Physiotherapy is a constantly evolving profession which requires practitioners to demonstrate current best practice and continued professional development at postgraduate level. The philosophy of this course is to broaden and extend knowledge and skills within the field of physiotherapy and encourage personal and professional development. This programme is designed to provide opportunity for students to question and challenge current practice in aspects of physiotherapy and to enable students to explore in depth, areas of professional interest within physiotherapy. It also aims to enable students to evaluate evidence both for current practice and for new approaches in physiotherapy practice. The structure of the core modules meets the needs of individuals to review and evaluate the background of the physiotherapy profession and to integrate this into their clinical practice where appropriate. The optional modules allow students to devise a programme to suit their own specific requirements in terms of professional and personal development. The research module and dissertation, together with core/optional modules such as Evidence-based Practice and Assessment and Measurement, develop the student’s research capabilities and critical evaluation skills. The School of Allied Health Professions is based on Keele campus and has a well-established undergraduate physiotherapy programme. It has strong connections both with local clinical units and with other Schools within the University such as the Schools of Nursing & Midwifery, Medicine, and Pharmacy. The part-time MSc programme can be completed in two years (although three years is permitted), but students may take up to five years if they wish (modular route). The structure of the course therefore allows flexible learning in accordance with individual student interests and needs.
For information regarding modules for this course, please visit the course page on the Keele University website.
The course is open to appropriately qualified physiotherapists who are interested in acquiring new knowledge and/or deepening existing knowledge in the field of physiotherapy. Applicants should normally have a first or second-class honours degree (2.1 or 2.2) (or overseas equivalent) in Physiotherapy. There is an expectation that applicants will possess level 6 (bachelors degree level) knowledge and skills in the areas of musculoskeletal, cardiovascular-respiratory and neurological physiotherapy. Those who are not qualified physiotherapists are not eligible to apply (even if they have a Sports Science/Sport and Exercise/Kinesiology degree). If their intention is to become a qualified physiotherapist in the UK then they can consider the 2 year MSc (pre-registration) at Keele. All applications are assessed on an individual basis. Applicants should ensure that their personal statements identify why they wish to study this course.
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