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Advanced Physiotherapy


School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Sport, Exercise and Physiotherapy

Start Date(s): September


MSc (one year full-time or three years part-time)
PgDip (nine months full-time or two years part-time)
PgCert (six months full-time or one year part-time

Fees 2018-19:

2019-20 fees will be displayed shortly.

Part-time - £1,260 per 30 credit module

UK - £7,560

International - £13,860

In Brief:

  • Development of evidenced based clinical assessment and management skills
  • This programme is CSP accredited and the learning outcomes aligned to HCPC registration
  • Supervised Individual and group based research projects
  • Part-time study option
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

The programme is taught by an academically and clinically experienced staff team who are enthusiastic, supportive and approachable. Over the years we have had an interesting diversity of students from the United Kingdom, European middle East. Africa and other International. This diversity enables discussions around different experiences and managements.

You will learn a range of higher level assessment and management approaches including evidence based manual therapies and rehabilitation strategies. These skills will enable you to be an autonomous, effective and considered practitioner. These attributes are essential to enhance employability in both clinical and academic areas.

You will be taught in small groups how to locate critically comment on and disseminate a range of contemporary evidence. The programme uses a blend of lecture, tutorial, group discussion, practical and research supervision in a blended, supported learning approach.

You will have the opportunity to be involved with staff research projects and may do individual or group based research depending on your particular area of interest or work. This will enhance your critical thinking, presentation and writing skills. The supervisors will challenge you and help to facilitate your progress. This journey may help you to continue to PhD studies or publication.

Awards and Accreditation

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 work experience opportunity. 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.

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 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 your critical thinking skills that reflect the current evidence base that underpins contemporary rehabilitation. Innovative sessions will be delivered by nationally and internationally renowned researchers in the areas of neuroscience, motor control and exercise. This is a practically        based module that will facilitate your skills for autonomous and effective management of a range of neuro-musculoskeletal disorders, 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        

Rehabilitation Strategies (30 credits)        

Year 2, Semester 1        

Neuromuscular Function and Dysfunction (30 credits)        

Year 2, Semester 2        

Manual Therapy (30 credits)          

Year 3, Semester 1 and 2        

Research project (60 credits)    

Optional Modules include:                      

THIS MODULE IS CURRENTLY UNDER REVIEW. This module will enable you to develop professional business awareness and acumen and implement this in current or future healthcare practice. You will have the chance to explore issues such as business outlines, marketing, health commissioning, finance, leadership and strategic planning in a variety of contexts.

Find out more.

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.

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.

Fees 2019-20

Fees for entry in 2019 will be displayed shortly.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£1,260 per 30 credit module
Full-time International£13,860

Scholarships and Bursaries

For more information please see our funding section.


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.


  • Viva practical assessment (40%)
  • Presentations (20%)
  • Written Assignments (40%)

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Lynne Gaskell

Joint Programme Leader and physiotherapy lecturer and private physiotherapy practitioner, senior fellow higher education academy.  

Clinical areas of interest and publications include low back pain stability and endurance. Musculoskeletal management strategies, rehabilitation and exercise, and post graduate education to develop clinical competencies.

Dr Nicky Spence  

Joint programme leader and physiotherapy lecturer, private practitioner and senior Higher Education Academy fellow. 

Clinical areas of research and publication interest are neurological rehabilitation, outcome measurement and quality of life.

Duncan Mason

Module Leader, physiotherapy lecturer, private physiotherapy practitioner and sports coach and trainer. 

Interests and publications relating to biomechanics and kinematics of running and risk factors for commonly occurring lower limb injuries in runners.

Raymond Healy 

Physiotherapy lecturer and private physiotherapy practitioner. 

Interest and publications relating to biomechanics and the assessment and management of the shoulder.


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 Physiotherapy master’s program very helpful as it assisted in developing my research skills and evidence based approach in the assessment and treatment of patients. I had completed my undergraduate studies as a physiotherapist outside the UK, and this master’s program eventually prepared and brought me to the appropriate levels for interviews here in the UK, and today I have successfully been offered a role as a physiotherapist at one of the NHS trusts in London. I will always be grateful to the staff of this program and university."

Emeka 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 Programme teams are linked with Health Authorities within the North West in their roles as visiting lecturers. Four of the Programme lecturers are physiotherapy practitioners.


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

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

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