This unique programme is designed to provide an education in the underlying scientific principles of physical therapy - physiotherapy, osteopathy, sports therapy - and an opportunity to experience the clinical application of specialist rehabilitation techniques with expert clinicians at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH).
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Modes and duration
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.
A minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a related medical, biological science or bioengineering discipline, a clinical qualification, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
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: Advanced
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
Students can expect to acquire a broad and deep understanding of the science underpinning a physical therapy approach to the treatment of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. In addition, the MSc builds on cognitive skills, and students will become creative in their thinking and highly skilled in analysis and evaluation, and thus ideally placed to become innovative leaders within their field.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits), and a research project (60 credits).
Students undertake eight compulsory core modules of 15 credits each (120 credits)
Students undertake four modules of 15 credits each (60 credits)
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Physical Therapy in Musculoskeletal Healthcare and Rehabilitation. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Physical Therapy in Musculoskeletal Healthcare and Rehabilitation. Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Physical Therapy in Musculoskeletal Healthcare and Rehabilitation.
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.
- Clinical Aspects of Musculoskeletal Medicine
- Movement Science and Pain
- Musculoskeletal Biomechanics and Application in Physical Therapy
- Musculoskeletal Tissue Biology - Disease and Dysfunction
- Musculoskeletal Tissue Biology - Form and Function
- Rehabilitation and Multi-Dimensional Patient Management
- Research Governance
- Research Methodology and Generic Skills
There are no optional modules for this programme
- Further information about these modules is available on the department website.
All MSc students undertake an independent research project that will contribute to cutting-edge scientific, clinical and industrial research, and culminates in a dissertation and oral examination. The research project thesis will be approximately 6,000-7,000 words (20-30 pages).
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, case-based studies, workshops and practical classes. Assessment is through MCQ examinations; coursework, including narrative reviews, structured questions and case studies; and poster presentation. The research project is assessed by a written dissertation and viva examination.
The programme will be taught mostly at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore, London. Some teaching will also take place in Bloomsbury.
The core textbooks for all modules are available electronically or in the UCL Library on the Stanmore Campus, and journal articles in your reading lists are also mostly available electronically through your UCL login. Students will be required to print and bind two copies of their Research project. Students will be required to travel between the main UCL campus in Bloomsbury and the Stanmore campus once or twice a week and should allow travel costs for this (London Underground).
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
On successful completion of this programme, students can expect to assume leadership positions in clinical practice in the NHS, or in private practice for those with a prior clinical qualification. Graduates will also be well placed to enter academic or clinical research or a biomedical/healthcare-related position in industry. Please note that this programme does not hold accreditation with any professional bodies.
Graduates are likely to be highly attractive to prospective employers; not only will they have gained multidisciplinary knowledge of the musculoskeletal system and treatments for musculoskeletal disease and dysfunction, but importantly they will have developed their skills in analysis and evaluation of information and creation of new ideas. These higher-level cognitive skills are highly sought after by employers.
Why study this degree at UCL?
This programme is unique in that it covers the basic science informing a physical therapy approach to treatment. The programme encourages students to integrate knowledge across modules and to use a multi-dimensional approach to patient management.
The programme is delivered through a partnership between internationally renowned UCL academics and world-leading specialist clinicians at the RNOH, providing students with excellent networking opportunities with academics, clinical professionals and like-minded peers.
UCL was rated as the best university for research strength in the UK in the latest Research Excellence Framework (December 2014). The RNOH has a worldwide reputation for ground-breaking neuro-musculoskeletal healthcare and specialist rehabilitation.
Department: Division of Surgery & Interventional Science
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?
The programme is aimed at physical therapists (physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, chiropodists), medical professionals (GPs, rheumatologists, nurses) with an interest in the musculoskeletal system, and biomedical science and bioengineering graduates with an interest in musculoskeletal science.
- All applicants
- 28 August 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 Physical Therapy in Musculoskeletal Healthcare and Rehabilitation at graduate level
- why you want to study Physical Therapy in Musculoskeletal Healthcare and Rehabilitation at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging and truly international 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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