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 gain an understanding of evidence-based practice and be encouraged to develop as an advanced practitioner. Flexibility in selection of modules allows for physiotherapists with particular interests to be accommodated.
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.
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
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, challenge the foundations of established but poorly justified treatments, develop and undertake clinical research and learn about new and emerging treatment options, enjoying the mentorship of recognised experts in neurophysiotherapy.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of four compulsory modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a dissertation/report (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time 12 months, flexible 2–5 years is offered). Students take four core modules (60 credits), and four optional modules (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time one year, flexible study up to two years) is offered. The programme consists of three core modules (45 credits) and one optional module (15 credits).
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Physiotherapy Studies: Neurophysiotherapy. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Physiotherapy Studies: Neurophysiotherapy. Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Physiotherapy Studies: Neurophysiotherapy.
- Motor Control in life, Health and Disease
- Neurophysiotherapy: Evidence for Rehabilitation Practice
- Physiotherapy Research and Dissemination
- Applied Statistics for Health Research 1
- 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:
- Rehabilitation and Management for People living with LT C
- Work based learning in Health
- Clinical Exercise and Physical Activity
- Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Skills
- Leadership and Professional Development
- Peripheral Nerve, Muscle and Special Senses
- Motor Systems and Disease
- Motoneurons, Neuromuscular Junctions and Assoc Disease
- Paediatric Neurophysiotherapy
- Paediatric Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
- Paediatric Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy
- Physical Activity and Clinical Exercise for Pulmonary Disease
- Health Management and Clinical Exercise for Pulmonary Disease
- Respiration Through Life, Health and Disease
Other optional modules may be available. These can be accessed 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.
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.
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 enable you to pursue a career in academia or research, or to pursue more senior clinical or management positions 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 rigorous, evidence-based training in best research and clinical practice, 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 that are highly regarded both locally and internationally.
The degree offers an extensive range of compulsory and optional modules in specialist areas and 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 which, 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 £105 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 less than two years’ neurological experience, or for experienced practitioners who prefer not to undertake clinical placements for various reasons including restrictions on study leave.
- 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 Physiotherapy Studies: Neurophysiotherapy at graduate level
- why you want to study Physiotherapy Studies: Neurophysiotherap 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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