Explore this Section
- Course Aims
- Entry Requirements
- Course Content
- Teaching and Assessment
- Additional Costs
- Student Testimonials
Physiotherapy is a constantly evolving profession which requires practitioners to demonstrate current best practice and continued professional development at postgraduate level. The philosophy of this flexible modular course is to broaden and extend knowledge and skills in the field of cardio-respiratory physiotherapy and encourage personal and professional development. This programme is designed to provide opportunity for students to question and challenge current practice in aspects of cardio-respiratory physiotherapy and to enable students to explore in depth, areas of professional interest within physiotherapy. It also aims to enable students to evaluate evidence both for current practice and for new approaches in physiotherapy practice.
The structure of the core modules meets the needs of individuals to review and evaluate the cardio-respiratory field of physiotherapy and to integrate this into their clinical practice where appropriate. The optional modules allow students to devise a programme to suit their own specific requirements in terms of professional and personal development. The Research Methods in Health module and postgraduate dissertation, together with core/optional modules such as Evidence-based Practice and Assessment and Measurement, develop the student’s research capabilities and critical evaluation skills.
The School of Health & Rehabilitation is based on Keele campus and has a well-established undergraduate physiotherapy programme. It has strong connections both with local clinical units and with other Schools within the University such as the Schools of Nursing & Midwifery, Medicine, and Pharmacy.
The part-time MSc programme can be completed in two years, but students may take up to five years if they wish (modular route). The structure of the course therefore allows flexible learning in accordance with individual student interests and needs.
Part-Time route (2 year course)
Modules are taken over 3 semesters and then the dissertation is taken in the final semester (2 semesters per year).
45 credits of option modules must be taken in total within the first 3 semesters, most modules are 15 credits, some may be 30 credits
For the part-time route, payment can be made in 12 instalments over 2 years.
Modular route (up to 5 year course)
A minimum of one module is taken per semester (2 semesters per year) for four years and then the dissertation in the fifth year but if a student takes more modules per semester then they can complete earlier. This means a student can complete anywhere between 3 and 5 years so it is a more flexible approach.
For the Modular route, payment is made as each module is taken.
(these modules can be taken in any order but please take in account the dates that they run and any option modules that may have pre-requisites)
Aims of the Course
Provide an environment where the student is supported and motivated to develop academically, professionally and personally. Promote reflective thinking, reflective practice, and self-evaluation. Develop the process of critical and evaluative thinking, writing, and communication. Transfer scientific knowledge from theory into practice. Develop research skills to provide students with a sound academic core to their clinical practice in physiotherapy. Develop a scientific approach to the evaluation of current practice in cardio-respiratory physiotherapy.
Promote interdisciplinary perspectives and an holistic approach to the cardio-respiratory management and rehabilitation of person.
The course is open to appropriately qualified physiotherapists who are interested in acquiring new knowledge and/or deepening existing knowledge in the field of cardio-respiratory physiotherapy. Applicants should normally have a first or second- class honours degree (2.1 or 2.2) (or overseas equivalent) in Physiotherapy. There is an expectation that applicants will possess level 6 (bachelors degree level) knowledge and skills in the area of cardiovascular-respiratory physiotherapy.
For students whose first language is not English, evidence will normally* be required of successful completion of an English Language qualification such as IELTS (minimum 6.5 with at least 6 in each sub-test).
All applications are assessed on an individual basis. Applicants should ensure that their personal statements identify why they wish to study this course.
*In exceptional circumstances, if the school believes a student to be academically strong but has a borderline IELTS (or equivalent) score (e.g. a student with an UK equivalent high first class degree qualification and misses one component of the IELTS by 0.5 in a speaking or listening section), the applicant may be interviewed by the academic from both the School and the Language Centre. If the student is successful in the interview they maybe considered for entry.
The MSc programme comprises taught modules to the value of 120 Level 7 credits and a dissertation of 60 M Level 7 credits, giving a total of 180 credits. Students may choose to finish their studies after completing 60 taught credits (Postgraduate Certificate) or 120 taught credits (Postgraduate Diploma), or they may study any module on a stand-alone basis and obtain the relevant credits. The part-time MSc programme can be completed in two years, but students may take up to five years if they wish. The structure of the course therefore allows flexible learning in accordance with individual student interests and needs.
Visit the School website to view module block sessional dates, and details of all modules.
The core modules meet the needs of individuals to review and evaluate the scientific background of the cardio-respiratory specialism and to integrate this into their clinical practice. The option modules allow students to devise a programme to suit their own specific requirements in terms of professional and personal development. The Research Methods in Health module and Evidence-based Practice module together with the dissertation develop the student’s research capabilities and critical evaluation skills.
Core Modules (each 15 credits totalling 75 credits plus the dissertation)
Research Methods in Health, Acute Respiratory Deterioration and Critical Care, Advanced Management of the Respiratory Complications of Neuromuscular Disease, Behaviour Change for Health and Well-being,
and the Dissertation
Optional Module (45 credits)
Choose from the following
Applied Clinical Anatomy 1, Applied Clinical Anatomy 2, Dynamic Ultrasound Imaging, Psychosocial Aspects of Pain, Introducing Acupuncture, Physiology and Pharmacology of Pain, Physiology of Neuromusculoskeletal Tissue, Concepts of Neurological Rehabilitation, Assistive Technologies in Neuromuscular Rehabilitation, or another from the Faculty Module listing
Teaching and Assessment
Lecture sessions are led by a variety of experienced authorities in their field. Therefore, the student receives a wide knowledge base from academics and practising experts.
The programme is assessed by a variety of techniques chosen to reflect the aims and objectives and teaching methods of individual modules, for example: essay, oral examination, critical evaluation, paper review, seminar presentations, examination, the use of the Virtual Learning Environment, and dissertation. The pass mark for all modules is 50%.
Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines we do not anticipate any additional costs for this post graduate programme.
Christine Agapidou Part-time MSc Physiotherapy (Cardiorespiratory)
“My name is Christina Agapidou I'm a student on the MSc Physiotherapy: Cardiorespiratory course. I've finished my undergraduate programme in 2015 and I chose this programme as it was one of a few MSc on Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy in the UK that runs in a part time schedule. I also chose this course as it will expand my knowledge and prepare my practical and critical thinking skills. The course was challenging and the teachers were very helpful and passionate about the profession of Physiotherapy which is a fact that inspired me through my academic year. I've also achieved to improve my practical and critical skills by analysing the literature which helped me expand my knowledge on the Cardiorespiratory field. I would recommend this course to anyone willing of furthering their career in this field.”