Musculoskeletal Management MSc

Musculoskeletal Management MSc

School of Medicine


Post- graduate





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The School of Medicine
University of Central Lancashire
Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2HE


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    Three to five years

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    Mixed Mode, Part-time

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Why study this programme?

This Master's degree seeks to offer a mix of theoretical and practical skills in assessing, diagnosing, referring and managing musculoskeletal problems presenting to primary health care teams.
MSc Musculoskeletal Management will provide practitioners with the knowledge and skills to assess, triage and care for patients with musculoskeletal conditions in the community and to apply evidence-based practice. It will focus on multidisciplinary assessment and management and will promote biopsychosocial approaches to musculoskeletal assessment and management.

This postgraduate course believes in the importance of life-long learning and endeavours to provide the practitioner with an educational framework that promotes independent learning and is both professionally relevant and appropriate for applying theory to practice. It aims to develop competent, reflective and analytical practitioners, who can contribute effectively to practice delivery and to commissioning and who are responsive to evolutionary changes in the structure and provision of health care.

The programme is currently being reviewed and the planned start date is September. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants admitted onto the course will hold a primary medical degree or an appropriate Health Professional qualification and should be registered with an appropriate body. Applicants must be actively engaged in relevant clinical practice and will be interviewed. Interview procedures and decisions regarding applications will be conducted within the University’s policies on equal opportunities and admissions. Particular attention will be paid to applicant’s ability to benefit from the course.

Programme at a Glance

Year 1

  • Appraisal of the Clinical Literature
  • Management of Musculoskeletal (MSK) Lower Limb Dysfunction in Primary Care*
  • Management of spinal dysfunction in primary care*

Year 2

  • Advanced Needs Assessment
  • Management of Musculoskeletal (MSK) Upper Limb Dysfunction in Primary Care*
  • Injection therapy*

Year 3

  • Leadership in Medical Practice  OR
  • Leadership and Business Planning for Allied Health Professionals
  • Professional Project

* the order of these modules may vary

Postgraduate Advice Event

Find out more about Postgraduate courses at our Postgraduate Advice Event on 11 July 2018

Further Information

This Master's aims to provide students with a critical understanding of musculoskeletal conditions and the knowledge, skills and judgement required to contribute to and influence the development of these approaches within primary care. This course aims to allow students to:

  • Critically engage with the contemporary issues in this area
  • Develop a critical understanding of clinical practice in this topic within their working context
  • Develop effective research utilisation and evaluation of evidence based practice
  • Share, challenge and analyse specialist skills and practice of their own and related professional groups in order to foster collaborative working.
  • Develop a broader and more informed understanding of musculoskeletal health within primary care
  • Critically challenge the evidence base relevant to their working context
  • Develop effective decision making skills for primary care practice and commissioning
  • Demonstrate self awareness within personal and professional development through reflective practice

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

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Fees 2018/19

Full-time: N/A
Part-time: £3,240 per year (UK/EU), first two years. Year 3 - £2,460 (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

Details of the UK Government postgraduate loan scheme for students commencing a Masters Postgraduate programme for the 2017/18 academic year.

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Learning Environment and Assessment

A variety of learning and teaching strategies are utilised on the programme from eLearning to lectures, tutorials, workshops and clinical skills sessions. Student will produce a portfolio and personal development plan to help facilitate their approach to learning whilst undertaking the programme.

Assessment will be dependent on the module but will include written essays, presentations, written tests, observed structured clinical examinations, skills logs and reflective portfolio.



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