MSc APP Functional Musculoskeletal Health
What will I learn on this course?
The MSc APP (Functional Musculoskeletal Health) is a part-time programme that will allow students access to advanced knowledge and exposure to the latest research within the functional musculoskeletal health care profession. This course is an essential for professionals planning to work within this speciality. The course is an interdisciplinary, comprehensive programme designed to provide a unique preparation for sports injury, performance management and injury rehabilitation.
As a student on this course you will benefit from hands-on learning opportunities to evaluate, treat and rehabilitate acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions and on achieving and MSc will be confident and competent when assessing, treating and rehabilitating musculoskeletal related injuries for the elite athlete or weekend warrior.
Is this course right for me?
This programme is open to all healthcare professionals with an interest in developing advanced clinical and practical skills in this area.
This is a specialised pathway of the MSc Advanced Professional Practice programme.
The deadline for completed applications is 12th August 2016.
- upper body functional health
- lower body functional health
- functional management of sports injuries
- structured learning events
- current advances in practice
- clinical placement
- evidence-based practice
- research dissertation
- clinical audit
The units will be taught using a range of teaching and learning methods including:
- practical skills classes
- small group work
All AECC postgraduate degrees are validated and awarded by Bournemouth University at present. However please note: Programmes starting in September 2017 will be validated by AECC and not BU. This means that the qualification you receive at the end of your studies will be made in the name of this institution. Currently we are applying for University College title and we hope our new name will be in place by September 2017. In this case, our current name of AECC will be replaced by our new name, which will incorporate the University College title.
Please take a look at the programme specification which is the official document setting out the aims and learning outcomes of the programme. The programme specification you will see from this link is the one which currently applies to students enrolled on a programme leading to an award of Bournemouth University. We are in the process of approving all our existing programmes as awards of this institution. The format of the programme specification will change when the programme is approved as an award of this institution, but the aims, learning outcomes and programme content will not. As soon as the new programme specification is approved it will be made available from this webpage
The Functional Musculoskeletal Health course is intended for healthcare professionals in professional practice, including clinicians, teachers and researchers. Applicants must have a recognised professional qualification in line with the admissions regulations. Credit for prior learning is possible on approval by the Pathway Leader. Students who have successfully completed the PgCert Professional Development (Chiropractic) will be exempted from the Professional Clinical Practice unit. Admission is at the discretion of the Pathway Leader.
Further useful information
The Student Agreement contains the rules and regulations that would apply to you as a student on our MChiro (Hons) programme from September 2017. This document is an agreement between this intuition and our new students as to the rights, roles and responsibilities of both parties, and therefore it is important that you read this agreement before applying to the programme, accepting an offer or enrolling with us. The student agreement also includes important information to take into account when choosing your programme, including any additional costs which may apply. Additional costs are mandatory or optional costs which students will need to meet in order to fully participate in and complete their programme. You will need to budget for these costs separately as they are not included in the overall Tuition Fee you are charged. This agreement is reviewed annually.
Please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are unable to access any of the links to documents or if there is anything in them that you are unsure about and want to discuss further before you accept our offer or enrol as a student
Annual fees for 2017-18
if paid in full
by 31st October
UK/EU students who currently do not hold any Masters or other level 7 (M) degree (PgCert/PgDip) or higher
UK/EU students who hold any Masters or other level 7 (M) degree (PgCert/PgDip) or higher
EEA (non-EU) or Swiss nationals
All other applicants
*All recent first qualification graduates (2012-2017) will pay half price tuition fee in the first year. Tuition will revert to the standard fees in subsequent years.
Course fees may be subject to changes and annual increases. Fees are paid annually irrespective of the number of units completed. The course organisers reserve the right to make alterations to course fees and arrangements and dates for teaching and learning sessions, including the decision to run any or all parts of the course in the light of demand.
Postgraduate Loans: If you are under 60, a UK resident and plan to start a postgraduate course for the first time from 1 September 2017 you may be eligible for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to help with your study costs. For further information and to see if you are eligible please see the postgraduate loan information on the GOV.UK website.
Fees advertised by the AECC are for the first year of the programme. Fees for subsequent years will be decided by the Board of Governors and published on the AECC Current Student website (VLE) from January for the following academic year. You should budget for an increase of up to 5% each year for every further year of study. Please also refer to the document Important Information when choosing your programme, which includes further information about additional costs which may apply.
Fees for formal CPD seminars on which to base the Structured Learning Event and Functional Health units are not included in the tuition fee however students attending AECC CPD seminars will pay the reduced student rate if available.
Programme Units for the MSc APP (Functional Musculoskeletal Health)
A downloadable version can be found in the course brochure tab.
Professional Clinical Practice (20 credits)
This unit underpins the programme and develops self-direction through an understanding of experiential learning and reflective practice in a professional context. This unit is taught in conjunction with the Induction Seminar. Assessment is through a critical reflective account, supported by evidence of the student’s review and evaluation of advanced clinical, professional and/or academic practice - 2500 word equivalent (50%) and through a case study (that may detail and critically evaluate the management plan initiated with a patient(s))- 2500 word equivalent (50%).
Evidence-based Practice (20 credits)
In today’s healthcare environment, practitioners must not only keep abreast of current research evidence, but also incorporate it where appropriate into clinical practice. In this unit, skills will be developed in the search and retrieval for research evidence, critical appraisal of research evidence, and how research findings can be applied to an individual patient. This is an attendance-based unit. Assessment is through a 2500 word Evidence-based Case Report (50%) and a 2500 word Critical Appraisal of a given published research paper (50%).
Upper Body Functional Health and Lower Body Functional Health (20 credits each)
These units are a detailed study of current active and passive rehabilitative and strengthening protocols used in the prevention and treatment of sport and musculoskeletal injuries. Students will learn bracing/taping techniques in the stabilization and treatment of the upper / lower body including the extremities, cervical, and thoracic spinal joint injuries. Specific joint injuries associated with a specific activity of the upper / lower extremities will be included. Demonstrations, a practical component, and review of the current literature are all features of this course.
This course presents a detailed study of upper / lower body mechanics/stability, emphasizing ergonomics, gait, levers and the patho-kinesiology of joints. Major components of this course include descriptive lectures, practical hands on demonstrations, and review of the current literature. Students will identify a relevant CPD events(s) in which to acquire advanced knowledge and skills in the relevant areas. To assist students, a list of recommended AECC CPD seminars will be available each year; however students may also attend external events subject to the approval of the Programme/Unit Leader. Payment for attendance at seminars for this unit is NOT included in the course fee. Students wishing to attend seminars at the AECC will be charged at the student rate.Assessment for each unit is through by a reflective case study (50%) 1000 words and reflective log book (detailing 30 hours learning in the workplace) (P/F) equivalent to 3000 words and by a 20 minute oral presentation given during the workshop to peers and tutors (50%) equivalent to 1000 words.
Functional Management of Sports Injuries (20 credits)
This unit is a detailed study of current knowledge and advanced skills in the assessment and functional management of commonly seen sports injuries. It also aims to develop the ability to critically evaluate the scientific principles and theories of functional management of sports injuries and acquire independent learning attitudes and skills required for continuing professional development. Students will identify a relevant CPD events(s) in which to acquire advanced knowledge and skills in the relevant areas. To assist students, a list of recommended AECC CPD seminars will be available each year; however students may also attend external events subject to the approval of the Programme/Unit Leader. Payment for attendance at seminars for this unit is NOT included in the course fee. Students wishing to attend seminars at the AECC will be charged at the student rate. The acquired knowledge and skills will be reinforced in a one day practical workshop with experts and peers, at which a presentation will be given by the student. Assessment is through by a reflective case study (50%) 1000 words and reflective log book (detailing 30 hours learning in the workplace) (P/F) equivalent to 3000 words and by a 20 minute oral presentation given during the workshop to peers and tutors (50%) equivalent to 1000 words.
Structured Learning Event (1 and 2) (20 credits each)
A feature of continuing professional development is the ability to identify professional learning needs, attend relevant formal learning events, and then apply the acquired learning experiences and outcomes in the workplace setting. This unit develops skills in reflection and critical evaluation of oneself as a learner in the formalised setting, application of new knowledge and skills in the complex and unpredictable professional setting, and reflection-on-action in evaluating change in one’s own performance. Students will be required to attend an approved (by the Programme Leader) seminar, and base their assignment on their learning experiences and learning outcomes in practice. Payment for attendance at these seminars is NOT included in the course fee. Students wishing to attend seminars at the AECC will be charged at the student rate. Assessment is through a 5000 word critical review of learning outcomes achieved through formal and informal learning events and their application in changing professional practice (100%).
Current Advances in Practice (20 credits)
The professional knowledge base moves at an alarming rate, and it is incumbent on practitioners to keep abreast of developments in all aspects of professional practice. This unit develops skills in finding and retrieving relevant information, and in the synthesis of complex and conflicting information to create useful and relevant knowledge. In this unit, individuals will identify an area of particular need or interest, and disseminate information at the forefront of knowledge in that topic area.
Assessment is through a 5000 word critical review of the literature (100%).
Clinical Placement (40 credits)
This unit aims to develop expertise in a defined area of clinical practice through clinical practice and experience. Students will learn in the clinical placement setting and through relevant self-directed learning. Each student will arrange, in negotiation with the Unit Leader, a supervisor to support and direct the student in developing his/her portfolio. Students will be expected to adopt a self-directed approach to access relevant material and achieve the learning outcomes. The clinical placement should ideally be in an area of specialist interest in which you could pursue a research dissertation in stage 3 of the programme. The student must submit a completed logbook to the unit leader. A minimum of 25 hours must be spent in the clinical placement – each relevant entry in the logbook should be evidenced by a signature from your Clinical Supervisor. A minimum of 50 hours total must be spent on learning relating to the defined area of clinical practice (hours spent in the clinical placement and hours of self-directed learning in total). Each entry in the logbook should summarise what learning was undertaken and the number of hours spent either learning in the placement or undertaking self-directed study as is relevant.
Students will demonstrate their expertise in an area of clinical practice through providing evidence of critical reflection and changes and development in their professional practice. The 3 assignments will consist of one critical reflective report on the placement (3000 words - 40%) and two evidence-based case studies (2250 words - 30% each). Students must also produce a logbook (Pass/Fail). Each entry in the logbook should summarise what learning was undertaken and the number of hours spent either learning in the placement or undertaking self-directed study as is relevant. Evidence of a total of 50 hours of documented learning with at least 25 hours of these in the clinical placement.
Research Methods (20 credits)
To fully appreciate and implement evidence-based practice, practitioners must understand different types of clinical research designs, and the best designs to answer particular types of clinical questions. This unit not only develops skills in clinical research designs, data collection and data analysis, but prepares the individual to identify potential areas for research inquiry and systematically plan a research investigation. This is an attendance-based unit. Assessment is through a reflective research protocol (approximately 5000 words) (100%).
Dissertation (40 credits)
At Masters level, practitioners must have completed a research investigation in an area applicable to professional and paediatric practice. In many cases, the investigation will be carried out in the professional practice setting, collecting and analysing real-time clinical data. Facilities are also available at the institution for those wishing to conduct experimental investigations. The individual will be supported throughout his/her dissertation work by expert research supervision and with access to institutional research facilities and ethics approval boards.
Assessment is through a Research Dissertation (approximately 10000 words) (100%).
Audit Methods (20 credits)
To fully appreciate and implement evidence-based practice, practitioners must understand clinical audit and the role in clinical governance. This unit develops skills in data collection and data analysis based on audit findings, and ways to improve clinical practice. This is an attendance-based unit. Assessment is through a reflective audit protocol, approximately 5000 words).
Clinical Audit (40 credits)
For many healthcare professionals a clinical audit is very relevant to professional practice, allowing recommendations to be made to improve professional practice.
Assessment is through a Clinical Audit (approximately 10000 words) (100%).
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