Triangle

Course overview

Please be advised that places on the programme are limited and applications will only be open for a limited period.  

Are you a physiotherapist looking to refine and update your skill set, allowing you to maximise your potential for career development and promotion?

Our MSc 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 if you want to conduct hands-on clinically focused research without the commitment of undertaking a research-only degree.

Our Division of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Sciences has an excellent reputation for teaching and research. On the programme, you'll be taught by experienced teaching staff who are experts in their field and active in clinically focused research.

We offer three different programmes, each with a choice of optional modules so you'll have the flexibility to tailor your qualification towards your individual study interests.

You'll be part of a close-knit community of staff and students, where staff get to know you as an individual. We pride ourselves on the dedicated support we offer our students. This includes a personal tutor network to support you throughout your studies.

Why choose this course?

Flexible module choice

Three pathways to tailor your degree towards your own professional development.

Expert teaching

from tutors who are active in clinically focused research

Close-knit community

providing dedicated student support throughout your studies.

86%

of research activity is rated as world-leading and internationally excellent with significant impact on people's health and well-being

School of Health Sciences, REF 2014

Course content

The course is grounded in critical analysis and reflective practice, equipping you with the skills to evaluate contemporary professional practice.

When applying to study our MSc Physiotherapy, you will select one of our three specialist programmes:

  • MSc Physiotherapy (Generic)
  • MSc Physiotherapy (Neurorehabilitation) (CLOSED FOR 2021/22 APPLICATIONS)
  • MSc Physiotherapy (Advancing Neuromusculoskeletal Practice)

You need to choose one of these programmes at the start of you course. Once a programme is chosen, this is final and there is not an opportunity to swap.

Neurorehabilitation programme

PLEASE NOTE: The MSc Physiotherapy (Neurorehabilitation) programme is now closed for 2021/22 applications

On this programme you will advance your knowledge and expertise in the principles and theories of Neuro-Rehabilitation. This includes:

  • neuroplasticity
  • motor learning and movement analysis
  • neurophysiology (focus on spasticity)
  • optimising education
  • motivation
  • self-efficacy and engagement

Additionally this pathway will focus on the application of Neuro-Rehabilitation. This includes:

  • promoting motor and active learning
  • spasticity management
  • postural management and preventing complications
  • managing ageing in people with neurological conditions
  • delivering exercise classes to optimise function
  • adjuncts to rehabilitation (for example; orthoses, virtual reality, electrical stimulation, robotics)

This programme is grounded in critical analysis and reflective practice, responsive to changes to practice and publication of new guidelines and equipping you with the skills of contemporary professional practice in Neuro-Rehabilitation.

Advancing Neuromusculoskeletal Practice programme

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 you the opportunity to broaden and deepen your knowledge and skills for the assessment and management of people with long-standing NMS dysfunction. This pathway aims to equip you with the necessary cognitive and physical skills for synthesis and applying this evidence.

Emphasis will be on advanced clinical reasoning, diagnostic testing and the interpretation of findings, considered essential for first contact practitioners. This will lead on to relevant decision making, patient management, appropriate communication and triage.

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, physical activity and exercise approaches

Modules

Compulsory modules

Critical Reflection, Reasoning, and Appraisal in Clinical Practice 20 credits
Evaluation and Research Development in Health Sciences 20 credits

This module is run over 12 half days in Autumn Semester. You will develop the skills and knowledge to evaluate and apply into practice a range of research methods and evidence base and to appraise the barriers to using evidence in practice.

Assessment is a written research proposal.

Course Convenors: Paul Hendrick and Theresa Harvey-Dunstan

Dissertation - Master of Science in Physiotherapy 60 credits

This is a full year course with teaching sessions throughout the year. You will develop the critical, analytical and communication skills and knowledge to undertake and write-up an independent research study.

Assessment is a written Dissertation thesis.

Course Convenor: Paul Hendrick

Optional modules

You must take an additional 80 credits from the optional modules below:

Advanced Rehabilitation of Long-Term and Complex Conditions 20 credits

This course is run over 6 days in the Spring Semester. You will develop the knowledge, skills and critical aptitude to apply evidence based rehabilitation for people with a range of long-term or complex conditions such as cardio-respiratory disease, neuromuscular disease, oncology and hematological disorders.

Assessment is via an oral presentation in which the student discusses and demonstrates rehabilitation strategies for a clinical case study.

Course Convenors: Theresa Harvey-Dunstan and Eleanor Douglas

Advancing Clinical Practice (Applied Neurological Rehabilitation) 20 credits

This course is run over 6 days in Spring semester. You will develop the knowledge, skills and critical aptitude to apply evidence based rehabilitation for people with a range of neurological conditions.

Assessment is a quality improvement and service development report that includes addressing the challenge of embedding and sustaining change in clinical practice.

Course Convenor: Leigh Campbell

Advancing Clinical Practice (Principles of Neurological Rehabilitation) 20 credits

This course is run over 6 days in Autumn semester. You will develop the knowledge, skills and critical aptitude to inform and clinically reason evidence based rehabilitation for people with a range of neurological conditions.

Assessment is a written clinical case study that includes relevant background theory regarding identification of key clinical problems and subsequent development of a management plan.

Course Convenor: Leigh Campbell

Learning and Assessment in Healthcare Education 20 credits

This module will consolidate and extend your knowledge of the theories and principles underpinning teaching, learning and assessment. Specifically, this is done in relation to health care subjects, and considers education in both academic and practice settings.

The contextual factors that influence the role of health care teachers will be explored and the implications of these for your learning in modern health care settings will be debated. The tensions that exist between theory and practice will be examined in the context of contemporary policy issues and research.

This module is available during the spring semester.

Advancing Clinical Practice (Diagnostics) 20 credits

This module is run over 6 days in the Autumn Semester. You will develop advanced clinical reasoning, diagnostic testing and test interpretation skills. This is designed to facilitate decision making, triage and communication skills essential for all first contact practitioners.

Assessment is a 20 minute presentation + questions (10 mins) 

Course Convenor: Alan Taylor

Rehabilitation for Pain Management 20 credits

This module is run over 6 days in Spring Semester. You will develop the knowledge, skills and critical aptitude to apply evidence based rehabilitation for people with a range of musculoskeletal pain conditions.

Assessment is an oral via in which the student discusses and demonstrates rehabilitation strategies for a clinical case study.

Course Convenor: Paul Hendrick

 

Advancing Clinical Practice (Management) 20 credits
Contemporary Practices in Injection Therapy* 20 credits

This year long module is run twice a year (Autumn and Spring) and is currently available to physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses, osteopaths, paramedics, and doctors.

You will develop the knowledge and skills to use intra-and extra-articular peripheral corticosteroid injections.

Assessment is a written case study, practical exam and supervised intermodular log book (in practice).

Course Convenor: Claire Diver

*Please note this module is only available to home students

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on Wednesday 31 March 2021.

Compulsory modules

Advancing Clinical Practice (Applied Neurological Rehabilitation) 20 credits

This course is run over 6 days in Spring semester. You will develop the knowledge, skills and critical aptitude to apply evidence based rehabilitation for people with a range of neurological conditions.

Assessment is a quality improvement and service development report that includes addressing the challenge of embedding and sustaining change in clinical practice.

Course Convenor: Leigh Campbell

Advancing Clinical Practice (Principles of Neurological Rehabilitation) 20 credits

This course is run over 6 days in Autumn semester. You will develop the knowledge, skills and critical aptitude to inform and clinically reason evidence based rehabilitation for people with a range of neurological conditions.

Assessment is a written clinical case study that includes relevant background theory regarding identification of key clinical problems and subsequent development of a management plan.

Course Convenor: Leigh Campbell

Critical Reflection, Reasoning, and Appraisal in Clinical Practice 20 credits
Evaluation and Research Development in Health Sciences 20 credits

This module is run over 12 half days in Autumn Semester. You will develop the skills and knowledge to evaluate and apply into practice a range of research methods and evidence base and to appraise the barriers to using evidence in practice.

Assessment is a written research proposal.

Course Convenors: Paul Hendrick and Theresa Harvey-Dunstan

Dissertation - Master of Science in Physiotherapy 60 credits

This is a full year course with teaching sessions throughout the year. You will develop the critical, analytical and communication skills and knowledge to undertake and write-up an independent research study.

Assessment is a written Dissertation thesis.

Course Convenor: Paul Hendrick

Optional modules

You must take an additional 40 credits from the optional modules below:

Advanced Rehabilitation of Long-Term and Complex Conditions 20 credits

This course is run over 6 days in the Spring Semester. You will develop the knowledge, skills and critical aptitude to apply evidence based rehabilitation for people with a range of long-term or complex conditions such as cardio-respiratory disease, neuromuscular disease, oncology and hematological disorders.

Assessment is via an oral presentation in which the student discusses and demonstrates rehabilitation strategies for a clinical case study.

Course Convenors: Theresa Harvey-Dunstan and Eleanor Douglas

Learning and Assessment in Healthcare Education 20 credits

This module will consolidate and extend your knowledge of the theories and principles underpinning teaching, learning and assessment. Specifically, this is done in relation to health care subjects, and considers education in both academic and practice settings.

The contextual factors that influence the role of health care teachers will be explored and the implications of these for your learning in modern health care settings will be debated. The tensions that exist between theory and practice will be examined in the context of contemporary policy issues and research.

This module is available during the spring semester.

Rehabilitation for Pain Management 20 credits

This module is run over 6 days in Spring Semester. You will develop the knowledge, skills and critical aptitude to apply evidence based rehabilitation for people with a range of musculoskeletal pain conditions.

Assessment is an oral via in which the student discusses and demonstrates rehabilitation strategies for a clinical case study.

Course Convenor: Paul Hendrick

 

Contemporary Practices in Injection Therapy* 20 credits

This year long module is run twice a year (Autumn and Spring) and is currently available to physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses, osteopaths, paramedics, and doctors.

You will develop the knowledge and skills to use intra-and extra-articular peripheral corticosteroid injections.

Assessment is a written case study, practical exam and supervised intermodular log book (in practice).

Course Convenor: Claire Diver

*Please note this module is only available to home students

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on Wednesday 31 March 2021.

Compulsory modules

Advancing Clinical Practice (Diagnostics) 20 credits

This module is run over 6 days in the Autumn Semester. You will develop advanced clinical reasoning, diagnostic testing and test interpretation skills. This is designed to facilitate decision making, triage and communication skills essential for all first contact practitioners.

Assessment is a 20 minute presentation + questions (10 mins) 

Course Convenor: Alan Taylor

Advancing Clinical Practice (Musculoskeletal Management) 20 credits
Critical Reflection, Reasoning, and Appraisal in Clinical Practice 20 credits
Dissertation - Master of Science in Physiotherapy 60 credits

This is a full year course with teaching sessions throughout the year. You will develop the critical, analytical and communication skills and knowledge to undertake and write-up an independent research study.

Assessment is a written Dissertation thesis.

Course Convenor: Paul Hendrick

Evaluation and Research Development in Health Sciences 20 credits

This module is run over 12 half days in Autumn Semester. You will develop the skills and knowledge to evaluate and apply into practice a range of research methods and evidence base and to appraise the barriers to using evidence in practice.

Assessment is a written research proposal.

Course Convenors: Paul Hendrick and Theresa Harvey-Dunstan

Optional modules

You must take an additional 40 credits from the optional modules below:

Advanced Rehabilitation of Long-Term and Complex Conditions 20 credits

This course is run over 6 days in the Spring Semester. You will develop the knowledge, skills and critical aptitude to apply evidence based rehabilitation for people with a range of long-term or complex conditions such as cardio-respiratory disease, neuromuscular disease, oncology and hematological disorders.

Assessment is via an oral presentation in which the student discusses and demonstrates rehabilitation strategies for a clinical case study.

Course Convenors: Theresa Harvey-Dunstan and Eleanor Douglas

Learning and Assessment in Healthcare Education 20 credits

This module will consolidate and extend your knowledge of the theories and principles underpinning teaching, learning and assessment. Specifically, this is done in relation to health care subjects, and considers education in both academic and practice settings.

The contextual factors that influence the role of health care teachers will be explored and the implications of these for your learning in modern health care settings will be debated. The tensions that exist between theory and practice will be examined in the context of contemporary policy issues and research.

This module is available during the spring semester.

Rehabilitation for Pain Management 20 credits

This module is run over 6 days in Spring Semester. You will develop the knowledge, skills and critical aptitude to apply evidence based rehabilitation for people with a range of musculoskeletal pain conditions.

Assessment is an oral via in which the student discusses and demonstrates rehabilitation strategies for a clinical case study.

Course Convenor: Paul Hendrick

 

Contemporary Practices in Injection Therapy* 20 credits

This year long module is run twice a year (Autumn and Spring) and is currently available to physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses, osteopaths, paramedics, and doctors.

You will develop the knowledge and skills to use intra-and extra-articular peripheral corticosteroid injections.

Assessment is a written case study, practical exam and supervised intermodular log book (in practice).

Course Convenor: Claire Diver

*Please note this module is only available to home students

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on Wednesday 31 March 2021.

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

  • Seminars
  • eLearning
  • Workshops
  • Practical classes
  • Clinical skills sessions

How you will be assessed

  • Coursework
  • Clinical exams
  • Objective structured clinical exams
  • Presentation
  • Digital assessment
  • Dissertation

Your work will be assessed during or at the end of each module through a variety of means.

To complete a module and gain its credits you will need to make sure you attend your timetabled sessions and get over the 50% pass mark.

  • In order to achieve the MSc, you will need a total of 180 credits

Contact time and study hours

You are expected to work roughly 10 hours for each credit on the course including teaching and independent study, so a 20 credit module should take around 200 hours to complete.

Teaching days are dependent on pathway chosen. Full-time students can expect 20 full days of timetabled teaching over the course of each semester. In addition there will be tutorials/revision sessions. You will also have independent, guided learning outside of your timetabled contact hours.

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.

Undergraduate degreeA first degree in physiotherapy or a related health care subject of at least a 2:2 classification or equivalent.
Additional information

Please note: this is a postgraduate course. If you would like to train to become a physiotherapist, please see our undergraduate course. MSc Physiotherapy does not lead to registration as a physiotherapist.

Work experience

We require applicants to have at least one year’s post qualification experience working professionally as a Physiotherapist.

Please note that we are not able to consider internships undertaken as part of your degree as counting towards this professional experience.

Applying

Our step-by-step guide covers everything you need to know about applying.

How to apply

Fees

All listed fees are per year of study.

Qualification MSc
Home / UK £8,500
International £20,000

Additional information for international students

If you are a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland, you will pay international tuition fees in most cases. If you are resident in the UK and have 'settled' or 'pre-settled' status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you will be entitled to 'home' fee status.

Irish students will be charged tuition fees at the same rate as UK students. UK nationals living in the EU, EEA and Switzerland will also continue to be eligible for ‘home’ fee status at UK universities until 31 December 2027.

For further guidance, check our information for applicants from the EU.

These fees are for full-time study. If you are studying part-time, you will be charged a proportion of this fee each year (subject to inflation).

Additional costs

As a student on this course, you should factor some additional costs into your budget, such as printing, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses. You should be able to access most of the books you’ll need through our libraries, though you may wish to purchase your own copies or more specific titles. If you were to purchase all of course texts, it would cost approximately £200-£300.

Funding

There are many ways to fund your postgraduate course, from scholarships to government loans.

We also offer a range of international masters scholarships for high-achieving international scholars who can put their Nottingham degree to great use in their careers.

Check our guide to find out more about funding your postgraduate degree.

Postgraduate funding

Careers

We offer individual careers support for all postgraduate students.

Expert staff can help you research career options and job vacancies, build your CV or résumé, develop your interview skills and meet employers.

Each year 1,100 employers advertise graduate jobs and internships through our online vacancy service. We host regular careers fairs, including specialist fairs for different sectors.

International students who complete an eligible degree programme in the UK on a student visa can apply to stay and work in the UK after their course under the Graduate immigration route. Eligible courses at the University of Nottingham include bachelors, masters and research degrees, and PGCE courses.

Graduate destinations

Recent graduates have gone on to work for NHS trusts (such as clinical specialists or advanced practitioners), universities (such as lecturers and senior academics, lecturer practitioners, or researchers) and in private practice.

Career progression

96.9% of postgraduates from the School of Health Sciences secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual salary for these graduates was £29,708.*

*HESA Graduate Outcomes 2020. The Graduate Outcomes % is derived using The Guardian University Guide methodology. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.

Recent graduates have gone on to work for NHS trusts (such as clinical specialists, advanced practitioners, modern matrons), universities (such as lecturers and senior academics, lecturer practitioners, researchers) and in private practice.

Two masters graduates proudly holding their certificates

This content was last updated on Wednesday 31 March 2021. Every effort has been made to ensure that this information is accurate, but changes are likely to occur given the interval between the date of publishing and course start date. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply.