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Physiotherapy Studies: Neurophysiotherapy - MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Course Description

This new programme integrates the clinical, academic and research components of neurophysiotherapy practice, with an emphasis on the management of patients with neurological disorders. The programme fosters an understanding of evidence-based practice and students are encouraged to develop as advanced practitioners. Flexibility in selection of modules allows for physiotherapists with particular interests to be accommodated.

Degree information

This programme offers students the opportunity to extend their knowledge of the key practical and theoretical aspects of neurophysiotherapy, challenge the foundations of established but poorly justified treatments, develop and undertake clinical research and learn about new and emerging treatment options, enjoying the mentorship of recognised experts in neurophysiotherapy.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a dissertation/report (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time 12 months, flexible 2–5 years is offered). Students take four core modules (60 credits), and four optional modules (60 credits). A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time one year, flexible study up to two years) is offered. The programme consists of three core modules (45 credits) and one optional module (15 credits).

Core modules
-Evidence-informed Neurophysiotherapy Practice*
-Motor Control and Pathophysiology of Neurological Disorders*
-Physiotherapy Research and Dissemination*
-Research Methods & Statistics
(*PG Cert students take the three core modules indicated above.)

Optional modules
-Skeletal Muscle and Associated Disease
-Peripheral Nerves and Associated Diseases
-Motor neurons, neuromuscular junctions and associated diseases
-Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Disease
-Peripheral Nerve, Muscle and Special Senses
-Motor Systems and Disease
-Higher Functions of the Brain
-Epilepsy, Pain, Tumours and Infections of the Central Nervous System
-Paediatric Neurophysiotherapy
-Paediatric Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
-Paediatric Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy
-Muscle and Exercise Physiology in Health and Disease
-Physical Activity and Clinical Exercise for Pulmonary Disease
-Health Management and Clinical Exercise for Pulmonary Disease
-Respiration Through Life, Health and Disease
-Cardiorespiratory Theory for Physiotherapists
-Leadership and Professional Development
-Disability and Development
-Skeletal Muscle and Associated Diseases

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials online learning and self-directed learning. Assessment is through written assignments, online assignments, oral presentations, multiple choice texts, 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 clinical or management positions within their career field. Recent physiotherapy graduates have pursued senior careers in healthcare policy, university lecturing, private practice, management or highly specialist clinical practice. Several past physiotherapy students have used the MSc successfully to gain funding for PhD studies.

This programme aims to transform the way students think about the theoretical foundation for neurophysiotherapy clinical practice and what defines expert patient care. 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 that are highly regarded both locally and internationally.

The degree offers an extensive range of core and optional modules in specialist areas and lectures, tutorial and workshops are delivered by recognised experts in physiotherapy practice. We have close links to the UCL Institute of Neurology and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery at Queen Square with its specialist physiotherapy department.

Our students come from all over the world. This cross-fertilisation of international experience and ideas generates a powerful and inspirational platform for postgraduate physiotherapy learning which, combined with the central London location, makes UCL an attractive choice for physiotherapy students.

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

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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