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Contact details

Miss Catherine Mclean

Email: advancedphysio@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7905 2747

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£9,500 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£21,000 (FT)

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Prospectus Entry

Child Health

Key facts

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Advanced Physiotherapy: Paediatrics MSc

This postgraduate programme in Advanced Paediatric Physiotherapy integrates the clinical, academic and research components of physiotherapy practice and encourages students to develop their roles as advanced paediatric physiotherapy practitioners. Flexibility in selection of modules allows for physiotherapists with particular interests to be accommodated.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

This MSc offers physiotherapy students the opportunity to extend their understanding of key areas in this field, including challenging the foundations of established but poorly justified treatments, developing and undertaking clinical research, learning about new and emerging treatment options, and enjoying the mentorship of recognised experts in paediatric physiotherapy.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Institute of Child Health, in partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital, is the largest centre in Europe devoted to clinical and basic research and postgraduate teaching in children's health.

Our academic structure closely mirrors the hospital's organisation, and consists of eight research themes, facilitating interdisciplinary research and allowing flexibility for developing new areas of investigation.

Graduate students benefit from excellent facilities in both laboratory and non-laboratory subjects. The institute is also engaged in research in population health sciences in the UK and overseas activity.

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Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year, Part-time up to 5 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits) two option modules (30 credits) and the research dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months, flexible 3-5 years) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, part-time nine months) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Physiotherapy Research & Dissemination
  • Paediatric Neuro-developmental Physiotherapy
  • Paediatric Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy
  • Paediatric Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
  • Clinical Education in Advanced Physiotherapy Part I
  • Research Methods and Statistics


  • Clinical Education in Advanced Physiotherapy Part II
  • Children in Difficult Circumstances
  • Disability & Development
  • Child Development: Inclusive Approaches in Global Contexts
  • Leadership & Professional Development
  • Clinical Knowledge & Decision Making
  • Information Law & Governance in Clinical Practice
  • Patient Safety & Clinical Risk


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a substantial report and an oral examination.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of teaching and self-directed learning, and includes six weeks of clinical placements. Assessment is through clinical assessments, written assignments, oral presentations, multiple choice tests, submission of the literature review and research proposal, assessed coursework, unseen and prior disclosure written examinations, and the dissertation and viva.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in Physiotherapy; or an approved Diploma in Physiotherapy together with evidence of appropriate clinical and/or teaching experience and a commitment to continuing professional development. We expect students to have had at least 2 years post-qualification clinical experience and UK state-registration is preferred.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Students applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

This MSc is suitable for students with a first degree in Physiotherapy who have a wide knowledge of biomedical sciences allied to clinical skills but wish to extend their understanding of key areas. The programme provides a sound knowledge of both practical and theoretical aspects of the specialist area of Paediatric Physiotherapy and the necessary skills to undertake research in this field.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Advanced Physiotherapy at graduate level
  • why you want to study Advanced Physiotherapy at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


First career destinations of recent graduates of the department include:

  • Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust: Senior Physiotherapist
  • Oxford Radcliffe Hospital: Physiotherapist
  • Singapore National Hospital: Physiotherapist
  • Guy's and St Thomas's Hospital: Clinical Specialist Respiratory Physiotherapist
  • Oxford Brookes University: Associate Lecturer

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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