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Advanced (Neuromusculoskeletal) Physiotherapy MSc , PG Dip

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The Advanced (Neuromusculoskeletal) Physiotherapy MSc programme provides academic opportunities for physiotherapists to develop the clinical knowledge, analytical research and reasoning skills required to carry out advanced physiotherapy assessments, including the care and management of people with neuromusculoskeletal conditions.


Key benefits 

  • Quality partnership working with Internationally and nationally respected research-active academic staff ensures graduates have the knowledge, skills and personal attributes required by the NHS and other employers.
  • 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 including extended scope practitioner, consultants/clinical specialists’ physiotherapists, private physiotherapy specialists, educators and researchers.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, September to September.

Study mode Full-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

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office:
Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000
Fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200


Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

DepartmentDepartment of Pharmacy & Forensic Science



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Course detail


The Advanced (Neuromusculoskeletal) Physiotherapy MSc programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge to comprehensively assess and manage individuals with neuromusculoskeletal problems. You will learn how to design, implement and evaluate care and rehabilitation programmes tailored to the needs of your individual patients.

The course offers you flexibility, with a choice of whether to study for a full master’s qualification or a Postgraduate Diploma. The MSc programme is made up of modules totalling 180 credits including a clinically based research project and dissertation worth 60 credits. You will complete the course in one year from September to September,

The Postgraduate Diploma pathway requires completed modules with a total of 120 credits to meet the requirements of the award.

Course accreditation

Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP).

Regulating body

King’s College is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.


The majority of learning for this degree takes place at the King’s College London Guy’s Campus. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary.

Research projects can take place in a variety of locations including King’s, occasionally other local universities and also in local hospitals, clinics or sports clubs.

Work placements can be held in any healthcare setting with a suitable MACP qualified mentor and mainly take place in the UK; Predominantly NHS outpatient physiotherapy departments, some private hospitals, private physiotherapy practices and sports clubs.

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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.

Further literature

Course format and assessment


You can expect to receive approximately 385 contact teaching hours through the programme, and this will include lectures, seminars, practical and laboratory based research sessions. You may typically expect the time to be split as per below:

Practical sessions


Seminars/ Lab sessions




You will also go on clinical placements totalling at least 150 hours and will have direct contact time with your mentor for at least 50% of this time.

You are also expected to spend approximately two days a week studying independently and preparing for assignments during Term 1 and 2, and to spend approximately 150 hours consolidating learning from clinical placements and preparing for clinical assessments.

Students on the MSc course will also undertake the Research project module which involves approximately  20 contact hours with their project supervisor(s)  and approximately 600 hours self study.


The primary method of assessment for this course is a combination of oral, practical and clinical assessments, written assignments, and written examination. MSc students will also be assessed through a written thesis.

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.


Year 1

Required Modules

MSc Pathway

Required Modules

Postgraduate Diploma Pathway

Required Modules

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest that you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Optional Modules

Entry requirements & how to apply

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

Academic requirements:

Minimum requirements are an Undergraduate Physiotherapy degree with 2nd Class honours (or international equivalent) for physiotherapists qualifying pre-1991, a Diploma in Physiotherapy. 

Additional requirements:

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

  • Registration with the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC)  is mandatory prior to enrolment onto the programme.

  • Professional indemnity cover is required for the programme. This can be obtained by membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP).

Application procedure


Applications must be made online using King's online application portal

As part of the application process you are required to complete a written task. The completed written task should be submitted with your application as an attachment. Please click here for details of the task.  This will be assessed by the admissions tutors responsible for this programme and selection for interview will be based on academic criteria and evidence in the written task of clinical reasoning skills and knowledge of evidence based practice.

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 2017 entry;

Friday 3rd February 2017 and Friday 5th May 2017.

All applications received before either of these deadlines will be considered with equal consideration. After 5th May, the programme will remain open if places are available, and will be closed as soon as it is full, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. International applications must be received by 29 July to allow sufficient time for visa processing.

Incomplete written applications will not be considered. Your application will be assessed by two academics and shortlisting for interviews takes place after each deadline.

Interviews for short-listed applicants will take place on Tuesday 21st March 2017 (for short-listed applicants from February deadline) and Tuesday 6th June 2017 (for short-listed applicants from May deadline). Short-listed Home / EU applicants will be offered interviews in person and overseas applicants will be offered Skype interviews.

We aim to process all applications within eight weeks of the published deadlines.


Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time UK fees: £6,300 p.a. (PGDip, 2017/18)*; £10,950 p.a (MSc, 2017/18)*
  • Full time overseas fees: £15,200 p.a. (PGDip, 2017/18)*; £22,800 p.a (MSc, 2017/18)*

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme. 

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Students undertake clinical placements as part of the MSc and currently this costs £900 per student
  • Graduation costs

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

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

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


Next steps

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