Manchester Metropolitan University

Advanced Physiotherapy

Designed for registered and qualified physiotherapists, this course gives you the opportunity to specialise in one of four areas of physiotherapy, including musculoskeletal and manual therapy. You'll complete a number of core units and choose option units to improve your professional practice and develop specialist skills in your chosen area. Practical sessions are an important part of this course and, depending on the units you choose, you'll learn techniques such as soft tissue manipulation and manual therapy techniques. You'll typically work on simulated patients if you choose the Management of the Acutely Ill and Critically Ill Patient unit. Depending on the option units you choose, you will mainly study on-campus. For example, when studying the sports units, you may study at the Manchester Institute of Health and Performance (MIHP). Our lecturers are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and many still work in practice alongside teaching. Our teaching team also includes researchers with expertise across a range of specialisms, including knee dysfunction, spinal dysfunction, and musculoskeletal interventions. Our course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). If you're not ready to commit to a full-time masters, you can study individual units as standalone modules, as part of your continuing professional development (CPD). You can also exit this course with a postgraduate certificate (PgCert) or postgraduate diploma (PgDip).

Entry requirements

MSc: A physiotherapy UK honours degree (or international equivalent) or graduate diploma in physiotherapy - with evidence of approved and relevant post-qualification education is usual. Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Applicants for the Manual Therapy Pathway are required to have: a) BSc Physiotherapy degree- 2.2 degree classification or equivalent (There is further information for international students on our international website if you're applying with non-UK qualifications; b) A minimum of 2 years clinical experience, of which 6 months should have been with neuro-musculoskeletal out-patients; c) Health Council PC registration; d) IELTS of 7 (with no element below 6.5) for students whose first language is not English; e) Students residing outside the UK will need to provide a current criminal record report equivalent to the UK Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check; f) Two character references. One reference must be from a clinical manager or someone who can report on the applicant's physiotherapy working knowledge and performance. Both must references to be provided on headed paper or have an organisation stamp. Specific Clinical Placement Unit Requirements: Manual Therapy students undertake mandatory Clinical Placement units. They must obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and health screening through the University procedure on admission to the programme.

Course modules

Modules to include: Core Units: Advanced physiotherapy project; dissertation; research methods. students wishing to gain the macp qualification from the manual therapy focus, the following units are core requirements for the accreditation. principles of clinical management for patients with neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction; foundation; assessment and management of neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction in the upper quadrant; assessment and management of neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction in the lower quadrant; clinical placements: lower quadrant and upper quadrant. optional units: approaches to neurological rehabilitation; assessment and management of neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction in the lower quadrant; assessment and management of neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction in the upper quadrant; biomechanical analysis (lower limb); cardiorespiratory physiology; clinical exercise physiology; clinical placement lower quadrant; clinical placement upper quadrant; evidence based approach to acute stroke management; foundation for effective leadership and management within an organisation; independent study; management of chronic musculoskeletal pain; management of the acutely ill and critically ill patient; mentor preparation; orthopaedic medicine approach to the management of spinal conditions; orthopaedic medicine, approach to management of peripheral conditions; physical activity and health; principles of clinical management for patients with neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction (foundation unit); principles of health economics; rehabilitation in sport; rehabilitation of older people; soft tissue manipulation. full time students should complete taught units within 12 months. part time students must undertake a minimum of one unit per year.

Assessment methods

Most modules can be undertaken as either full time or stand-alone continuing professional development (CPD). You will be assessed through a combination of essays, literature reviews, oral presentations, case studies, practical skills, examinations and a research project.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2019 - 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 - 15 Months

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Main Site M15 6BH North West

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