MSc Advanced Professional Practice Paediatric Musculoskeletal Health
Enhance your practice and learn the tools to effectively care for the musculoskeletal health of patients from birth. Applications for September 2020 are now closed.
This is one of the specialised pathways of the MSc Advanced Professional Practice.
Develop as a healthcare professional in delivering safe and competent paediatric musculoskeletal care through reflective practice and independent learning. Our part-time, distance-based course gives you the opportunity to learn in the workplace and get qualified with an MSc APP in Paediatric Musculoskeletal Health. Cover topics on the neonate, the infant, as well as growth, development and nutrition where you can address issues such as risk factors and public health, including breastfeeding, supine sleep in infancy, physical activity in children and conditions affecting the musculoskeletal health of children from birth.
There have been some recent changes to the MSc Advanced Professional Practice course framework, which mean the Musculoskeletal Health of the Neonate, Musculoskeletal Health of the Infant and Toddler and Growth, Development and Nutrition units will now be delivered online.
You will direct your own learning through online materials and reflective practice. Learn to integrate the latest evidence to inform your clinical decisions and help you in providing best care to your paediatric patients. You will be assessed through critical reviews, reflective accounts, and in the last year through a research dissertation or audit.
We understand how busy lives can be, so we have kept necessary attendance at AECC University College campus to a minimum. Online materials and activities are designed to support the students in the completion of the units. When you do need to join us on campus, we have scheduled the paediatric seminars to take place mostly at the weekends.
This course is closed for applications for 2020 entry, for general questions on the MSc APP Paediatric Musculoskeletal Health qualification or to register your interest in the course for 2021, please use the contact form below.
- Course title:
- MSc APP Paediatric Musculoskeletal Health
- MSc APP
- Normally 3 Years
- Study mode:
- Part Time
MChiro, PGCert, MSc ACPP - Lecturer (Clinical Sciences)
Aurélie is the Programme Lead for the for MScAPP Paediatric Musculoskeletal Health. She teaches chiropractic paediatrics at undergraduate levels, mentors undergraduate and post-graduate students in their projects and dissertations, and oversees interns in the AECC UC paediatric clinic.
The course is open to health professional such as chiropractors, osteopaths, and physiotherapists. The aim is to provide you with the skills, attitudes and knowledge needed to deal with complex situations where there is incomplete information or uncertainty, as well as providing best care for more straightforward cases. The course will not teach you clinical skills in paediatric musculoskeletal care and it is beneficial to have an appropriate patient base in your practice from which to draw your topics of interest. You will also have the possibility to observe our multidisciplinary breastfeeding clinic and paediatric teaching clinic during opening times when on campus.
Each year includes specific paediatric units, and units that are common to the MSc APP pathway. You will be encouraged to select topics that are relevant to your musculoskeletal practice in paediatric units. You will also have the opportunity to integrate paediatric musculoskeletal health in the other units of the course that may not immediately seem paediatric related.
The Research Methods and Audit Methods units can now be completed at stage 2/year 2 or stage 3/year 3.
The paediatric units are delivered in association with a weekend CPD seminar that may include lectures, workshops, and case discussions. During those seminars, you will be exposed to various topics that may be of interest to you and you will have the opportunity to meet and talk with other MSc APP Paediatric Musculoskeletal Health students. You will have access to our online comprehensive learning services and gain up-to-date knowledge directly from the literature. We will support you as an independent and autonomous practitioner, to embed your practice in an evidence-based approach, and to develop your critical thinking abilities, with the goal of you becoming a more informed and confident practitioner in paediatric musculoskeletal health.
All of our MSc APP courses are split into three stages, and you have the chance to get a qualification even if you cannot commit to three or four years of study. At the end of stage one, you will qualify for a PgCert (60 Level 7 credits), at stage two you will qualify for a PgDip (120 Level 7 credits), and finally an MSc at the end of stage three (180 Level 7 credits).
Even though this course is self-directed and part-time and you do not have to come to campus regularly, the course is organised to support you in your studies whilst empowering you to become an independent learner. You’ll be able to speak with your unit tutors who will give you the support that you need to get you through the course. Talk to them via email, phone calls, or even scheduled one-to-one sessions on campus.
Make sure you get your application to us by the deadline of July 2020 if you want to join us on the 2020 - 2021 MSc APP in Paediatric Musculoskeletal Health in October.
Important dates: for all MSc Advanced Professional Practice courses
16 Sep 2020: Induction and Professional Clinical Practice (Year/Stage 1)
17 Sep – 20 Sep 2020: Evidence Based Practice (Year/Stage 1)
23 Sep 2020: Audit Methods (Year/Stage 2 or Year/Stage 3)
24 Sep – 26 Sep 2020: Research Methods (Year/Stage 2 or Year/Stage 3)
- Professional Clinical Practice (worth 20 credits)
- This first unit lays the foundation of the course and aims to help you develop self-direction through experiential learning and reflective practice. This is taught alongside our Induction Seminar.
- Assessment: Critical reflective account, approximately 2,500 words. Worth 50% and Case study, approximately 2,500 words, worth 50%.
- Evidence-based Practice (worth 20 credits)
- Healthcare is always changing and developing, so it’s important to keep up to date with current research evidence, and know when and where to include this in your clinical practice. You’ll develop skills in searching, finding, critically appraising, and applying research evidence to your patients.
- Assessment: Evidence-based case report, approximately 2,500 words, worth 50% and Critical Appraisal of a given research paper, approximately 2,500 words, worth 50%.
- Musculoskeletal Health of Neonate (worth 20 credits)
- The impact of intra-uterine factors, birth processes, and the common and rare musculoskeletal problems of the neonate are just some of the areas that you’ll cover in this unit. We aim to develop your knowledge of neonatal musculoskeletal health, and highlight the need for care for the musculoskeletal system of the newborn. We take a look at one of the most common problems of biomechanical inability for optimal feeding and methods of treatment, not to mention the inability to lie comfortably facing upwards, which are key aspects to sustained health of the infant.
- Assessment: Two reflective accounts, approximately 2,500 words each, worth a total of 100%.
In this stage you’ll have the chance to select the units that suit you. You’ll complete the first two units on Musculoskeletal Health of the Infant and Toddler and Growth, Development and Nutrition, and then choose between two other units: Structured Learning Event and Current Advances in Practice. All units have M Level Credits assigned to them. You’ll need to pick units that total 60 M Level Credits for the PgDip.
- Musculoskeletal Health of the Infant and Toddler (worth 20 credits)
- This MSc APP in Paediatric Musculoskeletal Health covers all aspects of the musculoskeletal system of early childhood, and in this unit you’ll focus on current and detailed knowledge of musculoskeletal health in early childhood. You’ll also cover early normal growth and development, looking at nutrition, feeding, sleeping and crying disorders, common and rare orthopaedic conditions of early childhood, including suboptimal movement and ambulatory problems, and management options.
- Assessment: Two reflective accounts, approximately 2,500 words each, worth a total of 100%.
- Growth, Development and Nutrition (worth 20 credits)
- As the title of the unit shows, you’ll look into the growth and development of the paediatric patient, covering the growth cycle, and including how to weigh and measure the child, and how to interpret growth charts. Nutritional factors is another key factor of this unit, along with developmental profiling and using instruments to gauge the nutritional and developmental profile of the child. We’ll be taking a look at various conditions to be recognised and treated in young children, such as growing pains.
- Assessment: Two reflective accounts, approximately 2,500 words each, worth a total of 100%.
- Option Unit: Structured Learning Event (worth 20 credits)
- Identifying your learning needs as a professional, going to learning events, and applying what you’ve learnt in your everyday practice is all part of your continuing professional development. This unit will help you develop skills in reflection and critical evaluation, application of new knowledge and skills, and reflection in evaluating changes in your own performance. You’ll attend a seminar (that has been approved by your Pathway leader) and your assignment will be based on your learning experiences and outcomes in practice. If you attend an AECC seminar then you’ll only have to pay the student rate.
- Assessment: Critical review of learning outcomes, approximately 5,000 words, worth 100%.
- Option Unit: Current Advances in Practice (worth 20 credits)
- New research and information is constantly being shared, and it can be difficult to keep on top of it all. This unit aims to help you develop skills in searching and finding information, and understanding what to do with conflicting information and how to apply this to your patients and practice. You’ll have the chance to select your own topic depending on your needs and interests.
- Assessment: Critical review of the literature, approximately 5,000 words, worth 100%.
For your final stage in MSc APP Clinical Sciences, you can pick between two unit groups.
- Research Methods (20 credits)
- Understanding different types of clinical research designs and which designs are best to answer particular questions are important in evidence-based practice. You’ll not only develop skills in clinical research designs, data collection, and data analysis, but learn to identify potential areas for research and plan an investigation.
- Assessment: Reflective Research Protocol, approximately 5,000 words, worth 100%.
- Dissertation (40 credits)
- You’ll complete a research investigation in an area that applies to your professional and paediatric practice. You’re likely to carry out the investigation in your professional practice setting, collecting and analysing real-time clinical data, but facilities at the AECC are also available. You’ll be supported by expert research supervision, institutional research facilities, and ethics approval boards.
- Assessment: Research Dissertation, approximately 10,000 words, worth 100%.
- Audit Methods (20 credits)
- This unit will develop your skills in data collection and data analysis based on audit findings, and ways to improve clinical practice. You must understand clinical audit and its role in clinical governance to fully appreciate and apply evidence-based practice.
- Assessment: Reflective audit protocol, approximately 5,000 words, worth 100%.
- Clinical Audit (40 credits)
- A clinical audit is very relevant to professional practice, as it allows recommendations to be made to improve both your practice and how you approach your work. You’ll complete a Clinical Audit as part of your Masters.
- Assessment: Clinical Audit, approximately 10,000 words, worth 100%.
How do I apply?
Applications for September 2020 are now closed.
The deadline for receipt of applications was July 31st 2020. Any applications received after this date will not be considered.
Applications for 2021 to the MSc APP Paediatric Musculoskeletal Health will be open soon through our online application system. You will need to provide your educational history, a personal statement and a satisfactory reference.
What qualifications do I need?
You will need a recognised professional qualification in-line with the admissions regulations. Our course is designed for health practitioners in professional practice, such as clinicians, teachers, and researchers.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language we would be looking for one of the following:
- IELTS (academic) overall score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each section
- TOEFL overall score of 79 with minimum scores of 17 in writing and listening, 18 in reading and 20 in speaking
- An undergraduate or postgraduate degree from a UK university
- A completed undergraduate or postgraduate degree which has been taught in a ‘majority English-speaking’ country. These are: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United States of America
We may be able to consider other English language qualifications, so call or email our Admissions team and they will be happy to help. Try to book your language tests as early in the year as you can, just in case re-sits are needed.
If you have already successfully completed the PgCert Professional Development (Chiropractic) then you don’t have to complete the Professional Clinical Practice unit in stage 1. Talk to your Pathway Course Leader about any prior learning as this could count towards your credits.
If you’re not sure about anything listed here, talk to our Admissions team by email or calling us on 01202 436200 and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.
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Our current course costs for the MSc APP Paediatric Musculoskeletal Health part time course for 2020 entry are per annum and are shown below.
£3,600.00 per annum based on students undertaking 60 credits per academic year. For students undertaking additional 20 credit units an additional payment of £1,200.00 will be payable for each additional unit.
£6,000.00 per annum based on students undertaking 60 credits per academic year. For students undertaking additional 20 credit units an additional payment of £2,000.00 will be payable for each additional unit.
Discounted rates may be available.
Note: For students to be eligible for funding from Student Finance England, they must be studying on an eligible course at a provider registered with the Office for Students (OfS). AECC University College is registered with the OfS. You can view the register and search for our name.
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Popular questions on MSc APP Paediatric Musculoskeletal Health.
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Generally speaking, the approach to a CPD courses is more passive compared to a student on the MSc course.
On the MSc course, you will develop in-depth knowledge in specialised areas by reviewing the latest research evidence, discussing your topic with your peers and supervisor, as well as getting feedback from your assignments. All healthcare professionals are welcome to attend a CPD event but as an MSc APP Paediatric students, you will use the ideas presented in the seminars as a trampoline to push yourself, to question your attitudes, to better inform your practice, and to provide the best possible care for your paediatric patients.
The MScAPP Paediatric course does not include hands-on training even though some hands on training can take place during the CPD seminars.
The course has a stronger emphasis on learning why you would practice in a certain way rather than the ability to reproduce a technical performance. No patient is textbook and this course will give you the tools to push beyond applying techniques and to look for improved or even new ways of approaching paediatric patients in your practice.
Many students embark on the course as a new graduate and start developing their practices as they progress. Others, who are already working in established paediatric practices, decide to get a formal degree and use their clinics to inform their preferred topics of interest. Some students embark on the MSc APP Paediatric course whilst on a career break. Others work in busy adult practices and want to boost their confidence in this field.
If you are worried that you might be missing out, our students are welcome to observe in the feeding clinic or AECC University College's Chiropractic Clinic when on campus.
Most undergraduate training in paediatrics lasts about one semester and should provide you with the bases for safe and effective paediatric care.
The MSc APP Paediatrics course will allow you to develop in-depth knowledge in various age groups and clinical topics. The course will allow you to ask clinical questions, for example, like what is the best, current diagnostic approach? What is the best, current treatment approach? What is the effectiveness of the various treatment approaches? Would you choose the same approach for all case types? What about alternatives approaches could you offer the mother? Whom should you collaborate with? These are all highly clinically relevant questions that you can learn to have a confident answer to.
What you will learn through this journey is invaluable. It is not only about obtaining a validated internationally recognised University College degree in such a specific field, or receiving a Fellowship, or establishing your reputation through scientific research or even peer-reviewed publications, or having the credential to teach to colleagues or other healthcare professionals.
It is about dedicating time to develop yourself and reach your full potential to make sure that you provide the best possible care for the musculoskeletal health of children.