Short courses


Motor Control in Life, Health and Disease

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


A six-day course for physiotherapists on common neurological injuries and conditions.

You'll learn about the central nervous system and 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 (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

You'll attend face-to-face lectures, workshops and seminars by experts in the field.

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

You can take this course as either:

  • a standalone short course for CPD purposes 
  • a 'taster module' that allows you to earn UCL credits

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

The taster module is assessed by a 2000 word online resource and seminar.


The fees are:

  • £800 - short course
  • £850 - taster module

Learning outcomes

This course will help you to:  

  • understand and have advanced knowledge of motor control
  • understand the epidemiology, aetiology and pathophysiology of selected neurological injuries and conditions
  • understand and evaluate the clinical tests, investigations, interventions and outcome measures used in the assessment, diagnosis and management of neurological injuries and conditions within an evidence-informed, clinical reasoning framework
  • apply theoretical knowledge of motor control and pathophysiology using advanced clinical reasoning skills to justify physiotherapy intervention in the context of the evolving evidence base and contemporary professional and ethical framework
  • engage confidently in academic and professional communication when presenting complex ideas and concepts

Course information last modified: 30 Aug 2019, 13:54