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Advanced (Neuromusculoskeletal) Physiotherapy MSc



The MSc in Advanced Physiotherapy programme provides physiotherapists with an opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills required for working as advanced practitioners in neuromusculoskeletal physiotherapy within a broad spectrum of health and society. The programme emphasises and facilitates the integration of evidence from a wide variety of sources using research focussed lectures, seminars and practical workshops.

Key benefits 

  • Internationally and nationally respected research-active teaching staff.

  • Graduation from the programme confers eligibility for registration as a member of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP).

  • Facilitates career progression in a  diverse range of physiotherapy careers eg extended scope practitioner,  consultant / clinical specialist physiotherapist, private physiotherapy practitioner, educator and researcher.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, two years PT, September to September.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Programme accreditations Approved by the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP).

Course intake 20 FT

Course leaders

Dr Louise Kedroff

Course contact for further information

Contact the Admissions Office • Before you apply: via our Enquiry Form at

• After applying: use the messaging service at

For an informal discussion about the programme contact Dr Massimo Barcellona, Admissions Tutor. Tel: 0207 848 6318 .

Course contact email,

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department Department of Physiotherapy


Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Academic requirements:

Minimum Undergraduate degree with 2nd Class honours (or internatonal equivalent) or equivalent degree in physiotherapy; for physiotherapists qualifying pre-1993, a Diploma in Physiotherapy. 

Additional requirements:

  • Minimum of one year's experience working as a physiotherapist assessing and managing clients with musculoskeletal problems. 

  • Registration with the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC) and membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP, for professional indemnity cover) is mandatory prior to enrolment onto the programme.

Application procedure

Your application will be assessed by two academics. We interview shorlisted applicants, either in person or by skype if overseas. We aim to process all applications within eight weeks of the published deadlines.

For applicants who qualified as a physiotherapist before 1991 with a Diploma in Physiotherapy, the application will include an essay to demonstrate appropriate continuing professional development.

Personal statement and supporting information

Please provide evidence of continuing professional development, especially your experience and training in musculoskeletal physiotherapy.  Also state your reasons for choosing to study this MSc programme.

Application closing date

There are two deadlines for applications for September 2016 entry; 5th February and 6th May 2016. Applicants who are short-listed for interview are likely to be offered an interview on Tuesday 6th March (February deadline) or Tuesday 7th June (May Deadline). Prior to these dates all applications will be given equal consideration and considered on their individual merits. Applications will only be considered after these dates if there are spaces available. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier. 


Course detail


This MACP-approved programme equips physiotherapists with the skills and knowledge to become advanced practitioners who are able to comprehensively assess and manage individuals with neuromusculoskeletal problems and design, implement and evaluate rehabilitation programmes tailored to the needs of individuals with neuromusculoskeletal problems. It combines strong academic and scientific content with practical workshops taught by experienced expert clinicians. 

Course purpose

This programme provides the educational opportunities that will enable physiotherapists to develop the knowledge, research understanding, clinical, analytical and reasoning skills required for advanced physiotherapy assessment and management of people with neuromusculoskeletal conditions.

Course format and assessment

Delivered by a combination of taught lectures, seminars, prosections, practical sessions, clinical practice placements and self-directed learning. Assessment is by course work, presentations and written, oral, practical and clinical examinations. 

Extra information

  • Occupational Health Clearance and Disclosure and Barring service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) clearance checks are required.

  • Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and professional indemnity cover (usually provided by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists) are required to undertake the programme.


  • Required Modules

    All modules on the programme must be taken and passed. These are:

    • Physiotherapy Practice in the Lower Quadrant

    • Physiotherapy Practice in the Upper Quadrant

    • Clinical Education in Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy

    • Research Processes & Practice applied to Tissues in Health & Disease

    • Muscle & Exercise Physiology

    • Neuroscience, Pain & Rehabilitation

    • Research Project in Advanced Physiotherapy (Neuromusculoskeletal)


Career prospects

Clinical specialist, extended scope practitioner, consultant physiotherapists, private physiotherapy practitioner, sports rehabilitation specialist, lecturer, researcher and postgraduate studentships (PhD).



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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£6,000 p.a. (PGDip, 2016/17)*; £9,000 p.a (MSc, 2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£14,500 p.a. (PGDip, 2016/17)*; £21,750 p.a (MSc, 2016/17)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£3,000 p.a. (PGDip, 2016/17)*; £4,500 p.a (MSc, 2016/17)*

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£7,250 p.a. (PGDip, 2016/17)*; £10,875 p.a (MSc, 2016/17)*

*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.


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