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Physiotherapy (MSc/PgDip)

1 year plus a further 6 months to submit dissertation (full-time) / 2 years plus a further 2 years to submit dissertation (part-time) / Research Methods and Health Improvement in Health and Social Care Module is available in two modes (University-based or blended/distance learning) (distance / e-Learning)

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Course Aims

Physiotherapy at the School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University is ranked no. 1 in the UK, by both the Complete University Guide and the Times Good University Guide 2014, 2015 and 2016.

This course welcomes UK-based as well as international students. Throughout your studies, you will be immersed in all aspects of physiotherapy practice that will help you gain invaluable skills that you will use in the further advancement of your profession.

As part of this programme you will have the opportunity to work with internationally renowned researchers, including Prof. Robert van Deursen, Prof. Nicola Phillips, Prof. Monica Busse and Dr. Val Sparkes.

Dual Pathway:

We have recently developed a dual pathway available for Physiotherapists at any stage of their career (this includes newly qualified Physiotherapists). The programme has a flexible portfolio of modules that can be tailored to meet individual needs and develop the knowledge and skills in the areas such as research, education, leadership and management and clinical practice which are necessary to become an Advanced Practitioner.

Special Features

The MSc in Physiotherapy aims to facilitate individual CPD towards gaining a range of knowledge and skills. The flexibility of the programme allows a choice of modules to align with various career pathways, so that the route of study can be tailored to individual needs. For example:

The programme also involves:

Course Description

Developments within the Allied Health Professions, such as the emergence of clinical specialists, extended scope practitioners and consultant therapists, have created a need for the acquisition of advanced knowledge and skills.  

Listed below are the modules available to students registered on MSc in Physiotherapy programme. Further details about each module, including dates of study, please follow the module link.

Core Modules

The following is a core module for both Physiotherapists with 0- 2 years clinical experience and Physiotherapists with 2+ years clinical experience:

HCT118 - Research methods and health improvement in health and social care - 30 credits

Pathway-Specific Modules

Pathway-specific students need to select a minimum of two from the group below:

The following Modules are available for Physiotherapists with 0- 2 years clinical experience:

In addition to these modules, those Physiotherapists with 2+ years clinical experience can also choose from the following:

Optional Modules

Students may select a maximum of one from the group below:

The following Modules are available for Physiotherapists with 0- 2 years clinical experience:

In addition to these modules, those Physiotherapists with 2+ years clinical experience can also choose from the following:

Dissertation Modules

The following dissertation modules are compulsory for both Physiotherapists with 0- 2 years clinical experience and Physiotherapists with 2+ years clinical experience:

Course Structure

The course is modular, with contact days arranged in blocks of 2-3 days spread over one or both semesters. Students must complete modules totalling 120 credits to be eligible for the exit award of Postgraduate Diploma. All students complete a compulsory generic module in Semester 1 in 'Research methods and health improvement in health and social care' (30 credits).

Full-time students undertake all taught modules during one academic year while part-time students undertake taught modules over two years. Each module is assessed individually by assessment procedures, all of which will consist of prepared work rather than unseen examination papers.

Students who then proceed to successful completion of a research project and subsequent dissertation (60 credits) will be eligible for the award of a Master of Science degree. Full time students have to submit their dissertation within 18 months of registering on the programme; part time students have to submit within 4 years of registering on the programme.

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Skills Acquired

At the end of the course, the student should be able to:

Entry Requirements

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

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Tuition Fees:

  • UK & EU Full Time Fees: (Payable annually and those stated are for 2015/16 unless otherwise stated below).
    £5,850.00
  • UK & EU Part Time Fees: (Payable annually and those stated are for 2015/16 unless otherwise stated below).
    £2,925.00
    Part-time: fees payable in Years 1 and 2 only
  • International Full Time Fees: (Payable annually and those stated are for 2015/16 unless otherwise stated below).
    £17,500.00
  • International Part Time Fees: (Payable annually and those stated are for 2015/16 unless otherwise stated below).
    £8,750.00
    Part-time: fees payable in Years 1 and 2 only

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Karen Jones  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2068 7789 

Fax:  

Email: joneskj@cardiff.ac.uk  

School Website: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/healthcare-sciences

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