MSc Advanced Physiotherapy

Key information

Course Leader: Dr Mindy Cairns & Andrea Moulson

Level: 7

Start date: September 2022 and January 2023

School: Health & Social Work

Course Overview

This well-established Master’s degree is designed for physiotherapists who want to advance their professional practice and obtain an academic qualification. The programme is designed to enhance your current knowledge and understanding and skills and give you opportunities to challenge and critically evaluate your professional practice.

 

Who is it for?

  • The course is suitable for physiotherapists who are interested in advancing their existing skills and acquiring new ones. You should have at least one year’s post-qualification experience and evidence of relevant continuing professional development. You should have a clinical caseload during the course to enable you to apply theory to practice, integrate, consolidate and reflect on new skills and meet the demands of the assessment.
  • You will need to be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). If your first language is not English, you will have to provide evidence of IELTs of 7.0 (including 7.0 in the writing component) with no less than 6.5 in every band.
  •  If you have a particular interest in the management of patients with cardiorespiratory problems or long-term conditions, you may wish to explore the master’s degrees offered by our partner Education for Health

Professional Accreditation

  • On completion of the modules listed in Box 1, you will be eligible for full membership with the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP).

 

Module

Code

Credits

Lower Quadrant - MSK Physiotherapy

7HSK0331

30

Upper Quadrant - MSK Physiotherapy

7HSK0332

30

Advanced Musculoskeletal Clinical Practice

7HSK0333

15

Research Methods (in person) or

Research Methods (distance learning)

7HSK0308

7HSK0368

15

Preparation for Research Project

7HSK2049

15

Research Project

7HSK2048

30

Optional

N/A

45

Box 1: Modules required for eligibility for full MACP membership.

  • The MACP is a member organisation of the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT) who sets and monitors educational and clinical standards in this area of physical therapy. The IFOMPT educational standards have been mapped against the Multi-professional Advanced Clinical Practice (ACP) framework and the Musculoskeletal (MSK) Core Capabilities Framework.
  • It has been confirmed that members of the MACP only need to complete the mandatory primary care e-learning modules to complete Stage one sign off for First Contact Practitioner (FCP) competency.
  • If you do not have an MSK background and are interested in developing your career to achieve the capabilities of advanced practice as set out in the Multi-professional Framework for Advanced Practice, you may be interested in our new MSc Advanced Clinical Practice.

 

Course Structure

  • The course is flexible and modular allowing you to create a programme of study to meet your personal development and career aspirations. To attain a Masters award you need to complete 180 credits.
  • There are also interim awards available:

 

 

o   Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) (60 credits) in Advanced Physiotherapy. Please note that this must include a minimum of 30 credits of “physiotherapy” modules (Box 2) or the award will be a PgC in Health Studies.

o   Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) (120 credits) in Advanced Physiotherapy. Please note that this must include a minimum of 30 credits of “physiotherapy” modules (Box 2) or the award will be a PgD in Health Studies.

o   Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership in Health and Social Care. This is available on completion of modules highlighted in Box 4 under “Management”.

 

  • The rate and pace of study are up to you. You have up to 6 years to complete your master’s course; however, most students complete in 3-4 years and study 1-2 modules per year.
  • Please note that a full-time option is not available in 2022-23.
  • The master’s degree consists of three elements: compulsory, research and optional modules. The combination of credits depends upon the ultimate goal for your career aspirations. As such it is worth considering this carefully before you start your studies.

 

 

o   If you wish to obtain the MSc Advanced Physiotherapy without membership of the MACP, you will need to complete a minimum of 30 credits of core “physiotherapy” modules from Box 2, 60 credits of research modules from Box 3 and remaining 90 credits can come from other physiotherapy modules or optional modules shown in Box 4.  This route is illustrated in Figure 1

 

 

o   If you wish to obtain the MSc Advanced Physiotherapy with membership of the MACP, you will need to complete the modules detailed in Box 1 plus 45 credits of optional modules shown in Box 4.  This route is illustrated in Figure 2. 

 

  • Core Physiotherapy modules

o   There are currently 4 taught modules, 1 work-based placement and 6 independent study modules (Box 2)

 

Physiotherapy modules

 

Code

Credits

Delivery

Lower Quadrant – MSK Physiotherapy

7HSK0331

30

Taught

Upper Quadrant – MSK Physiotherapy

7HSK0332

30

Musculoskeletal Injection Therapy

7HSK2058

15

Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation and Exercise Prescription

7HSK2008

15

Advanced Musculoskeletal Clinical Practice

7HSK0333

15

Work based

Developing Professional Practice: Independent Study 1

7HSK0318

15

Independent

Developing Professional Practice: Independent Study 2

7HSK0319

30

Developing Professional Practice: Work-based Skills 1

7HSK0320

15

Developing Professional Practice: Work-based Skills 3

7HSK0322

30

Evidencing Professional Practice 1

7HSK2055

15

Evidencing Professional Practice 2

7HSK2056

30

Box 2: Core physiotherapy modules

 

o   Lower Quadrant – MSK Physiotherapy (7HSK0331) must normally be successfully completed before Upper Quadrant – MSK Physiotherapy (7HSK0332). Both modules must be successfully completed before Advanced Musculoskeletal Clinical Practice (7HSK0333).

o   The Independent study modules allow you to gain an in depth understanding of a particular subject area in which you have a specific interest. They are particularly useful where there are no taught modules available.

 

Research modules

Code

Credits

Research Methods    OR

Research Methods – Distance Learning

7HSK0308

7HSK0368

15

15

Preparation for Research Project

7HSK2049

15

Research Project

7HSK2048

30

Box 3: Research modules

 

o   Research methods (7HSK0308 or 7HSK0368) can be studied at any stage during your studies.

o   Preparation for Research Project should be studied immediately before the Research Project module.

o   Research Methods (7HSK0308 or 7HSK0368) And Preparation for Research Project must be successfully completed before Research Project (7HSK2048).

o   Research project is normally the final module in your programme of study.

 

  •  Optional modules:

o   A wide range of optional modules allows you to create your own bespoke programme of study. The optional modules can include additional modules from the physiotherapy modules, interprofessional modules; School modules, accredited short courses or credits transferred from other institutions.

o   Modules may change year on year to reflect new developments or advances in practice.

o   Optional modules can be taken in any order.

o   It is advisable to consider your choice of optional modules carefully to reflect your personal strengths and potential career aspirations.

 

 

Box 4: Optional modules

 

Short Courses

Short courses run by the University may contribute towards your award.  Please speak to the programme team to discuss your options e.g. Leadership for AHPs (7SCZ0294 – 30 credits), First Contact Practitioner Musculoskeletal Stage 1 and Stage 2 of FCP competency (FCP1 - 15 credit; FCP2 - 30 credit).

 

Where will you study?

Modules and short courses may include a blend of ‘in person’/face to face, on-line and distance learning encompassing a hybrid approach to delivery.   Most ‘in-person’ teaching takes place on the College Lane Campus, however, there are some sessions on the De Haviland Campus.

 

Teaching Methods

  • Modules are facilitated by a variety of experienced lecturers from the University as well as external expert lecturers.
  • The mode of delivery varies reflective and innovative ways to enhance your learning experience. You may need to engage in the synchronous teaching sessions on the dates advertised for the module.
  • You will need to have access to a suitable personal computer and a good reliable Internet connection.
  • Modules are assessed by a variety of methods for example essays, presentations, reports, written and practical examinations.

 

Examples of study routes

  • Some suggested study plans are outlined below.  All routes involve 60 credits of research modules.
  •  It is recognised that your career plans may change during your studies and as such your initial module choices may alter.
  • You are strongly advised to discuss your plans for study with the Programme Leads  

 

Goal: to enhance assessment and management of patients with MSK problems, attain MACP membership and stage 1 sign off for FCP competency:

Lower Quadrant – Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

Upper Quadrant – Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

Advanced Musculoskeletal Clinical Practice

 

+60 credits of research modules

 

+ 45 credits of optional modules/short courses for example:

MSK Injection Therapy

Clinical and Psychological Management of Persistent Pain

MREP

FCP 1 & FCP 2  

AHP Independent Prescribing

Imaging modules

 

 

Goal: to work towards ACP role (MSK). These modules will help you evidence the 4 pillars of ACP

Lower Quadrant – Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

Upper Quadrant – Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

Advanced Musculoskeletal Clinical Practice

Leading Service Change/Leadership, Education and Developing Others

 

+60 credits of research modules

 

+ 15 credits of optional modules for example:

MSK Injection Therapy

AHP Independent Prescribing

Imaging modules

Independent modules

 

 

Application

Application is via our CPD site On-line application

There are two modes of application:

  • Independent – you apply for a single module and are registered as an independent student on the Master’s programme. This is a useful approach if you are unsure about applying for a full programme. It will give you an idea of the level of input required and the amount of time involved. You can undertake up to 45 credits as an independent student. If you decide to undertake more credits, then you are transferred to the MSc programme (subject to Programme Team approval and eligibility criteria)
  •  Postgraduate Diploma/ Masters – you apply for the MSc programme at the beginning of your studies. You will normally need to provide a professional reference (indicating your suitability for Masters level study) and a CV.
  •  On application you will need to indicate which module/s you intend to study in your first year.
  • You select subsequent modules you plan to study on a yearly basis using the On-line application

 

Fees

  •  The Master’s course is modular and the fees are payable per module. Some modules are subject to non-standard fees (e.g. MSK Injection Therapy).
  • You retain the fee package which you commenced on when you joined the part-time Master’s programme (as long as you do not have a break in study). If you first studied a module as an “independent” student (see section on application) this will mean your fees will increase from your first module on the programme.
  •  For NHS employees, part, or all, of your fees may be covered through the commissioning process. It is therefore worth checking with the CPD lead for your Trust.
  •  If you completed your undergraduate degree at UH, you are entitled to a fee deduction of 20% on all modules.
  •   A postgraduate loan is available for this course. If you receive a loan the course needs to be completed within three years. The programme of study must be agreed, in advance, by the Programme Leads.
  •   Fees for self-funding for the 2022/2023 academic year are as follows:

o   £810.00 per 15 credits part-time for UK/EU students

o   Fees may vary for enhanced modules and differ for international students

 

What our students say about their experience of learning on the course

  •  The course has been flexible in allowing me to choose my particular areas of interest”
  • “ Staff are enthusiastic when teaching each topic, approachable and tailored sessions to the needs of the group”

 

Key strengths of the course

  • Flexible programme of study which can be tailored to your own needs
  • Highly regarded with contributions from national and internationally recognised speakers
  • Enhances career progression - many students have gone on to roles as clinical specialists, team leaders, clinical mentors, lecturers and researchers

 

Further Information

Please contact Dr Mindy Cairns or Andrea Moulson Physiotherapy Postgraduate Programme Leads MScAdvPhysio@herts.ac.uk

We are happy to have a conversation with you via Zoom/Skype/telephone/email to discuss your individual requirements and questions. 

Level

7

Credits

180

Course Leader

Dr Mindy Cairns & Andrea Moulson

Start date

September 2022 and January 2023

Faculty

Health & Social Work

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