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Neuromusculoskeletal Diagnosis and Treatment, Theory to Practice - 30 credits (HCT027)

Module leader

Philippa Coales


Professional specific module for Physiotherapists.

Programme Pathway

Compulsory module for MSc in Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy, optional module for MSc Physiotherapy. Stand alone module for physiotherapists.

Prior Learning

All students must be in possession of a relevant qualification providing registration to practice as a health professional with two years post registration experience. They must also be currently working in the field of musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

Credit rating

30 at M level 

Notional learning time

300 hours 

Contact hours



The aim of this module is to enable students to develop a problem-solving approach to neuromusculoskeletal diagnosis. It allows students to develop knowledge about differential diagnosis of neuromusculoskeletal disorders and to look critically at approaches to treatment and management of neuromusculoskeletal conditions. This knowledge will be used in the critical evaluation of assessment, treatment and management strategies in neuromusculoskeletal physiotherapy, therefore enabling students to critically evaluate clinical practice on the basis of current evidence.

Students will also acquire advanced skills in the assessment and treatment of neuromusculoskeletal conditions. Clinical reasoning, problem-solving and reflection skills will be employed in patient assessment and problem identification. Adequate practice will be given for the acquisition of the required practical assessment and treatment skills.