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Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan University

MSc Advanced Physiotherapy

Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care

Brooks Building

Bonsall Street


M15 6DP

Contact information

Programme Leaders:

Jackie Hindle – j.hindle@mmu.ac.uk

Ruth Macdonald – r.macdonald@mmu.ac.uk


Member organisation of IFOMPT that the programme links to – MACP (Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists).

This programme provides qualified physiotherapists with the opportunity to manage their development as an advanced physiotherapy practitioner.

This pathway allows you to study for an academic (MSc or PGDip) and Professional (MACP) award. The pathway has been developed specifically for practitioners working in neuromusculoskeletal practice and is delivered by an experienced, specialist and supportive team of academics along with highly experienced clinicians who are experts in their field. It aims to develop skills in the assessment, management and clinical reasoning of patients with neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction.


Why study this course?

This programme is accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

Successful completion of the programme to the level of PGDip or MSc qualifies you for membership of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP) and the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT).

Programme content

To be awarded PGDip Advanced Physiotherapy Manual Therapy Pathway, students must successfully complete the six mandatory units listed below plus one 20 credit unit from the optional units list. You will find a full list of optional units at www2.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/2017/14521/

Mandatory units

  • Research Method (20 credits)
  • Principles of Clinical Management for Patients with Neuromusculoskeletal Dysfunction (Foundation Unit) (20 credits)
  • Assessment and Management of Neuromusculoskeletal Dysfunction in the Lower Quadrant (20 credits)
  • Assessment and Management of Neuromusculoskeletal Dysfunction in the Upper Quadrant (20 credits)
  • Clinical Placement: Lower Quadrant (10 credits)
  • Clinical Placement: Upper Quadrant (10 credits)


In addition to the PGDip requirements, students who wish to be awarded an MSc must additionally complete the Advanced Physiotherapy Project unit (60 credits), providing a total of 180 credits.


Accreditation of prior learning or experience

The Programme accepts requests for the accreditation of prior learning in line with Manchester Metropolitan University’s Policy for the Accreditation of Prior Learning – http://www.mmu.ac.uk/academic/casqe/regulations/docs/APL_policy.pdf


Flexible study

We understand the pressures of juggling work, study and home life.  Therefore, we have designed this programme to be flexible.  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.  Most modules can also be taken as stand-alone units, which means they can be studied on their own merit, providing evidence for your CPD portfolio.

Entry requirements

Applicants for the Manual Therapy Pathway are required to have:

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

b) A minimum of two years’ clinical experience, of which six months should have been with neuro-musculoskeletal out-patients.

c) Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) 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 references must be provided on headed paper or have an organisation stamp.


Learn more

For further information including details of all modules and how to apply, please visit www2.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/2017/14521/


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