learning about new and emerging treatment options.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four compulsory modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits), and the research dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months, flexible study 2-5 years) is offered. Students take 75 credits of core modules and 45 credits of optional modules.

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

Compulsory modules

  • Paediatric Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy
  • Paediatric Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
  • Paediatric Neuro Physiotherapy
  • Physiotherapy Research and Dissemination
  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Paediatric and Adolescent Sports and Performance Injury Managament
  • Research Project

Optional modules

  • Child Development: Inclusive Approaches in Global Contexts
  • Respiration through Life, Health and Disease
  • Work Based Learning in Health
  • Disability and Development
  • The Heart Through Life, Health and Disease
  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Clinical Exercise and Physical Activity
  • Motor Control in 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. Assessment is through written assignments, oral presentations, multiple choice texts, submission of the literature review and research proposal, assessed coursework, unseen and prior disclosure written examinations, and the dissertation with an oral presentation.

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 enable you to pursue a career in academic, research or clinical practice.

Employability

This programme aims to transform the way you think about expert patient care, and the theoretical foundation for paediatric physiotherapy clinical practice. The programme provides you with a rigorous, evidence-based training in best research and clinical practice, which is advantageous when applying for physiotherapy clinical, educational or research posts.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL is a world-leading university offering well-established and popular postgraduate physiotherapy programmes which are highly regarded both locally and internationally. Our close relationship with Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children means that much of our research and teaching is carried out on a joint basis.

Lectures, tutorials and workshops are delivered by recognised experts in physiotherapy practice.

Students on our physiotherapy programmes come to UCL from all over the world. This cross-fertilisation of international clinical experiences and ideas generates a powerful and inspirational platform for postgraduate physiotherapy learning.

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 degree is suitable for physiotherapists with less than two years' paediatric experience, or for experienced praxctitioners who prefer not to undertake clinical placements for various reasons including restrictions on study leave.

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 Physiotherapy Studies: Paediatrics at graduate level
  • why you want to study Physiotherapy Studies: Paediatrics at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment
  • 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 Physiotherapy Studies: Paediatrics MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert page on the University College London website for more details!

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