MSc APP Paediatric Musculoskeletal Health


MSc APP (Paediatric Musculoskeletal Health)  

Part time programme for healthcare professionals

This programme is open to all healthcare professionals with an interest in MSK health in the paediatric population, epidemiology including risks factors and public health issues including nutrition and physical activity. The main learning environment is the student's own professional practice and attendance requirements are consequently minimal.

This is a specialised pathway of the MSc Advanced Professional Practice programme.


Course Overview 

You are learning all the time as a professional and this MSc allows you to use this learning, no matter if you are a chiropractor, physiotherapist, osteopath, medical or another healthcare practitioner. As a practitioner, you will have areas that interest you, and in which you would like to learn more. No matter what these are, the programme will allow you to identify your own objectives, learn according to your own needs and in doing so, enhance your knowledge and skills, and most importantly, improve your own professional practice. Right from the start this MSc will get you thinking about what you do, and how you can improve! This isn’t just an academic qualification; it will change your practice.
  • You attend CPD courses and seminars but you could also use these towards your MSc.
  • Learn the skills necessary to be an evidence-based practitioner using our extensive library facilities and electronic journal resources.
  • If you have any post-qualifying qualifications, or extensive professional experience, you may be able to use these to gain exemption from some parts of the course, making your study time shorter and less expensive! 

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Bournemouth University is the awarding body for this degree at present.

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


Entry Requirements

The Paediatric 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 may be possible.  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.

Applicants for whom English is not their first language, must have IELTS (academic) 6.0.


Apply Today

The deadline for applications for 2017/18 entry is August 31st 2017.

If you have questions about applying, please email admissions or call us on 01202 436 200.

 Student Agreement

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 (  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


Annual fee

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



Recent grads (2012 – 2017) from any institution on the Advanced Professional Practice courses will get the 50% off tuition fee for Y1 and if AECC Alumni, they will receive 10% Alumni discount 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 unit 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 (Paediatric Musculoskeletal Health)

Choose stage of study : PgCert | PgDip | Masters

paediatric care

A downloadable version can be found in the course brochure tab.

PgCert Stage (Year One)

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 in one weekend 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 in paediatric practice, critical appraisal of research evidence, and how research findings can be applied to an individual paediatric patient in an evidence-based case report. 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%).

Musculoskeletal Health of the Neonate (20 credits)
This unit aims to develop knowledge of neonatal musculoskeletal health including the impact of intra-uterine factors and birth processes, focusing on the common and rare musculoskeletal problems of the neonate.  This course highlights the need for care for the musculoskeletal system of the newborn, including one the most common problems of biomechanical inability for optimal feeding and methods of treatment as well as inability to lie comfortably supine, a key aspect to sustained health of the infant, not generally recognized or treated by other health care professionals.   Assessment is through two 2500 word reflective accounts (100%).


PgDip Stage (Year Two)

Students must choose units to total 60 M Level Credits:

Musculoskeletal Health of the Infant and Toddler (20 credits)

This unit focuses on current and detailed knowledge of musculoskeletal health in early childhood, the age groups most often presented to health care professionals: infants and young toddlers.  This course includes all aspects of the musculoskeletal system of early childhood that can be diagnosed and treated conservatively.  Early normal growth and development along with developmental and key aspects of nutrition for optimal health are included. The content of this course covers nutrition, feeding, sleeping and crying disorders, common and rare orthopaedic conditions of early childhood including suboptimal movement and ambulatory problems, growing pains and management options. Assessment is through two 2500 word reflective accounts (100%).

Growth, Development and Nutrition (20 credits)

The content of this unit focuses on the growth and development of the paediatric patient through the growth cycle and includes how to weigh and measure the child and interpret growth charts in specific age groups.  Nutritional factors through the paediatric life cycle is a key component along with developmental profiling and use of instruments to gauge both the nutritional and developmental profile of the child. Unique conditions to be recognised and treated by the conservative practitioner, such as growing pains and common and uncommon conditions are included. Assessment is through two 2500 word reflective accounts (100%).


Plus choose one of the following two Option Units:

Structured Learning Event (20 credits)

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 Pathway Leader) seminar, and base their assignment on their learning experiences and learning outcomes in practice. Payment for attendance at this seminar 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%).


Masters Stage (Years Three/Four)

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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