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Evidence Based Reasoning in Physiotherapy (distance learning)

Clinical Reasoning
Clinical Reasoning
Clinical Reasoning
Clinical Reasoning


Firstly, this module will develop your ability to locate, critique and synthesise quantitative research evidence to inform your clinical decision making. Secondly, it will help you to evaluate your clinical decision-making processes and therefore improve your clinical effectiveness for individual patients.

Who the module is aimed at

The module is aimed at all physiotherapists, no matter how experienced.

Benefits of taking the course to the individual, the organisation and the patient

Students on this course will challenge their present thinking to develop advanced clinical assessment and reasoning skills that are both patient-centred and aligned to evidence-based practice. These skills will allow students to be more efficient and effective in their clinical practice with service users. 

What you learn

The module explores the use of evidence and a broad range of approaches to assessment and reasoning utilised in practice.

General areas covered

  • Searching for and appraising research evidence
  • Models of clinical reasoning and how these integrate evidence
  • Good practice in patient assessment
  • Integrating evidence into decision making

Skills gained for the workplace, technical skills or academic skills

Critical use of evidence in practice, collaborative approaches to assessment, movement analysis skills, reflective practice.

Unique or interesting features

This is an ideal first master’s module, you can tailor your learning to a specific clinical area or learn about practice generally in physiotherapy. If you have a large amount of previous clinical experience, you reflect upon and deepen that learning, however, if you have very little previous clinical experience, you build your practice skills. Either way, you increase your confidence in level 7 study.

To study this distance learning module you will require access to a computer with:

  • a reliable internet connection
    Microsoft or Apple Mac Supported Office Software
  • the current version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox

Fees and Funding for 2021/22

Indicative price for stand-alone module

Home student: £1,415

EU / International students: £2,410 - this is part-time study and therefore cannot provide sponsorship for Tier 4.


This module attracts Workforce Development / Workforce Transformation funding WDF/WTF by the following schemes:

How to apply

To apply for a self-funded place, please complete and return the application form below:

To apply for a Workforce Development / Workforce Transformation funding WDF/WTF funded place, please complete and return the relevant application form below:

Further information and Workforce Development Funding / CPD Funding online application form

  • Entry requirements

    • Relevant professional qualification
    • You will require a reliable internet connection
    • If English is not your first language you will be required to submit IELTS scores

    The above must be evidenced in your application form

  • Attendance

    Delivery Method:

    This module is delivered via distance learning

    View our statement on notional study hours »

    Provisional timetable

    Please contact the Module Leader for further information. 

    View our statement on timetable changes »

  • Assessment

    Module assessment is made up of one or more assessment tasks. The assessment task(s) for this module are:

    • Presentation
    • Viva: typically, a combination of a presentation/demonstration to one or more academics, with discussion, questioning and oral feedback

    Successful completion of this module will earn you 30 level 7 credits

Further details

For further information please contact the module leader Molly Hashmi-Greenwood - m.hashmi-greenwood@shu.ac.uk or contact the student experience team:


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