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Course summary

Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information. Course summary

  • Advance your clinical, therapeutic and reasoning skills in the field of musculoskeletal clinical practice.
  • Develop your skills in communication and leadership to bring about more evidence based, efficient and effective services.
  • Engage in debate and develop skills which enhance your ability to facilitate service development and enhance patient care.
This course is designed for experienced postgraduate healthcare professionals working in musculoskeletal clinical practice. It is also suitable if you have studied manual therapy at a high level on clinically– based courses, such as with the International Maitland Teachers Association. You can have relevant clinically focused learning recognised and the credits transferred via a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. How you learn All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. On this course you engage with evidence, theories and concepts relevant to musculoskeletal practice. You will be encouraged to share ideas, broaden your understanding, reflect on your own clinical practice and also learn from the other people on the course. You learn through:
  • practical sessions
  • independent guided study
  • student–directed learning
  • completion of formative tasks
  • use of our virtual learning environment (Blackboard)
  • You can study individual modules from this course and gain academic credit towards a qualification. Visit our continuing professional development website for more information.
Applied learning Work placements You can choose to take mentored clinical practice (MCP) as part of the course. These are an opportunity to transfer knowledge to practice and gain feedback from expert clinical practitioners. MCPs are useful if you want to join the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP) or pursue advanced clinical practice routes. *Networking opportunities * You learn from enthusiastic tutors and specialist visiting lecturers including academics who have physiotherapy research published in peer– reviewed journals.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances. Modules studied may differ depending on when you start your course. Year 1 Module:Musculoskeletal Management Of The Lower Quadrant 30 Module:Musculoskeletal Management Of The Upper Quadrant 30 Year 2 Module:Researching For Practice (Distance Learning) 15 Module:Researching For Practice (Taught) 15 Module:Contemporary Issues In Advancing Practice (Distance Learning) 15 Module:Ergonomics And Human Factors At Work 30 Module:Evidencing Your Cpd 15 Module:Evidencing Your Cpd 30 Module:Fcp 1 Advanced Msk Practice 30 Module:First Contact Practitioner 2: Primary Care Practice 15 Module:Fundamentals Of Musculoskeletal Radiographic Image Interpretation 15 Module:Health Promotion And Lifestyle Management 15 Module:Injection Therapy For Joints And Soft Tissue 15 Module:Leadership In Practice 15 Module:Learning And Teaching For Practice 15 Module:Learning And Teaching For Practice (Distance Learning) 15 Module:Macp Clinical Placement In Neuro-Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 30 Module:Non-Medical Prescribing 30 Module:Pain Management (Distance Learning) 15 Module:Planning Service Improvement 15 Module:Theory Of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound 15 Module:Therapeutic Exercise And Physical Activity 30 Module:Therapeutic Management Of Neuromusculoskeletal Pain 15 Final year Module:Dissertation 60 Credits 60

Assessment method

Coursework Practical

Entry requirements

Academic Qualification Normally, applicants will hold a first degree or professional qualification which is recognised in the UK in a related health care subject. Other formally certified qualifications Equivalent, international academic and/or professional qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants will be considered on other relevant evidence. Applicants are usually required to provide at least one reference evidencing their capability for postgraduate study. Level of English language capability If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill area. Note that the attainment of an IELTS score of 7 (with no element below 6.5) is required for registration with HCPC. Relevant work or work-related experience Applicants must usually have 24 months full time (or equivalent part time) experience managing and treating musculoskeletal dysfunction and normally be working in a relevant role. Applicants will be motivated and prepared to study independently and autonomously. They must be prepared to embrace the challenges of Masters level study including online distance learning, have access to a reliable internet connection to support engagement and have sound IT skills. Use of Prior Credit (RPL): prior certificated credit or prior experiential credit may be used within the programme in the following ways: Through the University's recognition of prior learning (RPL) process it may be possible for applicants to be exempt from some modules of the programme.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

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Advanced Clinical Practice Musculoskeletal Management at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS