Short courses


Motor Control in Life, Health and Disease

  • 45 hours
  • 6 days, plus independent study for exam (if applicable)


This is a six-day course for physiotherapists on common neurological injuries and conditions.

You'll learn about motor control and the underlying pathophysiology of common neurological conditions, so you can improve your clinical practice.

This course is run by UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (GOS ICH).

Course content

You'll learn about the regions of the central nervous system and the mechanisms of motor control in health and disease.

The course also covers the aetiology, epidemiology, pathophysiology and presentation of selected neurological conditions and their relevance for medical and rehabilitative management. 

You'll be encouraged to reflect critically on your own practice and scope of practice and actively participate in discussions, debate and workshops.

Who this course is for

You'll need to be a qualified physiotherapist, with a degree in physiotherapy at least equivalent to a lower second class Bachelor's degree.

Teaching, structure and assessment

This course runs over six days and is delivered through a combination of face-to-face lectures, workshops and seminars. There’ll also be online learning activities which you’ll need to complete.

Lectures will be recorded and made available via UCL's virtual learning platform (Moodle), along with learning resources. You'll also use this platform to communicate with tutors and other learners, and receive feedback.

You can take this course as either:

  • a standalone short course for CPD purposes (with certificate of attendance)
  • a 'taster module' that allows you to earn UCL credits towards an MSc or diploma

The taster module is assessed by a 3-hour unseen written exam.

Find out more about the difference between physiotherapy short courses and taster modules on the GOS ICH website.


The fees are:

  • £900 - short course
  • £950 - taster module

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you should be able to demonstrate an advanced level of knowledge and understanding of:

  • motor control through life, health and in disease
  • the epidemiology, aetiology and pathophysiology of selected neurological injuries and conditions, and discuss the clinical tests and investigations used in assessment and diagnosis

You should also be able to apply this theoretical knowledge of motor control and pathophysiology, using advanced reasoning skills, to:

  • critically discuss patient presentations and assessment findings
  • outline broad principles of patient management within the context of an evolving evidence base

Course information last modified: 30 Nov 2022, 16:00