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Manual Therapy - Single module

Level 7 (30 credits)

School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Sport, Exercise and Physiotherapy

Start Date(s): February


One Semester, intake February

Fees 2018-19:

2019-20 fees will be displayed shortly.

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

In Brief:

  • Expand your knowledge and skills for advanced clinical reasoning in relation to manual therapy in the treatment of patients with musculoskeletal disorders
  • Explore a range of manual therapy techniques in spinal and peripheral conditions
  • Delivered by staff who are subject experts in their field
  • A part-time only course

Course Summary

You can take this course as a single module for continuing professional development or as part of MSc Advanced Physiotherapy course.

This module will explore:

  • Risk assessment for manual therapy, including spinal manipulation
  • Principles of osteopathic and chiropractic treatment
  • Common manual therapy models e.g. Maitland, Cyriax
  • Indications and precautions and contraindications for high velocity low amplitude thrust techniques in the treatment of mechanical musculoskeletal disorders of the spine and pelvis
  • Advanced clinical reasoning strategies
  • Mobility testing
  • Practical application of manual techniques
  • Combined movements, MWM's, Nags and snags, myofascial release
  • Posture and biomechanics of movement dysfunction in spinal disorders
  • Review of outcome measure

Entry Requirements

Registered professional working in health care.

A graduate or graduate equivalent.

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

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).

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you must provide evidence of proficiency in English - IELTS 6.5 band score or above are proof of this.

Suitable For

Physiotherapists, occupational therapists, podiatrists, chiropractors, strength and conditioning coaches, complementary therapists, reflexologists, osteopaths and nurses.

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

Applying for postgraduate Health and Social Care single modules

All applications for post qualifying heath and social care modules are made directly to the University, please complete the appropriate application form and send to the University.


Delivered using a range of methods including lectures, master classes, practical workshops, directed study, blended learning and discussion boards.


VIVA Practical 30 minutes 50%

Assignment: Critically debate the efficacy of manual therapy in relation to a hypothetical case study 50%


Career Prospects

This module can be taken as stand-alone for the purposes of continuing professional development. Apply knowledge and skills required for advanced clinical reasoning in relation to manual therapy in the treatment of patients with musculoskeletal disorders.

Links with Industry

We work with over 100 health and social care organisations so our links with industry are very strong. These relationships will be of direct benefit to you because our academic team work in a number of these organisations at a senior level so are able to keep you at the forefront of developments in the sector, which in turn help you provide a better service.

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