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Advancing Physiotherapy Practice MSc 2019/20 entry

Course code:

HLST162

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time (UK/EU only)

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2019

 

Fees:

2019/20 fees - TBC
2018/19 fees - £6,500

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Overview

This clinically focused course is offered to qualified physiotherapists who wish to develop their practice to a higher level. It provides students with the opportunity to develop their assessment, clinical reasoning and treatment skills in the three core areas of practice: cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal and neurological physiotherapy.

It also aims to improve students’ employability by enhancing clinical, management and leadership skills, so that successful graduates can influence practice and service delivery, working in line with government initiatives.

See the facilities available in our brand new Alison Gingell Building

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Our Facilities

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Mock Operating Theatre

Our Alison Gingell building includes a full-size mock operating theatre, containing scrub sinks and theatre lights. We also have a mock hospital ward so that we can study a complete patient pathway.

 

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Hospital Wards

We have two fully-equipped mock hospital wards, each containing 4 beds. The wards are built to NHS standards and contain moveable beds, first aid equipment and patient monitoring tools.

 

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Strength and Conditioning Suite

Our multi-purpose strength and conditioning suite is equipped with multiple Olympic lifting platforms, a 20m gait analysis track, an anti-gravity treadmill and even a 3D motion capture system!

What our students say...

I consider that during this year I learnt a huge amount of information that will surely make me a better physiotherapist in practice. I especially discovered the importance of research, how to develop clinical reasoning in practice and I also developed a critical awareness of evidence based practice. Overall, the experience was extremely rewarding and fun!

Elena Dolcan, 2017

Course information

We have a range of taught postgraduate awards to suit your needs, from Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma to a full Master's Degree (MA, MBA, MSc, LLM). In most cases you can decide to exit at Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma level, without carrying onto the full Master's qualification.

 

Modules

Overview

All modules are mandatory and the programme is structured so that whether you choose to take the part-time or full-time route, the first stage of the course will enhance your knowledge and understanding of research and evidence based practice. Thus, you will be equipped to develop a more critical approach to clinical practice, through the core skills modules. You will complete 6 modules (each carrying 20 credits) and finally undertake the 60 credit dissertation module.

Modules

  • Developing Expertise in Therapy Professionals

    The aims of this module are to enable students to understand the professional context of therapy and the nature of therapy expertise. Students will consider the development of therapy from the perspectives of both the profession and the individual therapist. The module encourages each individual practitioner to consider his or her own current and future development within the context of the broader professional picture. The module content covers tools for development such as reflection and evidence based practice, clinical reasoning, knowledge, novice and expert continuum and continuing professional development.

  • Research Methodology, Methods and Design

    This module aims to provide an overview of the key approaches to designing practice based health care research. The module’s objective is to develop students’ ability to construct a cogent and reasoned research proposal in their field of academic study or area of professional practice. The module enables students to consider the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings to research design across a spectrum of methodologies. This includes primary research associated with quantitative, qualitative and survey methods, and secondary research associated with literature based studies. Research ethics and principles of data analysis are introduced.

  • Evidence-Based Practice

    Evidence-based medicine (EBM), evidence-based practice (EBP) and evidence-based management are all prominent issues on the contemporary healthcare agenda. This module is designed to examine the theoretical and philosophical basis of EBP and to explore the practical implications involved in achieving EBP in a clinical or health and social care setting. The development of EBP as a concept and more recently as a 'movement' is traced and the inter-relationship of the differing and competing fields of knowledge inherent in EBM are analysed in depth. The overall intention is twofold. Firstly, to build a critical awareness of the complex nature of the concept which warrants attention if EBP is to have an effect on the reality of practice. Secondly, to provide the opportunity for students to develop a thorough understanding of the process of EBP (from the formulation of a problem or question to answer, through to the evaluation of activities intended to disseminate and implement the recommendations from the evidence).

  • Advancing Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Practice

    The aim of this module is to develop the breadth and depth of students' theoretical and clinical knowledge of the assessment and management of patients with cardio-respiratory dysfunction. The module will explore the concepts underpinning current approaches to the assessment and management of cardio-respiratory dysfunction. There will be analysis of the supporting theory and available evidence alongside some practical application of assessment and management techniques. A strong emphasis will be placed on the development of clinical reasoning in the evaluation and management of patients with cardio-respiratory dysfunction. Students will be encouraged to critically appraise and evaluate the underpinning theory, evidence base and practical application of current cardio-respiratory physiotherapy practice.

  • Advancing Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Practice

    This module aims to develop the breadth and depth of students' theoretical and clinical knowledge of the wide range of approaches currently used within manual therapy in the holistic assessment and management of neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction. Students will be encouraged to appraise and evaluate the underpinning theory, evidence base and practical application of each approach and to integrate this into their clinical practice through the use of clinical reasoning skills. The module provides the opportunity for students to learn a wide range of current manual therapy techniques from specialists teaching in these clinical areas. A strong emphasis will be placed on the development of clinical reasoning and handling skills in the evaluation and management of musculoskeletal dysfunction to an advanced level.

  • Advancing Neurological Physiotherapy Practice

    The aim of this module is to develop the breadth and depth of students' theoretical and clinical knowledge of contemporary neurological physiotherapy practice. It aims to develop skills in assessment and clinical reasoning in the holistic management of people with neurological dysfunction. Students will be encouraged to appraise and evaluate the underpinning theory, evidence base and practical application of neurological physiotherapy and to integrate this into plans for clinical practice. Analysis of the supporting theory and available evidence for each approach will be included, alongside the practical application of associated assessment and management techniques. A strong emphasis will be placed on the development of clinical reasoning and handling skills in the evaluation and management of neurological dysfunction to an advanced level. Whilst specialising in neurophysiotherapy the module provides an opportunity for students to explore a range of therapy approaches within the MDT.

  • Global Professional Development – Consultancy

  • Research Dissertation

    This module provides an opportunity for the student to propose, design, conduct and report on a research project of relevance and with potential benefit to their named area of study.  It enables the student to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the philosophy and principles of research and show competence at each stage in the research process. The module makes an important contribution to the research training provided in the Master’s degree. In addition, it enhances the students’ ability to deal with complex issues systematically and creatively and engenders self-direction and originality in tackling problems.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • Evaluate clinical practice.
  • Critically analyse relevant literature.
  • Reflect and apply theoretical knowledge to physiotherapy practice.
  • Gain in-depth knowledge of the theory underpinning evidence based physiotherapy.
  • Gain the appropriate intellectual skills, in order to meet the demands of a more advanced professional role.
  • Gain the skills, concepts and knowledge related to advanced physiotherapy practice to strengthen a career in physiotherapy.
  • Understand the importance of research and the evaluation of clinical outcomes in the development of professional knowledge and practice.

Physiotherapy, focusing on developing clinical reasoning in the three core areas of practice: musculoskeletal, neurology and cardiorespiratory

A wide range of teaching methods will be used during the course, such as lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops; all supported by the university intranet (Moodle) which offers a broad selection of support materials. The clinically focused modules will be taught be clinical specialists and will be based in clinical skills labs, with access to state of the art equipment including gait assessment lab, assessment tools and simulation models.

The use of case studies and videos are used to help students apply their learning to practice. In addition, service users contribute to teaching and learning so that students gain an authentic perspective on the effect of disability on a person’s quality of life. Students will learn alongside other qualified physiotherapists in the clinical skills modules and during the theoretical modules, they will learn alongside professionals from a range of professional backgrounds. Group discussions and presentations will allow students to develop their communication skills and cultural competence.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.


On successful completion, you should have:

  • In-depth knowledge of the theory underpinning physiotherapy practice;
  • Skills and knowledge related to advanced physiotherapy practice to strengthen a career in physiotherapy; 
  • The ability to reflect and apply theoretical knowledge to practice; 
  • The ability to critically analyse relevant literature; 
  • The ability to evaluate clinical practice; 
  • Understanding of the importance of research and clinical outcomes in the development of professional knowledge and practice; 
  • Intellectual skills to meet the demands of a more advanced professional role; 
  • Skills in strategic leadership which will enhance student employability

Students who chose the full time route, should expect to attend face to face classes for two half days each week during term time. In addition to this are mandatory support sessions which aim to enhance students’ transition to PG study. Content includes sessions on searching the literature, academic writing, planning assignments. International students have access to an in-sessional academic English course.

MSc Advancing Physiotherapy Practice recruits students from many different countries: from the UK and Europe to India, Japan, Thailand and the Middle East.  Each student brings their own experience of physiotherapy from their home country so that students area able to gain a global experience of physiotherapy as they learn alongside physiotherapists from different backgrounds.  Within the course there are opportunities for students to learn with physiotherapy students from our partner Universities in other countries.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17



21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


What our students say...

I see my experience at Uni as unbelievably rewarding.  It was tough, as we were required to raise our professional abilities from those of an undergrad to a high-profile academic level.  What I found extremely helpful was all the support we received from our tutors, everybody was so kind, professional, patient and helpful that I loved every minute spent in class.

Bianca Albert, 2017

Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally hold a UK equivalent of 2:1 degree in Physiotherapy.
Applicant with 2:2 degree equivalent and relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

Applicants will normally hold a UK equivalent of 2:1 degree in Physiotherapy.
Applicant with 2:2 degree equivalent and relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Applicants will normally hold a UK equivalent of 2:1 degree in Physiotherapy.
Applicant with 2:2 degree equivalent and relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

What our students say...

I like the fact that Coventry offers a range of scholarship opportunities for international students, and Coventry university is ranked highly in the physiotherapy department.

Nicole Muuondjo, Namibia, 2015

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

2019/20 fees - TBC
2018/19 fees - £6,500 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

2019/20 fees - TBC
2018/19 fees - £6,500 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2019

2019/20 fees - TBC
2018/19 fees - £12,500 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Career prospects

This course will equip you with advanced physiotherapy skills to develop your clinical practice and service delivery. It will enhance your employability and potential to move into higher positions in physiotherapy.

As well as providing opportunities to develop advanced clinical physiotherapy skills, the course well enhance students’ understanding of research and evidence based practice.  In addition, students will develop their communication and leadership skills to a higher level. All of these skills will allow graduates to move into higher positions within the field of physiotherapy and wider health and social care, research or education.  

To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

Further details on the Global Leaders Programme.

Where our graduates work

Previous graduates have gained advanced clinical physiotherapy positions in the UK and in places as far afield as India, Thailand, Canada and the USA. Some graduates have progressed into teaching or research positions; others have enrolled in doctoral studies.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, the University may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation.