Loughborough University

Loughborough University

Musculoskeletal Medicine

This course is aimed primarily at medical doctors, but is open to other regulated healthcare professionals working in musculoskeletal (MSK) medicine including physiotherapists, osteopaths and chiropractors. The course deals with the clinical assessment and management of MSK disorders. Students gain a qualification in the theory and practice of MSK medicine to enable them to practice in an MSK service, learn how to manage patients with MSK disorders at a primary and intermediate care level, and broaden their understanding and develop their clinical skills to manage MSK patients autonomously. The course includes 8 weeks of clinical placements to enable students to gain the necessary clinical practice required during MSK training and provides the opportunity to practise the prerequisite skills in a supervised environment with real patients. By the end of the course stuednts have knowledge and understanding of: the normal structure and function of the musculoskeletal system; abnormal function and pathology of the musculoskeletal system; the biopsychosocial and occupational factors affecting the patients presentation and response to intervention in a systematic manner; the effect of use, overuse and misuse on tissues and the processes of injury, inflammation, degeneration and repair; the range of therapeutic approaches and the contribution of members of the multidisciplinary team within an integrated MSK service. This course is delivered from the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine: East Midlands (NCSEM-EM), based at Loughborough University. The course is run in association with the British Institute of Musculoskeletal Medicine, and builds on the extensive clinical experience and teaching of this membership organisation.

Entry requirements

The course is open to medical doctors, physiotherapists, osteopaths and chiropractors. Students require a minimum of 2 years� experience post-qualification and proof of valid standing with the approved regulator for their profession.

Course modules

Core modules: year 1: the lower back; principles of musculoskeletal medicine and research; the upper limb; cervical and thoracic spine. Year 2: research project; the lower limb and sports and exercise medicine; systemic disorders and the integrated approach.

Assessment methods

Ongoing assessment including practical and written assessments and a small research project.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Loughborough University Loughborough LE11 3TU East Midlands

Key information

Telephone number: 
01509 226388