Postgraduate Taught

PgDip/ MSc Advancing Practice in Physiotherapy (Advancing Practice in Health Framework)




As part of our Advancing Practice in Health Framework, this award pathway will be of interest if you want to advance your practice in the area of physiotherapy. It is delivered online and available both full- and part-time.

The physiotherapy pathway aims to facilitate the knowledge and skills required for the development of advanced physiotherapy practice. This pathway is based on a model of collaborative multi-professional learning aligned to expectations of the four pillars of advanced practice (Clinical Practice, Leadership, Education and Research).

Why QMU?

We offer a collaborative multi- professional online learning environment. Learning and assessment are underpinned by current research and the evolving landscape of health and wellbeing.

Course overview

There are learning opportunities in areas such as fundamentals of advancing practice, critical analysis, evaluation and research methodologies, as well as clinical competency workplace modules.

The framework also offers opportunities to draw on expertise across the University on subjects such as leadership, social science and education.

The physiotherapy pathway aims to foster and develop QMU’s mission of cultivating intellectual capital with both a theoretical and practical focus.

Learning and teaching is underpinned by research, evidence and scholarship against a background of the current and evolving political and social landscape for health and wellbeing. The physiotherapy pathway offers flexibility in modes of study (part-time, full-time or workplace) that are responsive to individual needs and today’s culture of work and learning.

Exit awards

MSc (180 credits)/ PgDip (120 credits)


To obtain a specific postgraduate award at QMU you must complete a number of credit bearing modules. You can opt to study for the full MSc or a PgDip. You can also register as an associate student to complete a single module for CPD. On completion of a single module, you may wish to complete further modules and progress your studies to a named award.

Teaching, learning and assessment

The framework offers flexibility in module choice and modes of study (part-time, full-time, workplace) that are responsive to individual needs and today’s culture of work and learning.

All modules are delivered online and can be studied from a distance. Additional support is available for those new to or returning to master’s level study.

Teaching hours and attendance

No on-campus attendance is required at QMU and course material is delivered entirely online. Each 20-credit module will equate with approximately 200 hours of study, which will include regular online contact and independent experiential learning.


  • Advanced Competencies I & II (20/40 credits)*

  • Demonstrating Impact in Practice (20 credits)*

  • Enquiry-based Practice (20 credits)

  • Fundamentals of Advancing practice (20 credits)

  • plus an optional module (20 credits) from any approved framework modules (see below).

Advancing Practice Framework modules:

The following list of modules are all available in the framework. If opting to study for a single module, you will be able to select any module from this list. If you chose to follow one of the named awards, you will complete the modules specific to that route. 

  • Advanced Competencies I & II (20/40 credits)*: These modules enable you to attain pre-agreed workplace competencies and to critically evaluate the evidence base underpinning the selected area of work.
  • Assessment for Learning (20 credits): This module is designed to enable those who have an educational role to formally develop their knowledge and understanding of a variety of assessment and feedback methods.
  • Partnership Working in Health Promotion (formerly Community Health and Wellbeing Theory) (20 credits): This module will enable learners to advance their own practice by gaining a critical understanding of theory related to community health and wellbeing policy and practice.
  • Diagnostic Investigations for the Lower Limb (20 credits): This module will provide you with theoretical knowledge and understanding of a range of diagnostic and laboratory investigations in the lower limb.
  • Dissertation (60 credits): This module will enable learners to develop and apply the skills of research and enquiry to produce original work contributing to a subject, field or profession.
  • Demonstrating Impact in Practice (20 credits)*: This module will enable learners to advance their practice by demonstrating sustainable impact in practice at a service, project or community level.
  • Enquiry-based Practice (20 credits):This module will provide you with an understanding of research principles, methodologies and analysis.
  • Facilitation of Learning (20 credits):This module is designed to enable those with an educational role to formally develop their knowledge and understanding of how to facilitate the learning of others.
  • Fundamentals of Advancing Practice (20 credits): This module will provide you with critical knowledge and understanding of advanced practice.
  • Leadership for Transformation and Innovation (20 credits): This module will provide you with a broad critical knowledge and understanding of the principles of leadership required for transformation and innovation in the public and private sectors.
  • MRI/CT in Practice (20 credits)*: This module will enable learners working with MRI or CT to develop a critical understanding of protocol selection and development as well as facilitating the evolution of skills and techniques regarding MRI or CT.
  • Medical Imaging of the Foot and Ankle (20 credits)*: This module will provide learners with a critical understanding of diagnostic modalities to develop evaluative and interpretative skills of musculoskeletal and orthopaedic modalities (NB this module is not available for 2021 entry).
  • Non-medical Prescribing for Allied Health Professionals (40 credits)*: This module will prepare learners to prescribe safely and competently within the context of their professional role as non-medical prescribers. If you are interested in taking this module, please contact John Veto.
  • Principles of MRI/CT (20 credits)*:This module will allow learners working with MRI or CT to develop a more in-depth understanding of the theoretical applications of MRI or CT.
  • Realistic Lifestyle Medicine (20 credits)*: This module will enable learners to advance their practice by critically evaluating, designing, delivering and reflecting on interventions at the individual level to improve health outcomes related to lifestyle behaviours.
  • Tissue Viability (20 credits): This module will provide you with critical understanding of the evidence base for factors contributing to cutaneous ulceration, viable assessment techniques and the effectiveness of current management practices.

For the MSc, you will also complete a Dissertation (60 credits).

*These modules require individuals to be working in the specific area and/or have access to an appropriate workplace setting (paid or voluntary).

The modules listed are correct at time of posting (Nov 2020) but are subject to change. In the event that modules change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact on students.

Single module study

Available. Register as an associate student to study single modules in areas of interest. Contact Kavi Jagadamma for further information.




All modules will provide learners with enhanced career progression opportunities in leadership roles or within their specialist field of practice.

Class sizes

You will join a multi-profession online community of learners.

Entry requirements

Honours degree or equivalent in Physiotherapy.

Non-standard entry will be considered.

International: Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 6.5 with no individual component score less than 6.0.

Some modules require individuals to be working in the specific area of practice and/or have access to a suitable work place setting along with the support of a line manager and workplace mentor.


Professional registration

Framework awards do not lead to UK registration with the HCPC or the right to practice within the UK, but aim to foster an intellectual approach to personal and professional development.

Application deadline


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Fees and transitionary scholarships for postgraduate EU students in 21/22 and 22/23

As part of our management of the Brexit transition, for many of our courses, including this one, we have introduced an EU transitional scholarship for EU full-time postgraduate students commencing their studies on campus in academic years 2021/22 and 2022/23. This provides a 40% discount on international tuition fees. The scholarship is available to EU students for whom the international fee rate applies and covers the courses marked with a # in the Postgraduate Fees – Full-Time Study section of our Fees page. This transitional scholarship is not applicable to students from the Republic of Ireland, who will continue to be eligible for the home fee rate.

Please Note: 

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2021/22 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).