Postgraduate study
Nursing, Midwifery & Health Professions

MSc Advanced Physical Therapy Studies

This course develops a deeper knowledge and understanding of the global context of physical therapy practice. You explore the role of physical therapy within healthcare provision in differing healthcare systems and culturally diverse settings.

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  • 1 Year

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2019 entry


  • Not available part-time

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This course equips you with advanced knowledge, personal capabilities and competency skills in communication, innovative thinking, leadership, teaching and research skills to develop your own practice. You develop knowledge skills and behaviours to support your practice development in a diverse, challenging and changing physical therapy context.

This highly interactive course draws on your practice experience while providing workplace examples. You explore the underpinning theory to develop meaningful behaviours and skills.

You can study this course one year full time – you need to attend campus weekly throughout the duration of the course.

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Course structure

Core modules

Advancing Learning and Leadership for Effective Clinical Practice

Contemporary Global Health and Social Care Issues in Rehabilitation

This module evaluates the determinants of health across a range of settings in a wider global context. You explore the nature and complexity of disability and its interrelated factors within rehabilitation.

Evidence-based Concepts of Contemporary Physical Therapy Practice in Acute Care

You are introduced to critical evaluation, integrating relevant scientific and clinical evidence to support treatment and management in an acute care setting.

Health and Wellbeing Issues in Physical Therapy Practice in Long-term Conditions

This module considers the role of lifestyle on health and wellbeing in physical therapy within the context of people living with long-term conditions.

Major Project for Advanced Physical Therapy Studies

In the final module you produce a systematic review based on a topic derived from the Research, Development and Innovation for Physical Therapy Practice module. You are allocated a supervisor in the semester before starting your major project, with the opportunity to discuss your needs and preferences for the major project.

Negotiated Learning

This module allows you to explore a specific area of professional practice, critically evaluating relevant theory, and researching and linking theory to professional practice. You must attend the class for two days. An allocated tutor supports your independent study.

Research, Development and Innovation for Physical Therapy Practice

You consider alternative and innovative methods for supporting and developing physical therapy practice. You also focus on develop your knowledge and understanding of evidence supporting change in practice and the skills required to be able to design and undertake a systematic review approach.


Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

You engage in collaborative learning through seminars, group work and class debate.

Independent and self-directed learning is a feature of master-level courses. You develop your ability to engage in critical discussion of the content, applying this to addressing complex issues in practice.

How you are assessed

We use a range of assessment methods to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the subject material. Assessments also provide rich learning opportunities, enabling you to develop further leadership and management skills. You provide written assignments and work on oral poster presentations.

The assessment strategy assesses your subject-specific knowledge, cognitive and intellectual skills, and transferable skills applicable to the workplace.

In semester 1 you are assessed with a 500-word written report, a 3,000-word written assignment, tutor and peer group feedback, a 2,000 word essay, 20-minute viva voce, poster and a defence of your poster.

Semester 2 you are assessed by tutor and peer group feedback, a 3,000-word written assignment, oral defence of your poster, 500-word summary of your proposed area of study and 4,000-word written assignment.

In semester 3 you are assessed through a formative presentation of your projected proposal, a 6,000-word journal article and 30-minute defence of your poster.

Career opportunities

This course enables you to develop the core transferable skills, knowledge and behaviours you need to effectively lead and manage within healthcare organisations.

Entry requirements

You must normally have an honours degree (2.2 classification or above) in physical therapy, physiotherapy or a health-related subject.

If English is not your first language you need to satisfy the English language requirements – you need a minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country

Health conditions requiring adjustments

For this particular course, you may need to undertake an occupational health or work-based risk assessment check. If you have a disability, specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism spectrum condition, sensory impairment or medical condition that may require reasonable adjustments during an external placement, in the university or in a clinical practice area, this must be declared as part of the enrolment process. If you are unsure you can contact the relevant admissions or course tutor for guidance.

Course information


  • 1 Year

More full-time details

2019 entry


  • Not available part-time

Contact details

Further information