MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation)

Brunel University London

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Program Overview

Are you a qualified physiotherapist working in musculoskeletal practice and looking to take your career to the next level? Maybe your role involves assisting patients who require rehabilitation after surgery or sporting injury, or perhaps you work with individuals who have a disability or long-term condition that limits their functional level. This course in advanced clinical practice (musculoskeletal rehabilitation) is designed for physiotherapists who wish to further develop their skills and expertise as an advanced or specialist clinical practitioner across a range of musculoskeletal (MSK) healthcare settings here in the UK and abroad. 
On this course, you’ll gain advanced skills in assessment, clinical reasoning, and evidence-based management for the treatment and rehabilitation of MSK patients presenting within inpatient, outpatient and primary care settings. You’ll be taught the latest theory, science and principles behind MSK practice which will give you a broad, yet in-depth, understanding of physiotherapy as well as evidence-based rehabilitation approaches and how these can be used to treat patients with musculoskeletal conditions.
Our master’s degree will also develop your cognitive skills, such as writing skills, which are important in clinical practice to enhance communication with other clinicians, allied healthcare personnel and for research. You’ll be encouraged to be creative in your thinking, as well as enhancing your proficiency in analysis and evaluation, meaning you’ll graduate as a highly competent practitioner ready to become a leader within your field.
The full master's course can be studied 1 year full-time or 3 years part-time starting in September. If you don’t want to commit to full or part-time study of the entire master's, you can develop your educational portfolio over a longer period of time by undertaking staged study that leads to the award of Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert), Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) and MSc in separate stages. Each stage can be studied 1 year part-time starting in September. You can also study the combined PgDip (PgCert and PgDip) as a 2 year part-time course starting in January. The MSc stage (dissertation) can also be studied 1 year part-time starting in May.



LondonUnited Kingdom

  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 20,450




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Your learning will be patient-centred and clinically focused, studying evidence, concepts and theories related to musculoskeletal practice. You’ll benefit from a course designed to incorporate a multidisciplinary perspective, which is essential when entering leadership roles in healthcare systems around the world. Throughout the course you’ll be required to think broadly about a range of rehabilitation services, exploring how to improve the care and experience of service users, alongside service provision, in a variety of global scenarios.
On this course, you’ll learn a holistic approach to patient care alongside clinical leadership skills and how to use evidence-based practice and research to make informed decisions that grow your knowledge and expertise. Your learning will be underpinned by the national Advanced Clinical Practice framework as set out by Health Education England, encompassing the four pillars: clinical practice, leadership and management, education and research. You’ll develop the essential skills that are required by advanced clinical practitioners working in the NHS and other clinical settings.
You’ll study a combination of modules consisting of compulsory modules in advanced clinical practice, clinical leadership, evidence-based practice and research, plus you’ll select from a list of optional modules that define your specialist pathway in musculoskeletal rehabilitation. You'll also be able to support your study learning portfolio by choosing from a range of optional modules from our Advanced Clinical Practice named specialist pathways; Cardiovascular Health, Critical Care, Neurological Rehabilitation, Occupational Therapy and Pelvic Health.
At Brunel, we understand the challenges of fitting study around work and family life. For this reason, we have designed this course to be flexible, so that it can fit around your current commitments. You can study full-time, part-time or even just take one or more CPPD modules for your professional development and return to complete your course at a later date.
This course can be studied 1 year full-time, 3 years part-time or 1 year (staged study) part-time, starting in September. Or this course can be studied 2 years (PgCert + PgDip) part-time, starting in January. Or this course can be studied 1 year (staged study) part-time, starting in May.
Year 1

  • PH5612 - Advanced Clinical Leadership
  • This module aims to develop advanced knowledge, skills, qualities and behaviours of leadership for clinical healthcare professionals working in a range of roles in healthcare settings in the NHS. This knowledge and skills literacy will nurture and enhance existing team-working skills and clinical leadership requirements in order to evidence advanced level skills.
  • PH5604 - Qualitative Research in Health and Social Care
  • This module aims to critically explore, reflect upon and develop qualitative research skills and knowledge in health, and to explore qualitative approaches in research in the context of their philosophical, societal, and cultural underpinnings.
  • PH5603 - Quantitative Methods and Design for Health Science Research
  • This module aims to critically explore, reflect and develop understanding of statistical approaches to the analysis of quantitative data in health science research, and to gain practical skills in analysing key research designs using standard statistical software package appropriate to biomedical and health research.
  • PH5611 - Dissertation
  • The dissertation aims for students to learn about research by working with an academic supervisor on a topic relevant to their clinical specialist practice, to demonstrate their ability to integrate conceptual and theoretical issues within their clinical specialist practice or discipline, and to learn how to design and conduct an original piece of research in an area relevant to their clinical specialist practice or discipline.
  • PH5625 - Contemporary Theory and Clinical Application in Musculoskeletal Practice: The Lower Quadrant
  • This module aims to develop advanced critical understanding of the current theory and science of current lower quadrant musculoskeletal practice, and to develop advanced examination and intervention skills for the management of patients with lower limb, and lumbo-pelvic (lower quadrant) musculoskeletal conditions.
  • PH5626 - Contemporary Theory and Clinical Application in Musculoskeletal Practice: The Upper Quadrant
  • This module aims to develop advanced critical understanding of the current theory and science of current lower quadrant musculoskeletal practice, and to develop advanced examination and intervention skills for the management of patients with upper limb, cervical and thoracic (upper quadrant) musculoskeletal conditions.
  • PH5615 - Facilitating Learning and Teaching in Clinical Practice
  • This module aims to provide practitioners with advanced knowledge and skills for the planning, organisation, delivering, teaching and evaluation of effective programmes for clinical training in specialist practice. Current research and theory underpinning the educational process which support a challenging and supportive teaching and learning environment for clinical practice will be explored aiming to enhance practitioners’ individual ability to critically appraise and augment their skills, knowledge and actively contribute to the education awareness for members of their healthcare team, patients, service users and carers.
  • PH5647 - Injection Therapy
  • This is a post-registration module is aimed at physiotherapists working at an advanced level who wish to practice injection therapy. This course combines clinical and academic learning with an emphasis on the development of technical skills, clinical reasoning and critical evaluation of current research for injection therapy. The module provides the relevant continuing professional development training of skills for physiotherapists that are necessary to meet the expectations of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy educational training for injection therapy. This module is accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
  • PH5624 - Pain: Contemporary Science and Practice
  • This module examines contemporary theory and practice in the science and clinical management of pain. There will be a critical focus on the current science of nociception and the neurobiology and psychology of the experience of acute and persistent pain and on current models of pain management and rehabilitation.
  • PH5641 - Working as an Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner in Musculoskeletal Medicine: Advanced Assessment and Management Skills
  • The NHS, public health and social care system and the delivery of prevention, treatment and care will continue to change over the coming years. An increased focus on managing complex co-morbidities will place a greater emphasis on the skills of the generalist as will the move towards increased care provision outside of dedicated care settings and professional boundaries. An increase in the demand for Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner roles is occurring to address complex MSK patients, both within secondary and primary are settings. This module has been developed to address the learning needs of these clinicians who otherwise struggle to get the training they need to fulfil their roles.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 7 (min 6.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 64 (59 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 68% (63% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 98 (min 23 in all areas) 

2022/23 entry
£8,735 full-time
£4,365 part-time
£20,450 full-time
£10,225 part-time
UK Staged Master £2,910 per stage.
International Staged Master £6,815 per stage.
Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase. 
Fees for EU applicants – For entry in 2022/23 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to continue our support during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course.

This course will prepare you for careers in advanced musculoskeletal physiotherapy practice within a range of healthcare settings. You’ll be able to apply the expert knowledge, clinical reasoning and complex decision-making skills that you have gained to your clinical setting. You could go on to become an Advanced Physiotherapist Practitioner (APP) within the NHS, where roles usually start in Band 8a of the NHS Agenda for change pay scale.
On successful completion, you’ll be best placed to undertake leadership or senior positions within a range of clinical areas. From the NHS and private practices, to the military, public or sports sector; our graduates are well-equipped to make a positive impact and become innovative clinicians within their field. You could also move into academic or clinical research roles or other healthcare-related positions in industry.


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