MSc Manual therapy Programme – Eligible for full membership of the MACP upon successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma stage.

The Manual therapy programme has been delivered at Coventry University for over 30 years. It is a well-respected, internationally recognised and clinically focused programme which aims to meet the educational needs of Physiotherapists working in contemporary musculoskeletal healthcare settings.

The programme consists of 3 awards and 2 pathways (MACP clinical pathway and non-clinical pathway) :-

  • MSc Manual therapy (180 credits)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Manual Therapy (120 credits)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Manual Therapy (60 credits)

A key aim of the programme is to prepare students for advanced clinical practice roles in the musculoskeletal speciality. Research has shown that graduates from this programme move into advanced roles within 4 years of completing the course such as consultant, clinical specialist, first contact practitioner, advanced physiotherapy practitioner, lecturer, researcher, private practitioner and healthcare manager (Perry and Green, 2007).

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop expertise in the 4 pillars of advanced practice: research, education, specialist clinical skills and leadership and management skills to which course and module content is aligned.

The underpinning programme philosophy of developing advanced skills in problem solving, critical enquiry, clinical reasoning and evidence informed practice promotes the development of a sound, effective and reasoned approach to advanced level of practice.

Clinical skills, leadership and management skills and work based learning are integral to advanced practice. These skills are developed throughout the course in the specialist university based modules, in the innovative leadership module and also during a 5 week period of mentored clinical practice in the clinical setting.

Graduates from the PG Diploma and full MSc courses will leave the university with an academic qualification (MSc or PG Diploma); a professional qualification (membership of the Musculoskeletal Association of Physiotherapists - MACP) and a management qualification (certificates in Leaderships and Management form the Chartered Management Institute-CMI).

The course provides:

  • A flexible learning pathway: you can tailor your route through the course to suit your needs and those of your workplace.
  • Equal emphasis on theoretical and practical elements of musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

  • Teaching excellence – all of our tutors (invited lecturers and university staff) are experts in their field of education or clinical
  • Enriched learning experience – technology and our new stare of the art science and health building are used to optimize the delivery of a blended learning approach
  • An excellent range of clinically relevant option modules – you can shape your programme of study to your own personal or professional needs
  • High level of mentored clinical practice - skills and knowledge gained on the course can be applied (MACP route only) 

  • Career enhancement
  • Academic, professional and management qualification

Mode of attendance
Courses can be taken on a full time basis or a more flexible part time basis in order to accommodate personal and professional commitments alongside study.  Distance learning is possible on some modules.

Methods of assessment
Coursework, written assignments, seminar presentations, reports, practical and clinical vivas, research projects and assessment of performance on clinical placement 

Course Entry Criteria

  • BSc Honours degree in Physiotherapy or Sports Therapy, preferably 2:1. Those with suitable alternative qualifications such as a diploma will also be considered
  • Membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy or Society of Sports Therapy (MACP route)
  • Registration with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) (MACP route) 
  • 1500 hours post qualification experience in a neuromusculoskeletal context
  • Students whose first language is not English will require IELTA level 7.0 for the clinical route through the course.
  • Successful interview with course director


Gerard Greene
Temporary Course Lead for MSc MSK Physiotherapy course
School of Health, Richard Crossman Building, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Coventry University, Coventry, CV1 5FB. UK