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Cardiff University

Title: PGD/MSc in Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy

MACP Membership: Eligible for full membership of the MACP upon successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma stage.

Course Tutor: Philippa Coales

Contact Address: Department of Physiotherapy, School of Healthcare Studies, Cardiff University, Ty Dewi Sant, Heath Park. Cardiff, CF14 4XN

Contact details: Tel: 029 20 687732 Fax: 02920 742267



***Note: Cardiff University have decided not to run the MSc Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy for intake September 2014.

Overview of the course philosophy
This course aims to provide the learner with an opportunity to develop their evaluative, critical thinking, reflective and problem solving skills in the practice of neuromusculoskeletal physiotherapy. It allows the learner to increase their practical and theoretical knowledge of neuromusculoskeletal physiotherapy through an integration of the many different clinical reasoning approaches. It aims to develop a physiotherapist who will display mastery of  knowledge and skills in a complex and specialised area, utilising evidence based practice and advanced clinical reasoning to facilitate patient management.
Students undertaking the PGD study a module on research methods to ensure a clear understanding of how this can impact upon their clinical practice and effectiveness. Students continuing to MSc develop their research understanding and practical skills by undertaking a research study in a related topic of their choice.

Mode of attendance
The programme is structured in a modular but sequential format. Initially the students undertake three modules, neuromusculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment from theory to practice (NMS1), clinical kinaesiology 1 (B4/1) and clinical kinaesiology 2 (B4/2).
Subsequently the students undertake 2 further modules, neuromusculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment advanced assessment and management (NMS2) and research methods in health and social care (A1/1).
The clinical practice module runs alongside and following the 2 latter modules.
Methods of assessment
A variety of assessment methods are used including: written assignments, oral presentation, practical and clinical examinations and mini project.
Progression to MSc requires the completion of a research dissertation

Clinical practice component 
The clinical practice module (NMS3) is divided into 2 clinical placements, the second of which is a progression of the first.
The first is undertaken following successful completion of NMS1 and the second following successful completion of NMS2.
Each placement is of 3 weeks duration and is flexible in its delivery, either full-time or part-time.

Exemptions to MACP membership
Eligible for Associate membership at commencement of the programme.
Full membership of the MACP following successful completion of the PGD.


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