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Advanced Physiotherapy: Musculoskeletal MSc

Advanced Physiotherapy: Musculoskeletal MSc

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Full time | UCL (University College London) | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Physiotherapy Medical Specialisations: F-O

Course type


Course Summary

This postgraduate programme integrates the advanced clinical, academic and research components of musculoskeletal physiotherapy practice. The emphasis is on the advanced clinical reasoning and evidence-informed management of patients with musculoskeletal disorders. Flexibility in the selection of modules allows for physiotherapists with particular interests to be accommodated.

The programme offers students the opportunity to evaluate and challenge existing practice, develop and undertake clinical research and learn about new and emerging treatment options. Students will develop clinical skills and understanding of evidence-based practice in their field of specialisation through completion of taught modules and at least one compulsory clinical placement. Students will benefit from the clinical mentorship of recognised experts in physiotherapy when on placement.


Recent graduates have pursued careers in academia, research, management or furthered their clinical practice. Several students have used the MSc as a springboard for gaining funding to undertake PhDs at a range of high-ranking London universities. Graduates have also secured senior positions, such as team leads and clinical specialist posts within major London hospitals.


The programme aims to transform the way you think about expert patient care, and the theoretical foundation for musculoskeletal physiotherapy clinical practice. You will receive rigorous, evidence-based training in best research and clinical practice, which provides you with the skills and knowledge to apply for clinical, educational or research posts.


Physiotherapy Research and Dissemination (CHLD0013) (15 Credits) - Core
Applied Statistics for Health Research I (CHLD0064) (15 Credits) - Core
Research Project (CHLD0026) 60 credits (60 Credits) - Core
Lower Quadrant: Advanced Musculoskeletal Management (CHLD0098) (30 Credits) - Core
Upper Quadrant: Advanced Musculoskeletal Management (CHLD0097) (30 Credits) - Core
Clinical Education in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (CHLD0096) (15 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
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Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in Physiotherapy; or an approved Diploma in Physiotherapy together with evidence of appropriate clinical and/or teaching experience and a commitment to continuing professional development. We expect students to have had at least two years post-qualification clinical experience and UK state-registration is preferred.

University information

Founded in 1826, University College London (UCL) is a highly prestigious institution, located in the heart of Bloomsbury, London’s academic centre. The university has nurtured countless inspiring minds and 30 Nobel Prizes have been awarded to current or former staff and students. UCL is home to almost 24,000 postgraduate students, with a total student population of 42,000 from over 150 countries worldwide. UCL offers 675 postgraduate...more