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Physiotherapy Studies: Cardiorespiratory - MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Course Description

This postgraduate programme integrates the clinical, academic and research components of cardiorespiratory physiotherapy practice. The emphasis is on the management of patients with cardiorespiratory 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 cardiorespiratory physiotherapy.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

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

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months, flexible 2-5 years) is offered. A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, part-time nine months) is offered.

Core modules
-Physiotherapy Research and Dissemination
-Research Methods and Statistics
-Respiration Through Life, Health and Disease
-Cardiorepsiratory Physiotherapy Skills

Optional modules
-Cardiorespiratory Theory for Physiotherapists
-Clinical Knowledge and Decision-Making
-Health Management and Clinical Exercise for Pulmonary Disease
-The Heart Through Life, Health and Disease
-Information Law and Governance in Clinical Practice
-Leadership and Professional Development
-Muscle and Exercise Physiology in Health and Disease
-Paediatric Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy
-Patient Safety and Clinical Risk
-Physical Activity and Clinical Exercise for Cardiovascular Disease

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.


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

This programme aims to transform the way students think about expert patient care, and the theoretical foundation for cardiorespiratory 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.

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: Cardiorespiratory - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University College London website for more details!

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GREAT-UCL India Scholarship - Single Award

GREAT-UCL India Scholarship Programme is a joint programme part funded through GREAT funds and through contributions made by UK Universities. GREAT is a part of the UK Government’s campaign to show to the world the best of the UK. In November 2013, the British Council announced its largest ever scholarship scheme worth almost £1 million to students from India. This provides for 370 scholarships covering 260 undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Engineering, Law and Business to Art & Design, Biosciences and IT at 36 UK universities. As part of the GREAT-UCL India Scholarship Programme, UCL will be offering three jointly funded scholarships worth £10,000 each. Value, terms and conditions
- The value of each award is £10,000.
- Unless otherwise requested by the scholar, the scholarship is usually set against tuition fees. If payment is made directly to the scholarship holder, the award is paid in three equal instalments at the start of each term.
- The award is tenable for one year only.
- An award cannot be deferred to a later year.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Be domiciled in India.

Application Procedure

The scholarship selection will be based on your programme application. There is no separate application required for the scholarship.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in physiotherapy; or an approved Diploma in physiotherapy together with evidence of appropriate clinical and/or teaching experience and a commitment to continuing professional development.

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