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Sub-group: Academic Physiotherapy



This course is for physiotherapists worldwide who wish to explore an academic approach to their practice, but who are unable to travel to the UK for extended periods of time. You gain a UK masters degree while living in your home country. You can also choose this option if you are UK based, but cannot commit to campus-based or full-time study. You critically evaluate your practice and explore your own professional development or particular areas of interest. All modules have a focus on your practice as a physiotherapist and the course encourages you to apply your learning to the context in which you work or could work. The course is involves online teaching and practical delivery. The overseas teaching block is limited to one two-week study period. It is designed to offer hands-on, specialised practical skills to supplement the teaching and discussions explored through distance learning study.

The teaching team have developed and embedded a range of innovative teaching methods to provide an engaging on-line learning experience using media-enhanced resources and technologies.The course begins with two modules exploring your current assessment, clinical reasoning and practical handling skills. These modules are designed to develop your learning at masters level, encouraging you to work both individually and alongside each other. You are familiarised with university systems, processes, and the resources available.

The online teaching continues with several core modules and up to three optional modules. You receive individual and group support from the teaching team and fellow students throughout the course.During your dissertation, we support your research into various therapy-related areas, such as • professional and technology-enhanced education • neurological rehabilitation • older people • low back pain • psychosocial issues in patient management.Your studies are led and taught by an interprofessional therapy team who are all registered and experienced allied health professionals. They have a wealth of international experience and specialist expertise in research, distance learning education and autonomous clinical practice.


Online certification Yes, distance Learning


Certificate programme

You can complete the MSc, study individual modules, or choose to do the course in postgraduate certificate (60 credits) and postgraduate diploma stages. To gain the postgraduate certificate you need to complete • applying reasoning in practice • applying clinical skills to practice • professional practice and autonomy • one 15 credit option module

To gain the postgraduate diploma you need to complete the postgraduate certificate, plus• measuring health outcomes • applying research methods in practice • 30 credits of option modules

To gain the masters you need to complete the postgraduate diploma and a dissertation. You choose up to three option modules.

Musculoskeletal practice

Management of pain

Neurological pathology and management

Concepts of learning and teaching




You base your final piece of work on your own research study or a review of literature done in your home country.  It is an in-depth study in a topic of your choice. You can complete it in one of several formats including a written dissertation, or a report accompanied by an oral examination taken via video or phone link.


Certificate Title: Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc in Applying Physiotherapy



UK and EU students: Typically £2,000 a stage for PGCert, PgDip and MSc stages

International students: Typically £7,380 for the course, payable in PgCert, PgDip and MSc stages

Duration 24 months, with a two-week study block delivered at our partner's campus 


Special equipment required No


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Master of Science in Applying Physiotherapy

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