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Manchester Metropolitan University – MSc Advanced Physiotherapy

This advanced programme of study, provides qualified physiotherapists with the opportunity to develop their skills and progress their careers as advanced Physiotherapy practitioners. Our programme led by renowned national and internationally recognised experts across a range of specialist fields will promote critical thinking and reflective skills in our students, required to develop theories to challenge and improve (where appropriate) professional Physiotherapy practice.

Our flexible programme of study, enables the student to build their own award, choosing relevant units to their clinical practice to structure their studies to meet personal, professional and organisational requirement.

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To successfully graduate from the programme with an MSc Advanced Physiotherapy, students are required to have completed 180 credits gained from a variety of pathways:

  • General Pathway-this may include a range of clinical area, management or education.
  • Musculoskeletal Pathway
  • Musculoskeletal Association of the Chartered Society (MACP) Pathway
  • Neurological Pathway
  • Cardiorespiratory Pathway

Students will experience different teaching and learning methods and the overall strategy will be facilitative, stimulating, reflective, interactive, experiential, intellectual and respectful of students’ previous knowledge and experience. Students will be encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and will be involved in decisions about the way in which their learning is facilitated to meet their needs.

“I couldn’t possibly choose another course in any other university. The many pathways that are provided , the flexibility and the element of choice are unique in it”  Natalia Awad-Polemi (Advanced Physiotherapy Student)

MSc Advanced Physiotherapy is accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) as a postgraduate opportunity for CPD.  The Manual Therapy units provide eligibility for membership of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP). The MACP is a professional network of the CSP.

Industry experienced teaching expertise
This advanced clinical programme is supported and underpinned by academic colleagues who are active researchers, have a teaching qualification and are members of Higher Education Academy. In addition, several of the Programme leads have internationally renowned and respected expertise in their specialist areas. Professor James Selfe and Professor Michael Callaghan lead on the musculoskeletal pathway of the programme.

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 “The highly experienced staff have been incredibly supportive. From my initial enquiry about the course, right through to the point I am now, having completed my MSc, and currently preparing my research for presentation at the ER-WCPT, as well as hoping to publish our work” Judith Smith (Advanced Physiotherapy Student)

Professor James Selfe
James is a Professor of Physiotherapy at Manchester Metropolitan University. He gained his PhD in 2000 for a thesis titled “Outcome measures for patellofemoral dysfunction (an investigation of validity, reliability, and clinical sensitivity of four outcomes measures for the patellofemoral joint)”

In 2015 James was awarded a Doctor of Science (DSc) for a thesis titled “Research in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Providing evidence for practice”. This was only the second award of a Higher Doctorate to Physiotherapists in the world.

James has significantly contributed to the body of physiotherapy literature with over 250 refereed journal and conference papers, and in addition, he has co-authored and contributed to 11 books.

Doing the masters has given me a confidence boost, both personally and professionally. My job involves working closely with GPs, Consultants and Commissioners and this experience has enhanced my knowledge and skills to enable me to do this more effectively” Kathleen Arden. (Advanced Physiotherapy Student)

Professor Michael Callaghan
Michael is Head of Physical Therapies at Manchester United Football Club and specialises in patellofemoral and osteoarthritis treatment and rehabilitation.  He has been part of the medical teams at five Olympic Games and five Commonwealth Games and am Head of Physical Therapies at Manchester United FC.  ‘’I work in the NHS as a Specialist Physiotherapist at Manchester Royal Infirmary. My academic research focuses on improving the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment for acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions in the NHS and for injuries in sports medicine. As Professor of Clinical Physiotherapy my major role is to strengthen the link between academic research and clinical practice.’’

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Dr Chris McCarthy
Dr Chris McCarthy is a Consultant Physiotherapist and Clinical Fellow at the University. He is a member of the international advisory board for Manual Therapy Journal and regularly reviews and publishes papers in the academic field of Manual Therapy. He has been awarded a Fellowship of the MACP for advances in Manual Therapy in 2010 and a Fellowship of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in 2011. Chris specialises in biomechanics, manipulative therapies, back pain and rehabilitation therapies

He has taught internationally on Manual Therapy, specifically on Combined Movement Theory, and has lectured on six of the Masters courses in Manual Therapy in the UK.