Advanced Physiotherapy

Part-time study available
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Advanced Physiotherapy at Salford


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

Course Summary

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.

Course Details

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.

Course Structure

Full-time study option:

Year 1, Semester 1

The focus of this module is to prepare you to conduct primary research and move towards publication.This module is assessed by assignment, based around ethics forms in preparation for your dissertation
An exercise and advanced functional examination module which includes motor control and skill acquisition.

Year 1, Semester 2

This module will enable you to develop professional business awareness and acumen and implement this in current or future healthcare practice.

Then choose from:

This module allows a clinically reasoned and practical application of advanced manual therapy. This is a practically based module with case studies. Assessment is by a 2,500 word assignment and a practical viva exam. 
This module will develop critical thinking skills that reflect the current evidence base that underpins contemporary neurological rehabilitation. Innovative sessions will be delivered by nationally and internationally renowned researchers in the areas of neuroscience and neurological Assessment is by a poster/ conference presentation.

Year 1, Semester 3

This modules focuses on preparation for publication and dissemination, encouraging you to conduct primary research using a range of possible techniques or alternatively to complete a systematic review. The project will link this research to practice and recommendations to advance physiotherapy. Students will also have the option of joining ongoing research within the university. Assessment is in two parts a poster and the production of a short project report in the style of a publication.

Part-time route

Year 1, Semester 1

Preparing for Research in Health (30 credits)

Year 1, Semester 2

Professional Business Management for Health Professionals (30 credits)

Year 2, Semester 1

Neuromuscular Function and Dysfunction (30 credits)

Year 2, Semester 2

Choose from:

  • Manual Therapy (30 credits)
  • Neuroscience and Neurological Rehabilitation (30 credits)

Year 3, Semester 1 and 2

Research project (60 credits)

Entry Requirements

  • A BSc (Hons) degree in Physiotherapy


  • Graduate Diploma in physiotherapy under university APEL regulations.

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.

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

English Language Requirements

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.

Suitable For

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.

Applicant profile

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:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Practical sessions
  • E-learning

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 Nicky Spence

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 Gaskell

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:

  • Presentations
  • Oral examinations
  • Assignments
  • Critical reflections

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.

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Ray Healy

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

Duncan Mason

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.


Career Prospects

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.

Alumni Profile

“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.

Links with Industry

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 and Funding

Fees 2016-17

Type of StudyFee
Part-timeHome/EU: £2,850
Full-time International£13,300

Scholarships and Bursaries

We offer awards to help you study through our:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship
  • University of Salford student loyalty discount
  • Country bursary scheme for International students only

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:

  • 9 AMTI Force Plates, 5 of which are situated in a 40m running track
  • ProReflex 10 Camera real-time motion analysis system which can be integrated with force plate data using Qualysis software. Primarily this is used for clinical studies on patients with gait problems. It can also be used by Sports Scientists to analyse athletes performance and technique. We also use a range of Digital Video and High Speed Digital Video cameras along with Quintic software for the same purpose
  • KinCom Isokinetic Dynamometer for muscle strength testing
  • EMG (electromyography) system used to measures the electrical activity of muscles and to gather information about the muscular and nervous systems
  • Esaote AU5 Ultrasound used to study skeletal muscles, tendons and ligaments
  • Laveg Speed Gun which is used to determine speed of sprints

Performance Lab

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 :

  • Polar heart rate monitors
  • Harpenden skinfold callipers
  • Wingate tests
  • Hand grip dynamometers
  • Height, weight monitors
  • Jump mats