Postgraduate Taught

MSc Musculoskeletal Medicine

A flexible part-time pathway towards a clinically-orientated MSc that covers the assessment, diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of disorders of the musculoskeletal (MSK) system.

This MSc will interest physiotherapists and medical practitioners who wish to extend their personal and professional skills and to improve treatment outcomes in the management of musculoskeletal disorders.

 

 

Why QMU?

The unique selling points (USPs) of this course align with good practice and are enshrined within the learning, teaching, assessment methods of the programme. The USPs include:

  • flexibility of student journey.
  • practice-relevant training delivered by expert clinicians.
  • profession building, especially for physiotherapists stepping onto the Advanced Practitioner ladder and GPs developing as a GP with Special Interest (GPwSI).  

About the course

This MSc will interest physiotherapists and medical practitioners who wish to extend their personal and professional skills and to improve treatment outcomes in the management of musculoskeletal disorders.

The flexibility of the overall pathway supports the continuing professional development of practitioners at all stages of their development in musculoskeletal practice. A ‘must have’ qualification for physiotherapists who are profession building towards advanced or first contact musculoskeletal practice, and medical practitioners developing their ‘GP with Special Interest’ role.

As a student on this MSc, the core modules will enable you to gain grounding in research methods and to develop and apply the skills of research and enquiry to produce original work to contribute to your profession. You will be able to choose two optional modules and these can be tailored to your professional development plan and your own particular needs eg the theory and practice of injection therapy.

 

Structure

To admit onto the MSc Musculoskeletal Medicine, you must complete a number of credit bearing modules offered by The Society of Musculoskeletal Medicine (SOMM). On completion of these modules you may then progress your studies to the MSc Musculoskeletal Medicine. From which you will be required to complete two optional modules (by SOMM), research methods (by QMU) and dissertation (by QMU). If you only wish to complete a single module for CPD purposes, please contact SOMM directly. All students registered on an optional module (by SOMM) are automatically registered as a QMU associate student.

 

Teaching, learning and assessment

Teaching methods include interactive lectures, demonstrations, supervised practical groups, individual and group tutorials, seminars and workshops. Students’ learning will also be supported by technology, with the expectation of online investigation and discussion with their peers, tutors and supervisors. Learners will be actively involved in a range of learning, teaching and assessment approaches as part of their MSc Musculoskeletal Medicine.

Formative assessment within the course comprises self, peer, group and tutor assessment of practical skills with feedback; self-evaluation is encouraged through the development of each student’s professional development portfolio. Summative assessment comprises essays, literature reviews, practical examinations and development and presentation of portfolio.

 

Teaching hours and attendance

Some optional modules require attendance (usually split over two units of two or three days), or a practice based optional module can be selected which does not require any attendance. The Research methods and Dissertation modules can be studied via distance/blended learning. Your specific calendar and timetable will depend on which optional modules you choose to study.

 

Links with industry/ professional bodies

Accreditation is being sought from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). (The course was previously accredited by the CSP whilst validated at its former university).

 

Modules

Core modules: Research methods (30 credits)/ Research Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional Modules (Choose two from the following): Theory and Practice of Injection Therapy (20 credits)/ Advancing Practice in Musculoskeletal Medicine (20 credits)/ Developing Professional Practice (20 credits)/ Special tests in Musculoskeletal Medicine (20 credits)/ Preparation for Teaching Musculoskeletal Medicine (20 credits)*

*Requires separate application for a Studentship with the Society of Musculoskeletal Medicine

The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (May 2018) but are subject to change. In the event that modules do need to change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact to the students.

 

Single module study

TBC

Careers

This MSc will help physiotherapists who are profession building towards advanced or first contact musculoskeletal practice in the NHS or in the private sector, and medical practitioners developing their ‘GP with Special Interest’ in musculoskeletal medicine role.

 

Class sizes

Normally there are 10-15 students enrolling on the MSc each year.

 

Entry requirements

Students should normally have:

• A relevant professional physiotherapy (eg BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy) or medical qualification

• Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or General Medical Council (GMC). Students based within the European Economic Area (EEA) and international students will need to provide evidence of registration with their home organisation, as appropriate to their professional qualification.

• Evidence of opportunities to practise musculoskeletal medicine.

• Successful completion of all of the assessment components of the core Foundation in Musculoskeletal Medicine module (60 SCQF Level 11 credits).

• Successful completion of courses provided by other orthopaedic/musculoskeletal medicine organisations, eg Orthopaedic Medicine Seminars, Orthopaedic Medicine International (Global) and European Teaching Group of Orthopaedic Medicine, with acceptance of a portfolio of evidence, which includes support for the student’s achievement of the learning outcomes of the core Foundation in Musculoskeletal Medicine module, through submission of a summative reflective essay and personal development plan.

 

Key details

Exit awards: MSc (180 credits)/ PgDip (120 credits)

Delivery: Core modules are via online and distance learning. Various off campus locations for the optional modules.

Duration: 18-60 years part-time

Start date: September

Application deadline: None

Application: Visit the course entry on our website and follow the ‘apply now’ link.

Application:  Follow the ‘apply now’ link at the top of this page/

Awarding body: QMU

More information and contacts

Contact Christine Williams, The Society of Musculoskeletal Medicine (christine.williams@sommcourses.org).

 

Please Note:


The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2018/19 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

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Course Overview

Delivery
Core modules are via online and distance learning. Various off campus locations for the optional modules.
Duration
18-60 months part-time
Start Date
September 2018
Study Abroad
No
Division
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