Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy (MSc/PgDip)
n/a (Full-time) / 2 years plus a further 2 years to submit dissertation (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)
The course aims to increase students’ practical and theoretical knowledge of neuromusculoskeletal and manual physiotherapy and develop their evaluative, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, so that they can become advanced practitioners in this field and contribute to the further advancement of their profession.
The distinctive features of the Programme include:
- the opportunity to acquire the theoretical and practical requirements to gain membership of the MACP.
- external lecturers who are experts in their field
- small group teaching
- the opportunity for students to learn in a School that is well respected within the physiotherapy profession
- the involvement of research-active and clinical staff in Programme design and delivery
- the emphasis on independent learning in a research-led environment
- the emphasis on acquisition of high quality clinical reasoning skills and the development of innovative ideas
- flexibility of delivery, permitting graduates to pursue professional careers whilst studying part time
The course is offered as a two-year part-time programme. Students will follow a sequential route through modules. Year One includes HCT024 Research Methods in Health and Social Care, HCT027 Neuromusculoskeletal Diagnosis and Treatment, and HCT229 Advanced Practice Module. Year Two consists of HCT126 Applied Anatomy and Assessing Function and HCT028 Neuromusculoskeletal Diagnosis and Treatment, Advanced Assessment and Management. The Advanced Practice module is divided into two placements each of three weeks duration undertaken following completion of modules HCT027 and HCT028; this module is an integral part of the course.
Students may leave with any number of credits according to how many modules they successfully complete; students must complete all modules to be eligible for the award of a PgDip. Students who proceed to successful completion of a research project and subsequent dissertation will be eligible for the award of a Master of Science.
The course is delivered by a combination of lectures, tutorials, student and tutor-led seminars, practical and clinically-based learning, and self study. Assessments are designed to reflect the need for students to demonstrate their ability at analysing and evaluating a situation but also to use a variety of ways to present their ideas and abilities. Assessments include written and oral presentations, small projects, practical and clinical assessments, and a research project.
Details of the available modules can be found be on the School of Healthcare Studies website.
The course is modular in format with contact days arranged in blocks of 2-3 days spread over the academic year. Module timetables are available from the Postgraduate & Cont Ed Unit.
The programme outcomes have been informed by the Manipulation Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP) and the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapists (IFOMT)
Upon completion of the programme a typical student will be able to:
- practice neuromusculoskeletal and manual physiotherapy as a master practitioner with advanced level skills and knowledge;
- critically appraise research evidence in the field of neuromusculoskeletal physiotherapy;
- evaluate practice and critically appraise advances or changes in professional practice;
- initiate change and lead in the management of change and the advancement of the profession in the field of neuromusculoskeletal physiotherapy;
- determine their own life-long learning needs and act on these needs.
Suitable for qualified physiotherapists who are licensed to practice in the UK and are working in the field of Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy. A minimum of two years’ post-registration experience is required, which must include at least 1,000 hours in the field of neuromusculoskeletal physiotherapy.
Applicants whose first language is not English must satisfy the English Language requirements for entry to the university by attainment of a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS or equivalent.
Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.
UK & EU Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
Next intake: September 2013
Name: Ms Dianne Martin
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2068 7795