Applicants must hold a minimum 2:2 UK undergraduate honours physiotherapy degree (or international equivalent) and have clinical experience. Students with graduate diplomas in physiotherapy with evidence of recent practice can also apply.
Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.
Applicants for Musculoskeletal Medicine Injection Therapy are required to have:
A minimum of four years’ clinical experience is normally required, of which 12 months should have been with musculoskeletal patients.
Access to musculoskeletal patients while attending the course.
Successfully completed postgraduate training in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal lesions in musculoskeletal medicine in the upper and lower limb.
Clinical supervision is in place with an appropriately qualified practitioner (Doctor or Physiotherapist qualified and experienced in injection therapy) for the inter-unit course work/supervision of injections.
Applicants for Advanced Musculoskeletal Practice are required to have:
An entry requirement of four years’ clinical experience is normally required, of which 12 months should have been with musculoskeletal patients.
Access to musculoskeletal patients whilst attending the course.
Applicants for the Manual Therapy Clinical Pathway are required to have:
a) A BSc Physiotherapy degree at 2:2 degree classification or equivalent (there is further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications).
b) A minimum of two years' clinical experience, of which 6 months should have been with neuro-musculoskeletal out-patients.
c) Health Council PC registration.
d) IELTS of 7 (with no element below 6.5) for students whose first language is not English.
e) Students residing outside the UK will need to provide a current criminal record report equivalent to the UK Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
f) Two character references. One reference must be from a clinical manager or someone who can report on the applicant’s physiotherapy working knowledge and performance. Both references must be provided on headed paper or have an organisation stamp.
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
Designed for registered and qualified physiotherapists, this course gives you the opportunity to specialise in one of four areas of physiotherapy, including musculoskeletal and manual therapy.
You’ll complete a number of core units and choose option units to improve your professional practice and develop specialist skills in your chosen area.
Practical sessions are an important part of this course and, depending on the units you choose, you’ll learn techniques such as soft tissue manipulation and manual therapy techniques. You’ll typically work on simulated patients if you choose the Management of the Acutely Ill and Critically Ill Patient unit.
Depending on the option units you choose, you will mainly study on-campus. For example, when studying the sports units, you may study at the Manchester Institute of Health and Performance (MIHP).
Our lecturers are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and many still work in practice alongside teaching. Our teaching team also includes researchers with expertise across a range of specialisms, including knee dysfunction, spinal dysfunction, and musculoskeletal interventions.
Our course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).
If you’re not ready to commit to a full-time masters, you can study individual units as standalone modules, as part of your continuing professional development (CPD).
You can also exit this course with a postgraduate certificate (PgCert) or postgraduate diploma (PgDip).
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- full time15 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
- Course Enquiries Team
- +44 (0)161 247 6969