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MSc/PGDip Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy

The Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy programme at University of Birmingham qualifies you for membership of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP) and the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT).

Quick Facts

Duration: 13 months to 3 years (Full-Time)
Up to 6 years (Part-Time)
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: £24,649 per year
Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom

This programme enables exploration of the theoretical basis of manipulative/musculoskeletal physiotherapy and its application to the development of your clinical reasoning for advanced clinical practice. Using the process of clinical reasoning as its framework, this programme integrates many approaches to clincal practice in this specialist area. It facilitates an evaluation of existing evidence and your clinical experiences through the exploration of the assessment and management of clinial presentations of musculoskeletal complaints.

The Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy programme at University of Birmingham offers part-time, full-time modes of study, with some modules available and supported through distance learning providing you with the opportunity to tailor your learning experience to meet your personal and professional needs.

Courses included:

  • Research Methods
  • Innovation in Professional Development
  • Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy: Lower Quadrant
  • Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy: Upper Quadrant
  • Continuing Professional Development and Mentored Practice
  • Research Dissertation – MSc only

“The transition from undergrad to postgrad can be a big step up in terms of workload and what is expected of you, but there is so much support available to you as a postgrad student, from academic writing support (if you’ve been out of education for a few years or just want a bit of extra help) to mental health and wellbeing services. The careers support is fantastic – the uni puts on employer fairs throughout the year and you have access to one on one support from the Careers Network team, who can help you develop your skills ready for your next step!”

Emma Sutton // PhD Psychology


Physiotherapy graduates have entered careers both in the NHS and private sector. They work in hospitals, in the community as well as sports clubs and the military. An increasing number of Physiotherapy graduates are working on a freelance basis alongside their work in the NHS. Some choose to pursue further studies in education, research or undertake further training.


  • Current registration with the Health & Care Professions Council and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (includes professional indemnity)
  • A BSc/BA Honours degree or equivalent. The degree should normally be a first or upper second class Honours degree.
  • You must provide detail in your application your experiences of using manipulative/musculoskeletal physiotherapy skills within a practice base setting to evidence fulfilment of 1500 hours (hours accrued as part of your pre-registration/qualifying education or internship do not count).
  • Supporting evidence of appropriate continuing professional development during this experience will also be required.

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