Taught course

Musculoskeletal Management

University of Central Lancashire · School of Medicine and Dentistry

Entry requirements

  • Applicants should hold at least 2:2 degree in related subject.
  • Applicants must hold Bachelor of medicine bachelor of surgery qualification or relevant professional qualification in related field.
  • Applications from other related professions will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Be actively engaged in or have access to clinical experience in musculoskeletal practice in order to support learning within the programme.
  • Interview required.
  • A detailed admissions procedure will be forwarded on application.
  • IELTS: Score of at least 6.5 or equivalent.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Designed for medical and healthcare professionals, the MSc Musculoskeletal Management course will equip you with the advanced knowledge and skills you need to successfully care for patients with MSK conditions.

Musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders are a prevalent and major cause of ill health and physical disability in the UK as well as globally. They can reduce quality of life, impacting on family and relationship, as well as limiting people’s capacity to work and lead a full life. This is a growing area of healthcare which takes up 30% of UK GP caseloads.

On this Musculoskeletal Management programme, which is targeted as medical and healthcare professionals, you’ll learn how to assess, triage and care for patients. You’ll discover how to apply the clinical theory, practice and associated research in the prevention, assessment and management of MSK conditions.

By the end of the course you’ll have an advanced understanding of the structure and provision of care in this area and the role of multidisciplinary teams in managing MSK disease and exploring new ways of working.


  • Delivered by leading medical consultants, therapists and academics working in conjunction with East Lancashire Hospital Trust.
  • The on-campus block delivery is taught at weekends to fit around your professional work commitments.
  • This programme supports NHS approaches such as Five Year Forward View and MSK strategies to integrate and deliver new sustainable models of care which promote prevention, self-care, and health and wellbeing.


  • You’ll critically engage with contemporary issues and developments in this field, gaining a deeper understanding of clinical practice.
  • Share, challenge and analyse specialist skills and practice of your own and related professional groups in order to foster collaborative working.
  • Develop effective decision making skills for primary care practice and commissioning and demonstrate self-awareness within personal and professional development.


Throughout the course you’ll engage in independent, self-directed study, supported by a series of practical workshops, case study presentations, formal lectures and clinical practice.

We’ll assess your progress using a variety of assessments such as written essays, presentations and vivas

In order to complete the MSc you’ll complete a dissertation – an in-depth piece of independent study which will showcase your research skills and inform future practice.


This course is ideal as a development opportunity for current medical and health professionals who wish to advance their knowledge and skills related to the treatment of MSK conditions.

Clinicians who have already completed stand-alone modules, such as non-medical prescribing or injection therapy, can use these to build towards a postgraduate certificate (PGCert), postgraduate diploma (PGDip) or full master’s degree (MSc) on this programme.

Information for international students

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24-60 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Medicine Enquiries
+44 (0)1772 892400