This programme integrates the clinical, academic and research components of neurophysiotherapy practice, with an emphasis on the management of patients with neurological disorders. You will develop an understanding of evidence-based practice and develop as an advanced physiotherapy practitioner. You will be able to select from a wide range of modules according to your interest and complete at least one clinical placement.
Modes and duration
Modules run over five to six consecutive working days. Full-time students generally take four modules per term. Part-time and modular/flexible students take one to three modules per term.
Tuition fees (2020/21)
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 Students website. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.
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 two 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.
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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About this degree
This programme offers you the opportunity to extend your knowledge of the key practical and theoretical aspects of neurophysiotherapy. You will challenge the foundations of established but poorly justified treatments, develop and undertake clinical research and learn about new and emerging treatment options. You will also benefit from the mentorship of recognised experts in neurophysiotherapy.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of five compulsory modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a dissertation/report (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time 12 months, flexible 2-5 years) is offered. Students take five core modules (75 credits) and three optional modules (45 credits).
A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time one year, flexible study up to two years) is offered. Students take four core modules (60 credits).
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Advanced Physiotherapy: Neurophysiotherapy. Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Advanced Physiotherapy: Neurophysiotherapy. Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Advanced Physiotherapy: Neurophysiotherapy.
- Clinical Education in Physiotherapy - Part 1*
- Neurophysiotherapy: Evidence for Rehabilitation and Practice*
- Motor Control in Life, Health and Disease*
- Physiotherapy Research and Dissemination*
- Applied Statistics for Health Research 1
- (*PG Cert students take the four core modules indicated above.)
- Research project
It may not be possible to take your preferred optional module because of timetabling and capacity constraints. The list below is subject to change by the time of enrolment. Options may include the following:
- Rehab and Mgmt for people living with long term Neurological conditions
- Motor Systems and Disease
- Work based learning in health
- Paediatric Neuro-physiotherapy
- Paediatric Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
- Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Skills
- Clinical Exercise and Physical Activity
- Respiration Through Life, Health and Disease
- Leadership and Professional Development
- Health Mgmt and Clinical Exercise for Pulmonary Disease
- Clinical Education in Advanced Physiotherapy, Part 2
- Physical Activity and Clinical Exercise in Cardiovascular Disease
- Paediatric Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy
- Peripheral Nerves and Associated Diseases
- Montoneurons, Neuromuscular Junctions and Associated Disease
Other optional modules may be available and can be reviewed through the UCL module catalogue once enrolled.
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.
There is a compulsory three week placement (105 hours of contact time) and an optional second placement. These placements are part of the Clinical Education in Advanced Physiotherapy modules.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, online learning and self-directed learning. Assessment is through written assignments, online assignments, oral presentations, multiple choice texts, literature review and research proposal, assessed coursework, unseen and prior disclosure written examinations, and the dissertation with an oral presentation.
Most modules are delivered as blocks of study, normally over six consecutive days. Face to face contact for each of these days is normally from 9-5pm. Face to face contact hours normally comprise about one third of the study hours expected for the module.
There may be additional costs for students on the Advanced route during their clinical placement, which may include:
· Travel to the placement site
· Accommodation, if students need to live nearer to the site for the three weeks placement
· Uniform costs: purchase simple white polo tops, blue trousers and blue/black shoes
· Occupational Health check
Visit the funding and studentship pages of the GOS ICH website for details of funding available to students, including the GOS ICH bursary.
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 provide you with the skills and knowledge for a career in academia or research, or a more senior clinical or management position within your chosen career field. Recent physiotherapy graduates have pursued senior careers in healthcare policy, university lecturing, private practice, management or highly specialist clinical practice. Several past physiotherapy students have used the MSc successfully to gain funding for PhD studies.
This programme aims to transform the way you think about the theoretical foundation for neurophysiotherapy clinical practice and what defines expert patient care. The programme provides you with a rigorous, evidence-based training in best research and clinical practice, suitable for clinical, educational or research posts in physiotherapy.
Why study this degree at UCL?
UCL is a world-leading university offering well-established and popular postgraduate physiotherapy programmes that are highly regarded both locally and internationally.
The neurophysiotherapy degree offers an extensive range of compulsory and optional modules in specialist areas. Lectures, tutorials and workshops are delivered by recognised experts in physiotherapy practice. We have close links to the UCL Institute of Neurology and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery at Queen Square with its specialist physiotherapy department.
Our students come from all over the world. This cross-fertilisation of international experience and ideas generates a powerful and inspirational platform for postgraduate physiotherapy learning that, combined with the central London location, makes UCL an attractive choice for physiotherapy students.
Department: Great Ormond Street 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.
There is an application processing fee for this programme of £80 for online applications and £120 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
Who can apply?
This degree is suitable for physiotherapists with at least two years’ neurological clinical experience (as students complete at least one clinical placement as a compulsory module).
- All applicants
- 4 September 2020
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Advanced Physiotherapy: Neurophysiotherapy at graduate level
- why you want to study Advanced Physiotherapy: Neurophysiotherapy 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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