Postgraduate Course

Postgraduate Diploma Advanced Musculoskeletal Assessment and Practice

Postgraduate Diploma Advanced Musculoskeletal Assessment and Practice

Overview

The details
Advanced Musculoskeletal Assessment and Practice
October 2018
Part-time
5 years
Colchester Campus

Please note, the course duration is between 1 and 6 years depending on the pathway chosen.

We understand that you may not have the time to do a full-time degree, so our CPD pathways allow you to study flexibly, in the way that best suits you. The structure, mode of delivery and level of support allow you to progress towards a qualification at postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or Masters level.

This pathway enables clinicians in the musculoskeletal field to advance their practice. All students will engage in material related to clinical decision making and there are options available to advance clinical skills, including injection therapy and independent prescribing. There is flexibility within this pathway for students to direct their learning to topics of personal interest.

We:

  • Provide you with a critical understanding of the key concepts underlying advanced musculoskeletal clinical skills beyond your normal professional scope of practice.
  • Provide you with the opportunity to acquire advanced musculoskeletal clinical skills beyond your normal professional scope of practice.
  • Provide you with skills to access and critically appraise research findings to develop your own evidence-based practice.
  • Enhance your understanding of the essential principles of research design and to conduct an extensive piece of independent research including: planning, formulating, designing, choosing research methods, collecting data, analysing, interpreting and writing-up.
  • Ensure you acquire a range of transferable employment-related skills.

This course sits within our new School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences. This will not change the content of the course but provides an exciting opportunity to join a community specifically focused on sports and exercise science, sports therapy and physiotherapy. This will allow us to bring together our internationally recognised research, share knowledge, and enhance placement and vocational opportunities for our students and graduates.

Professional, statutory and regulatory bodies

We are committed to embedding the NHS Constitution Values (which are strongly reflected in our University values) into everything we do. They define the behaviours and expectations of all our staff and students underpinning the work we do in the university, clinical arena and other workplaces.

We understand that not all of our students and staff are employed within the NHS but these values uphold the underlying principles of excellent care as a standard, and as such we expect that anyone who cares for others will aspire to uphold these values.

For us, involving not only our students, but service users, experts by experience, carers and NHS/non NHS professionals in the creation and delivery of all programmes is vital.

Why we're great.
  • Study flexibly with a part-time CPD pathway
  • Develop the skills to assess and manage patients with a range of musculoskeletal conditions beyond your normal scope of practice
  • Work with leading experts from a range of fields, including physiotherapists, rheumatologists, and consultant neurophysiologists

Our expert staff

We have a range of guest specialists who work with us, including Billy Fashanu, consultant physiotherapist and various other tutors such as consultant rheumatologists, radiologists, consultant neurophysiologists and other injecting practitioners.

Specialist facilities

The School of Health and Social Care is located at two sites; in the Kimmy Eldridge building on the Colchester campus and in the Gateway Building on the Southend campus.

As one of our CPD students, you may be taking modules at either campus or online to suit your needs, which means that you can access facilities across both campuses as required.

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

In order to apply for a place on this degree pathway you will need to have:

  • A relevant professional qualification and current registration with the relevant UK professional body.
  • A minimum of four years post-registration experience.
  • A relevant first degree or relevant professional experience and qualifications that demonstrate ability to study at level seven.
  • You will also need to be:

  • Currently employed in a relevant field of practice.
  • Provide a demonstration of existing specialist competencies in musculoskeletal practice.

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

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English language requirements

For non-native speakers of English an IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 450/200.

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Structure

Example structure

Total credits: 120

All of the following 15 credit modules:

  • Understanding and Managing Complex Musculoskeletal Conditions
  • Soft Tissue and Joint Injection Therapy
  • Advanced Musculoskeletal Assessment

Plus one of the following:

  • Research Design and Critical Appraisal and Data Collection, Analysis and Interpretation
  • Research Design and Critical Appraisal and Statistical Analysis
  • Postgraduate Research Methods

Plus one of the following:

  • Two 15 credit optional modules
  • One 30 credit optional module

Fees and funding

Home/EU fee

TBC

International fee

TBC

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

What's next

Open Days

We hold Open Days for all our applicants throughout the year. Our Colchester Campus events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex, and give you the chance to:

  • tour our campus and accommodation
  • find out answers to your questions about our courses, student finance, graduate employability, student support and more
  • meet our students and staff

If the dates of our organised events aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing tours@essex.ac.uk and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.

2018 Open Days (Colchester Campus)

  • Saturday, June 23, 2018

Applying

If you are intending to follow a modular programme, please email sres@essex.ac.uk. You will be guided through how to apply and we will refer you to the relevant programme or module lead to discuss your plans.

From this discussion, a formal outline of the most suitable modules for your professional and personal circumstances will be produced, called a pathway plan. Although your plans may change over time, this formal document helps us plan delivery of modules over the coming years, and it helps your sponsor to plan funding arrangements as appropriate.

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We recognise the importance of your previous academic learning and professional experience, and you can use both to gain credit value towards the specific programme you are interested in, known as Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning or APEL.

APEL is dependent on many factors. If you are interested in this option please email us at sres@essex.ac.uk before you apply. It is necessary to highlight any prior learning before you apply as the modules you wish to study may be dependent on this. For further information on our AP(E)L procedure, please review the University’s Quality Enhancement information.

MSc Programme application

Module application

If you are interested in applying for a specific module, you will need to complete the module application form:

Your application and funding

If you require an invoice for your module fees, please include invoicing details on your application form.

If you are self-funded, payment information will be sent approximately two weeks before the module start date.

Once we have received your signed and completed application form we will write to confirm if you have been successful in gaining a place.

Module contact: Sue Innes/Mel Wiltshire

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