This postgraduate programme integrates the clinical, academic and research components of cardiorespiratory physiotherapy practice. The emphasis is on the management of patients with cardiorespiratory disorders. Flexibility in selection of modules allows you to focus on your particular interests where relevant.
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 (2021/22)
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: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees. 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.
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
UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses
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 cardiorespiratory physiotherapy, including challenging the foundations of established but poorly justified treatments, developing and undertaking clinical research. You will learn about new and emerging treatment options and benefit from the mentorship of recognised experts in cardiorespiratory physiotherapy.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of four compulsory modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits), and the research dissertation (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months, flexible 2-5 years) is offered.
A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, part-time nine months) is offered.
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Physiotherapy Studies: Cardiorespiratory. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Physiotherapy Studies: Cardiorespiratory. Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Physiotherapy Studies: Cardiorespiratory.
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.
- Physiotherapy Research and Dissemination
- Applied Statistics for Health Research 1
- Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Skills
- Respiration Through Life, Health and Disease
- Research Project
Options may include the following:
- Physical Activity and Clinical Exercise for Cardiovascular Disease
- Clinical Exercise and Physical Activity
- Health Management and Clinical Exercise for Pulmonary Disease
- Paediatric Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy
- Leadership and Professional Development
- Work Based Learning in Health
- 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.
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.
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.
For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.
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 provides you with the knowledge and skills for a career in academia or research. You can also use this postgraduate qualification to pursue senior positions within your career field.
This programme aims to transform the way you think about expert patient care, and the theoretical foundation for cardiorespiratory physiotherapy clinical practice. The programme provides you with a rigorous, evidence-based training in best research and clinical practice. You will gain skills relevant to 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 which are highly regarded both locally and internationally.
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
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.
This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.
There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
Who can apply?
This degree is suitable for physiotherapists with less than two years' cardiorespiratory experience, or for experienced practitioners who prefer not to undertake clinical placements for various reasons including restrictions on study leave.
- Visa nationals
- 31 May 2021
- Non-visa nationals
- 30 July 2021
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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: Cardiorespiratory at graduate level
- why you want to study Physiotherapy Studies: Cardiorespiratory 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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