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Upper Quadrant - Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy | 7HSK0332 | Level 7 | Credits 30 | 2023/24
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Upper Quadrant - Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy | 7HSK0332 | Level 7 | Credits 30 | 2023/24
02/10/2023 | Semester A - All teaching days are normally 9am to 5pm. Students are expected to attend all teaching dates.   | Intake Closed
02/10/2023 (Online), 03/10/2023 (in person - on campus), 07/11/2023 (in person - on campus), 08/11/2023 (in person - on campus), 05/12/2023 (in person - on campus), 06/12/2023 (in person - on campus), 16/01/2024 (in person - on campus), 17/01/2024 (in person - on campus), 13/02/2024 (in person - on campus), 14/02/2024 (in person - on campus), 05/03/2024 (in person - on campus), 03/04/2024 (Assessment date - Essay hand-in date (online)), 23/04/2024 (OSCE assessment date – in person on campus (9am to 6pm) )
02/10/2023 | Semester A - RESERVE LIST | Intake Closed

  • HHMPHYMSC - MSc Advanced Physiotherapy
  • HSACPM - MSc Advanced Clinical Practice
Course content includes: 


The Upper Quadrant module is designed for qualified physiotherapists who have already successfully completed 7HSK0331/0075 (Lower Quadrant – Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy) and want to further develop their skills in the management of patients with musculoskeletal dysfunction of the cervicothoracic spine and upper limb. It is an expectation that you will have MSK experience (and an existing caseload) of patients with upper quadrant dysfunction to facilitate application and consolidation of learning and for the assessment process.  You will be expected to work together to explore and share your clinical experience.  


Module aims 


The aim of this module is to build on your existing knowledge and skills, to facilitate a critical approach to musculoskeletal physiotherapy theory and practice, from an evidence-informed perspective and to apply advanced clinical reasoning and practical skills to the assessment and management of upper quadrant dysfunction.  




On this course you will explore, debate and share your clinical experiences to illustrate issues of patient assessment and management in the following areas:  

  • The theoretical basis and practical application of advanced clinical reasoning in upper quadrant musculoskeletal dysfunction, set within a biopsychosocial model of care. 
  • Anatomy, biomechanics, pathology and pathophysiology affecting the cervico-thoracic spine and upper limb   
  • The assessment and appropriate management of articular, neural and myofascial dysfunction in upper quadrant neuromusculoskeletal conditions.  
  • Critical use of the available evidence to enhance practice 

Course Notes 

Teaching will be a blend of on-line delivery requiring access to a reliable PC & internet connection, plus practical classes that will take place in a newly refurbished laboratory at College Lane Campus, Hatfield. This module is equivalent to 300 hours of student effort including 11 taught days and 1 assessment day.  

All applications are considered on a first come, first served basis. Once the module is full the application portal will close, so early application is advised.  


Attendance Dates:

All teaching days are normally 9am – 5pm. Students are expected to attend all teaching dates. 


Day 1 - Monday 2nd October 2023, (on-line)  

Day 2 - Tuesday 3rd October 2023, in-person (on campus)  

Day 3 - Tuesday 7th November 2023, in-person (on campus)  

Day 4 - Wednesday 8th November 2023, in-person (on campus)  

Day 5 - Tuesday 5th December 2023, in-person (on campus)  

Day 6 - Wednesday 6th December 2023, in-person (on campus)  

Day 7 - Tuesday 16th January 2024, in-person (on campus)  

Day 8 - Wednesday 17th January 2024, in-person (on campus)  

Day 9 - Tuesday 13th February 2024, in-person (on campus)  

Day 10 - Wednesday 14th February 2024, in-person (on campus)  

Day 11 - Tuesday 5th March 2024, in-person (on campus) 


Assessment Dates: 

Essay hand-in date – Tuesday 3rd April 2024 on-line  

OSCE assessment date – Tuesday 23rd April 2024, in person on campus (9am to 6pm) 


Refer/Defer Assessment Dates: 

Essay hand-in date Wednesday 10th July 2024  

OSCE assessment date - Monday 22nd July 2024, in person on campus 



Qualified Physiotherapists with BSc Honours in Physiotherapy (or equivalent) qualification and at least one year’s post-qualification experience in a musculoskeletal physiotherapy setting, currently working in an appropriate area of practice.  Physiotherapists who undertake work-based/clinical skills modules should have HCPC registration (or equivalent).  If students are undertaking a Master's Programme normally they will need to successfully complete 7HSK0331/0075 (Lower Quadrant – Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy) prior to undertaking this module.



The assessment is a combination of a written essay (submitted on-line) and a practical examination (OSCE) (taken on campus). 

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge and Understanding 
Successful students will typically... 
  • Demonstrate critical understanding of theories, principles and concepts underpinning musculoskeletal practice.
  • Critically synthesise and evaluate current evidence to demonstrate advanced problem solving and clinical reasoning skills relevant to upper quadrant musculoskeletal dysfunction. 


Learning Outcomes: Skills and Attributes 

Successful students will typically...

  • Demonstrate professional expertise, technical mastery and adaptability in developing management skills/strategies appropriate for patients with upper quadrant peripheral and spinal musculoskeletal dysfunction  
  • Engage effectively in academic and professional communication, using a range of communication skills which demonstrate application of critical understanding of theories, principles and concepts appropriate to the management of upper quadrant peripheral and spinal musculoskeletal dysfunction. 
  • Utilise self−evaluation and reflection on their own and others practice to develop advanced clinical reasoning skills, taking into account the evolving evidence−base and current legal, ethical and professional issues. 

What our students say: 

"Excellent calibre of experienced speakers and variety of opinions”   

“Really interesting and lots to take away and put into practice” 

“Up to date evidence based practice” 

Interesting and learnt a lot of new information 

“Highly recommend”  

“Excellent translation to clinical practice”  

“Lecturers are friendly, approachable and keen to provide knowledge”


Course Notes

The course is normally facilitated by Matthew Guilliatt. Previous regular contributors include Anju Jaggi, Aurelien Noyer, Alison Middleditch, Ioannis Paneris, Dionne Ryder, Kate Montgomery, Tamsin Mann, Dr Mindy Cairns, Dr Hubert van Griensven and Chris Worsfold, along with other experts from clinical practice and research. 



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Course Leader
Name: Dr Mindy Cairns & Andrea Moulson
Name: Julie Porter
Tel: 01707 284800
Teaching will normally run from 9am to 5pm, unless otherwise stated on Canvas which you will see when stage 1 of registration is completed.


The price quoted above is per 30 credits and relates to students assessed as UK/home self-funded for fee purposes. Prices may differ for students that are assessed as EU Overseas/Overseas. Fees status will normally stay with the student for the remainder of their course. Here you can find further details along with, costs and when your fees need to be paid. You may be able to obtain a Post Graduate student loan, for which you must sign up for the whole MSc programme and not just individual modules or a Post Graduate Diploma, further details can be found at Gov.uk Master’s Loan

Learner Hours
Scheduled 71 hours & Independent 229 hours
Mode of Delivery
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