MSc Manual Therapy



This well-established, clinically focused course has been designed to enable physiotherapists and sports therapists to develop and extend their knowledge and skills in order to provide advanced management of patients with neuromusculoskeletal disorders and to assist in the delivery of effective health care services.


The course aims to advance students’ professional practice, preparing them for senior and specialist roles within the neuromusculoskelatal physiotherapy and sports therapy fields.

The course aims to equip students with a foundation in the critical analysis of current manual therapy practice and the underpinning evidence. Students’ problem solving, evaluative and clinical skills will be challenged and developed to an advanced level ensuring a sound, effective and reasoned approach to clinical practice. Innovation of thought and practice are encouraged, supporting the development of clinical leadership skills.

The course integrates the many diverse approaches currently employed in the management of neuromusculoskeletal patients and places a strong emphasis on manual skills and mentored clinical practice allowing the student to develop confidence and expertise in this area.

On successful completion of the course, students will gain an academic qualification and those on the MACP route will also be eligible for full membership of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP) thus gaining a further professional qualification.

The course provides:

  • a flexible learning pathway: you can tailor your route through the course to suit your needs and those of your workplace;
  • equal emphasis on theoretical and practical elements of manual therapy;
  • teaching excellence: all of our tutors are experts in their field;
  • an enriched learning experience: nationally renowned specialists are invited to lecture on the course;
  • an excellent range of clinically relevant option modules: you can shape your programme of study to your own personal or professional needs;
  • a high level of mentored clinical practice: skills and knowledge gained on the course can be applied in practice (MACP route only);
  • career enhancement;
  • an academic and professional qualification.


After successfully completing this course, you will gain:

  • a deep and extensive knowledge of the current theories, approaches and research evidence, which underpin contemporary manual therapy practice;
  • a high level of clinical reasoning skills essential to advanced practice including reflection, analysis and self-evaluation;
  • the ability to critically appraise the current evidence base for clinical practice;
  • expertise in the assessment and management of neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction;
  • a sound working knowledge of research methodologies and their application;
  • a high level of communication skills essential for specialist roles and for working within a multidisciplinary team;
  • an understanding of the importance of clinical outcome measures in the development and justification of professional knowledge and clinical practice;
  • increased confidence in the management of musculoskeletal disorders;
  • clinical expertise within the musculoskeletal field.


The Manual Therapy programme of study consists of three awards:

  • MSc Manual Therapy (180 credits);
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Manual Therapy (120 credits);
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Manual Therapy (60 credits).

The course is available either as full-time study, or as a part-time course where you study up to 5 years.


Applicants should hold the equivalent of a 2:1 undergraduate degree in Physiotherapy or Sports Therapy, and one year’s postgraduate experience in the musculoskeletal field of practice.

Applicants with a 2:2 and relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis

Applicants wanting membership of the UK Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP) must also be both:

  • a member of the UK Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP); and
  • registered with the UK Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS 7.0 overall, with no component lower than 6.5.


To find out more about how to apply, click on the Apply For This Course button above. Many of our courses offer a part-time study option. Note that the part-time mode of study is not applicable to international students, unless you hold a relevant visa – please check with the international office.

Please note: we have a range of taught postgraduate awards to suit your needs, from Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma to a full Master’s Degree (MA, MBA, MSc, LLM). In most cases you can decide to exit at Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma level, without carrying onto the full Master’s qualification.


The course aims to enable students to advance their careers by preparing them for a wide variety of senior and specialist roles within the neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy and Sports Therapy fields of practice. Graduates from this course have secured posts in clinical, research and educational areas including roles as lecturer-practitioners; consultants; extended scope practitioners; clinical specialists, clinical managers  and research therapists.


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