Manchester Metropolitan University

MSc

Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration)

2017 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • January start date only
  • Accelerated programme - two extended years (45 weeks) full-time)
  • Integration of theory with practice
  • Strong focus on placements

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

Placement options

Students undertake five practice placements located in hospitals, the community, schools and health centres throughout the North West of England (NHS and private). New placement opportunities are continually being developed in areas such as professional sport and internationally renowned practices. At the end of the programme students undertake a sixth placement, which is an elective placement that is chosen and arranged by the student.

About the course

With tutorial teaching as key, the programme content aims to develop a student's ability to integrate theory with practice and to demonstrate a high level of critical thinking. There is also a strong focus on placements.

Assessment is through a mix of coursework, written and practical examinations, practice placements, reflective writing, case reviews, oral presentations and a research proposal.

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

Units include:

  • Healthcare delivery; Introduction to M Level
  • Foundations in Physiotherapy practice
  • Health and Social Care
  • Patient management in Cardio-respiratory, Musculoskeletal and Neurological care
  • The autonomous practitioner
  • Critical thinking
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Practice placement preparation
  • Practice placements

Core Units
Critical Thinking Project

This unit will enable the student to apply and integrate relevant aspects of knowledge, understanding, skills and experiences developed in previous units of the programme to produce a scholarly piece of work

Students will apply their skills in appraising, integrating and synthesising evidence to support clinical decision-making and the prescription of appropriate, evidence based interventions. Literature searching will be undertaken to generate topic areas for the project which have clinical and professional relevance.  Critical analysis of a paper or guidelines will be undertaken with justification of the evaluation tool selected.  Presentation of an initial research idea will take place in a supportive forum to allow students to share, discuss and defend the project proposed with their peers and a member of academic staff.  The unit culminates in the submission of either a research proposal or a systematic review of literature which will be developed with the benefit of supervision from a member of the programme team.

Health Care Delivery

This unit has been designed to develop critical skills essential for lifelong learning and engagement in professional practice. It will facilitate analysis of how approaches to practice can be modified to meet the needs of individuals from diverse communities and in a variety of clinical contexts.

Patient Management 1
This unit is divided into 2 themes:
The Foundations in Physiotherapy Management theme covers the physiology of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and neurological systems in terms of human movement, and considers their development and the effects of ageing.
The Musculoskeletal theme enables you to learn and apply the anatomical and physiological knowledge of the musculoskeletal system of the lower quadrant, and practise and critically analyse safe and effective physiotherapy assessment and management techniques for selected musculoskeletal conditions of the lower quadrant.
Patient Management 2
This unit is divided into 2 themes. This unit covers essential patient assessment and management of selected, predictable conditions of the cardio respiratory and neurological systems.
Patient Management 3
This unit is intended to develop both cognitive and psychomotor skills in the student. It covers upper limb structure, function, pathophysiology, related physiotherapy assessment/management; the use of validated outcome measures to evaluate effectiveness; the use of evidence to facilitate clinical reasoning and patient choice.
Practice Placement 1

This unit requires the student to undertake a supervised practice placement of five weeks duration.  This will normally be organised by the Practice Placement team at a venue in the North West of England.  Learning outcomes for this unit will be achieved by the student managing a caseload of patients with predictable pathologies. The Practice Placement unit does not attract any academic credit. However, the unit is graded pass/fail and must be successfully completed before the student can progress on to the next placement. 

Practice Placement 2

This is a supervised practice placement of five weeks duration, which will normally be organised by the Practice Placement team at a venue in the North West of England.  The student will be facilitated to achieve the learning outcomes by managing a caseload of patients with predictable pathologies.

This unit does not attract any academic credit. However, the unit is graded pass/fail and must be successfully completed before the student can progress on to the next placement.

Practice Placement Preparation and Observation

The student will participate in sessions designed to prepare them for the practice environment.  They will also adopt the role of a participant observer in a health care setting under the supervision of a physiotherapist.

The unit will cover:

  • theory and practise of safe manual handling;
  • infection control;
  • basic life support;
  • the philosophy of placements and the roles and responsibilities of each party;
  • exploration of  the practice placement learning outcomes and assessment procedures.

Students will then observe a clinician managing their caseload of patients in a health care setting. All students on this unit will be expected to behave in a professional and safe manner and to develop their interpersonal skills with the health care team. Experiences whilst on placement will be reflected on and these will be recorded in the Clinical Experience Record Book and students will be facilitated to share these with their personal tutors, and use them as evidence for the personal development portfolios.

Year 2

There is a stong focus on core units and placement learning throughout the programme.

Core Units
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This unit will enable the student to apply and integrate relevant aspects of knowledge, understanding, skills and experiences developed in previous units of the programme to produce a scholarly piece of work

Students will apply their skills in appraising, integrating and synthesising evidence to support clinical decision-making and the prescription of appropriate, evidence based interventions. Literature searching will be undertaken to generate topic areas for the project which have clinical and professional relevance.  Critical analysis of a paper or guidelines will be undertaken with justification of the evaluation tool selected.  Presentation of an initial research idea will take place in a supportive forum to allow students to share, discuss and defend the project proposed with their peers and a member of academic staff.  The unit culminates in the submission of either a research proposal or a systematic review of literature which will be developed with the benefit of supervision from a member of the programme team.

Evidence Based Practice
Advanced physiotherapy studies of current literature. You will have a choice of one topic from three. The topics may include for example pain, exercise prescription, psychosocial model of rehabilitation. The topics available will be influenced by National guidelines and policies related to health care provision.
Patient Management 4
This unit is intended to further develop both complex cognitive and psychomotor skills in the pre-registration physiotherapist and to develop your skills and knowledge related to the physiotherapy assessment and management of patients with cardiorespiratory and neurological pathologies considered during the unit that are more complex and less predictable than those seen in previous units.
Practice Placement 3

This unit is a supervised practice placement of five weeks duration.  The placement will normally be organised by the Practice Placement team at a venue in the North West of England.  The student will be facilitated to achieve the learning outcomes by managing a caseload of patients with complex problems and conditions that do not necessarily respond in a predictable way.

This unit does not attract any academic credit. However, the unit is graded pass/fail and must be successfully completed before the student can progress on to the next placement.

Practice Placement 4

The student will undertake a supervised practice placement of five weeks duration.  The placement will normally be organised by the Practice Placement team at a venue in the North West of England.  The student will be facilitated to achieve the learning outcomes by managing a caseload of patients with complex problems and conditions that do not necessarily respond in a predictable way.

This unit does not attract any academic credit. However, the unit is graded pass/fail and must be successfully completed before the student can progress on to the next placement.

Practice Placement 5

The student will undertake a supervised practice placement of five weeks duration.  The placement will normally be organised by the Practice Placement team at a venue in the North West of England.  The student will be facilitated to achieve the learning outcomes by managing a caseload of patients with complex problems and conditions that do not necessarily respond in a predictable way.

This unit does not attract any academic credit. However, the unit is graded pass/fail and must be successfully completed before the student can progress on to the next placement.

Practice Placement 6 (Elective)

This placement offers the opportunity for the student to work in a setting and/or country of their choice and at a level of independent and autonomous practice appropriate to their imminent registration status. This unit does not attract any academic credit. However, the unit is graded pass/fail and evidence of successful completion must be submitted before the student is eligible to graduate from the programme.   

The Autonomous Practitioner
This unit is intended to articulate expectations of a registered professional within health and social care services. It will enable you to develop a systematic understanding of the role of a Registered Practitioner who is autonomous and accountable in their practice.

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Assessment details

Assessment is through a mix of coursework, written and practical
examinations, practice placements, reflective writing, case reviews,
oral presentations and a research proposal.

Additional Information About this Course

Health checks - You will be required to complete an Occupational Health Assessment to ensure that your health does not constitute a barrier to the achievement of the programme learning outcomes or eligibility to apply for registration with the professional body. This will require the completion of a health questionnaire before or during the first few weeks of your course, followed by an occupational health screening appointment which will include the consideration of appropriate immunisations. Travel costs to appointments (which will be within the Greater Manchester area) will not be covered by the University. Professional Suitability - Students on programmes leading to professional qualifications are required to adhere to professional standards and codes of practice during their studies. Failure to do so may lead to exclusion from the programme on the grounds of professional unsuitability. Students will be briefed about the requirements at the start of their studies.Course specific regulations - Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies require students to achieve results that demonstrate their ability to practise safely. There are therefore some exceptions to the standard University Assessment Regulations for those students, for example limitations on resits and on compensation of failed marks.

Teaching Staff

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/health-professions/staff/

Typical entry requirements

An undergraduate honours degree (upper second class or above) in a relevant subject or the equivalent qualification. Relevant subject areas include: biological sciences, sports science, sports therapy or rehabilitation, chemistry, nursing and psychology.

Please note – If English is not your first language we also require one of the following qualifications:

IELTS – An overall mark of 7 with not less than 6.5 in any one component.

TOEFL – 600 points paper based.

Additional requirements:

  • Evidence of interest and work experience in the relevant field.
  • Evidence of studying within the last three years, Level 6 or above.
  • Satisfactory disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau.

The 'Personal Statement' section of the application form is for you to provide additional information to  support your application. The maximum word limit for this is 700 words. Personal Statement guidance can be found via the link in the 'How to apply for this course' section.

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

How do I apply for this course?

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

Apply online now

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.  Please note that all requested/outstanding documentation must be submitted by the closing date for applications.  Failure to submit will result in withdrawal of your application. 

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Guide to completing your Personal Statement

Application Deadline 30th June 2017.

Career options after the course

There are opportunities for work within the NHS, in the private
sector or overseas. Most graduates start their work in the NHS
which is recommended; qualified physiotherapists can work in a
wide range of settings, including hospitals, health centres, private
practice, sport and industry. There are also opportunities for
postgraduate study and research.

Confirmation of Regulator

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

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