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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 sessions and reflective learning tasks.


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 Pharmacy & Forensic Science


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

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

As part of the application process you are required to complete a written task. The completed written task should submitted with your application as an attachment. This will be assessed by the admissions tutors responsible for this programme. Please click here for further details. 

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 8th 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 programme equips physiotherapists with the skills and knowledge to become advanced practitioners who are able to:

  • comprehensively assess and manage individuals with neuromusculoskeletal problems
  • design, implement and evaluate rehabilitation programmes tailored to the needs of individuals with neuromusculoskeletal problems

Modules include clinical science subjects (anatomy. biomechanics, pain physiology and muscle and exercise physiology) as well as those focussing on physiotherapy practice. 

The sessions are facilitated by experts from various fields. This informs student's clinical reasoning and facilitates the development of advanced level skills and expertise. 

The transference of knowledge into clinical practice is facilitated during practical sessions in college and on professional practice (clinical) placements. Students who successfully complete the programme are eligible for MACP (Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists) membership. The programme also supports students in their development of research skills and completion of a project.

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.

The MSc programme can be completed full-time over one year or part-time over two years. Other study options include; a PGDip in Advanced Phsiotheraphy (Neuromusculoskeletal) or the MSc modules can also be taken as stand-alone modules (with the exception of the Clinical Education and Research project modules).

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 MSc programme must be taken.

    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.

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 deposit is £1,000 – Home/EU and £2,000 – Overseas (2016/17)

If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2016, payment is due by 30th April 2016.

If you receive an offer between 1st April 2016 and 30th June 2016, payment is due within one month of receipt of the offer.

If you receive an offer between 1st July 2016 and 31st July 2016, payment is due within two weeks of receipt of the offer.

If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2016, payment is due within one week of receipt of the offer.

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


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