Postgraduate Taught

MSc Advancing Physiotherapy Practice Programme

In the academic year of 2019-20 the Division of Dietetics, Nutrition, Biological Sciences, Physiotherapy, Podiatry and Radiography (DPPR) will be launching an exciting, educationally and practice relevant Postgraduate Framework.

The Framework will draw on existing programmes, including the MSc Advancing Physiotherapy Practice, restructured in both content and form to offer greater flexibility in choice and modes of study that are responsive to individual needs and todays culture of work and learning. Part time, full time, work based, face-to-face and online study options will be available. Individual modules can be taken for the purposes of continuous professional development or can lead to a variety of qualifications such as PgCert, PgDip or Masters. Further information on the postgraduate framework can be found on our framework overview page.

The Physiotherapy Pathway will offer a range of modules to enable physiotherapists to develop advanced capabilities within a multi-disciplinary environment.  Learners will be supported in critically evaluating Physiotherapy practice, designing and leading change. Pathway modules will empower students to thrive in current global health and social care contexts and to respond to unpredictable complex situations in a proactive and innovative manner.  Pathway modules will be enable learners to translate knowledge into practice and become dynamic leaders.

This course is for people who are working as physiotherapists, who wish to develop themselves and their profession.  it aims to help you thrive in health and social care contexts where the pace of change is fast and professionals need to be dynamic and proactive to meet the needs of the individuals that they work with.

This course has been designed to address the multiple needs of UK, EU, and International students. The course enables development for all students; both those with and without clinical experience. It aims to be clinical, flexible and supportive.

Applications for the Physiotherapy Pathway will open towards the end of November.

Why QMU?

The MSc Advancing Physiotherapy Practice has been designed to address the multiple needs of UK, EU, and International students, with support to help the transition to masters level study.

The course enables development for all students; both those with and without clinical experience.

Graduates of this course have gained employment across the globe as junior and senior physiotherapists; in government and private practice; in research and doctoral positions.


Course Overview

The course has a focus on highly topical subjects, opportunities to learn in and from the workplace and offers the ability to take specialist clinical and practice routes (eg musculoskeletal physiotherapy, neurological physiotherapy, cardiorespiratory physiotherapy, paediatric physiotherapy, leadership and management, and education).

The course is very accessible, especially to those outside the UK. It has a strong emphasis on distance learning and you can opt to study fully online or with some attendance at QMU where possible.

We aim to help you to adjust to master’s level study at the start of the course and to stay engaged with your profession throughout. Aside from the academic modules, you will also be involved in a ‘Learning in Community Programme’. This includes study skills training and opportunities and guidance to increase your employability, including guidance on professional registration.

The knowledge and skills developed over the course are intended to enable you to lead and implement innovative change within physiotherapy workplaces in the UK and internationally. 

Exit Awards

MSc (180 credits)/ PgDip (120 credits)/ PgCert (60 credits)


To obtain a specific postgraduate award at QMU you must complete a number of credit bearing modules. You can opt to study for the full MSc, a PgDip, or a PgCert. You can also register as an associate student to complete a single module for CPD. On completion of a single module, you may wish to complete further modules and progress your studies to a named award.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

We use a range of student-centred learning methods, including tutorials, seminars and practical classes, with facilitation of work-based learning and recognition of prior learning. Further specific strategies are used to enable distance learning.

Your performance will be assessed by coursework (assignments) and presentations and you are provided with structured support in learning how to develop and demonstrate your academic skills at a master’s level.

Teaching Hours and Attendance

The course is delivered by the following options:

On campus, part-time (3-7 years)- This option means that you can select modules which are delivered on campus and online. Some modules are delivered with blocks of attendance, with online study between these blocks.

Online learning, part-time or full-time (1-7 years) - This option allows you to study entirely through online learning.

Each module that is studied on-campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. Your attendance requirements at QMU will vary between semesters, but contact time (online or face-to-face) might average about six hours per week over one academic year; this would be higher during taught modules than during your dissertation. Whether you are studying distance learning or through a mixture of face-to-face contact and online work, each 30-credit module will entail around 300 hours of student work. This includes contact with tutors (online or face-to-face), supported by independent learning. When thinking about the total amount of learning, for the full-time route of study, you will undertake 120 credits of study over two 15-week semesters, followed by your dissertation. This suggests up to 40 hours per week of study. A student who chooses to study part-time may be undertaking, for example, 60 credits of study, which would equate to about 20 hours per week of study.

Class Sizes

Normally there are around 10 students enrolling on the course each year.

Links with Industry / Professional Bodies

We talked with current students, former students and employers internationally to assist us in the development of this course. We collaborate with many physiotherapists and managers locally to create opportunities for our students to contribute to the development of physiotherapy services during their course. This ensures the relevance of their studies, their professional development, and advancement of the physiotherapy profession.


You must take 30-60 credits from core modules which include: Developing Professional Practice: Work-Based Learning (15, 30, 45 credits)/ Advancing Practice 1: Evaluating the Evidence*/Advancing Practice 2: Implementation*/
Current Developments in Practice (30 credits)*.

You must take 30 credits worth of Physiotherapy-related modules which could include: Meaningful Clinical Change: Measurement in Practice (30 credits)/ Behaviour Change for Health Professionals; Self and Others (15 credits)/ Health Promotion and Health Education for AHPs and (15 credits)*/ Interventions in Health Promotion (15 credits)/ Mentoring in Professional Practice Development (15 credits)*.

You will also be able to select 30 credits from a variety of modules offered by QMU which could include include paediatrics, diabetes, and person-centred practice. Some can be studied fully online, while some require attendance. You will also study Research Methods (30 credits), which is linked with the Master’s Project (60 credits).

*distance learning only

The modules listed here are correct at the time of posting (September 2018), but are subject to change. In the event that modules have to change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact to students. Please check this site for any updates.

Single Modules for CPD

Register as an associate student to study single modules in areas of interest. Contact Kavi Jagadamma for more information.


This course will enable you to focus your continuing professional development in relation to clinical physiotherapy practice and physiotherapy research. It is intended to enhance your clinical, research and education career opportunities both in the UK and internationally.

Gaining the qualification will increase your employment potential across the world and help you gain academic recognition in Canada, USA, Australia and other countries. Local, EU and International graduates of this course have been successful in gaining employment as junior and senior physiotherapists in the UK and other European countries, and North America; others have undertaken PhD studies or worked as research assistants.

Entry Requirements

BSc Physiotherapy or equivalent. Diploma holders are considered (contact the admissions tutor for advice). Ideally candidates should have up to one year of full-time postgraduate clinical experience (although this is not mandatory) and ideally an academic score of 60%, or over, for the last two years of their undergraduate degree.

International: Where your undergraduate degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to take an IELTS test receiving an overall score of 6.5 and no individual component score below 6.0.

Application Deadline

31 January (negotiable)

More Information and Contacts

Admissions or Kavi Jagadamma on tel: +44 (0)131 474 0000

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

At QMU or by online learning
Full-time or part-time
Start Date
September 2019
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Subject Area
Fees & Funding