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Year of Entry 2019/20

Specialist Physiotherapy Practice

Distance learning Physiotherapy

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £8,000 for the course
International: £8,000 for the course
How long will I study? 3 Years
When do I start? January 2020

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Course summary

  • Advance your clinical, therapeutic and reflective skills to develop services and enable service users.
  • Develop skills in collaborative practice and patient-centred care
  • Gain an understanding of today's challenges in healthcare and think innovatively about improving practice to meet patients' needs more effectively.

Aimed at qualified physiotherapists, this course gives you a balance of practical and academic skills, ensuring an authentic experience and the opportunity to develop knowledge that is directly transferable to your practice. You will improve your employment prospects and clinical skills, enabling you to lead clinical teams or work in teaching or research.

How you learn

Your lecturer's view
Watch course leader Alexandra Morley talk about this course.

All modules focus on elements of clinical practice, and we encourage you to apply your learning to the setting in which you work or wish to specialise. Assessments are designed to replicate challenges you may face within the workplace. You learn from enthusiastic tutors who are experienced physiotherapists.

You learn through

  • online discussion with students and tutors
  • online presentations and seminars
  • interactive online learning tasks
  • vivas
  • written assessments

If you join our distance learning route, all modules will be delivered online with no requirement to travel to Sheffield for any aspect of the course. If you prefer to have the option of studying some modules face-to-face, you can apply for our part-time route. Note that the part-time route is only available to students who can study in the UK without requiring a Tier 4 visa.

Course leaders and tutors

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Alexandra Morley
Senior Lecturer In Physiotherapy

Alex is an HCPC registered Physiotherapist. She enjoys leading the MSc. Advancing Physiotherapy Practice (distance learning and part time courses) and working as col … Read more

Applied learning

Work placements

On the distance learning route, we expect that you will already be working in clinical practice and therefore, you will be supported to apply your learning within your clinical post.

Future careers

Increased clinical skills and critical evaluation of practice lend themselves to clinical leadership roles. Upon graduation you will be able to work more independently, developing independent private practices or moving into advanced or extended scope roles. Some graduates pursue research or teaching careers in the UK or internationally, many going onto PhD study.

Students who join the course without HCPC registration may apply for this, to gain work experience in the UK during and after the course. Automatic registration is not guaranteed on completion of the course, however, the learning opportunities provided align to the HCPC standards.

Where will I study?

You study at your own location by distance learning

Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • specialist facilities for teaching physiotherapy skills, designed to mimic a typical UK therapy clinic, with specialist plinths and therapy equipment
  • excellent audiovisual facilities to support learning in every classroom
  • extensive library resources both on-campus and online
  • audiovisually rich resources for distance learning students to support learning and interactivity, such as webinars and video presentations.

Entry requirements

All students

Academic Qualifications: Applicants will hold a degree / diploma / equivalent qualification in Physiotherapy, typically of 2.1 or above.

Other formally certified qualifications: Applicants must be qualified to practice physiotherapy in their country of origin and are usually required to provide one reference of their capability for postgraduate study. Post-qualification clinical physiotherapy experience is welcomed, it is not essential.

Level of English language capability: If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill area.

Entry profile: Applicants need to be committed to post graduate study and capable of development into a self-motivated, reflective professional.

Applicants should be prepared to explore theoretical, clinical and evidence based concepts within group activities and will be required to demonstrate effective communication and team work skills.

Verification that applicants fulfil the criteria will be sought via the applicants' references, their curriculum vitae and the supporting statement in their application.

Personal Statements must demonstrate commitment to professional development, effective communication and teamwork skills and self-motivation.

Non-standard entry requirements: Some flexibility maybe exercised to the admissions criteria for students wishing to study individual modules. Some variation in terms of professional background and education maybe accepted and applicants will be considered individually by the course admissions team.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Evidence Based Reasoning In Physiotherapy (Distance Learning) Credits: 30 Assessment: Practical
Module: Therapeutic Exercise And Physical Activity (Distance Learning) Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Researching For Practice (Taught) Credits: 15
Elective modules
Module Credits
Module: Advancing Practice In Neurological Therapy Credits: 30
Module: Advancing Practice In Neurological Therapy (Distance Learning) Credits: 30
Module: Cognition And Perception In Practice Credits: 30
Module: Contemporary Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Credits: 30
Module: Contemporary Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation (Distance Learning) Credits: 30
Module: Ergonomics And Human Factors At Work Credits: 30
Module: Evidencing Your Cpd Credits: 15
Module: Exercise For Mental Health And Psychological Wellbeing (Distance Learning) Credits: 15
Module: Fundamentals Of Musculoskeletal Radiographic Image Interpretation Credits: 15
Module: Health Promotion And Lifestyle Management Credits: 15
Module: Leadership In Practice Credits: 15
Module: Learning And Teaching For Practice (Distance Learning) Credits: 15
Module: Living Well With Long Term Conditions Credits: 30
Module: Pain Management (Distance Learning) Credits: 15
Module: Planning Service Improvement Credits: 15
Module: Therapeutic Management Of Neuromusculoskeletal Pain Credits: 15

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Dissertation 60 Credits Credits: 60

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £8,000 for the course. For distance learning study the fee will be calculated pro-rata each year based on the number of credits studied (£670 for 15 credits or £1,335 for 30 credits).

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £8,000 for the course. For distance learning study the fee will be calculated pro-rata each year based on the number of credits studied (£670 for 15 credits or £1,335 for 30 credits).

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This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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