This course is CSP accredited. It will significantly enhance your skills as an independent, reflective practitioner
Gain confidence in implementing new practice that is reasoned, evidence-based and holistic
Take individual modules of relevance to your area of professional practice
If you’re a physiotherapist looking to bring your clinical and critical-reasoning skills up to an advanced level, you should strongly consider taking this course.
What you learn will have broad application in patient-management, and will enable you to thoroughly evaluate your professional practice.
You also have the option of taking individual modules from the course, many of which are relevant to health professionals from a wide range of backgrounds. Some of these modules can also be mapped into our other courses.
This course can either be taken over one year full-time or three years part-time. This allows for flexibility in study. Each module is available as a stand-alone course in its own right, and will be relevant to a wide range of health professionals including occupational therapists, podiatrists, chiropractors, sports therapists and strength and conditioning coaches.
There is the possibility of a short three day introductory placement. Please note that this will incur a small additional fee.
The programme is also able to potentially offer a short observational placement for international students, by arrangement.
Preparing for Research in Health (30 credits)
Professional Business Management for Health Professionals (30 credits)
Neuromuscular Function and Dysfunction (30 credits)
Research project (60 credits)
Prospective students would normally be expected to achieve a 2.1 Honours degree, but consideration would be given to students with a 2.2 Honours degree with appropriate experience and satisfactory references. Students who do not have a physiotherapy qualification can also take the programme and attain the MSc qualification but a differently titled MSc.
We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.
The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.
Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).
International students (full-time route only)
We welcome applications from international students and the University offers a wide ranging support network for those who want to come to Salford to study. Relevant qualifications will be considered.
Students whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English – IELTS – a minimum overall score of 6.0 with 5.5 in any component.
Students will be permitted to register for stand alone modules as CPD. In this case students may gain entry with an appropriate healthcare BSc (Hons) degree or a Graduate Diploma in physiotherapy under university APEL regulations.
Qualified physiotherapists who wish to further develop their skills. The modules within the course may also be relevant for health professionals including occupational therapists, podiatrists, chiropractors, sports therapists and strength and conditioning coaches.
Students have come from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. Some students are new graduates and others have clinical experience. There are clinicians from physiotherapy, podiatry and acupuncture registered on either stand alone modules or on the full MSc course.
The programme of study is delivered through:
You can take this course on a full or part-time basis. On the full-time course, you’ll study two modules in the first two semesters and attend the University on the Wednesday and Thursday of each week. On the part-time course, you’ll attend the University for two days on alternate weeks. Please note: international students are only able to apply for the full-time route.
You’ll also be expected to pursue self-directed study. The material you’ll need for this can be accessed via our virtual learning environment, Blackboard.
Dr Spence teaches on undergraduate allied health programmes and Advancing Physiotherapy Master’s degree. Her areas of clinical interest and research include stroke clinical trials, outcome measure development and theoretical underpinning of clinical outcome measures, systematic reviews and qualitative analysis methods. Her publications related to stroke and outcome measure research. Her physiotherapeutic interest are split between neurology and Musculoskeletal.
Lynne has worked within the NHS for 12 years specialising in musculoskeletal disorders and was an extended scope practitioner in outpatients and orthopaedics clinics. She has also worked in superleague professional rugby league and has worked at private hospitals and 3 private practices. She continues to work in private practice today two evenings per week.
Lynne is module leader for manual therapy and clinical reasoning at M level and teaches the assessment and management manual therapies and management of neuromuscular disorders. She is also a Learning Facilitator for Advanced Practice and teach and assess interprofessional students at M level across all systems.
Her interests are the spine, musculoskeletal disorders manual therapy and exercise.
The method used to assess your progress on this course will depend on which modules you take. Methods of assessment include:
Each module has its own assessment package and this is structured appropriately for the module content and delivery. For example practical based modules will have a practical viva exam as part of the assessment package.
I qualified as a physiotherapist in 1978. I was employed a lecturer at the Polytechnic of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne on the physiotherapy programme where I completed my teaching qualification. I started work here at the university of Salford as a lecturer in 1997. I have taught on all levels of UG study but mainly on the musculo-skeletal content. I have been module leader for a number of modules at UG and PG levels. I completed a PG diploma in Biomechanics some years ago. I have attended numerous PG courses over my career and try to keep up with latest musculo-skeletal developments within physiotherapy.I also teach on the research methods content of the UG and PG programmes. Research Interests include pain management, musculo-skeletal spinal and sacro-iliac management and assessment
Qualified as a physiotherapist 1990 from Manchester University, Worked in the NHS at South Manchester, Salford and Bolton acute trusts specialising in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Lecturing at Salford since 2002 teaching undergraduate physiotherapy in areas of upper limb, spine, sports and exercise and postgraduate musculoskeletal assessment, manual therapy, biomechanics on advancing physiotherapy and Trauma and Orthopaedics masters programmes. My areas of research interests include running biomechanics. Publications to date include running biomechanics and the rehabilitation Hamstring injuries.
This course will boost your career prospects and broaden your skills portfolio. You’ll have the opportunity to choose modules and assignment topics of relevance to your interests and area of professional practice. Graduates of the MSc may also choose to pursue an academic or research-based career path.
“I found the Master’s program in Advanced Physiotherapy very helpful as it assisted in developing my research skills and evidence based approach in the assessment and treatment of patients. I have now successfully been offered a role as a physiotherapist at one of the NHS trusts in London. I will always be grateful to the staff at the University for their continued support and encouragement.”
Chukwuemeka Omakamee Nnuji, MSc Advanced Physiotherapy, 2015
Some of our overseas graduates have gone on to gain HCPC registration and work in the UK, other alumni have gone on to study for a PhD both within the UK and overseas. Fellow alumni’s have also gone on to gain academic teaching posts within physiotherapy.
The Access Partnership contributes to the Professional Business Management for Health Professionals module. The objective is to deliver teaching and learning material that is appropriate for clinicians who require professional and management skills, such as project management, preparing business cases and marketing services.
The partnership is made up of a team of NHS managers and clinicians with high level strategic and operational experience. As a team they offer a host of practical business skills which are vital in today's health care arena.
Fees for entry in 2017-18 will be published as soon as possible.
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We offer awards to help you study through our:
There are also other sources of funding available to you. For more information please see our funding section.
We have some of the best facilities in the UK, including our comfortable plinth rooms, Human Performance Lab and gait analysis rooms. Our purpose-built laboratory is probably the best in the country and contains almost every type of physiological and biomechanical equipment you can imagine including:
We have a range of cycle and rowing ergometers, two treadmills, and two online gas analysis systems. There is also an off-line gas analysis system for use with Douglas Bags.
We can perform blood analysis with our Analox GM7 Multi-Assay Blood Analyser to measure blood lactate, glucose and a range of other blood substrates.
There is also the Reflotron which another multi-use system that can measure blood cholesterol and haemoglobin as well as portable blood glucose and lactate analysers.
In addition we have the usual equipment found in exercise physiology labs :
MSc (one year full-time or three years part-time)
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