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Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy MSc/Postgraduate Diploma

Start date
September
Duration
MSc – 13 months to 3 years full-time, up to 6 years part-time.
Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Taught
Fees

max. £13,194 (UK students)
max. £23,929 (International students)
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Our Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy MSc qualifies you for membership of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP) and the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT).

This programme enables exploration of the theoretical basis of manipulative/musculoskeletal physiotherapy and its application to the development of your clinical reasoning for advanced clinical practice. Using the process of clinical reasoning as its framework, this programme integrates many approaches to clincal practice in this specialist area. It facilitates an evaluation of existing evidence and your clinical experiences through the exploration of the assessment and management of clinial presentations of musculoskeletal complaints. 

The programme offers part-time, full-time modes of study, with some modules available and supported through distance learning providing you with the opportunity to tailor your learning experience to meet your personal and professional needs.

My experience on the course was excellent and it has been invaluable in my development as a critical thinking practitioner. The course was delivered by leading academics and external lecturers who are leading experts in their fields making it exciting to be part of. The University staff are supportive and passionate about their work. The content was well balanced with lectures, practicals, written work, presentations and clinical assessment. All elements are valuable and in addition, peer support is amazing and you meet so interesting people in your fellow students. My group supported each other (and still do) on our journeys and share in each other’s success. This was a bonus!

Esther Collacott, MSc Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy alumna

Why study this course?

Successful completion of the programme qualifies you for membership of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP) and recognition by the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT).

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The Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy Masters programme offers you:

  • a route to membership with the MACP and IFOMPT 
  • the support of a personal tutor and dissertation supervisor 
  • easy travel access with a dedicated University train station 
  • the opportunity to gain advanced level competences in your clinical specialty 
  • an opportunity to study in a world leading research facility with a team of multi-disciplinary experts 
  • flexible study which can be organised around your other commitments

On completion of the Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy Masters programme you will have the ability to :

  • critically evaluate approaches and methodologies for researching theoretical and practical issues relating to clinical practice 
  • critically evaluate previous professional development and plan future development within the framework of contemporary healthcare practice 
  • critically analyse the theoretical and conceptual issues underpinning manipulative/musculoskeletal physiotherapy and the different approaches 
  • use clinical reasoning skills to enable the effective management of complex clinical presentations 
  • formulate a justifiable research design and conduct analytically an investigation to address a given problem 
  • produce a written report worthy of scrutiny in both academic and clinical settings

Modules

You will take the following six mandatory modules:

In addition, you will choose one option module to the value of 20 credits (subject to availability and viability).

For this programme, it is also possible to take relevant M Level modules from within the College. These would form part of the optional modules you are to choose as part of the MSc Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy programme. Our optional modules are each worth 20 credits, therefore, if you wish to take modules on offer within the College, these will also need to equate to 20 credits.

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2022. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules after that date; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Fees

2022/23 programme fees

UK students: max. £13,194 comprising £9,810 standard fee  + max bench fees of (£2,500 + £884)
International students: max. £23,929 comprising £20,430 standard fee + max bench fees of (£2,500 + £999) 

Part-Time students are billed by the modules they opt to take each year.   

Students choose one option module as part of the MSc Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy programme and some of the modules available carry an extra cost. Therefore, the total fee for the MSc programme will be contingent on the option modules selected as part of your studies.

Self funding students can choose to pay in instalments by direct debit.


Are you an international applicant?

All international applicants to this course will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of £2,000 on receipt of an offer, to secure their place.

Find out more about the deposit >>.

Scholarships and studentships
Scholarships may be available. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. Visit our website for information about scholarships for international students

For further information contact the School directly or email sfo@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Birmingham Masters Scholarships

We are offering over 200 awards of £2,000 to support the brightest and best applicants wishing to undertake Masters study at the University during 2022-23.

The deadline for applications is Friday 1 July 2022.

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College of Life and Environmental Sciences Global Excellence Scholarships

We are offering awards of £4,000 to support the brightest and best international applicants wishing to undertake Masters study in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences during 2022-23.

The deadline for applications is Thursday 30 June 2022.

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How To Apply

Although we do not set application deadlines, we do encourage all applicants to submit a completed application as soon as they can so that we can begin the admissions process, allowing us time to invite you for an interview.

International students wishing to study this programme on a part-time basis should contact the Postgraduate Admissions team (pgt-physio@contacts.bham.ac.uk) to discuss requirements.

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Our Standard Requirements

Admission to the programme is on the basis that you will have:

  • Current registration with the Health & Care Professions Council and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (includes professional indemnity)
  • A BSc/BA Honours degree or equivalent. (Evidence of equivalence of your qualification(s) to the UK educational system of awards can be found at www.naric.org.uk). The degree should normally be a first or upper second class Honours degree.
  • You must provide detail in your application your experiences of using manipulative/musculoskeletal physiotherapy skills within a practice base setting to evidence fulfilment of 1500 hours (hours accrued as part of your pre-registration/qualifying education or internship do not count). 
  • Supporting evidence of appropriate continuing professional development during this experience will also be required.

Additional criteria for clinical mentored clinical practice in the UK. Please note that if these criteria are not met within three months of starting the programme, you may be required to transfer to a non-clinical programme or to undertake your placement in your home country.

  • Evidence of satisfactory current Disclosure and Barring Service check
  • Evidence of satisfactory health declaration and immunisation record

You will also need to submit the following documentation in support of your application:

  • two academic/employer references in support of your application and professional and practical capabilities; 
  • transcripts of your degrees so far (certified and translated in to English if appropriate). 
  • your personal statement to detail
    • evidence of a minimum of 1500 hours experience post qualification of using manipulative/musculoskeletal physiotherapy within a musculoskeletal context.
    • supporting evidence of appropriate continuing professional development during this experience in musculoskeletal physiotherapy will also be required
  • evidence of HCPC and CSP registration

Learn more about entry requirements including Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

Please be aware that students wishing to use APCL credits towards their degree will not be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate loan for Masters study in the UK. You can find more information at http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/pgt-fees/postgraduate-loans.aspx

Evidence of a minimum of 1500 hours experience post qualification of using manipulative/musculoskeletal physiotherapy within a musculoskeletal context. Supporting evidence of appropriate continuing professional development during this experience will also be required.

Mandatory vaccinations for COVID-19 for prospective healthcare students

As at 1st February 2022, the Government has indicated the requirement for mandatory vaccination against COVID-19 in order to work in patient facing roles in the NHS is subject to consultation and may be reversed. This may mean that the Government may relax measures for you to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to undertake your placement at the NHS as part of your course. We are awaiting further information on this, and we ask for your patience over the next few days while the position becomes clearer. if you are not fully vaccinated already against COVID-19, we would encourage you to take up the offer of an MHRA approved vaccine, as this remains the best protection against the disease.

International Requirements



International Students

If applying from overseas, you should also bear in mind that the process of applying for a visa can be a long and complicated one and you are therefore advised to submit your application for study as early as possible, enabling us to provide you with the offer letter that will be necessary for your visa application well ahead of the programme start date.

English language requirements

Standard English language requirements apply (IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any band)


  • IELTS 6.5 with no less that 6.0 in any band
  • TOEFL: 88 overall with no less than 21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking and 21 in Writing
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) including online: PTE Academic 67 with no less than 64 in all four skills
  • Cambridge English (exams taken from 2015): Advanced – minimum overall score of 176, with no less than 169 in any component

As a Birmingham student, you will be joining the academic elite and will have the privilege of learning from world-leading experts, as well as your peers. From the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself.

This programme is delivered via a number of methods, including distance learning, two/three day blocks of teaching etc. If you decide to only take one module per semester, you will only need to be at the University for the duration of that module and any scheduled tutorials (organised by each module leader depending on the module). You will participate in a range of teaching styles such as lectures, small group tutorials, presentations, peer group learning, self-study etc.

You will have access to a comprehensive support system that will assist and encourage you, including personal tutors and welfare tutors who can help with both academic and welfare issues.

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed in a variety of ways, and these may be different with each module that you take. See individual modules for further information.

Resources to support your studies with us

These resources and material can support some excellent preparation for your programme of study.

Research critical appraisal

https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/facilities/hsmc-kes/help-and-training/critical-appraisal.aspx

https://intranet.birmingham.ac.uk/as/libraryservices/library/asc/documents/public/pgtcriticalwriting.pdf

How to read a research paper

https://www.bmj.com/about-bmj/resources-readers/publications/how-read-paper

Academic assignments: Referencing your sources

https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/facilities/hsmc-kes/help-and-training/Referencing.aspx

Academic assignments. Essay planning

https://intranet.birmingham.ac.uk/as/libraryservices/library/asc/resources/a-short-guide-to-essay-planning-and-structure.aspx

Neuromusculoskeletal assessment and management resources (Not an exhaustive list):

  • Joy Higgs; Gail M. Jensen; Stephen Loftus; Nicole Christensen 2018. Clinical reasoning in the health professions. Elsevier, Fourth edition, ISBN 9780702065057
  • Mark A. Jones; Darren A. Rivett 2019. Clinical reasoning in musculoskeletal practice. Elsevier, Second edition. ISBN 070205979X, 9780702059797
  • Palastanga, N. and Soames, R. (2018) Anatomy and Human Movement: Structure and Function. 7th Edition. Elsevier.
  • Nicola Petty and Dionne Ryder 2017. Musculoskeletal Examination and Assessment - A Handbook for Therapists, 5th edition, Churchill Livingstone. ISBN 9780702067174, 978-0702067174
  • Karim Khan 2015. Grieve's modern musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Elsevier. Fourth edition. ISBN 9780702066504
  • Paul Brukner and Karim Khan 2019. Brukner & Khan's Clinical Sports Medicine, 5th edn, Vol 1 and 2. McGraw Medica
  • Compassionate care. https://www.hellomynameis.org.uk

Physiotherapy graduates have entered careers both in the NHS and private sector. They work in hospitals, in the community as well as sports clubs and the military. An increasing number of Physiotherapy graduates are working on a freelance basis alongside their work in the NHS. Some choose to pursue further studies in education, research or undertake further training.

Careers Support for Postgraduate Students

Careers Network – We can help you get ahead in the job market and develop your career

We recognise that as a postgraduate student you are likely to have specific requirements when it comes to planning for your next career step. Employers expect postgraduates to have a range of skills that exceed their subject knowledge. Careers Network offers a range of events and support services that are designed for all students, including postgraduates looking to find their niche in the job market.

Here are just a few ways in which we can help postgraduates to get ahead:

  • Careers Networking opportunities
  • Effective careers strategy toolkit
  • Year planner for all postgraduate students
  • Masters Career Coaching Workshops
  • One to one careers guidance

The Careers Network also have subject specific careers consultants and advisers for each College so you can be assured the information you receive will be relevant to your subject area. They also have a dedicated careers website for international students where you can find useful resources and information.

For more information visit the Careers Network website.

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