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Advanced Musculoskeletal Clinical Practice (AMCP)

Key information

Course Leader: Dr Mindy Cairns & Andrea Moulson

Level: 7

Credits: 15

Mode of delivery: combination of online and clinical placement

Learner Hours: Scheduled Hours - 148, Independent Hours - 2

School: Health & Social Work

Available places: 40


  • 10/10/2024
  • 06/02/2025

Fees and Funding


The price quoted above 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. Please note that some modules within this programme are charged at a premium rate and details can be found at the link above. 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

This module is only available for students who have
  • Successfully completed the university based Lower and Upper Quadrant modules (7HSK0075/0331 and 7HSK0076/0332) 
  • Current membership of The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) 
  • Current membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) 
  • Satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure undertaken by the University of Hertfordshire 
  • An Occupational Health clearance via UH Occupational Health Department may be required prior to undertaking module 7HSK0333

Students who are considering undertaking this module are strongly advised to speak with the Module Lead prior to application to discuss their period of study. 


Course Overview

Semester AB:  

Day 1 Thursday 10/10/24 9.30am–12.30 (Zoom, online)  

Mentored practice/placement – dates will vary (the University works with the student to find a suitable placement).  


Semester BC: 

Day 1 Thursday 06/02/25 9.30am–12.30 (Zoom, online)  

Mentored practice/placement – dates will vary (the University works with the student to find a suitable placement).   


Course aims 

Effectively and holistically manage patients with musculoskeletal dysfunction in the practice setting, demonstrating advanced problem solving, expert clinical reasoning and technical mastery of practical skills, underpinned by a critical understanding of current evidence. 



7HSK0333 builds on existing knowledge and skills gained from the successful completion of 7HSK0331/0075 (Lower Quadrant) and 7HSK0332/0076 (Upper Quadrant). AMCP consists of two elements; preparation for clinical practice and a period of clinical mentorship in practice, totalling 150 hours of clinical mentorship. The clinical element will take place in either an NHS or private setting under the supervision of a clinical mentor for no less than 50% of the placement time; the lead mentor will be a full member of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP). There will be emphasis on advanced clinical reasoning and examination of patients with simple and complex musculoskeletal dysfunction, to select, justify, evaluate and implement transformative evidence-informed management strategies. Students work with the university to locate suitable clinical mentorship. A variety of patterns of delivery of the clinical hours are permissible encompassing full-time (minimum four weeks), part time (maximum eight months). E-mentoring may be used to augment learning in recognition that not all mentored clinical supervision needs to be face-to-face. StudyNet will be used to facilitate the students' study and communication.  The course forms part of a broader CPD framework that can lead to the award of Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, or Master's degree. 



Learning outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding:


Successful students will typically...  

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of theories, principles and concepts underpinning professional activity in order to support evidence-informed, transformative practice.  


Learning Outcomes: Skills and Attributes  


Successful students will typically...  

  • Autonomously address simple and complex musculoskeletal practice issues demonstrating initiative, originality and technical expertise, taking into account issues governing professional practice and drawing on the expertise of others where appropriate.  

  • Use advanced clinical reasoning to critically analyse simple and complex musculoskeletal practice and to evaluate approaches used, either justifying their use or providing a rational for alternative methods.  

  • Engage effectively in academic and professional communication, demonstrating a range of communication skills that are appropriate to their professional activity.  



This consists of one New Patient Examination and one Follow Up Patient Examination which occur towards the end of the mentored clinical practice placement (dates vary).  


There is also a compulsory formative academic piece to be submitted prior to the mentored clinical practice period (SWOT Analysis and Learning Contract).  


Submission dates: 

Semester AB: Thursday 2nd November 2024 (online submission). 

Semester BC: Thursday 6th March 2025 (online submission).