Taught course

Advanced Physiotherapy

Manchester Metropolitan University · Department of Health Professionals

Entry requirements

A physiotherapy UK honours degree (or international equivalent) or graduate diploma in physiotherapy – with evidence of approved and relevant post-qualification education is usual. Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of proficiency in the English language. Normally the minimum level of proficiency for acceptance on to this programme is an IELTS average score of 6.5 or TOEFL minimum score of 575 (233 on the computer based test, 90 on ICT testing). Manual Therapy Units Applicants for the Manual Therapy units are required to have: a) a minimum of 2 years clinical experience, of which 6 months should have been with neuro-musculoskeletal out-patients; b) access to neuro-musculoskeletal patients whilst attending the course. c) HCPC registration d) CSP membership e) IELTS of 7 (with no element below 6.5) Specific Clinical Placement Unit Requirements Manual Therapy students undertake mandatory Clinical Placement units. They must obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and health screening through the University procedure on admission to the programme.

Months of entry


Course content

MSc Advanced Physiotherapy is an advanced programme of study for registered and qualified Physiotherapists.

Under this main programme of study, there are five specialist areas where our students can direct their focus and develop their professional practice:

  • Physiotherapy focus
  • Musculoskeletal Therapy focus
  • Neurological Therapy focus
  • Cardio-respiratory Therapy focus
  • Manual Therapy focus (provides eligibility for MACP membership)

However, no matter whether students choose to focus on one or many of the different specialist areas of focus above, you will graduate with anMSc Advanced Physiotherapy.

Each of these areas consists of core units which must be taken in order for you to achieve the academic standards required to successfully complete your programme and be eligible to be awarded an MSc degree by the University. In addition, there are a range of optional units which can be taken to improve your professional practice or develop specialist skills in a particular area.

Some of these units may be delivered by other Master’s programmes within the University. This not only widens the variety of units, which you can study but also offers the potential for multi-professional educationand professional study.

Whilst there is freedom to choose a range of units, which interest the student and develop multi-professional practice, Advanced Physiotherapy units must form two thirds of your final credits in order to successfully graduate from the programme.

This is a flexible programme of study and can be delivered on a modular basis as a full or part time programme. All units of study provide academic credits, which are built up to offer exit routes at the following stages:

  • 180 credits: MSc Advanced Physiotherapy
  • 120 credits: PgDip Advanced Physiotherapy
  • 60 credits: PgCert Advanced Physiotherapy

Information for international students

For more information to support your studies in the UK, including course details, how to apply, and living in the UK visit www.mmu.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

For information about fees for this modular programme, please consult our prospectus


Qualification and course duration


full time
15 months
part time
flexible months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
+44 (0)161 247 6969