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Rehabilitation Studies: Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Practice MSc

Rehabilitation Studies: Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Practice MSc

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Study mode

Part time


3 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Medical Specialisations: F-O Physiotherapy Prosthetics (Medical Technology) Orthopedics

Course type


Course Summary


This programme is aimed at physiotherapists working in the speciality of musculoskeletal practice in a variety of health care settings. It offers physiotherapists a range of opportunities to develop their theoretical knowledge relevant to their role and the chance to extend current clinical practice.

MSc Rehabilitation Studies: Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Practice - Students will integrate the theory and evidence base of musculoskeletal practice. The modules include taught sessions at the Faculty of Health Studies, University of Bradford to encourage shared learning. These sessions include both theory and practical skills with an emphasis on clinical reasoning and problem solving.

Further learning and teaching on the practice module occurs in the clinical setting under the guidance of a clinical mentor. Students require access to an appropriate clinical caseload in order to be able to undertake the Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Practice modules.

The musculoskeletal modules in Bradford have been developed in conjunction with specialist clinicians working in hospitals within the region, thus ensuring the continued clinical relevance of the programme.

A further strength of the programme is the use of external lecturers who are specialists within their field and continue to have a clinical caseload.

Learning and assessment

Students learning will be assessed through a range of different assessment techniques, which may include one or more of the following approaches:

  • Written assignment
  • Reflective case study
  • Development of a reflective portfolio
  • Practical examination (OSCE/OSPE)
  • Computer based open book examination
  • Seminar presentation
  • Written project report
  • Completion of a dissertation
  • Research paper/executive summary

Career prospects

This course offers the physiotherapist a range of opportunities to develop advanced theoretical knowledge and practical skills relevant to their musculoskeletal role and offers the chance to extend and enhance their clinical practice and career pathway.

This award will be of benefit to physiotherapists working and specialising in the musculoskeletal field in a variety of health care settings.


This module will enable the physiotherapist to reflect on current practice and develop advanced theoretical and practical skills in the management of individuals with spinal dysfunction.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should: Hold a relevant professional qualification normally at Bachelors degree level (Ordinary or Honours) or equivalent; Be a physiotherapist registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC); Normally have two years post qualification experience; Be working in the relevant field of musculoskeletal physiotherapy practice; Have access to appropriate clinical practice for the duration of the modules (the University has the provision to offer some practice placements in the onsite Physiotherapy clinic).

University information

The University of Bradford is a progressive institution which aims to have a positive impact on society through embracing technology-oriented teaching methods and applied research. The university invests heavily in its facilities, and its city-centre campus is built with sustainability at the forefront of its design, such as using hemp-based building materials, edible gardens and even beehives on-site. Bradford has won several awards for its...more