Taught course

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

University of Brighton · School of Health Sciences

Entry requirements

Individual offers may vary. For non-native speakers of English: IELTS 7 overall with no element below 6.5. For students enrolling on the MSc or PGDip in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, whose first language is not English, the following examples are English Language proficiency tests accepted by Health and Care Professions Council (http://www.hpc-uk.org/apply/international/requirements/index.asp). Overseas applicants normally require a degree qualification in physiotherapy, which is equivalent to a UK qualification and appropriate English language skills. Degree and/or experience: All students will normally hold an appropriate Honours Degree qualification in physiotherapy, which is recognised for registration purposes by the Health and Care Professions Council and by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Those without a first degree in physiotherapy but with a diploma qualification may be considered. Students enrolling for the PG Diploma and MSc must be registered by the Health and Care Professions Council and be a full member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy or hold their own indemnity insurance. All applicants will, however, be considered on an individual basis and those without a First Degree who can provide a significant portfolio of relevant work experience and commitment towards a continuing process of self and professional development will be given favourable consideration. This consideration will include an evaluation of the individuals needs and where it is thought necessary a suitable programme of pre-enrolment studies will be recommended by the Course Leader. Students will have a minimum of one year post registration experience in a neuromusculoskeletal physiotherapy setting.

Months of entry


Course content

The Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy MSc is for qualified physiotherapists wanting to build on their skills and knowledge, advance their professional practice, and earn a further professional and academic qualification.

This course has been developed with the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT). Course graduates benefit from being able to apply for full membership of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP).

You will develop your advanced evaluative and problem-solving skills for the examination, assessment and treatment of patients with musculoskeletal dysfunction.

A wide range of optional modules means you can create your own CPE study programme to suit your professional or personal interests and aspirations.

The course is designed to fit around your existing physiotherapy practice hours. Week-long intensive study blocks allow attendance for students based in the UK, EU and internationally.

Information for international students

We welcome applications from international students who meet the entry requirements.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Email fees@brighton.ac.uk for information about course fees. Students employed in the NHS may be able to access funds through their Trust Education Lead.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-72 months
full time
12 months


full time
12 months
part time
48 months


full time
12 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

Enquiries team
01273 644644