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 your particular interests to be accommodated.
Covid-19 programme updates
Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.
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 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.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
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About this degree
This MSc offers you the opportunity to extend your understanding of key areas in physiotherapy, including challenging the foundations of established but poorly justified treatments, developing and undertaking clinical research and practice, learning about new and emerging treatment options. You will also benefit from the mentorship of recognised experts in paediatric physiotherapy.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of five compulsory modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 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. Students take 60 credits of core modules.
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Advanced Physiotherapy: Paediatrics. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Advanced Physiotherapy: Paediatrics. Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Advanced Physiotherapy: Paediatrics.
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.
Modules marked with * are compulsory. Students select 2 modules from compulsory modules marked with **
- Physiotherapy Research and Dissemination *
- Clinical Education in Advanced Physiotherapy, Part 1 *
- Applied Statistics for Health Research 1*
- Paediatric Neuro-Physiotherapy **
- Paediatric Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy **
- Paediatric Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy **
- The Young Athlete: Injury Prevention and Management **
- Work Based Learning in Health **
- Research Project*
Options may include the following:
- Clinical Education in Advanced Physiotherapy, Part 2
- Leadership and Professional Development
- Clinical Exercise and Physical Activity
- Respiration through Life, Health and Disease
- Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Skills
- Motor Control in Life, Health and Disease
- Disability and Development
- Patient Safety and Clinical Risk
- Information Law and Governance in Clinical Practice
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a substantial report and an oral examination.
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 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.
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 knowledge and experience for a career in academia, research or clinical practice. You will also develop the skills to pursue senior positions within your specialist clinical career field.
The programme aims to transform the way you think about expert patient care, and the theoretical foundation for paediatric physiotherapy clinical practice. The programme provides a rigorous, evidence-based training in best research and clinical practice. You will graduate with skills suitable for a range of 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 highly regarded both locally and internationally. Our close relationship with Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children means that much of our research and training is carried out on a joint basis. You will receive expert tuition with lectures, tutorials and workshops delivered by recognised experts in physiotherapy practice. You will also will undertake one placement as a compulsory module. MSc students may choose to undertake a second placement as an optional module.
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 £105 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
Who can apply?
This MSc is suitable for students with a first degree in physiotherapy and at least two years' relevant post-qualification clinical experience, who wish to extend their understanding of key areas.
- All applicants
- 7 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: Paediatrics at graduate level
- why you want to study Advanced Physiotherapy: Paediatrics 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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