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Advanced Practice - Musculoskeletal Studies

36 months
15500 GBP/year
10000 GBP/year
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The Master of Science in Advanced Practice - Musculoskeletal Studies at Cardiff Metropolitan University is aimed to develop autonomous reflective practitioners who are engaged in advanced practice within a range of organisational and professional settings.


The Master of Science in Advanced Practice - Musculoskeletal Studies at Cardiff Metropolitan University is aimed at HCPC registered practitioners – or equivalent – who are involved in the management of lower limb musculoskeletal conditions across a range of patient groups. This has typically included Podiatrists and Physiotherapists,. A key feature is the emphasis on developing an evidence-based approach to practice, and students are challenged to critically analyse a range of issues related to multiple facets of musculoskeletal practice.

Any modules at Level 7 (Masters level)  studied elsewhere, that meet the learning needs of the student, can be incorporated into the module mix via the Recognising Prior Learning (RPL) procedure.  In addition, it is recognised that many professions engage with CPD activities which are not credit rated.  The Reflection on Prior Learning module is a 20 credit level 7 generic option module where students can use relevant CPD activities to critically reflect on those experiences and produce a reflective statement and portfolio.  


The Professional working at Masters Level will be able to lead and contribute to developments in their profession through a more pro-active, critical and reflective approach. Additionally they will be an agent of change, a leader and act as an advocate of their profession. Employability will be enhanced by professions who undertake modules on a CPD basis and NHS professionals will be able to use the awards towards gaining recognition as an Advanced Practitioner. This programme will also provide the opportunity for graduates to go on to further research degree studies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Work Based Learning 1: Musculoskeletal Examination and Diagnosis
  • Pathological basis of musculoskeletal disorders
  • Sports Biomechanics and Injury Management
  • Work Based Learning 2: Musculoskeletal Therapeutics

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 36 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants should hold an honours degree in a discipline relating to their proposed area of study. However, candidates with other relevant qualifications will be considered.​
  • Applicants must normally be able to demonstrate a minimum of 2 years recent and relevant experience in an appropriate setting. The applied nature of the course and the emphasis on critical reflection and the development of advanced practice require candidates to have relevant experience on which they can reflect and develop their studies.
  • ​Entry Requirements for specific pathways:​
    • Dietetics - candidates should be registered Dieticians with the Health and Care Professions Council.
    • Speech and Language Therapy - candidates should be registered Speech and Language Therapists with the Health and Care Professions Council.
    • Sports and Exercise Nutrition – candidates should have a first degree in Dietetics, Nutrition or Sports and Exercise Science.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15500 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    10000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10000 GBP per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Cardiff

628 - 1066 GBP /month
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