MSc Advanced Physiotherapy

University of Salford

Program Description

MSc Advanced Physiotherapy

University of Salford

In Brief:

  • Development of evidence-based clinical assessment and management skills
  • This programme is CSP accredited and the learning outcomes aligned to HCPC registration
  • Supervised Individual and group-based research projects
  • Part-time study option
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

The programme is taught by an academically and clinically experienced staff team who are enthusiastic, supportive and approachable. Over the years we have had an interesting diversity of students from the United Kingdom, European middle East. Africa and other International. This diversity enables discussions around different experiences and management.

You will learn a range of higher-level assessment and management approaches including evidence-based manual therapies and rehabilitation strategies. These skills will enable you to be an autonomous, effective and considered practitioner. These attributes are essential to enhance employability in both clinical and academic areas.

You will be taught in small groups how to locate critically comment on and disseminate a range of contemporary evidence. The programme uses a blend of lecture, tutorial, group discussion, practical and research supervision in a blended, supported learning approach.

You will have the opportunity to be involved with staff research projects and may do individual or group based research depending on your particular area of interest or work. This will enhance your critical thinking, presentation and writing skills. The supervisors will challenge you and help to facilitate your progress. This journey may help you to continue to Ph.D. studies or publication.

Course Details

This course can either be taken over one year full-time or three years part-time. This allows for flexibility in the study. Each module is available as a stand-alone course in its own right and will be relevant to a wide range of health professionals including occupational therapists, podiatrists, chiropractors, sports therapists and strength and conditioning coaches.

There is the possibility of a short three-day work experience opportunity. Please note that this will incur a small additional fee.

The programme is also able to potentially offer a short observational placement for international students, by arrangement.

Full-Time Study Option:

Year 1, Semester 1

  • Preparing for Research in Health (30 credits)
  • Neuromuscular Function and Dysfunction (30 credits)

Year 1, Semester 2

  • Manual Therapy (30 credits)
  • Rehabilitation Strategies (30 credits)

Year 1, Semester 3

  • Research project (60 credits)

Part-Time Route:

Year 1, Semester 1

Preparing for Research in Health (30 credits)

Year 1, Semester 2

Rehabilitation Strategies (30 credits)

Year 2, Semester 1

Neuromuscular Function and Dysfunction (30 credits)

Year 2, Semester 2

Manual Therapy (30 credits)

Year 3, Semester 1 and 2

Research project (60 credits)

Entry Requirements

  • A BSc (Hons) degree in Physiotherapy
  • or Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy under university APEL regulations.

Prospective students would normally be expected to achieve a 2.1 Honours degree, but consideration would be given to students with a 2.2 Honours degree with appropriate experience and satisfactory references. Students who do not have a physiotherapy qualification can also take the programme and attain the MSc qualification but a differently titled MSc.

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

International students (full-time route only)

We welcome applications from international students and the University offers a wide-ranging support network for those who want to come to Salford to study. Relevant qualifications will be considered.

English Language Requirements

Students whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English – IELTS – a minimum overall score of 6.0 with 5.5 in any component.

Students will be permitted to register for stand-alone modules as CPD. In this case, students may gain entry with an appropriate healthcare BSc (Hons) degree or a Graduate Diploma in physiotherapy under university APEL regulations.

Suitable for

Qualified physiotherapists who wish to further develop their skills. The modules within the course may also be relevant for health professionals including occupational therapists, podiatrists, chiropractors, sports therapists and strength and conditioning coaches.

Applicant Profile

Students have come from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. Some students are new graduates and others have clinical experience. There are clinicians from physiotherapy, podiatry, and acupuncture registered on either stand-alone modules or on the full MSc course.

Fees 2018-19

  • Full-time: £7,560
  • Part-time: £1,260 per 30 credit module
  • Full-time International: £13,860


The programme of study is delivered through:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Practical sessions
  • E-learning

You can take this course on a full or part-time basis. On the full-time course, you’ll study two modules in the first two semesters and attend the University on the Wednesday and Thursday of each week. On the part-time course, you’ll attend the University for two days on alternate weeks. Please note: international students are only able to apply for the full-time route.

You’ll also be expected to pursue the self-directed study. The material you’ll need for this can be accessed via our virtual learning environment, Blackboard.


  • Viva practical assessment (40%)
  • Presentations (20%)
  • Written Assignments (40%)

Career Prospects

This course will boost your career prospects and broaden your skills portfolio. You’ll have the opportunity to choose modules and assignment topics of relevance to your interests and area of professional practice. Graduates of the MSc may also choose to pursue an academic or research-based career path.

Links with Industry

The Programme teams are linked with Health Authorities within the North West in their roles as visiting lecturers. Four of the Programme lecturers are physiotherapy practitioners.


We have some of the best facilities in the UK, including our comfortable plinth rooms, Human Performance Lab and gait analysis rooms. Our purpose-built laboratory is probably the best in the country and contains almost every type of physiological and biomechanical equipment you can imagine including:

  • 9 AMTI Force Plates, 5 of which are situated in a 40m running track
  • ProReflex 10 Camera real-time motion analysis system which can be integrated with force plate data using Qualysis software. Primarily this is used for clinical studies on patients with gait problems. It can also be used by Sports Scientists to analyze athletes performance and technique. We also use a range of Digital Video and High-Speed Digital Video cameras along with Quintic software for the same purpose
  • KinCom Isokinetic Dynamometer for muscle strength testing
  • EMG (electromyography) system used to measures the electrical activity of muscles and to gather information about the muscular and nervous systems
  • Esaote AU5 Ultrasound used to study skeletal muscles, tendons, and ligaments
  • Laveg Speed Gun which is used to determine the speed of sprints

We have a range of cycle and rowing ergometers, two treadmills, and two online gas analysis systems. There is also an off-line gas analysis system for use with Douglas Bags.

We can perform blood analysis with our Analox GM7 Multi-Assay Blood Analyser to measure blood lactate, glucose and a range of other blood substrates.

There is also the Reflotron which another multi-use system that can measure blood cholesterol and hemoglobin as well as portable blood glucose and lactate analyzers.

In addition, we have the usual equipment found in exercise physiology labs :

  • Polar heart rate monitors
  • Harpenden skinfold calipers
  • Wingate tests
  • Hand grip dynamometers
  • Height, weight monitors
  • Jump mats
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated April 11, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2019
1 - 3 years
Part time
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13,860 GBP
£13,860 International / £7,560 UK
United Kingdom - Manchester, England
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MSc Advanced Physiotherapy