Postgraduate Taught

PgDip/ MSc Advancing Practice in Physiotherapy (Advancing Practice in Health Framework)

This award pathway will be of interest if you want to advance your practice in the area of Physiotherapy.

The Physiotherapy award pathway is one of a number of pathways offered within our multi-professional Advancing Practice in Health Framework

Course overview

The Physiotherapy award pathway is based on a model of collaborative multi-professional learning aligned to expectations of the four pillars of advanced practice (Clinical Practice, Leadership, Education and Research). There are learning opportunities in areas such as fundamentals of advanced practice, critical analysis, evaluation and research methodologies, as well as a number of more specific modules. The Framework also offers opportunities to draw on expertise across the University such as business management, leadership, social science and education.

The Physiotherapy pathway aims to foster and develop QMU’s vision of ideas and influence and its mission of cultivating intellectual capital with both a theoretical and practical focus. Learning and teaching is underpinned by research, evidence and scholarship against a background of the current and evolving political and social landscape for health and wellbeing.

The Physiotherapy pathway offers flexibility in modes of study (part time, full time, work place) that are responsive to individual needs and today’s culture of work and learning.

All modules are delivered online and can be studied from a distance.

Additional support is available for those new to or returning to master's level study.


Exit awards

PgDip/ MSc

To gain an MSc Advancing Practice in Physiotherapy you will need a 180 credits and will complete the following: 

  • Advanced Competencies I & II (20/40 credits)
  • Enquiry-based Practice (20 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Advancing Practice (20 credits)
  • Demonstrating Impact in Practice (20 credits)
  • Optional module (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

 To gain a PgDip Advancing Practice in Physiotherapy you will need a 120 credits and will complete the following:

  • Advanced Competencies I & II (20/40 credits)
  • Demonstrating Impact in Practice (20 credits)
  • Enquiry-based Practice (20 credits Fundamentals of advancing practice (20 credits)
  • Optional module (20 credits)

 To gain a PgCert Advancing Practice in Health you will need 60 credits of any framework approved modules.



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 or a PgDip. 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

All modules are delivered online.

With an emphasis on life-long learning, we utilise a wide range of assessment methods relevant to postgraduate education and practice including: written coursework using both academic and reflective writing, presentations, work-based e-portfolios, digital recordings and analysis of work related situations.

The assessment pattern for each module reflects the aims, learning outcomes and the learning approaches for that module and allows the strengths of the individual student to be expressed in different ways.

Teaching hours and attendance

No attendance is required at QMU and course material is delivered online. Each 20 credit module will equate with approximately 200 hours of study, which will include regular online contact and independent experiential learning.


Advancing Competencies I & II (20/40 credits)*: these modules will enable you to attain pre agreed work place competencies and to critically evaluate the evidence base underpinning your selected area of Physiotherapy practice.

Demonstrating Impact in Practice (20 credits)*: This module will enable learners to advance their practice by demonstrating sustainable impact in practice at a service, project or community level

Dissertation (60 credits): This module enables learners to develop and apply the skills of research and enquiry to produce original work which contributes to a subject, field or profession

Enquiry-based practice (20 credits): This module will provide you with an understanding of research principles, methodologies and analysis.

Fundamentals of Advancing practice (20 credits): This module will provide you with critical knowledge and understanding of advanced practice

Optional module (20 credits): choice of framework approved module (see Framework page for further information)

The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (April 2019) but are subject to availability. Please check back here for any updates.

 *These modules require individuals to be working in the specific area and/or access to an appropriate workplace setting (paid or voluntary).


Single module study

You can register as an associate student to study up to two single modules.




This course will provide learners with enhanced career progression opportunities in leadership roles or within their specialist field of practice.

Class sizes

You will join a multi-professional online community of learners.

Entry requirements

Honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline

International: English language: IELTS >6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

Some modules require individuals to be working in the specific area and/or access to an appropriate workplace setting (paid or voluntary) and require support of a line manager and workplace mentor.


Professional registration

Framework awards do not lead to UK registration with the HCPC or the right to practice within the UK, but aim to foster an intellectual approach to personal and professional development.

Application deadline


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Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2019/20 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).