Single Module Level 7

Manual Therapy (Level 7, 30 credits)

School of Health and Society




One semester

Next enrolment

February 2025


In a nutshell

This module will expand your knowledge and skills for advanced clinical reasoning in relation to manual therapy in the treatment of patients with musculoskeletal disorders.

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



You will:

  • Enhance your clinical skills
  • Expand your knowledge relating to manual therapy
  • Explore techniques for treating musculoskeletal disorders
Course details

All about the 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

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

This module is 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%

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Our courses are informed by the latest research and we work closely with organisations from both the public and private sector to ensure our teaching is at the forefront of practice.

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What about after uni?

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.

Further study: 

MSc Advanced Physiotherapy

Career Links

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.


What you need to know

This module is suitable for physiotherapists, occupational therapists, podiatrists, chiropractors, strength and conditioning coaches, complementary therapists, reflexologists, osteopaths and nurses.

    Standard entry requirements

    Previous study and experience

    You should be: 

    • Registered professional working in health care.
    • A graduate or graduate equivalent.
    Alternative entry requirements

    Accreditation of prior learning (APL)

    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).

    How much?

    Type of study Year Fees
    Part-time 2024/25 £1,470 per 30 credit module

    Additional costs

    You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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    Enrolment dates

    February 2025