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Advanced Professional Practice in Neurological Rehabilitation (MSc)

Course Description

Are you a qualified health and social care professional working in Neurological Rehabilitation? Do you want to develop advanced practitioner skills and knowledge along with a critical thinking ethos? Do you want to challenge your current practice and be innovative in applying your studies to your area of practice? This successful pathway is taught by an enthusiastic research active team who are specialists in neurological rehabilitation, and is endorsed by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Key features

Progress your health professions career and become a leader in this specialist area with a programme formed on evidence-based clinical practice, incorporating practical skill development*.

Increase your skills in reflection, analysis and critical debate, as well as developing your knowledge base of this cutting-edge subject. The assignments for all modules are designed to help you link theory to practice.

Learn from research active teaching staff, with national and international reputations in this specialist area. You’ll be encouraged to join the faculty’s Rehabilitation research group, nested under the Institute of Health and Community, and will work with our experienced staff on your own research project.

Further your research skills through use of the University’s highly advanced equipment at the Human Movement and Function Laboratory.

Benefit from our collaboration with the Faculty of Business who provide both core and optional modules. You may also choose specialist skills modules such as Injection Therapy for your continuing professional development (CPD).

Make the most of our blended learning approach, which combines short study blocks and distance learning technologies with face-to-face teaching, enhancing the learning process by allowing time for reflection.

Take advantage of flexible study – you can complete the programme over one year full time or two to five years part time. Your study will comprise of a mixture of lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials.

Choose from three award pathways with full and part-time options: Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert), 60 credits; Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip), 120 credits; and Masters (MSc), 180 credits.

This programme is accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Course details

Advance your practice by developing theoretical knowledge and skills and a creative, critical and analytical approach to practice. Study core modules to develop your advanced practitioner skills: applying evidence to practice, developing self and others, project design for research, and a research dissertation. You’ll also study specific and optional modules related to neurological rehabilitation, enabling you to apply your knowledge to the assessment and management of people with neurological conditions, and can take modules as standalone options for continuing professional development (CPD).

We use a range of assessments, designed to link knowledge and skills to your area of practice and to develop advanced practitioner skills such as evidence-based case studies, portfolios, service delivery proposals and written and oral work. Our graduates apply what they learn – they disseminate knowledge and skills, leading and developing practice, or choose to progress to further studies.


Make sure you have all your supporting documents. Documents required usually include:

Evidence of qualifications (certificates or transcripts) to show that you meet, or expect to meet the entry requirements
Evidence of English language ability, if English is not your first language
Two references
Visual evidence for art and design applicants
Two passport photographs
Curriculum Vitae or résumé, if required
Proof of sponsorship, if applicable

You’ll be individually assessed for your ability to study at this level and therefore an interview may be necessary. You’ll normally be required to submit a short piece of writing as part of the admissions process.


Claims for credit for prior learning, whether certificated or experiential, are accepted and will be assessed following University regulations and faculty procedures.

European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS):

This programme is equivalent to 90 ECTS credits (second cycle) with 30 ECTS credits at postgraduate certificate, 60 credits at postgraduate diploma and 90 credits at masters degree. Each 20 credit module has the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits and assumes a notional student effort of between 200-300 hours.

Successful completion of this pathway does not lead to eligibility to apply for registration with a UK-based regulatory body.

Visit the Advanced Professional Practice in Neurological Rehabilitation (MSc) page on the Plymouth University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You’ll normally be a health or social care professional with a first degree (BSc (Hons) at 2.1 or above or European first cycle equivalent). You will normally have a professional or therapeutic role within a neurological rehabilitation environment, for example, in occupational therapy, physiotherapy, nursing or speech and language therapy. If you have a related academic degree, or do not have a degree but have appropriate experience related to the programme, you may be eligible to apply. You must also provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English- IELTS minimum of 6.5 in each part.

Course Fees

Full-time: UK/EU: £5,660, International: £13,250, Islands: £13,250; Part-time (per 10 credits): UK/EU: £314, International: £750, Islands: £750

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