MSc Musculoskeletal Paediatric Health | AECC University College
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MSc Musculoskeletal Paediatric Health

MSc (180 UK credits, 90 ECTS)

Develop your career in paediatric health as you develop your knowledge and skills with this part-time, online, distanced learning course.

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Course Title MSc Musculoskeletal Paediatric Health
Qualification MSc (180 UK credits, 90 ECTS)
Study Mode Part-time Online, Distance Learning
Typical Offer 2:1 or equivalent in relevant healthcare profession
Duration 2 years
Start Date September
Location Online

Overview


This course has been designed to help registered practitioners further their ability to deliver healthcare through the safe and competent care of children of all ages.

It covers topics such as paediatric development, paediatric musculoskeletal examination, paediatric musculoskeletal interventions and paediatric musculoskeletal management, evidence-based practice, plus optional units such as professional development, and leadership and inter-professional collaboration.

You’ll also examine 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 to young adulthood.

Using a blend of live online classes and ready-to-use resources through our virtual learning environment, you’ll learn through a mix of live and recorded lectures, online reading materials and content taught through guided activities with your peers and staff.

Clinical paediatric experience is a key part of the course, either within your existing clinical environment or through observing our clinical educators in the Clinical and Rehabilitation Services team at AECC University College on our Bournemouth campus.

Course Details


Why Study MSc Musculoskeletal Paediatric Health?

AECC University College has been the primary provider of postgraduate musculoskeletal paediatric courses in Europe for over 15 years. The postgraduate courses within the AECC School of Chiropractic are developed to be aligned with professional practice, and adopt an approach of integrated learning, teaching, and assessment that is not only developing independent learning, but encouraging students to integrate theory and practice. The approach to learning and teaching within the course emphasizes: the diversity of leaners, autonomy of learning, life-long learning, and a dynamic learning experience.

Course Structure

The course has been designed in a format that allows students to complete their training in 2 years. There is also the possibility to register for individual units.

There are two taught units each term with 6 weeks of delivery. After each unit you will be working on an assessment for a few weeks before submitting your work. In both the first and second year, you will complete 4 units. In your second year, you will also complete a Dissertation. We also offer you the opportunity to complete the units at your own pace.

You do not need to come to AECC UC for any assessment as the whole course is completed remotely.

For more information see our Course Specifications.

Unit Breakdown


Evidence-based practice

Units

(Core Unit)

PGT7013 Evidence based practice

This unit aims to allow you to provide a basis to understand the concepts and principles of evidence-based practice and have a critical awareness of the problems of their application in professional practice, to ensure your professional practice is underpinned by evidence, including robust research findings, patients’ views, and your own clinical expertise; and to develop the ability to identify clinical questions relevant to your practice, review and critique evidence in the area, and evaluate any change to enhance your professional practice.

Want to study this as a single unit?

To apply, please use the application link below. Alternatively, you can register your interest, please enquire via our form (at the bottom of this page).

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Paediatric development

Units

(Core Unit)

MPH7001 Paediatric development

This unit will allow you to advance your knowledge, attitudes and skills in paediatric development. This unit provides you with the cognitive knowledge supporting the clinical sciences relating to paediatric musculoskeletal care.

The unit provides you with the opportunity to apply, synthesize and evaluate how the cognitive knowledge base in paediatric development transfers directly into patient care. The aim is to further advance your proficiency at evaluating a range of typical and atypical developmental patterns throughout the paediatric spectrum from birth to young adulthood.

Want to study this as a single unit?

To apply, please use the application link below. Alternatively, you can register your interest, please enquire via our form (at the bottom of this page).

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Paediatric MSK examination and diagnosis

Units

(Core Unit)

MPH7002 Paediatric musculoskeletal examination and diagnosis

This unit will allow you to advance your knowledge, skills and attitudes required to examine and diagnose paediatric patients. When examining and diagnosing paediatric patients, you need to be able to integrate relevant patient data through appropriate history taking, physical examination, investigations, and psychosocial factors during a patient encounter.

The aim of this unit is to further advance your proficiency at examining and diagnosing paediatric patients presenting with musculoskeletal complaints over the paediatric spectrum from birth to young adulthood.

Want to study this as a single unit?

To apply, please use the application link below. Alternatively, you can register your interest, please enquire via our form (at the bottom of this page).

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Paediatric MSK interventions

Units

(Core Unit)

MPH7003 Paediatric musculoskeletal interventions

This unit will allow you to advance your knowledge, skills and attitudes required to evaluate and deliver interventions in paediatric patients with musculoskeletal complaints within your scope of practice.

The aim is to allow you to gain knowledge and understanding of commonly used therapies that might also sit outside of your scope of practice alongside public health and health promotion interventions in the paediatric musculoskeletal field. The aim is to further advance your proficiency and safety at providing evidence-based care of patients presenting with musculoskeletal complaints over the paediatric spectrum from birth to young adulthood.

Want to study this as a single unit?

To apply, please use the application link below. Alternatively, you can register your interest, please enquire via our form (at the bottom of this page).

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Paediatric MSK management

Units

(Core Unit)

MPH7004 Paediatric musculoskeletal management

This work-based learning unit will allow you to advance your knowledge, skills and attitudes required to manage paediatric patients. When managing patients, several factors will influence your clinical encounters and plans of care: child and family centred concepts, legal and ethical principles, as well as your professional values and behaviours.

The aim is to further advance your proficiency at managing paediatric patients presenting with musculoskeletal complaints over the paediatric spectrum from birth to young adulthood.

Want to study this as a single unit?

To apply, please use the application link below. Alternatively, you can register your interest, please enquire via our form (at the bottom of this page).

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Research methods

Units

(Core Unit)

PGT7011 Research methods

The unit aims to allow you to explore the philosophical underpinnings of research approaches and methodologies; to develop a critical understanding of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods research designs; to explore and apply analysis of empirical research data; to develop appropriate original research questions and to systematically plan a research investigation; and to enhance your understanding of the ethical considerations of clinical research and how to apply these in the context of study design and implementation.

Want to study this as a single unit?

To apply, please use the application link below. Alternatively, you can register your interest, please enquire via our form (at the bottom of this page).

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Leadership and interprofessional working 

Units

(Optional Unit)

Leadership and Interprofessional Working 

In this unit, you will have the opportunity to expand your knowledge and understanding of leadership theories and frameworks, competencies of interprofessional collaboration, and approaches to working within teams. You will also consider your own values, beliefs, and personal working through reflective practice.

You will consider both the contemporary research on leadership and interprofessional working, current influences on healthcare organisations and policy, and your own experiences of working within teams.

Want to study this as a single unit?

To apply, please use the application link below. Alternatively, you can register your interest, please enquire via our form (at the bottom of this page).

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Professional development

Units

(Optional Unit)

PGT7015 Professional development

This unit aims to support you to identify your own learning needs and support development of knowledge, skills, and expertise within a specialised field or area of practice. You will explore professional development in practice, including professional identity, communication, and decision-making, and critically reflect on these areas in relation to your development and role as a practitioner. You will demonstrate reflective practice and develop personal responsibility in evaluating and improving professional practice.

Want to study this as a single unit?

To apply, please use the application link below. Alternatively, you can register your interest, please enquire via our form (at the bottom of this page).

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Dissertation

Units

PGT7012 Dissertation

The unit aims to allow you to develop your ability to critically evaluate current knowledge in a topic area; to identify and select problems relevant and appropriate to research inquiry, by conducting and completing an original and ethically-sound research investigation; to create knowledge to inform professional practice; and to report and disseminate findings in a manner that is professionally relevant and that contributes to professional development in a topic area.

Staff


Course Leader

Aurélie Marchand

MChiro, PGCert, MSc ACPP, MMEd – Senior Lecturer (Clinical Management)

Aurélie is a Senior Lecturer teaching on the pre-registration chiropractic framework and the post-graduate MSc Paediatric MSK Health course. She mentors postgraduate students in their dissertations.

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Entry Requirements


Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

This course is aimed at registered practitioners who wish to develop their knowledge and skills further regarding musculoskeletal paediatric health. Applicants will be required to have a recognised degree or professional qualification in a relevant healthcare subject and a minimum of two years relevant post-registration clinical experience. Examples of relevant professions include: chiropractic, physiotherapy, osteopathy, midwifery, occupational therapy, nursing or medicine.

Students must be registered with their respective professional regulatory body, e.g. Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), General Medicine Council (GMC), Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), General Chiropractic Council (GCC), or equivalent outside of the UK and have practice insurance. The minimum entry requirement is a 2:2 degree in an appropriate subject area.

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 7.0 with no less than 6.0 in each component or equivalent.

Applicants with prior experience will be able to make use of the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process to gain recognition of their credits. This would allow for completion of credits in a staged process by acknowledging previously completed units. Units being considered for RPL will be reviewed to ensure they meet the learning needs of the course and specific unit. The learning would generally be expected to be completed within 5 years, to ensure the content is still relevant, however this may be extended on review if the content was deemed appropriate and contemporary.

For general questions on MSc Musculoskeletal Paediatric Health entry requirements or to register your interest in the course please use the contact form at the bottom of this page.

International
International

If your qualification is not listed here, please take a look at our international entry requirements page or get in touch with our admissions team on the form below. Please note, to be accepted onto this course; you will also need to demonstrate that you meet the minimum standards of English. For further information on English language requirements, please see the dedicated English language requirements page. More information on permission to study in the UK, can be found on our Visas and Immigration page.

Study a Single Unit
Study a Single Unit

Studying individual units of this course is a great way to avoid the commitment of a full postgraduate certificate, or to dip your toes in the water before deciding if you want to take on the whole course. It is also a great way to add to your continuing professional development (CPD) requirements, as you can choose units that are relevant to your specific needs.

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Course Fees


This course is offered via distance learning

Fees for all students are charged on a per-unit basis:

Home/ROI/Channel Islands

2023/24

  • £830 per 20 credit unit

2024/25

  • £870 per 20 credit unit

International

2023/24

  • £830 per 20 credit unit

2024/25

  • £870 per 20 credit unit

Please note that these fees are for the 2023-24 & 2024/25 academic years only and may be subject to increase in subsequent years of study. Any increase will be in line with our Tuition Fees Policy but will not be more than 5%.

Should you have any questions on course fees please see our Fees and Payment Information page or contact our admissions team on the form below.

Additional Course Costs

Additional costs are mandatory or optional costs which students will need to meet in order to fully participate in and complete their course. Students will need to budget for these costs separately as they are not included in the overall Tuition Fee they (or their sponsor) are charged.

For more information see Additional Costs page.

Visit our student finance pages for more information on:

Fees and funding

Scholarships and Bursaries

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