This PGCert Physiotherapy course is open to all therapists and related healthcare professionals who want to enhance their clinical skills, professional knowledge and critical appraisal abilities as part of their ongoing career development. It is ideal for those wanting to conduct hands-on clinically focused research without the commitment of undertaking a research-only degree.
Within a stimulating climate of evidence-based practice and internationalisation, the school gives you access to world-class facilities and a unique opportunity to learn from experts; many of whom are internationally published and highly respected in their field.
The course is grounded in critical analysis and reflective practice, equipping you with the skills to evaluate contemporary professional practice. Students can undertake the generic award of PGCert Physiotherapy, or select from one of two specialist pathways. These are:
- Advancing Neuromusculoskeletal Practice
The two specialist pathways include a strong emphasis on evidence-based practice, physiotherapy theory, research and specialist interests.
If students would like to take one of the specialist pathways, they need to choose one at the start of their course. Once a pathway is chosen, this is final and there is not an opportunity to swap.
Advancing Neuromusculoskeletal Practice pathway
Neuromusculoskeletal (NMS) dysfunction is one of the world’s most costly and disabling health conditions. This pathway reflects the latest evidence and thinking behind NMS management, offering students the opportunity to broaden and deepen their knowledge and skills for the assessment and management of people with long-standing NMS dysfunction.
The scientific evidence relating to diagnosis and interventions for people with NMS dysfunction is rapidly evolving, and serves to contradict much traditional thought and practice. This pathway aims to equip participants with the necessary cognitive and physical skills for synthesis and applying this evidence.
Emphasis is on critical thinking and practice which incorporates evidence-based approaches towards NMS healthcare.
With a focus on leadership and quality improvement, the basis of the pathway will be on:
- The understanding of modern pain science
- Incorporating evidence-based movement
- Exercise approaches
Students will be given the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their knowledge and critical thinking through contemporary learning and assessment methods, including the use of social media.
The two core Advancing Practice modules are focussed on management of people with complex neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction and have been designed to reflect the very latest in evidence, practice, and theory.
This unique neurorehabilitation pathway is the UK's most substantial programme related to movement science or the motor relearning approach. Delivered by expert tutors, you will explore the evidence underpinning stroke rehabilitation and apply this to retraining motor control after stroke.
As you investigate current research, you will be introduced to cutting-edge technology involved in stroke rehabilitation, including SaeboFlex, bilateral arm trainers and feedback devices for coordination. You will use equipment in our state-of-the-art human movement laboratory to conduct small case studies using this technology, improving your knowledge of the biomechanics of movement and research methods.
The pathway is grounded in critical analysis and reflective practice, equipping you with the skills to evaluate contemporary professional practice.
This is a postgraduate course requiring a minimum of two years' clinical experience. If you would like to train to become a physiotherapist, please see our undergraduate course. The PGCert Physiotherapy does not lead to registration as a physiotherapist.
- We are a top 5 UK physiotherapy department, according to the Complete University Guide 2018.
- We are a leading environment for world class research according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014; 86% of our research activity is rated as world leading and internationally excellent with significant impact on people's health and wellbeing.
- Ranked 5th best in terms of ‘research power’ in our unit of assessment, a measure which includes the quality of research and number of research active staff according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014.