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Lower Quadrant - Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

Key information

Course Leader: Dr Mindy Cairns & Andrea Moulson

Level: 7

Credits: 30

Start date:

Mode of delivery: Blended learning

Learner Hours: Scheduled 83 hours & Independent 217 hours

School: Health & Social Work

Available places: 30


  • 28/09/2023
  • 28/09/2023

Fees and Funding


The price quoted above is per 30 credits and relates to students assessed as UK/home self-funded for fee purposes. Prices may differ for students that are assessed as EU Overseas/Overseas. Fees status will normally stay with the student for the remainder of their course. Here you can find further details along with, costs and when your fees need to be paid. You may be able to obtain a Post Graduate student loan, for which you must sign up for the whole MSc programme and not just individual modules or a Post Graduate Diploma, further details can be found at Master’s Loan

Entry Requirements

Qualified Physiotherapists with BSc Honours in Physiotherapy (or equivalent) qualification and at least one year’s post-qualification experience in a musculoskeletal physiotherapy setting, currently working in an appropriate area of practice. Physiotherapists who undertake work-based/clinical skills modules should have HCPC registration (or equivalent). 

Course Overview

Course content  

Lower Quadrant is designed for qualified physiotherapists who want to further develop their skills in the assessment and management of patients with musculoskeletal dysfunction of the lumbopelvic spine and lower limb. The module will focus on research informed patient centred care of acute and chronic musculoskeletal dysfunction resulting from disease, trauma and surgery. There will be an emphasis on advanced clinical reasoning and examination, to select, justify and evaluate management strategies. It is an expectation that you will have MSK experience and an existing caseload of patients with lower quadrant dysfunction, to facilitate consolidation and application of learning for the assessment process. You will be encouraged to utilise self-evaluation and reflection of your own and others practice, to actively engage in evaluation of relevant research and facilitate transformative practice. 


The aim of this module is to build on your existing knowledge and skills, to facilitate a critical approach to musculoskeletal physiotherapy theory and practice, from an evidence-informed perspective and to apply advanced clinical reasoning and practical skills to the assessment and management of lower quadrant dysfunction.   


Teaching will be a blend of on-line delivery requiring access to a reliable PC & internet connection, plus practical classes that will take place in a newly refurbished lab at College Lane Campus, Hatfield 


Module content


Anatomy, biomechanics, pathology & pathophysiology 


Advanced clinical reasoning  


Skilled practical assessment and management of lower limb and lumbopelvic MSK conditions 


Critical consideration of evidence to enhance practice  


Patient centred care within a biopsychosocial model 


Holistic practical assessment and management of articular, neural and muscle dysfunction 

This module is equivalent to 300 hours of student effort including 11 taught days and 1 assessment day. All applications are considered on a first come, first served basis. Once the module is full the application portal will close, so early application is advised. 


Attendance dates:

All teaching days are normally 9am – 5pm, students are expected to attend all teaching dates  


Thursday 28th September 2023, Online  

Friday 29th September 2023, Online  

Monday 30th October 2023, in person (on campus)  

Tuesday 31st October 2023, in person (on campus) 

Monday 20th November 2023, in person (on campus)  

Tuesday 21st November 2023, in person (on campus)  

Monday 8th January 2024, in person (on campus)  

Tuesday 9th January 2024, in person (on campus)  

Wednesday 10th January 2024, in person (on campus)  

Monday 19th February 2024, in person (on campus)  

Tuesday 20th February 2024, in person (on campus)  


Assessment dates: 

Online submission of narrated presentation Monday 11th March 2024  

On campus practical assessment Tuesday 16th April 2024  


Refer/Defer Assessment Dates: 

Online submission of narrated presentation Wednesday 10th July 2024  

On campus practical assessment Monday 22nd July 2024  


Learning outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding 

  • Demonstrate critical understanding of theories, principles and concepts underpinning musculoskeletal practice.

  • Critically synthesise and evaluate current evidence to demonstrate advanced problem solving and clinical reasoning skills relevant to lower quadrant musculoskeletal dysfunction. 

Intellectual, Practical and Transferable Skills 

  • Demonstrate professional expertise, technical mastery and adaptability in developing management skills/strategies appropriate for patients with lower quadrant peripheral and spinal musculoskeletal dysfunction  

  • Engage effectively in academic and professional communication, using a range of communication skills which demonstrate application of critical understanding of theories, principles and concepts appropriate to the management of lower quadrant peripheral and spinal musculoskeletal dysfunction 

  • Utilise self-evaluation and reflection on their own and others practice in order to develop advanced clinical reasoning skills, taking into account the evolving evidence-base and current legal, ethical and professional issues

What our students say:

“A great module, really enjoyable. Thank you for your expertise. I feel inspired to do more modules” 

“I have really enjoyed the module as a whole; it has developed my practice exponentially.” 
“Teaching is practical based and interactive, definitely useful to clinical practice.” 



The assessment is a combination of a narrated PowerPoint presentation (submitted on-line) and a practical examination (OSCE) (taken on campus).