Study a course designed for physiotherapists who want to advance their clinical, therapeutic and reflective skills. It enhances your effectiveness by integrating and applying practical skills, theory and research. You identify ways to improve the healthcare services you provide, enabling improved patient outcomes.
This course is for qualified physiotherapists and aims to improve your practice by developing your assessment skills and clinical reasoning. You explore ways to measure the effectiveness of your clinical practice as well as issues such as collaborative practice and engaging patients.
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. This ensures that the course gives you a balance of practical and academic skills. Assessments are designed to replicate the challenges you may face within the workplace. This offers an authentic experience and the opportunity to develop skills that are directly transferable to practice.
The course helps to improve your employment prospects and clinical skills, enabling you to lead clinical teams or work in teaching or research. If you study the course full-time, we provide placement experience in the UK where you work with an experienced clinician who is also an experienced tutor. The placement is an integral part of the course, so you choose the field in which you specialise and then apply your learning to clinical practice. If you study the course part-time and already work in clinical practice, you will be supported to apply your learning in your current post.
You learn from enthusiastic tutors including academics who have physiotherapy research published in peer reviewed journals. This includes Dr Stephen May, who is an internationally renowned physiotherapist who has contributed to several well known textbooks including the key text on the McKenzie Approach 'Lumbar Spine: Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy'.
Distance learning study
A key feature of this course is that all modules can be studied as distance learning or as university-based teaching. Distance learning allows you to study from any location in the world, and at times that are convenient for your work and life commitments.
To aid your professional and clinical development we use a range of online learning and teaching activities, such as interactive tutor and peer group discussions, patient video case studies and reflective journals around clinical practice. Experienced tutors also provide regular personal guidance and feedback.
2017 entry requirements
You typically need an approved degree in physiotherapy with work experience. If you don't have relevant work experience, you typically need a 2.1 or above or equivalent. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more
If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English.
International and European entry qualifications
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.
Full-time – 18 months
Part-time – typically three years
Distance learning – typically three years
Typical modules may include
The postgraduate certificate (PgCert) is achieved by successfully completing 60 credits.
|Postgraduate certificate core modules||
Advancing clinical reasoning (15 credits)
Improving clinical effectiveness (15 credits)
Optimising therapeutic outcomes (15 credits)
|Postgraduate certificate options||
Choose one from
Pain management (15 credits)
Pathology and patient management (15 credits)
Concepts of learning and teaching (15 credits)
Personalised study module (15 credits)
|Postgraduate diploma core modules||
Improving therapy services (15 credits)
Researching for Practice (15 credits)
|Postgraduate diploma optional modules||
These are specialist modules that develop your knowledge and skills in the assessment, identification and purposive management within an area of practice. After completing the taught element, you are encouraged to apply your learning to your own practice and/or complete supervised clinical experience with Sheffield Hallam tutors to further develop your clinical skills.
Choose one from
Contemporary musculoskeletal rehabilitation (30 credits)
Advanced practice in neurological therapy (30 credits)
Advanced practice in cardiorespiratory care (30 credits) (only available as distance learning)
Personalised study module (30 credits)
Dissertation (60 credits)
Further information about all modules is available on our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) website.
Graduates of this course are likely to gain employment in physiotherapy in a variety of settings
• in the UK NHS
• overseas in public sector posts
• in private clinics and private hospitals
• in sports clubs and professional sports organisations
Many of our masters graduates have started work in teaching, either within their clinical setting or associated with a university.
Opportunities to work in research in physiotherapy are expanding and many previous students have used their masters as a stepping-stone to doctoral study in the UK or overseas.
Home / EU student
Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)
2016/17 academic year
Full-time – typically £6,300 for the course
Part-time – typically £2,100 a stage for PgCert, PgDip and MSc stages
Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are available across the majority of subject areas.
2017/18 academic year
Typically £6,400 for the MSc, 15 credits £535 or 30 credits £1,070
2016/17 academic year
Full-time – typically £12,800 for the course
Distance learning – typically £7,650 for the course
2017/18 academic year
Full-time – typically £13,250 for the course
Distance learning -typically £7,950 for the course
Additional course costs
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.
Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.