Professional course Musculo-skeletal Rehabilitation

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
School of Health and Social Wellbeing
Course Director
Jacqueline Mullan

30 credit Masters level module

Page last updated 4 October 2021


On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Explore the opportunities and challenges of high level decision making in assessment and management of complex and long term musculo-skeletal dysfunction
  • Critically review the role of the musculo-skeletal practitioner in the primary care setting
  • Create a range of valid and alternative repsonses to situations and analyse and evaluate the responses in a critical way
  • Critically evaluate the evidence to support clinical reasoning and decision making in complex musculo-skeletal conditions
  • Review the evidence base for the use of outcome measures in long term and complex musculo-skeletal dysfunction
  • Recognise the importance of reflective practice to promote innovative and flexible management of musculo-skeletal problems.

Careers / Further study

This module can contribute towards MSc Rehabilitation.



The module syllabus includes:

  • Assessment and management of musculo-skeletal dysfunction.
  • Clinical reasoning skills in complex and long term musculo-skeletal conditions.
  • Shared decision making in musculo-skeletal problems.
  • The role of the musculo-skeletal first contact practitioner in primary care settings.
  • Advances and alternatives in current musculo-skeletal practice- to include when to request investigations, prescribe and use injections.
  • The development of a pro-active and preventative approach to care, support of patient self-management, facilitation of behavioural change and optimisation of individuals' physical activity, mobility, functional ability and independence.
  • Facilitation of return to, or management of occupations including work and leisure.
  • Musculo-skeletal focused intervention strategies (e.g., exercise), and evidence for these.
  • Manual therapy in a complex and long term musculo-skeletal caseload.
  • Symptom management and pacing of activities.
  • Adjuncts in musculo-skeletal management e.g. TENS, biofeedback, current electrotherapy modalities, where appropriate.
  • Chronic pain management, case study discussion e.g. Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome, chronic non-specific lower back pain, fibromyalgia, etc to include review of cognitive behavioural therapy.
  • Understanding of the multi-disciplinary team and other relevant services beyond the primary care team e.g., social services, private providers, equipment services.

Learning and Teaching

Lectures/podcasts will provide an introduction and summary of the topic area. Seminars/group work will include discussion and the use of information provided to support learning.

Additionally, independent learning underpins the teaching and learning strategy of this module, supported by the module team which will involve case discussion and on line forums to discuss the opportunities and challenges of musculo-skeletal assessment and management.

Scheduled learning includes lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstration, practical classes and workshops.

Independent learning includes hours engaged with online activities, essential reading, case study preparation, assignment preparation and completion etc.

These sessions constitute an average time per level as indicated in the table below. Scheduled sessions may vary slightly depending on the module choices you make.

Study time

Contact hours will include taught sessions at Glenside Campus. You will typically receive up to five days of face to face teaching and it is expected each of these days will typically constitute seven hours of teaching.

Taught sessions will integrate lectures, case study presentations, critical debate sessions, assessment workshops and interactive practical sessions.

Delivery of these taught sessions will take place in settings such as the simulation suites at Glenside Campus and will be designed to represent the clinical environment.

In addition, phone, email and discussion group contact with staff is available throughout the module typically with up to two hours available for tutorial/assignment/module support.


Written and verbal communication skills will be assessed to promote skills required for dissemination of knowledge. Intellectual skills of critical evaluation, analysis and synthesis of the students practice within the musculo-skeletal specialism will be the focus for this assessment.

Component A
Component A takes the form of a 15 minute case presentation with five to ten minutes of questions (20 minutes total) The presentation may be carried out in person or via virtual means.

Component B
Component B takes the form of a written assignment which critically reviews the evidence for an aspect of management relating to the case study (3,000 words).

Opportunities for formative assessment will be provided during the contact study days.


Study facilities

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Priority will be given to applications received through our funded educational contracts.  Places on this module will be limited for applications received outside of this funding.  Please check with your employer as a funded contract place may still be available to support your learning.


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