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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    18 months

Course summary

This is a flexible, part-time pathway that leads you to a clinically orientated MSc covering the assessment, diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of disorders of the musculoskeletal (MSK) system.

This MSc is a ‘must-have’ qualification for physiotherapists and medical practitioners who wish to improve treatment outcomes in the management of musculoskeletal disorders, and to develop their personal and professional skills.

Why QMU?

  • This is a flexible, clinically orientated route to master’s study.
  • This course offers practice-relevant training delivered by expert clinicians.
  • The MSc is ideal for physiotherapists stepping onto the Advanced Practitioner ladder and GPs developing as a GP with Special Interest.

Course overview

The overall pathway of the MSc is flexible, and so it supports continuing professional development in musculoskeletal practice at all stages. It is ideal for physiotherapists who are developing their career towards advanced or first contact musculoskeletal practice, and medical practitioners developing their ‘GP with Special Interest’ role.

Exit awards

MSc (180 credits)/ PgDip (120 credits)

Teaching, learning and assessment

Teaching methods include interactive lectures, demonstrations, supervised practical groups, individual and group tutorials, seminars and workshops. Students’ learning will also be supported by technology, with the expectation of online investigation and discussion with their peers, tutors and supervisors. Learners will be actively involved in a range of learning, teaching and assessment approaches as part of their MSc.

Formative assessment within the course comprises self, peer, group and tutor assessment of practical skills with feedback. Self-evaluation is encouraged through the development of each student’s professional development portfolio. Summative assessment comprises essays, literature reviews, practical examinations and development and presentation of portfolio.

Links with industry/ professional bodies

The course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.


This MSc will help physiotherapists who are profession building towards advanced or first contact musculoskeletal practice in the NHS or in the private sector, and medical practitioners developing their ‘GP with Special Interest’ in musculoskeletal medicine role.

Tuition fees

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University information

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

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  • Campus address

    Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Queen Margaret University Drive, Musselburgh, Edinburgh, EH21 6UU, Scotland

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