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PgDip Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy (MSc Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy available) - Provides full membership of the MACP upon successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma stage.

The programme provides flexibility of learning, benefits of shared teaching and learning and a range of opportunities to meet the needs of healthcare professionals working within their existing and future practice environments. It enables a student's personal and professional development through the development of their skills of critical analysis and evaluation to a higher level. The programme recognises the integration of research, theory and practice as central to the continuing education of an advancing practitioner. It facilitates the development of clinical expertise in the specialist area of manipulative physiotherapy within the context of evidence based practice, providing students with the opportunity to tailor their learning experience to meet their personal and professional needs. The programme enables the exploration of the theoretical basis of manipulative physiotherapy and its subsequent application to the development of a student's clinical expertise. Using the process of clinical reasoning as its framework, this programme integrates the many approaches to practice in this area, facilitating an evaluation of the existing evidence.

Mode of attendance
Full time or part time (distance learning possible for some modules)

Methods of assessment
Coursework, written assignments, seminar, Professional Development Plan, viva, assessment of performance on clinical placement 

Mentored clinical practice component

The mentored clinical practice facilitates the synthesis of the theoretical and practical aspects of a student's development through a period of mentorship within the practice environment. The students will have the opportunity to work in a variety of settings to further explore and develop their existing knowledge and skills towards expertise. The work-based environment will enable the advancement of existing skills which may or may not include an extended scope of practice. The mentor will enable the student's development through a partnership of teaching, researching, managing, observing and discussing with innovative practice being encouraged within the framework of safe and ethical practice.

Delivery is within a work-based setting negotiated between the student, Programme Lead and prospective mentors. This process of negotiation is dependent upon their individual learning needs and specialist requirements. A variety of patterns of delivery of the 150 hours experience are possible encompassing part time, full time modes as well as e-mentoring to augment the practice based learning.

Exemptions to MACP membership
Provides full membership of the MACP upon successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma stage.


Matthew Willett
School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT. UK
Tel: 0121 415 8367