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Physiotherapy Studies: Paediatrics MSc

This postgraduate programme integrates the clinical, 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.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Flexible: 2-5 years

Tuition fees (2017/18)

£10,710 (FT) N/A (PT)
£23,710 (FT) N/A (PT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 3 October 2016
Close: 9 September 2017

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.
Location: London, Bloomsbury

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.

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

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

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

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months, flexible study 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 nine months) is offered. Students take 60 credits of core modules.

Core modules

  • Paediatric Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy
  • Paediatric Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
  • Paediatric Neuro Physiotherapy
  • Physiotherapy Research and Dissemination
  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Paediatric and Adolescent Sports and Perfomance Injury Managament

Optional modules

  • Child Development: Inclusive Approaches in Global Contexts
  • Children in Difficult Circumstances
  • Clinical Knowledge and Decision-Making
  • Disability and Development
  • Information Law and Governance in Clinical Practice
  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Muscle and Exercise Physiology in Health and Disease
  • Patient Safety and Clinical Risk
  • Respiration through Life, Health and Disease


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. Assessment is through written assignments, oral presentations, multiple choice texts, 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 is available on the department website: Physiotherapy Studies: Paediatrics MSc


For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


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


This programme aims to transform the way students think about expert patient care, and the theoretical foundation for paediatric physiotherapy clinical practice. The programme provides graduates with a rigorous, evidence-based training in best research and clinical practice, which 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-leading university offering well-established and popular postgraduate physiotherapy programmes which are highly regarded both locally and internationally. Our close relationship with Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children means that much of our research and teaching is carried out on a joint basis.

Lectures, tutorials and workshops are 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.

Department: Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

Student / staff numbers › 214 staff including 206 postdocs › 215 taught students › 170 research students

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
82% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

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 who have a wide knowledge of biomedical sciences allied to clinical skills but wish to extend their understanding of key areas.

Application deadlines

All applicants
9 September 2017

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 Physiotherapy Studies: Paediatrics at graduate level
  • why you want to study Physiotherapy Studies: Paediatrics at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment
  • 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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