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Advanced Physiotherapy: Cardiorespiratory MSc

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

Key Information

Modes and duration

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

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

£10,400 (FT)
£24,400 (FT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 5 October 2015
Close: 9 September 2016
Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.
Fees note: Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. The tuition fee schedule for 2016/17 entry can be viewed on the UCL Current Students 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.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

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 and practice, learning about new and emerging treatment options, and enjoying the mentorship of recognised experts in cardiorespiratory physiotherapy.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits) three optional modules from 11 choices (45 credits) and the research dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time 12 months, flexible 2-5 years) is offered. Students take 75 credits of core modules and 45 credits of optional modules.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, part-time 12 months) is offered. Students take 60 credits of core modules

Core Modules

  • Clinical Education in Advanced Physiotherapy Part I
  • Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Skills
  • Respiration through Life, Health and Disease
  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Physiotherapy Research and Dissemination


  • Cardiorespiratory Theory for Physiotherapists
  • Clinical Education in Advanced Physiotherapy Part II
  • Paediatric Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy
  • Physical Activity and Clinical Exercise for Cardiovascular Disease
  • Health Management and Clinical Exercise for Pulmonary Disease
  • Muscle and Exercise Physiology in Health and Disease
  • Heart and Circulation
  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Clinical Knowledge and Decision Making
  • Information Law and Governance in Clinical Practice
  • Patient Safety and 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 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 with an oral presentation.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Advanced Physiotherapy: Cardiorespiratory MSc


Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

GREAT-UCL India Scholarship

£10,000 (1 year)
Overseas students
Based on academic merit

Michelle Zalkin Scholarship

£10,000 (Duration)
UK, EU, Overseas students
Based on academic merit

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website


Recent graduates have pursued careers in academia, research or furthered their clinical practice. For example, acquiring this MSc enabled a student to take up a post as an associate lecturer at Oxford Brookes University and another to be offered a teaching fellow position at UCL. Several students have used the MSc as a ‘springboard’ for gaining funding to undertake PhDs at UCL, Great Ormond Street Hospital and King's College London amongst others. Graduates have secured senior positions, such as team lead at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford and clinical specialist posts within major London hospitals.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Physiotherapist, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust (2013)
  • Physiotherapist, National Heart Centre (2013)
  • Clinical Research Physiotherapist, Great Ormond Street Hospital (2011)
  • Specialist Restorative Physiotherapist, Whittington Hospital, NHS Trust (2012)
  • Physiotherapy Lecturer, London South Bank University (2012)


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

Why 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 recognised experts in physiotherapy practice.

Students on our physiotherapy programmes come to UCL from all over the world. This cross-fertilisation of international clinical experiences and ideas generates a powerful and inspirational platform for postgraduate physiotherapy learning.

Student / staff ratios › 427 staff including 169 postdocs › 209 taught students › 168 research students

Department: Institute of Child Health

Application and next steps


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.

Who can apply?

This MSc is suitable for students with a first degree in physiotherapy and at least two years' post-qualification clinical experience, along with a wide knowledge of biomedical sciences allied to clinical skills but who wish to extend their understanding of key areas.

Application deadlines

All applicants
9 September 2016

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:
  • why you want to study Advanced Physiotherapy: Cardiorespiratory at graduate level
  • why you want to study Advanced Physiotherapy: Cardiorespiratory 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.


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