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Course content

This postgraduate programme integrates the clinical, 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.

Degree information

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, 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 five core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 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.

Core modules
-Paediatric Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy
-Paediatric Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
-Paediatric Neuro Physiotherapy
-Physiotherapy Research and Dissemination
-Research Methods and Statistics
-Paediatric and Adolescent Sports and Perfomance Injury Managament

Optional modules
-Child Development: Inclusive Approaches in Global Contexts
-Children in Difficult Circumstances
-Clinical Knowledge and Decision-Making
-Disability and Development
-Information Law and Governance in Clinical Practice
-Leadership and Professional Development
-Muscle and Exercise Physiology in Health and Disease
-Patient Safety and Clinical Risk
-Respiration through 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.

Careers

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

Employability
This programme aims to transform the way students think about expert patient care, and the theoretical foundation for paediatric physiotherapy clinical practice. The programme provides graduates with a rigorous, evidence-based training in best research and clinical practice, which will give them a natural advantage 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.

Visit the Physiotherapy Studies: Paediatrics - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University College London website for more details!

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