Manchester Metropolitan University

MSc

Advanced Physiotherapy

2017 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • Full time students have up to 15 months to complete the course, taught units should be completed within 12 months.
  • Part time students must undertake a minimum of one unit per year
  • All students must take either the Dissertation or the Advanced Physiotherapy Project Unit. Students cannot take both.
  • The Manual Therapy focus provides eligibility for membership of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP). 
  • Most modules can be taken as stand-alone units. By this we mean that they can be studied on their own merit providing evidence for your CPD portfolio or they can form part of the credits required to gain a master’s level qualification.
  • This programme is accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • Access to state of the art Clinical Skills laboratories and Simulation Suites
  • Students can focus on particular areas of specialist study, Musculoskeletal, Neurological Therapy, Cardio-respiratory, Physiotherapy or Manual Therapy

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

About the course

This course aims to develop and broaden the clinical status and knowledge base of physiotherapists to enable students to be more effective contributors to their particular fields of healthcare. 

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

 In addition to studying a range of selected units, students will normally undertake a mix of core and optional units which will be dependant upon the focus selected. Full time students should complete taught units within 12 months. Part time students must undertake a minimum of one unit per year.

Core Units for ALL students

  • Dissertation or Advanced Physiotherapy project (Research Methods is a pre-study requirement ie. You must study Research Methods before taking this unit)

For Students wishing to gain the MACP qualification from the Manual Therapy focus, the following units are core requirements for the accreditation.

  • Principles of Clinical Management for Patients with Neuromusculoskeletal Dysfunction: Foundation
  • Assessment and Management of Neuromusculoskeletal Dysfunction in the Upper Quadrant 
  • Assessment and Management of Neuromusculoskeletal Dysfunction in the Lower Quadrant 
  • Clinical Placements: Lower Quadrant and Upper Quadrant

Core Units
Advanced Physiotherapy Project

The MSc APP Project is designed to enable the student to produce a scholarly piece of work, which demonstrates application of the knowledge learned on the Research Methods and Data Handling units. It will take the form of either empirical research/audit/clinical enhancement, or a literature review, plus an oral examination.

Dissertation
The dissertation is designed to enable you to produce a scholarly piece of work which demonstrates application of the knowledge learned on the Research Methods and Data Handling units. It may take the form of empirical research or critical literature review using a systematic approach.
Research Methods
The purpose of this unit is to enable the physiotherapist to utilise and undertake sound and clinically relevant research. It is designed to give students an enhanced knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research processes for professional, practice and personal development
Likely Optional Units
Approaches to Neurological Rehabilitation

This unit considers rehabilitation interventions that can be utilised in management of people with neurological conditions. It critically examines the evidence for their efficacy and considers the theoretical and physiological constructs which underpin current practice and its relevance. It also critically considers a range of outcome measures, investigating their reliability, validity, sensitivity and clinical utility.

Assessment and Management of Neuromusculoskeletal Dysfunction in the Lower Quadrant

This unit is intended to develop both cognitive and psychomotor skills of the practitioner specialising in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment  of neuromusculoskeletal  dysfunction.

Students will explore:

  • Functional anatomy and biomechanics .
  • Subjective and objective patient examination.
  • Differential diagnosis.
  • Manual treatment  techniques and other strategies.
  • Clinical reasoning applied to management of neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction of the lower quadrant including lumbar spine, pelvis, hip, knee, foot and ankle.
Assessment and Management of Neuromusculoskeletal Dysfunction in the Upper Quadrant

This unit is intended to develop both cognitive and psychomotor skills of the practitioner specialising in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment  of neuromusculoskeletal  dysfunction.

Students will explore:

  • Functional anatomy and biomechanics .
  • Subjective and objective patient examination.
  • Differential diagnosis.
  • Manual treatment  techniques and other strategies.
  • Clinical reasoning applied to management of neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction of the upper quadrant.
Biomechanical Analysis (Lower Limb)

This unit is intended to develop skills in relation to biomechanical gait analysis of the lower limb. Students will have the opportunity to evaluate and synthesise literature in relation to lower limb biomechanical gait analysis.

 In this unit, the student will:

  •  Study the phases of human gait. 
  • Critically evaluate the evidence surrounding biomechanical analysis.
  • Use 2D and 3D motion analysis system, and will generate kinetic and kinematic data.  The normative data they collect in the process will be analysed by themselves using Qualysis and Visual 3D software.
  • Complete a project involving the 3D motion analysis system and critically discuss their findings.
Cardiorespiratory Physiology
Cardiac and respiratory physiology will be taught and how the cardiovascular and respiratory system responds to exercise and adapts to training.
Clinical Exercise Physiology

This unit highlights the special features of exercise physiology in a clinical environment, the impact of disease states on exercise performance, and the long term adaptations of exercise on the disease state. Students will gain an in-depth and critical knowledge of selected key issues related to the application of exercise physiology principles to the clinical environment.

The aim of the unit is to examine how the "normal" physiology of exercise is modified in selected disease states and disorders specifically with regard to evaluation of exercise tolerance and response to exercise training. Content will incorporate a brief overview of the disease aetiology, prevalence and public health impact of each disease state/disorder. Consideration will also be given to intrinsic and extrinsic factors influencing the assessment and interpretation of exercise tolerance in selected disease states/disorders.

Clinical Placement Lower Quadrant

The aim of the unit is to synthesise the theoretical and practical components of the students learning developed through the core manual therapy units. The student will work in a musculoskeletal setting to further consolidate and develop their university learning.  

Clinical Placement Upper Quadrant

The aim of the unit is to synthesise the theoretical and practical components of the students learning developed through the core manual therapy units. The student will work in a musculoskeletal setting to further consolidate and develop their university learning

Evidence Based Approach to Acute Stroke Management

This unit will cover core concepts of the acute stroke journey.  Utilising case based learning, the unit will facilitate qualified Health Care professionals to critically evaluate the current policy, guidelines and literature that underpins stroke assessment and management within the acute phase. This unit will help qualified Health Care professionals from a range of disciplines to gain an in-depth understanding of the causes, nature, assessment and identification of stroke, including: investigations, emergency treatment, common stroke mimics, scoring systems, stroke thrombolysis and intra-arterial and surgical interventions. The unit will also cover post stroke care including early mobilisation, positioning, nutrition, mood, medication, monitoring and end of life care. Participants attending this unit must be registered health care professionals who have worked within stroke services for a minimum of one year

Foundation for Effective Leadership and Management within an Organisation

This unit aims to develop self awareness and skills in self management in order to enhance personal and professional development. It will enable participants to explore key areas in managing people at work in order to enhance and refine effective working relationships. Participants will develop the analytical, reflective and planning skills required to facilitate effective management.

Independent Study
This unit provides an opportunity for you to develop an advanced knowledge base in a chosen, relevant area of clinical practice. Each study will provide identified impact in the workplace. The unit can also be used as a means of accrediting prior experiential learning (APEL)
Management of Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain
This unit considers the complex issues that surround patients with chronic pain and which make treatment and rehabilitation a challenge. Various theories and concepts are explored and best practice in the assessment and management of chronic pain patients is covered with reference to the available evidence base
Management of the Acutely Ill and Critically Ill Patient

In the management of the acutely ill patient unit, students will develop knowledge and skills of how physiological deterioration can be recognised and the appropriate and timely intervention that can avoid resultant organ failure and potentially cardio-respiratory arrest. The unit explores the multi-professional approach in critical care units relating to rehabilitation and the necessary support of organ failure.

Mentor Preparation
The overall aim of this unit is to prepare health and social care practitioners for the role of professional mentor in practice settings. This unit enables NMC registrants to meet the NMC (2008) standards for mentors.
This unit may be delivered using a range of teaching and learning strategies including: blended learning, e-learning, lectures, workshops and directed/independent study.
Orthopaedic Medicine Approach to the Management of Spinal Conditions

This unit is intended to develop both cognitive and psychomotor skills of the practitioner specialising in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of non-surgical lesions of the spinal neuromusculoskeletal system based on the orthopaedic medicine approach developed by James Cyriax.

Orthopaedic Medicine, Approach to Management of Peripheral Conditions
This module is intended to develop both cognitive and psychomotor skills of the practitioner specialising in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of non-surgical lesions of the peripheral neuromusculoskeletal system based on the orthopaedic medicine approach developed by James Cyriax
Physical Activity and Health

The overall aim of this unit is for students to critically explore the relationship between physical activity and health in different client groups and critique public health interventions and the broader policy context relating to promoting activity.

Principles of Clinical Management for Patients with Neuromusculoskeletal Dysfunction (Foundation Unit)
This unit provides a comprehensive foundation to the assessment, treatment and management by manual therapists for patients with neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction. It is vital underpinning for further units dealing with specific clinical presentations.
Principles of Health Economics

This unit is designed to enable practitioner/students to explore health economics and equip them with the basic principles of economics. Students will examine the current fundamental economic principles and their application to health care. These include the supply of and demand for health and health care, scarcity, choice and opportunity cost. It also examines, economic evaluation of health care systems and health care reforms, methods of economic evaluation in healthcare, and priorities setting using health economics. The unit will also examine economic analysis of healthcare technologies and valuation of health

Rehabilitation in Sport

This unit will explore the theoretical aspects of rehabilitation in sport with particular emphasis on the role of the physiotherapist. It will include assessment and rehabilitation of the athlete including children, and the psychological implications of injury in sport. Students will be supported to enhance their knowledge and skills to critically appraise the current available literature and to independently consider its relevance in relation to sports rehabilitation.

Rehabilitation of Older People
The unit intends to synthesise and evaluate the different approaches of rehabilitation for older people with reference to the multi-professional approach. It will critically examine the theoretical, physiological, psychological, and social constructs that underpin this practice.
Soft Tissue Manipulation

This unit is intended to develop practical and theoretical skills to manage soft tissue injury and will cover:

  • Principles of soft tissue therapy
  • Functional anatomy and biomechanics
  • Subjective and objective patient examination
  • Treatment modalities to support soft tissue repair
  • Massage and soft tissue manipulation to prevent and manage injury

 

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

With flexibility being key to this programme, most modules can be undertaken as either full time or stand-alone continuing professional development (CPD).

You will be assessed through a combination of essays, literature reviews, oral presentations, case studies, practical skills, examinations and a research project.

Additional Information About this Course

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 condonement 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

A physiotherapy UK honours degree (or international equivalent) or graduate diploma in physiotherapy – with evidence of approved and relevant post-qualification education is usual.

 Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of proficiency in the English language. Normally the minimum level of proficiency for acceptance on to this programme is an IELTS average score of 6.5 or TOEFL minimum score of 575 (233 on the computer based test, 90 on ICT testing). 

 Manual Therapy Units

Applicants for the Manual Therapy Pathway are required to have:

a)  BSc Physiotherapy degree- 2.2 degree classification or equivalent (There is further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

b)  A minimum of 2 years clinical experience, of which 6 months should have been with neuro-musculoskeletal out-patients;

c)  Health Council PC registration

d) IELTS of 7 (with no element below 6.5) for students whose first language is not English

e) Students residing outside the UK will need to provide a current criminal record report equivalent to the UK Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

f) Two character references. One reference must be from a clinical manager or someone who can report on the applicant’s physiotherapy working knowledge and performance. Both must references to be provided on headed paper or have an organisation stamp.

Specific Clinical Placement Unit Requirements

Manual Therapy students undertake mandatory Clinical Placement units.  They must obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and health screening through the University procedure on admission to the programme.  

Application:

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 it is not possible to apply online if you are applying via an Education Adviser (agent)

If you are unable to apply online, you can apply for full- and part-time taught courses by completing the postgraduate application form. Send completed application forms via email to: direct@mmu.ac.uk

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

If you are unable to apply online, you can apply for full- and part-time taught courses by completing the postgraduate application form. There are exceptions for some professional courses – the course information on our on-line prospectus will give you more information in these cases.

Please note: to apply for this course, you only need to provide one reference.

Career options after the course

Students entering the Programme are mature, professional practitioners who, at the end of their studies, will wish to, and be expected to, make a difference to practice.

The overall teaching, learning and assessment strategy therefore is one that will enable students, where appropriate, to make a beneficial impact on practice.  The strategies are ones that perpetually integrate theory and practice. These strategies will respect the diversity of students, their learning styles, their client populations and the various workforces with whom students work.

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.

The provision of education by the University is subject to terms and conditions of enrollment and contract. The current Terms and Conditions Applicable to the provision of the University’s Educational Services are available online. When a student enrolls with us, their study and registration at the University will be governed by various regulations, policies and procedures. It is important that applicants/students familiarize themselves with our Terms and Conditions and the Key Contract Documents referred to within. Applicants will be provided with access to an up to date version at offer stage. This can be found within the Information for Offer Holders document.