MSc / PG Diploma / PG Certificate in Advanced Physiotherapy: Cardiorespiratory


The course will foster an understanding of evidence-based practice and encourage students to develop their roles as advanced practitioners. Physiotherapy students graduating from Diploma and BSc courses have a wide knowledge of biomedical sciences allied to clinical skills but after some years of clinical work often wish to extend their understanding of key areas, whether it be in challenging the foundations of established but poorly justified treatments, developing and undertaking clinical research, developing or improving academic reading and writing skills, learning about new and emerging treatment options, or enjoying the mentorship of recognized experts in cardiorespiratory physiotherapy. The philosophy of this course is to integrate clinical and academic components of physiotherapy practice with emphasis upon the management of patients with cardiorespiratory disorders. Some flexibility in selection of courses allows for physiotherapists with particular interests to be accommodated. In addition, the course provides a thorough introduction to research through a taught course on research methods, carrying out a literature review, and conducting and writing up a project.

Some modules may be available as short courses, which can be undertaken as discrete units for CPD, or as ‘Taster’ modules which, if assessed, may later be used towards completion of the full MSc or Diploma at UCL.


The course is organised as a series of taught modules.

  • MSc: modules earning a total of 180 credits must be passed including the research project and dissertation
  • PG Diploma: a total of 120 credits are required (the course structure is the same as the MSc but Diploma students do not do the research project and dissertation)
  • PG Certificate: students are required to achieve 60 credits

We also offer an MSc Physiotherapy Studies: Cardiorespiratory which is suitable for students with less clinical experience.

For full-time MSc and Diploma students, the course lasts for 1 calendar year. Part time students can complete the course over a maximum of 5 years. The time commitment for the PG Certificate is approximately 7 weeks.

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