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About Advanced Physiotherapy at Manchester Metropolitan University

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15 months full time, flexible part-time

Tuition Fees

Fee for home and EU students:

Full-time fee: £420 per 10 taught credits per year

Part-time fee: £420 per 10 taught credits per year, £692.50 per 10 clinical placement credits per year

Fee for non-EU international and Channel Islands students:

Part-time fee: £725 per 10 credits per year

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, and a PGCert 60 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Costs

Specialist Costs

Optional Estimate: £400

How are these costs calculated?

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Professional Costs

Compulsory Estimate: £0 to 135 depending on your status. Please go to our DBS webpage for more details - /

How are these costs calculated?

Some units may require Disclosure and Barring Service clearance. Responsibility for DBS on employment based and CPD programmes normally lies with your employer. The University will ensure that you meet the necessary requirements and complete a DBS check if required. It is possible to complete the programme without taking units that require DBS clearance. There may be opportunities for international students to undertake a placement in the UK subject to meeting the admissions criteria for the relevant unit and the conditions set by the placement provider, which could include Disclosing and Barring clearance. Up to date information about DBS is available /


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Department of Health Professions

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 an MSc 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 education and 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

About the Course

The programme contains units in several clinical specialities including: physiotherapy; cardio-respiratory therapy; manual therapy; musculoskeletal therapy and neurological therapy. These units have been developed after consultation with students, other practitioners and service managers and are intended to equip the student/practitioner with the skills to develop their practice at a unit and organisational level.

Supporting you through your studies

There is a programme team, as well as Faculty and University-wide student support services, which provide a holistic strategy for supporting students whilst on the programme.              

The programme team's strategy for providing student support includes:

  • All students will be encouraged to develop and maintain a personal development plan (PDP). In some cases this may supplement their employer based PDP.
  • Students on the programme have access to a range of support for their study skills including a whole range of information including literature and study skills resources. This will include detail of how study skills and IT skills should be developed by students and, how they will be supported during their studies.
  • The student handbook will provide a section that outlines the strategy for academic support
  • Each student will have a named personal tutor who will be accessible and helpful regarding general study skills.  Access to the named tutor may be face-to-face, by phone, Skype or email.  Whatever the style, students will negotiate, with the named tutor, the process of ongoing regular contacts.
  • Personal tutors will have access to the record of student achievement.
  • Students may discuss their ideas for assessment with the Unit leaders.
  • Constructive feedback on assessed work will be given on students' work.
  • Resubmitted work will identify the classification range that would have been achieved for a first attempt.

Pastoral Support

Each student is allocated a personal tutor, who will provide support for the duration of the student's course of study. Students will be advised about the role of their personal tutor and the purpose of pastoral support during induction processes.

 The personal tutor:

  • Provides personal, pastoral support and where necessary, acts as an advocate
  • Monitors the student's development in relation to their specific studies and the acquisition of skills.
  • Provides advice regarding referral to student services.

Central MMU Student Services provide both a drop-in and planned student counselling service.

Practice Support

Practice placements are core units for students choosing a Manual Therapy focus. The main source of student support in practice is the MACP Mentor but the Manchester Met, Manual Therapy unit leaders also provide support to students.

The MACP Mentor's main role is facilitating learning and assessing achievements in the practice setting. However, there is a significant student support element to these roles and this is arranged through one-to-one, student-mentor support.

Clinical Mentorship

While studying for the MSc/PGDip part-time students are expected to work in clinical practice, assessing and managing clients with musculoskeletal problems.

Full time students who do not have access to this work based activity are offered a clinical mentorship in the Manchester Movement Unit at the Brooks Building Birley, MMU. Clinical mentorship is a very important aspect of the programme as it provides the students with the opportunity to develop their clinical reasoning skills related to the assessment and treatment of patients with neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction. For more information about the Manchester Movement Unit please go to:

 Our MACP tutors will guide students during clinical mentorship:

 Dr Chris McCarthy, PHD, PGD Physio, PGD Biomech, PGD Manual Therapy, FCSP, FMACP.

Chris is the Consultant Physiotherapist and Clinical Fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University. After qualifying as a Physiotherapist in 1989 he undertook post-graduate training in Biomechanics and Manipulative Therapy at Strathclyde and Coventry Universities before undertaking a PhD degree in rehabilitation within the Faculty of Medicine at Manchester University. Following Post-doctoral studies, investigating the sub-classification of non-specific low back pain, he became an Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation within the Clinical Trials Unit of the Medical School of Warwick University attracting over a million pound of funding in two years. Chris has work as a Consultant Physiotherapist at Imperial College London.

He has taught internationally on Manual Therapy, specifically on Combined Movement Theory, and has lectured on six of the Masters courses in Manual Therapy in the UK. He is a member of the international advisory board for Manual Therapy journal and regularly reviews and publishes papers in the academic field of Manual Therapy. He has been awarded a Fellowship of the MACP for advances in Manual Therapy in 2010 and a Fellowship of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in 2011.

Ms. Jackie Hindle, MSc Manual Therapy MMACP

Jackie Hindle qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1986 and has worked in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in the NHS in both primary and secondary care sectors and in private practice. In 1999 Jackie took on the role of lecturer practitioner at the Manchester School of Physiotherapy and in 2002, she took on a full time academic role as a lecturer on the Physiotherapy programmes at Manchester Met gaining PGDip in Manual Therapy, leading to MSc in Manual Therapy in 2007.

Currently Jackie is the joint unit lead for the Manual Therapy pathway, MSc Advanced Physiotherapy at Manchester Met. She teaches across Physiotherapy pre and post registration programmes, supervises undergraduate and post graduate projects (MSc and PhD). Jackie's research is on technology-enhanced learning in the MSK environment. Jackie has presented this work at the  WCPT and IFOMPT conferences and is the MACP Educational lead. Alongside her academic and external roles, Jackie works in private practice.

Mrs Ruth McDonald,  MSc Manual Therapy MMACP

Ruth graduated from Liverpool University with a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy degree in 1995 and completed her MSc Manual Therapy from Manchester University in 2006. Ruth gained membership to the MACP in 2004.

Ruth is currently a Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, teaching on the Physiotherapy  post -graduate, undergraduate and pre-registration MSc. Her responsibilities include joint course lead for the Manual Therapy pathway, MSc Advanced Practice and admissions tutor for the undergraduate programme. Ruth also continues to work clinically in private practice and is an external examiner for the Manual Therapy programme at another Higher Education Institution. 

Industry experienced teaching expertise

Academic staff who teach on the programme are active researchers, have a teaching qualification and are members of Higher Education Academy. 

The Advanced Physiotherapy programme is accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) as a postgraduate opportunity for CPD. 

The Manual Therapy units provide eligibility for membership of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP). The MACP is a professional network of the CSP.

Tuition Fees

Fee for home and EU students:

Full-time fee: £420 per 10 taught credits per year

Part-time fee: £420 per 10 taught credits per year, £692.50 per 10 clinical placement credits per year

Fee for non-EU international and Channel Islands students:

Part-time fee: £725 per 10 credits per year

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, and a PGCert 60 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Career options after the course

Students entering the Programme are mature, professional practitioners who, at the end of their studies, will wish to, and be expected to, make a difference to practice.

The overall teaching, learning and assessment strategy therefore is one that will enable students, where appropriate, to make a beneficial impact on practice.  The strategies are ones that perpetually integrate theory and practice. These strategies will respect the diversity of students, their learning styles, their client populations and the various workforces with whom students work.

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Entry requirements

Typical 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 Pathway are required to have:

a)  BSc Physiotherapy degree- 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 2 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 must references to 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.  


The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process. Please note it is not possible to apply online if you are applying via an Education Adviser (agent)

If you are unable to apply online, you can apply for full- and part-time taught courses by completing the postgraduate application form. Send completed application forms via email to:

There's further information for international students on our international website if you're applying with non-UK qualifications.

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