Allied Health Practice MSc

Allied Health Practice MSc
Our innovative MSc Allied Health Practice provides qualified Allied Health Professionals with a chance to study part-time, usually alongside existing work commitments, using the course to support current work place initiatives.

Allied Health Practice has been mapped against key health and social care strategies and is developed in conjunction with clinical partners to ensure that it meets service needs. This postgraduate course focuses on contemporary clinical practice with a strong emphasis on understanding the evidence base, understanding health and social care policy and working with other Health Professionals, to keep the patient at the centre of care. All assessments are developed to complement and assist your working practice, and students often find it useful to use challenges from their employment as the basis for their module assessments.

MSc Allied Health Practice makes use of the excellent facilities at UCLan, including the School's own state-of-the-art movement analysis lab, clinical treatment rooms and the excellent Information Technology support which the University provides.

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:


Ancillary Award:




Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:

Mixed Mode

Course Length:

Usually three-five years part-time studying up to 60 credits per year. The number of credits studied each year will determine the duration of study – 60 credits each year give a completion within three years.


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Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

September 2013 , January,

Entry Requirements:
Applications are sought from individuals possessing an Honours degree in an Allied Health field or with a relevant professional qualification and practice experience e.g. Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy. Participants will usually be practicing Allied Health Professionals, or be eligible to register on the Allied Health Professions register of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC); applicants who have the appropriate professional qualification and who are working towards HCPC registration will be considered. Overseas applicants must also be able to demonstrate achievement of IELTS level 7.0, with no less than 6.5 in any individual component, before the start of the programme. Applicants wishing to apply for accreditation of prior learning (APL) for other M level modules (internal or external) may import up to two thirds of the credits for the award. Credits must however be current and map to the learning outcomes of the programme and its existing modules.

Applicants should note that some modules require either HCPC registration or that you are currently practicing. Students who are undertaking placements will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced criminal record check, for which there may be an additional fee. The awards do not provide eligibility to apply for professional registration; students wishing to gain access to the AHP register of the HCPC may use these modules to develop some of the required evidence to support their application. All applicants may be asked to attend for a guidance interview.

DBS Checks

This course may involve regular access to children and/or vulnerable adults. Where this is the case, students will be required to obtain a DBS Enhanced Criminal Records check and UCLan will take you through the process.

Programme Spec:

To download the Programme Specification for this course, please click here.

Course Content

Course Outline:
(Instead of undertaking a full MSc, student may choose to study to PGDip -120 credits including two core modules (not dissertation) and PGCert any 60 credits (not dissertation).

The course is innovative in its inclusion of modules which are designed to develop your clinical and professional practice, at the pace at which you are able to study. All the modules are available as stand-alone CPD modules, or can be studied as part of an award pathway.

This course affords you the opportunity to develop through using your daily work experience and your CPD opportunities as basis for further study and the focus of your assessments. All the assessments are designed to accommodate your choice of clinical area and therefore the course is truly responsive to you. This enables you to tailor your study to a broad range of core practice areas or specialisms depending on your personal development needs.

The emphasis of the course is on issues relating to the current health and clinical practice agendas, which is a theme maintained across all modules. The course has been mapped against key health and social care strategies and is developed in conjunction with clinical partners to ensure that it meets service needs.

The accessibility of this course means that you can choose to study as much or as little as you are ready for. If you enrol on individual modules, you will be awarded M level credits which you may then choose to transfer, using APL (accreditation of prior learning), should you subsequently enrol on an award; alternatively you may choose to register for a combination of modules leading to an award of Post-Graduate Certificate, Post-Graduate Diploma or Master of Science in Allied Health Practice.

You are encouraged to enquire about using relevant and current Masters level credits that you already hold, from UCLan or elsewhere, as credit towards an award at UCLan, through APL.

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Course at a Glance

The part-time programme would typically be studied over three-five years. All modules are delivered in set semesters, however on a part time route the optional modules can be studied in any year of study.

Studying less than 40 optional credits in a year will increase the duration of study; the maximum credits for which a part -time student can be enrolled, in any academic year, is 80 credits.

Core Modules:

  • Developing Practice Through Enquiry
  • Demonstrate Practice Outcomes
  • Dissertation

Optional Modules:

  • Leadership and Business Planning for Allied Health Professionals
  • Injection Therapy
  • Non-medical Prescribing
  • Musculoskeletal Management of the Upper Limb
  • Musculoskeletal Management of the Lower Limb
  • Management of Spinal Dysfunction in Primary Care
  • Developing a Service Improvement
  • Implementing a Service Improvement
  • Assessment and Measurement of Movement
  • Developing Practice through Work Based Learning
  • Developing Practice through CPD
  • Student Initiated Module

PU4001 Developing practice through enquiry (20 credits- core) This module develops skills for critical enquiry, an understanding of evidence based practice and how to use the principles in practice. This module is studied by supported distance learning. Enrolment must be before 17/9/13

PU4002 Demonstrating practice outcomes (20 Credits- core) In this module, interrogation of the contemporary use of clinical outcome measures and measures of service outcome ensures participants can apply these principles to their practice. This module is studied by supported distance learning. Enrolment must be before 17/10/13

PZ4015 Dissertation (60 Credits –core- studied in MSc only) A supported, independent in-depth enquiry into a subject of choice. A paper for submission to an appropriate journal and a conference style presentation are the assessment for this module. 18-20/9/13 (18th optional); 9/1/14 (optional);22/1/14; 17.9.14 (assessment)

PU4004 Developing a service Improvement* (20 Credits) Driven by initiatives within their organisations, students identify an appropriate service improvement and identify the opportunities, challenges and strategies which would enable the improvement to occur. 25-27/9/13; 7-8/11/13

PU4005 Implementing a service improvement (20 Credits) Using the work from “Developing a service Improvement”, students implement, evaluate and draw recommendations from the Service Improvement and produce a report suitable for presentation to stakeholders. 16-17/1/14; 5-6/3/14

PU4007 Developing practice through work based learning* (20 Credits) Using current work place location or through the facilitation of a placement, students explore an area of practice in greater depth. 16-17/1/14;11/9/14 (assessment)

PU4008 Developing Practice through CPD (20 Credits) This module allows students to develop their skills in the use of a CPD opportunity as the foundation of deeper understanding and application to clinical practice. 25-27/9/13; 7-8/11/13

PU4009 Assessment and measurement of movement (20 Credits) This module addresses the challenges of understanding and evaluating human movement. Using biomechanical analysis, an understanding of the scope and limitations of current movement assessment techniques is developed. 23-24/1/14;6-7/3/14

PZ4021 Student Initiated Module (20 Credits) This module allows a student to investigate or develop an area of clinical practice. The study method and assessment methods are flexible depending on the subject under study. Can be studied in any semester, enrolment must be before 17/9/13 (Semester 1); 9/1/14 (semester 2) or 28/3/14 (semester 3) –throughout the semester of study, participation in 1:1 tutorials will be required.

PZ4023 Leadership and Business Planning for Allied Health Professionals (20 Credits) Contemporary leadership and business skills are used to consider a service review and the development of a business plan. 9-11/10.13;13-14/11/13

PZ4025 Injection Therapy* (Holds award of Uni Ceritficate if studied alone) (20 Credits) Designed for musculoskeletal or neurological practitioners, you will study the principles and practice of using injection therapy as an intervention. There are two pathways on this module – either Musculoskeletal, focusing on intra-articular and soft tissue injection, or Neurological, for the treatment of spasticity using intramuscular injection. January start cohort (MSK only) 6-8/1/14; 3-4/3/14. March cohort (MSK and Neuro course) 10-12/3/14; 28-29/4/14.

NU4023 Non-medical prescribing* (40 Credits) Students develop the skills to become a supplementary or independent prescriber, as their Professional status allows. See link:

MB4031 Musculoskeletal Management of the upper limb* (20 Credits) The diagnosis, assessment and management of upper limb conditions in primary care is addressed in this module. Dates TBC

MB4032 Musculoskeletal management of the lower limb* (20 Credits) The diagnosis, assessment and management of lower limb conditions in primary care is addressed in this module. Dates TBC

MB4033 Management of spinal dysfunction in primary care* (20 Credits) The diagnosis, assessment and management of spinal conditions in primary care is addressed in this module. Dates TBC

*These modules require you to be in clinical practice and may have additional requirements which must be fulfilled prior to commencing the module

Learning Environment & Assessment:

The Division of Physiotherapy and Sports Therapy is actively involved in developing clinically focussed research capability amongst Allied Health Professionals, including being the host of the North West Hub of the Allied Health Professions Research Network.

Our research teams headed by Professors in Physiotherapy and Biomechanics and a Speech and Language Therapist with a specific interest in research allow the School to develop a broad spectrum of clinical based research. Staff are also involved in knowledge transfer and clinical product development work with external partners, which keeps us at the forefront of clinical developments.

Our MSc Allied Health Practice makes use of the excellent facilities at the University including the School's own state-of-the-art movement analysis lab, clinical treatment rooms and the excellent Information technology support which the University provides. Class sizes are usually small (upto 15 students), however this may increase where modules take students from other courses or where modules are enriched by the inclusion of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) study days as part of the taught delivery.

Much of your contact time with tutors will involve exploration of the module content through questioning, discussion, debate and practical exercises. Additionally all students are assigned a personal tutor to assist them with study skills and pastoral concerns. To make the most of your time with tutors, it is expected that you will use independent study time to prepare for taught sessions, thus enabling you to engage with your peers and tutors in group discussion.

Extensive use is made of the Information Technology investments that the University provides, such that access to teaching materials, reading lists, online support mechanisms, assessments and feedback are through the online resources hosted by the University. This means that, through an internet connection, resources are available to you whenever and wherever you have time to study.
Each module of your course will have a series of assessments and examinations - these are designed to develop and test your knowledge and skills at regular intervals throughout the programme. The assessments for this course are designed to complement your working practice, develop your skills as an independent practitioner and increase your options for employment.

All the modules have assessment support embedded within the teaching and learning strategy, and skills which are required for completion of the assessment are developed as part of the academic curriculum. A varied range of assessments is used, including portfolio work, presentations, business plans, personal development plans, presentations, preparation of a paper for publication, reflective reviews of practice and technical assignments.

Learning outcome & aims

Aims of the Programme

To enable Allied Health practitioners to:

  • Develop the higher academic skills of critical evaluation, critical reflection and systematic application of knowledge and relate these to current Allied Health practice and its evidence base within the UK and internationally.
  • Display complex problem solving skills which show originality of thought, design and application, and which can be applied to current Allied Health practice.
  • Engage in service development and/or role development, in order to create improvement in health and wellbeing impacting positively on economic sustainability.
  • Have an awareness of inter-agency and cross sector working to promote economic and social sustainability for the health and social care sector.
Learning Outcomes, Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods
  • Knowledge and Understanding
  • Critically evaluate current practices within identified areas of Allied Health practice
  • Evaluate and implement evidence based practice and protocols
  • Research, critique and debate relevant aspects of practice which may include physiological, anatomical and sociological requirements relevant to delivering effective Allied Health practice.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Key note lectures, group discussion, lab-based work, self-directed study/research, eLearn facilitated discussion boards allowing off campus discussions, practice-based learning

Assessment Methods

Assignments, Literature reviews, Dissertation, Oral presentations, case studies, portfolio

Subject-specific skills
  • Evaluate and utilise relevant assessment techniques and outcome measures
  • Evaluate and critically analyse the impact of psychosocial influences upon the client/patient

Teaching and Learning Methods

Case presentations, lab-based experimental work, group discussions & debates, practice-based learning, portfolio development, poster presentations.

Assessment Methods

Assignments, case studies, portfolio.

Thinking Skills
  • Critically reflect upon the role of Allied Health practice within the current health agenda
  • Critically evaluate relevant academic literature and policy documentation within Allied Health practice and associated areas.
  • Rationalise and critically debate the effect of aspects of practice and current protocols on a variety of pathological states.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Student-led debates, lead lectures, seminars, search strategies, eLearn facilitated discussion boards.

Assessment Methods

Presentations and assessment of ability to field questions effectively, dissertation, literature reviews, case studies, portfolio.

Other skills relevant to employability and personal development
  • Demonstrate a high level of problem solving skills
  • Disseminate research findings using a variety of presentation skills
  • Communicate thoughts, ideas and relevant concepts at a higher level
  • Demonstrate understanding and use of appropriate technology within the health and social care sector

Teaching and Learning Methods

Debates, group discussions/forums, eLearn facilitated discussion boards allowing off campus discussions.

Assessment Methods

Written assignments, dissertation, case studies & literature reviews, poster presentation, oral presentations and viva/discussions using an experienced panel of clinical and academic staff, portfolio.

Industry links & professional accreditation

We have excellent links with health care providers regionally and nationally for teaching, placements and research links. We also have links with Preston City Council with whom we are working in partnership to develop health promotion and research initiatives.

Work experience and international opportunities

As students will usually be in employment in the health sector, the industry experience comes from integration of their current working practice with the academic learning facilitated by the University.

Graduate Careers

This course is designed to give you an advantage over your peers. Here are some of the possibilities that this course will open up to you:

As an experienced Allied Health Professional in the UK, this course will challenge your understanding and develop your reasoning skills, thus enabling you to engage in more strategic roles within your organisation. Your studies will also enhance your opportunity to engage with more advanced roles, diversification in the workplace or specialisation.

The inter-professional nature of this programme enables you to develop clinical links which may be invaluable in developing and sustaining services in a changing landscape of Health Service provision. Additionally the modules are designed to promote innovation and effectiveness in practice, enabling you to be in a position to drive changes in practice for the benefit of patients.

If you have had a break from your career and wish to support your return to practice with academic study, this course may support some of the learning that you require for re-registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.


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Progression Routes

From foundation courses through to world-leading research degrees, you can study a wide range of subject areas at UCLan. Whether you want to develop your knowledge in a subject you enjoy or gain further qualifications to enhance your career, at UCLan there are numerous progression routes for you to follow.

Fees & Funding

The standard fee for UK/EU students studying this course is below. For further information including the availability of bursaries/scholarships or student financial support please view our Fees and Finance pages. £525 per module (except Injection Therapy).

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this course, our comprehensive How to Apply pages will guide you through the process. Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.

NHS applicants who are funded by their workplace should apply through CPD Apply Website.

All other applicants should apply on standard postgraduate application forms.

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