1 year plus a further 6 months to submit dissertation (Full-time) / 2 years plus a further 2 years to submit dissertation (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)
This course aims to develop students’ evaluative, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and to increase their practical and theoretical knowledge of physiotherapy, so that they can apply these skills in the further advancement of their profession.
The distinctive features of the Programme include:
- 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, or to take a career break and complete on a full time basis.
- the opportunity for students to work with Allied Health Professionals across a variety of disciplines and/or specialist in their own field.
Developments within the Allied Health Professions such as the emergence of clinical specialists, extended scope practitioners and consultant therapists create a requirement for the acquisition of advanced knowledge and skills. The MSc in Physiotherapy aims to facilitate individual CPD towards gaining such knowledge and skills. The flexibility of the programme through the choice of subject specific modules allows a range of clinical areas to be studied tailored to individual needs. Students are therefore able to select from various combinations of clinical areas such as neurology, sport and exercise, musculoskeletal as well as ethics and learning & teaching in the workplace.
Students complete modules totalling 120 M-level credits to be eligible for the exit award of Postgraduate Diploma. All students complete a compulsory generic module in Research Methods in Health and Social Care (30 credits).
Full-time students undertake all taught modules during one academic year while part-time students undertake taught modules over two years. Each module is assessed individually by assessment procedures, all of which will consist of prepared work rather than unseen examination papers.
Students who then proceed to successful completion of a research project and subsequent dissertation will be eligible for the award of a Master of Science degree. Full time students have to submit their dissertation within 18 months of registering on the programme; part time students have to submit within 4 years of registering on the programme.
Details of the available modules can be found be on the School of Healthcare Studies website.
Course is modular 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.
At the end of the course, the student should be able to:
- apply advanced theoretical principles critically, to analyse their professional experience, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in physiotherapy.
- evaluate practice and critically appraise advances or changes in professional practice.
- demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level based on reflective thinking and problem-solving
- initiate change and lead in the management of change and the advancement of the profession through research.
- continue to lead and develop an holistic approach to the patient management and be able to communicate effectively with other health professionals.
Suitable for qualified physiotherapists with at least two years clinical experience.
Students admitted to the course should be in possession of:
- either a first degree or a UK diploma in physiotherapy
- a minimum of 2 years post-registration experience with evidence of CPD
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 Full Time for 2013/14
UK & EU Part Time for 2013/14
International Full Time for 2013/14
International Part Time for 2013/14
Next intake: September 2013
Name: Ms Dianne Martin
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2068 7795