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Musculoskeletal Studies (Lower Limb) (MSc/PgD/PgC)

Course Description

Course Overview

​The MSc Musculoskeletal Studies (Lower Limb) is aimed at Health and Care Professions Council registered practitioners who are involved in the management of a range of conditions of the foot, ankle, and lower limb across a range of patient groups. Year 1 focuses on diagnosing and understanding lower limb musculoskeletal conditions, as well as developing a critical approach to learning. In year two the focus shifts to therapeutic management before a research project in year three which brings the award of MSc.

It is a flexible award that can be taken in its entirety, or in various combinations of modules as required and prospective candidates are encouraged to contact the programme director to discuss individual requirements.

See the website https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/health/courses/Pages/Musculoskeletal-Studies-(Lower-Limb)---MSc.aspx

Course Content​

Students will study the following modules in year one:
• Critical Appraisal (10 credits)
Introduces the process of evidence based practice and sets the scene for the objective scrutiny of published research and theories. This skill is crucial for every subsequent module, where objective appraisal of competing theories is required.

• Gait analysis (10 credits)
Involves appraisal of the theoretical and practical issues surrounding various gait analysis modalities, considering the criteria for the optimal clinical / research system, and the clinical utility of the information yield from various technologies.

• The Pathological Basis of Musculoskeletal Disorders (10 credits)
Considers the pathological processes underpinning the development of a range of lower limb musculoskeletal disorders, emphasising the value of this knowledge in understanding the expression of specific disorders, and linking to opportunities for treatment.

• Work Based Learning: Musculoskeletal Examination and Diagnosis (20 credits)
Provides a framework through which students can set their own learning outcomes in relation to examination and diagnosis. These can be explicitly anchored to practice or career aspirations, and students must develop, complete and report on a series of activities designed to fulfil the learning outcomes.

And a selection of the following modules in year two:
• Sports, Biomechanics and Injury (10 credit) / Sports, Biomechanics and Injury Management (20 credits)
Refers to two modules focusing the principles of biomechanics and their application to the field of sports injuries. The first 10 credits, which can be studied in isolation, focus on the development of injury whilst the second 10 credits focus on the implications of biomechanical issues to injury management.

• Introduction to Injection Therapy (10 credits)*
Injection Therapy focuses on steroid injections to the foot and ankle, but includes the role of diagnostic local anaesthetic and viscosupplementation.

• Musculoskeletal therapeutics: A work-based learning module (20 credits)
Provides a framework through which students can set their own learning outcomes in relation to musculoskeletal therapeutics. These can be explicitly anchored to practice or career aspirations, and students must develop, complete, and report on a series of activities designed to fulfil the learning outcomes.

• Pharmacology for Podiatrists (10 credits)
Pharmacology is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council, and successful participants are eligible for annotation on the register permitting access to the limited formulary of medicines available to Podiatrists via the exemption order. This provides access to depomedrone, an injectable steroid, and so complements the Injection Therapy module.

• Research methods (20 credits)
Applied Research Design and Method is a 20 credit multi-disciplinary module delivered by a team of staff from the school of health and social sciences. It considers the role of qualitative and quantitative research designs and various statistical techniques.

In the third year students will undertake a 60-credit research project, which will involve the development of an assessed research proposal and the submission of a research report.

*Approval is being sought from the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists for module approval that would bring, pending completion of an additional mentored injection log, insurance cover to perform steroid injections to the foot.

Employability & Careers​

Students enrolling on this programme will already be working in healthcare. However, the enhanced knowledge base, and reflective, critical approach to practice that results will enhance career development potential. For NHS employees this may be linked to eligibility for higher banded posts under 'Agenda for Change' – moving towards extended scope practitioner roles. For those in private practice there will be increased confidence and ability in treating a wider variety of patients with a wider range of disorders.

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/scholarships

Find out how to apply here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply

Visit the Musculoskeletal Studies (Lower Limb) (MSc/PgD/PgC) page on the Cardiff Metropolitan University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme - 20+ Awards

The postgraduate scholarship is an award for those studying a full time taught masters programme at Cardiff Met in 2014. The award will pay for your fees in full, valued at £4000 depending on the course.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £4000


See http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/pgscholarships for full criteria.

Application Procedure

Please fill in the online application form at: http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/pgscholarships

Or visit the website to download the application form and return by:

Post: Admissions, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Western Avenue, Cardiff, CF5 2YB
Fax: 029 20 416286

You will receive notification that we have received your application and successful applicants will be notified in September following enrolment.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

The pre-requisite is membership of a healthcare profession eligible for employment within the National Health Service in the UK, or the international equivalent. Candidates must posses a minimum of one year post-graduation practice; Musculoskeletal caseload and provide evidence of CPD activities relating to musculoskeletal diagnosis / management. Satisfactory references, confirming musculoskeletal workload and supporting the application, should be provided alongside the application.

Course Fees

UK/EU students: £4,050; International Students: £12,000

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