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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. To speak to the MSc APP Paediatric Musculoskeletal Health course leader, arrange a tour of our campus or for general questions on this postgraduate course please use the contact form below.

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 delivery and/or seminars, reflective practice, and practical experiences. 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. When you do need to join us on campus, we have scheduled the paediatric seminars to take place mostly at the weekends.

To speak to the MSc APP Paediatric Musculoskeletal Health course leader, arrange a tour of our campus or for general questions on this postgraduate course 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 2019 if you want to join us on the 2019 - 2020 MSc APP in Paediatric Musculoskeletal Health.

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Important dates: for all MSc Advanced Professional Practice courses

09/10/19: Induction and Professional Clinical Practice (Year/Stage 1)
10/10/19-12/10/19: Evidence Based Practice (Year/Stage 1)
16/10/19: Audit Methods (Year/Stage 2 or Year/Stage 3)
17/10/19-19/10/19: Research Methods (Year/Stage 2 or Year/Stage 3)

In addition for the MSc Advanced Professional Practice - Paediatric MSK Health

14/10/19: Health of the Infant and Toddler MSK Health (for existing students only)
15/10/19: Growth, Nutrition and Development (for existing students only)

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 are made through our online application system. You will need to provide details about your educational history, a personal statement and a satisfactory reference. To register for an application account press the button below. 

Applications for October 2020 entry will open in late October 2019. 


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

There are a lot of things to consider when applying for a degree, including course fees. Our current course costs for the MSc APP Paediatric Musculoskeletal Health course (2019/2020) entry are per annum and are shown below. 

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*You are classed as an ELQ student if the course which you are applying to is an equivalent or lower qualification to one you have previously achieved.

Please note that fees after your 1st year should not increase by more than RPI + 1% (UK Retail price index - RPI). 

Potential discounts for APP applicants: 
1. AECC University College Alumni receive 10% for the duration of their study
2. Recent graduates (2014 - 2019) receive 50% in the first year of study 

Starting a postgraduate course for the first time? If you happen to be under 60 and live in the UK, you might qualify for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to help with your study costs. This is being offered to people starting a postgraduate course from 1st September 2019. Find out more about postgraduate loans and if you qualify on the website.

We’d like to let you know that your course fees are due annually, and may be subject to change. Decisions about changes to course fees, arrangements, and dates for teaching and learning sessions are the right of the course organisers - they’ll let you know if anything is due to change. Bear in mind that the fees currently advertised by the University College are for the first year of the programme only. We advise to budget for an increase of up to 5% for each following year. All increased fees will be posted to the University College website, so don’t worry if you forget.

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 here and search for our name.

Our tuition fees policy and information on any expected additional costs for each of our courses can be found on our latest policies page. Should you have any questions on course fees please contact our admissions team on the form below  

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