Keele University

Keele University

Neuromusculoskeletal Health Care

This course enables students to study the health care of patients with neuromusculoskeletal problems from a dynamic and expanding perspective. The course provides students with a sound academic core to their relevant clinical practice, encourages a broad approach to health provision, and gives a thorough understanding of research methodology. The overall philosophy is to encourage an analytical, questioning attitude, which in turn will lead to an increase in evidence-based practice together with innovation in clinical practice.

Entry requirements

The course is open to therapists, (e.g. physiotherapists, occupational therapists), other allied health professionals and members of other related disciplines such as doctors, nurses, pharmacists and psychologists. Applicants should normally have a 1st or 2nd class honours degree (2.1 or 2.2) (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant subject such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, medicine, nursing, psychology, or an equivalent professional qualification. In addition, applicants must have completed at least 12 months of professional work experience by 30 June prior to admission or be registered with the UK Professional Council or overseas equivalent. Registration with your Professional Council is strongly recommended; if this is not obtained then this will severely limit your choice of options since you will not be able to undertake practical clinical modules. For students whose 1st language is not English, evidence will be required of successful completion of an English Language qualification such as TOEFL (minimum 600) or IELTS (minimum 6.5 with at least 6 in each sub-test). All applications are assessed on an individual basis. Applicants should ensure that their personal statements identify why they wish to study this course.

Course modules

Core modules: research methods; evidence-based practice; applied clinical anatomy 1; physiology of neuromusculoskeletal tissues. Option modules: introducing acupuncture; essentials of manual therapy assessment for peripheral joint dysfunction; essentials of manual therapy assessment for spinal dysfunction; motor control retraining of movement dysfunction; musculoskeletal management at the interface; performance stability; applied clinical anatomy 2; dynamic ultrasound imaging; concepts of neurological rehabilitation; physiology and pharmacology of pain; assessment and measurement; psychosocial aspects of pain; independent study; mechanics of neuromusculoskeletal tissue.

Assessment methods

The programme is assessed by a variety of techniques chosen to reflect the aims and objectives and teaching methods of individual modules, for example: essay, critical evaluation, paper review, seminar presentations, examination, the use of the Virtual Learning Environment, and dissertation. The pass mark for all modules is 50%.

Sponsorship information

Students are usually funded either wholly/partially by their employer or are self-funded; Chartered Society of Physiotherapy offers some funding to graduate students.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 4,800 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 2,640 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
PgCert Part-time £ 2,640 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PgDip Part-time £ 2,640 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Keele Campus Keele ST5 5BG West Midlands

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