MSc Advanced Physiotherapy is an advanced programme of study for registered and qualified Physiotherapists.
Under this main programme of study, there are five specialist areas where our students can direct their focus and develop their professional practice:
- Physiotherapy focus
- Musculoskeletal Therapy focus
- Neurological Therapy focus
- Cardio-respiratory Therapy focus
- Manual Therapy focus (provides eligibility for MACP membership)
However, no matter whether students choose to focus on one or many of the different specialist areas of focus above, you will graduate with an MSc Advanced Physiotherapy.
Each of these areas consists of core units which must be taken in order for you to achieve the academic standards required to successfully complete your programme and be eligible to be awarded an MSc degree by the University. In addition, there are a range of optional units which can be taken to improve your professional practice or develop specialist skills in a particular area.
Some of these units may be delivered by other Masters programmes within the University. This not only widens the variety of units, which you can study but also offers the potential for multi-professional education and professional study.
Whilst there is freedom to choose a range of units, which interest the student and develop multi-professional practice, Advanced Physiotherapy units must form two thirds of your final credits in order to successfully graduate from the programme.
This is a flexible programme of study and can be delivered on a modular basis as a full or part time programme. All units of study provide academic credits, which are built up to offer exit routes at the following stages:
- 180 credits: MSc Advanced Physiotherapy
- 120 credits: PgDip Advanced Physiotherapy
- 60 credits: PgCert Advanced Physiotherapy
About the Course
The programme contains units in several clinical specialities including: physiotherapy; cardio-respiratory therapy; manual therapy; musculoskeletal therapy and neurological therapy. These units have been developed after consultation with students, other practitioners and service managers and are intended to equip the student/practitioner with the skills to develop their practice at a unit and organisational level.
Supporting you through your studies
There is a programme team, as well as Faculty and University-wide student support services, which provide a holistic strategy for supporting students whilst on the programme.
The programme teams strategy for providing student support includes:
- All students will be encouraged to develop and maintain a personal development plan (PDP). In some cases this may supplement their employer based PDP.
- Students on the programme have access to a range of support for their study skills including a whole range of information including literature and study skills resources. This will include detail of how study skills and IT skills should be developed by students and, how they will be supported during their studies.
- The student handbook will provide a section that outlines the strategy for academic support
- Each student will have a named personal tutor who will be accessible and helpful regarding general study skills. Access to the named tutor may be face-to-face, by phone, Skype or email. Whatever the style, students will negotiate, with the named tutor, the process of ongoing regular contacts.
- Personal tutors will have access to the record of student achievement.
- Students may discuss their ideas for assessment with the Unit leaders.
- Constructive feedback on assessed work will be given on students work.
- Resubmitted work will identify the classification range that would have been achieved for a first attempt.
Each student is allocated a personal tutor, who will provide support for the duration of the students course of study. Students will be advised about the role of their personal tutor and the purpose of pastoral support during induction processes.
The personal tutor:
- Provides personal, pastoral support and where necessary, acts as an advocate
- Monitors the students development in relation to their specific studies and the acquisition of skills.
- Provides advice regarding referral to student services.
Central MMU Student Services provide both a drop-in and planned student counselling service.
Practice placements are core units for students choosing a Manual Therapy focus. The main source of student support in practice is the MACP Mentor but the Manchester Met, Manual Therapy unit leaders also provide support to students.
The MACP Mentors main role is facilitating learning and assessing achievements in the practice setting. However, there is a significant student support element to these roles and this is arranged through one-to-one, student-mentor support.
While studying for the MSc/PGDip part-time students are expected to work in clinical practice, assessing and managing clients with musculoskeletal problems.
Full time students who do not have access to this work based activity are offered a clinical mentorship in the Manchester Movement Unit at the Brooks Building Birley, MMU. Clinical mentorship is a very important aspect of the programme as it provides the students with the opportunity to develop their clinical reasoning skills related to the assessment and treatment of patients with neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction. For more information about the Manchester Movement Unit please go to: http://www.hpsc.mmu.ac.uk/movement/about-us.php
Our MACP tutors will guide the student during clinical mentorship:
Dr Chris McCarthy, PHD, PGD Physio, PGD Biomech, PGD Manual Therapy, FCSP, FMACP.
Chris is the Consultant Physiotherapist and Clinical Fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University. After qualifying as a Physiotherapist in 1989 he undertook post-graduate training in Biomechanics and Manipulative Therapy at Strathclyde and Coventry Universities before undertaking a PhD degree in rehabilitation within the Faculty of Medicine at Manchester University. Following Post-doctoral studies, investigating the sub-classification of non-specific low back pain, he became an Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation within the Clinical Trials Unit of the Medical School of Warwick University attracting over a million pound of funding in two years. Chris has work as a Consultant Physiotherapist at Imperial College London.
He has taught internationally on Manual Therapy, specifically on Combined Movement Theory, and has lectured on six of the Masters courses in Manual Therapy in the UK. He is a member of the international advisory board for Manual Therapy journal and regularly reviews and publishes papers in the academic field of Manual Therapy. He has been awarded a Fellowship of the MACP for advances in Manual Therapy in 2010 and a Fellowship of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in 2011.
Ms. Jackie Hindle, MSc Manual Therapy MMACP
Jackie Hindle qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1986 and has worked in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in the NHS in both primary and secondary care sectors and in private practice. In 1999 Jackie took on the role of lecturer practitioner at the Manchester School of Physiotherapy and in 2002, she took on a full time academic role as a lecturer on the Physiotherapy programmes at Manchester Met gaining PGDip in Manual Therapy, leading to MSc in Manual Therapy in 2007.
Currently Jackie is the joint unit lead for the Manual Therapy pathway, MSc Advanced Physiotherapy at Manchester Met. She teaches across Physiotherapy pre and post registration programmes, supervises undergraduate and post graduate projects (MSc and PhD). Jackies research is on technology-enhanced learning in the MSK environment. Jackie has presented this work at the WCPT and IFOMPT conferences and is the MACP Educational lead. Alongside her academic and external roles, Jackie works in private practice.
Mrs Ruth McDonald, MSc Manual Therapy MMACP
Ruth graduated from Liverpool University with a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy degree in 1995 and completed her MSc Manual Therapy from Manchester University in 2006. Ruth gained membership to the MACP in 2004.
Ruth is currently a Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, teaching on the Physiotherapy post -graduate, undergraduate and pre-registration MSc. Her responsibilities include joint course lead for the Manual Therapy pathway, MSc Advanced Practice and admissions tutor for the undergraduate programme. Ruth also continues to work clinically in private practice and is an external examiner for the Manual Therapy programme at another Higher Education Institution.
Industry experienced teaching expertise
Academic staff who teach on the programme are active researchers, have a teaching qualification and are members of Higher Education Academy.
The Advanced Physiotherapy programme is accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) as a postgraduate opportunity for CPD.
The Manual Therapy units provide eligibility for membership of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP). The MACP is a professional network of the CSP. The Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP) is a group of specialist physiotherapists. In addition to their undergraduate training, they have all undertaken postgraduate study and reached a recognised standard of excellence in neuromusculoskeletal physiotherapy. Their knowledge and practical skills ensures that all MACP Physiotherapists have the competences needed to provide an excellent standard of care in examination, treatment and management for people with neuromusculoskeletal problems. In the UK the MACP is recognised as the specialist manipulative therapy group by the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT). To obtain membership of the MACP clinicians have to complete a recognised postgraduate course of study, many of which are at a Master of Science level.