University of Brighton
School of Health Sciences
49 Darley Road
East Sussex, BN20 7UR
IFOMPT Member Organisation: Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapist (MACP) www.macp
MSc/PG Dip/ PG Cert Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy.
Full-time: 1.5 years
Part-time: 2-6 years
Location: Eastbourne and placement in clinical settings.
The MSc Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy will enhance student’s clinical practice of musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Students will increase their expertise in the examination, assessment, treatment and management of patients with musculoskeletal dysfunction. Students will also increase their knowledge of the theory and research underpinning their practice and have the opportunity to contribute to the research base of musculoskeletal physiotherapy.
The course promotes a holistic, person-centred approach to musculoskeletal physiotherapy and thus the course content includes philosophical discussions, health promotion, communication, chronic pain management and psychological therapies. Diagnostic, narrative, ethical collaborative and embodied approaches to clinical reasoning are advocated.
Quotes from previous students on their experiences of the course and it’s impact on their clinical practice:
‘....I am really glad I went through this process of learning as it has changed my life clinically, personally and philosophically’
‘Clinically I am much more independent than I believe I ever would have been as I am not restricted in my practice....Personally and philosophically I am much more confident, humble, flexible and open to other opinions.’
‘In the UK, the course opened up the job market for me considerably. I ended up being a mentor for senior 1 physiotherapists and a point of reference for many of my colleagues’
Qualifications for entry
Students enrolling for the PGCert Musculoskeletal physiotherapy will hold an appropriate honours degree qualification, which is recognised for registration purposes by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). Students enrolling for the PGDip/MSc will hold an appropriate honours degree qualification and be registered with the Health Professions Council.
All applicants will, however, be considered on an individual basis and those without a first degree who can provide a significant portfolio of relevant work experience and commitment towards continuing professional development will be considered. Where it is thought necessary, a suitable programme of pre-enrolment studies will be recommended/required by the course leader.
Students will normally have a minimum of one year post-registration experience in an outpatient setting dealing with patients with musculoskeletal conditions.
Students whose English is a second language must obtain a minimum IELTS of 7 with no element below 6.5.
Applicants who do not meet the normal admission requirements may be registered for individual modules with the possibility of transferring to a named route if successful.
Students who have studied at Masters level with a suitably recognised course will be allowed to carry Credit Accumulation and Transfer points at level 7 subject to a process of Accreditation of Prior Learning by the university. This includes students entering with a PGDip Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy from this country or abroad.
PG Certificate Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
60 level 7 credits
Musculoskeletal Management – Lumbosacral spine and lower limb (HE718)
Musculoskeletal Management – Cervicothoracic spine and upper limb (HE720)
PG Diploma Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
- One optional module for example:
- Extended scope of practice
- Exploring pain
- Exercise in rehabilitation
- Analysis of Function
- Exercise Prescription, Progression and Periodisation.
120 level 7 credits to include the above plus
MSc Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
- Clinical Placement- Lumbosacral spine and lower limb (HE719)
- Clinical Placement - Cervicothoracic spine and upper limb (HE721)
- Research Methods in Healthcare (HE707) – online option available.
180 level 7 credits to include the above plus a
Course leaders: Dr Clair Hebron
Telephone: 00 44 (0)1273 643878