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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

PG Certificate in Musculoskeletal Medicine (Distance Learning)

Programme code:PGC-BSGS/MSKUCAS code:
Duration:9 Months Method of Attendance: Part Time
Programme manager:Dr Camilla Nykjaer Contact

Total credits: 60

Entry requirements:

Open to Doctors (GMC registered), Physiotherapists (Health and Care Professions Council / Chartered Society of Physiotherapy), Sports Therapists or Sports Trainers (British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers). We may consider Sport & Exercise Science graduates with suitable PG experience, or those holding a relevant S&C qualification (MSc or National Strength and Conditioning Association / UK Strength and Conditioning Association accreditation).

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

Sport and Exercise Science

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Masters Taught Students Exam Board

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

There are no specified QAA Benchmarks for Integrated Masters degrees/certificate in Bioscience, however the principle of such programmes in other subject areas is to ensure coverage of Honours level Benchmark requirements plus ensure that elements of the higher Masters levels objectives are met.

There is a recognised Faculty of Sports Medicine (FSEM) syllabus to which we have mapped the programme.

Programme specification:

The programme will fill a significant gap in MSK education, relevant to national and international requirements.

The growth of musculoskeletal (MSK) medicine in both the private sector and in NHS provision has been substantial in recent years. The risk of MSK problems increases with age, and the population is projected to rise in the over 50s group by over 32% by 2030. In the ONS General Household Survey report of 2007, 16% of women and 12% of men reported a chronic MSK condition. MSK conditions account for 12% of GP consultations in 2007. Government backed initiatives and white papers include increasing physical activity and preventing such chronic long-term conditions.

The NHS is also rolling out a national First Contact practitioner model (FCP) to work in primary care-general practice settings and treat MSK patients currently seen by GPs. The aim is for every practice nationally to have access to an FCP (physiotherapy degree by background). This requires extensive training that could be supplied by a PG Cert in MSK Medicine. Secondly, the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (FSEM) has very recently created an appropriate syllabus to validate the knowledge base required, as have the Association of Sports Rehabilitators (BASRAT). However, the associated international exams have no educational provision, which this PG Cert will provide. There is clear need for such professionals, and the PG Cert in MSK Medicine is positioned to fill a significant gap in MSK education.

Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

The following modules are compulsory for the programme:

SPSC5331MMSK Issues of the Upper and Lower Limbs30 credits1 Oct to 31 Mar
SPSC5332MChronic Considerations in MSK20 credits1 Mar to 30 Jun
SPSC5333MThe MSK Practitioner10 credits1 Oct to 30 Jun

Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:10:09


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