Advanced Physiotherapy: Paediatrics MSc

Options: PG Diploma, PG Certificate


This postgraduate programme integrates the advanced clinical, theoretical, academic and research components of paediatric physiotherapy practice. The emphasis is on the management of paediatric patients with cardiorespiratory, neurological and musculoskeletal disorders. Flexibility in selection of modules allows for physiotherapists with particular interests to be accommodated.


Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Flexible 2-5 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £9,800
  • Overseas Full-time: £23,000

Application date

  • All applicants: 12 September 2014

More details in Application section.


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?

UCL is a world class university and this well-established and popular postgraduate Physiotherapy programme is very highly regarded both locally and internationally. The excellent reputation of this programme is partly due to expert tuition with lectures, tutorials and workshops delivered by recognized experts in physiotherapy practice. Students enrol from all over the world and this cross-fertilisation of international clinical experiences and ideas generates a powerful and inspirational platform for postgraduate physiotherapy learning.

The Institute of Child Health pursues an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to enhance understanding, diagnosis, therapy and prevention of childhood diseases. Our research and educational portfolio covers a broad range of paediatric issues, from molecular genetics to population health sciences, and our structure facilitates interdisciplinary work and allows flexibility for the development of new areas of investigation.

Our close relationship with the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children means that much of our research and teaching is carried out on a joint basis. Students benefit from excellent facilities in both laboratory and non-laboratory subjects.


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

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time 12 months, flexible 2-5 years) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, part-time 12 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

Options

  • 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
  • Muscle and Exercise Physiology in Health and Disease
  • Respiration through Life, Health and Disease

Dissertation/report

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 up to 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.

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Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.


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.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: IELTS only (7.0 overall, 7.0 in every subtest)

How to apply

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

The deadline for applications is 12 September 2014.

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.


Career

The programme enables graduates to pursue a career in academia, research or clinical practice, or to use their postgraduate qualification to be successful in applying for more senior positions within their career field.

Employability

The programme aims to transform the way students think about expert patient care, and the theoretical foundation for physiotherapy clinical practice. The programme provides graduates with a rigorous, evidence-based training in best research and clinical practice. This will give them a natural advantage when applying for physiotherapy clinical, educational or research posts.


Next steps

Contact

Miss Sara McCallum

T: +44 (0)20 7905 2747

Department

Institute of Child Health

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