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Closed for applications for 2020

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.

Course overview

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. 

Key Information

Course title:
MSc APP Paediatric Musculoskeletal Health
Normally 3 Years
Study mode:
Part Time
AECC University College

Course leader

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Aurélie Marchand

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.

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Course details

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. 

Download Course Specification

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)

Unit breakdown

Get even more confident in caring for the musculoskeletal health of all children and learn lifelong skills to provide excellent care throughout your career.

Entry Requirements

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.

For more information about our admissions policies and procedures, including our Admissions Complaints and Appeals Policy, please click here.


Course Fees

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.

Our tuition fees policy can be found here on our latest policies page.

Please visit our student finance pages for more information on additional costs and fees/funding.

Should you have any questions on course fees please contact our admissions team on the form below. 

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