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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 programmes allows for physiotherapists with particular interests to be accommodated.

Key Information

Modes and duration

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

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£10,095 (FT)
Overseas:
£23,690 (FT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
12 September 2015
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 2015/16 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: Good

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

Options

  • 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

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 with an oral presentation.

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

Funding

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed 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

Value:
£5,000 (1 year)
Eligibility:
Overseas students
Criteria:
Based on academic merit

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website

Careers

The programme has enabled recent graduates to pursue a career in academia, research or further their clinical practice. For example, acquiring an MSc from UCL enabled a student to take up 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. Further students have used their postgraduate qualifications to be successful in applying for more 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

  • Senior Physiotherapist, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust (2010)
  • Specialist Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapist, The Royal Preston Hospital (2010)
  • Clinical Research Physiotherapist, Great Ormond Street Hospital (2011)
  • Specialist Restorative Physiotherapist, Whittington Hospital, NHS Trust (2012)
  • Physiotherapy Lecturer, London South Bank University (2012)

Employability

The programme aims to transform the way students think about expert patient care, and the theoretical foundation for cardiorespiratory physiotherapy clinical practice. The course 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.

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 › 370 staff › 198 taught students › 165 research students

Department: Institute of Child Health

Application and next steps

Applications

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 2 years post-qualification clinical experience, along with a wide knowledge of biomedical sciences allied to clinical skills but wish to extend their understanding of key areas. The programme provides a sound education in practical and theoretical aspects of the specialist area of Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy and the necessary skills to undertake research in this field.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-09-12

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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