Musculoskeletal Management MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Musculoskeletal Management MSc/PGDip/PGCert

School of Medicine


Post- graduate





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


  • Duration:

    One to five years

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  • Delivery:

    Mixed Mode, Full-time and Part-time

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  • Start Date:

    January 2020 (Part-time) or September 2020 (full-time and part-time)

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Why study this programme?

Musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders are a prevalent and major cause of ill health and physical disability in the UK as well as globally. They can reduce quality of life; impacting on family and relationships, as well as limiting capacity to work. This is a growing area of healthcare which takes up 30% of UK GP caseloads. 

The Musculoskeletal Management programme will provide medical and health professionals with the knowledge and skills to assess, triage and care for patients with MSK conditions; to apply the clinical theory, practice and associated research in the prevention, assessment and management of MSK conditions within contemporary healthcare. It will enable professionals to commission and respond to evolutionary changes in the structure and provision of health care. It will increase the practitioner’s knowledge of the multidisciplinary team’s role in managing MSK disease and explore new ways of working.

This programme supports the NHS approaches such as Five Year Forward View and MSK strategies to integrate and deliver new sustainable models of care, which promote prevention and health and well-being as well as supporting effective management and self-care. It is delivered by leading medical consultants, therapists and academics.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants admitted onto the course will meet the following requirements:

  • Must hold MBBS/ MBChB qualification or relevant professional healthcare qualification/ registration with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or relevant regulatory body e.g. Qualified Physiotherapist registered with HCPC.
  • Medical students who have completed a minimum of 3 years MBChB or MBBS are also eligible to apply.
  • Be actively engaged in, or have access to, clinical experience in musculoskeletal practice in order to support learning within the programme.
  • Have sufficient competency in English language (IELTS Level 6.5 or equivalent)

Interview procedures and decisions regarding applications will be conducted within the University’s policies on equal opportunities and admissions.

Programme at a Glance

Year 1 (Postgraduate Certificate)

  • Musculoskeletal Management of the Upper Limb
  • Musculoskeletal Management of the Lower Limb
  • Compulsory module: Management of Spinal Dysfunction

A wide range of optional modules allow the practitioner to study a relevant, bespoke programme.

Year 2 (Postgraduate Diploma)

  • Research Methods for Clinical Practice, Education and Management
  • 40 credits from the following optional modules:
  • Injection Therapy (20)
  • Integrating Public Health and Primary Care (20)
  • Leadership in Medical Practice (20)
  • Leadership and Business Planning for Allied Health Professionals (20)
  • Non-Medical Prescribing (Must be registered with relevant Professional Body with prescribing rights) (40)

A wide range of optional modules allow the practitioner to study a relevant, bespoke programme.

Year 3 (MSc)

  • Dissertation - independent study utilising critical appraisal and research skills to develop MSK practice

Further Information

Clinicians who have already completed stand-alone modules, such as non-medical prescribing or injection therapy can use these to build towards a postgraduate certificate, diploma or masters on this programme. Contact our team to find out more.

This programme aims to provide professionals with a critical understanding of MSK conditions and the knowledge, skills and judgement required to be an effective practitioner in the field. This course 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

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, 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.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £7,920 (UK/EU)
Part-time: £880 per 20 credits (UK/EU)

Full-time International Students: £14,000

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

If you're thinking of studying a master's or doctoral degree you could be eligible for a loan from the Government to help you study.

For additional help with financing your studies, UCLan offers a range of Postgraduate scholarships, studentships, bursaries and the Alumni loyalty discount.

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Professional Accreditation

Royal College of Surgeons
Centre accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons

Learning Environment and Assessment

Students will be expected to undertake a programme of self-directed learning, which will be supported through a series of practical workshops, case study presentations, clinical practice and formal lectures.

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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