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Rehabilitation Studies (Continence for Physiotherapists)

Duration: Up to 5 years
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: MSc
Not suitable for international students
Start date: View attendance dates
Faculty of Health Studies
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This programme enables physiotherapists to develop and enhance their skills in the overall assessment management, evaluation and the rehabilitation of the patient in a variety of health and Social care settings.

Students may choose a pathway with a named endorsement (see related courses below) depending on the initial Postgraduate Certificate route, providing that the subject of the Final Stage covers the same clinical speciality.

Whilst following this programme of study you will engage with learning through a range of teaching methods. To a degree these methods will be dependent on modules studied, however student-centred approaches to learning are a feature of the modules and you will be expected to take responsibility for your learning as you develop your academic skills.

There are a number of approaches to the manner in which modules are delivered and these include block attendance, study day attendance, distance learning and blended learning. When devising your study plan you will be informed regarding which delivery methods are utilised for which module and in which semester your chosen modules are being delivered. You will also be informed about dates and times of compulsory attendance at the university and (or) practice placement.

Why Bradford?

  • The MSc Rehabilitation Studies provides an ideal opportunity for physiotherapists to develop advanced skills in their particular area of interest including musculoskeletal, continence, women’s health or sports physiotherapy.

  • Continuing professional development funding may be available for some modules and courses. However, access to funding for part or all of an award cannot be guaranteed.

Entry requirements

  • A first degree or equivalent relevant qualification or appropriate experience within the field of practice
  • Be a physiotherapist or other health professional registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC) or other relevant professional body
  • Two years' post-qualification experience and experience of working in a relevant speciality


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

The aims of the teaching and learning strategies have been designed so that you will be given the opportunity to develop theoretical and experiential understanding, advance your knowledge and critical thinking and to develop a range of skills appropriate to your professional field your, organisation and workplace setting.

The modules and programmes nested within the framework offer you the capacity to acknowledge and build upon the knowledge and skills you may have acquired through previous learning experiences including those in the work place.

Your programme of study will expose you to a range of different teaching, learning and assessment strategies required to achieve the learning outcomes. The teaching approaches that are used across the Faculty of Health Studies are informed by the University core values which are for teaching and learning to be:

  • Reflective
  • Adaptable
  • Inclusive
  • Supportive
  • Ethical
  • Sustainable

You may experience these across your choice of modules in order to meet both the aims of the programme and your learning outcomes which may include any number of the following:

Lectures: To a group of students where information will be presented and discussed whilst informed by the core values.

Facilitated seminars and group discussion: Where learning will be through the interpretation and critical application of information and group learning.

Tutorial: Where small group number of students reflect and discuss issues related to their learning.

Work-based learning: Where learning is directed within the work environment and is reflected upon and then reported on.

Use of Web based virtual learning environments, such as video analysis, Blackboard: To access information and to interact with other students undertaking group work or developing wikis.

Directed reading: Where set reading may be recommended.

Self-Directed learning: Where student are expected to develop their own learning by identifying areas of interest and areas in which knowledge needs to be developed thus encouraging independence and development of critical thought.

Undertaking a work based project or a research module which is shaped by your own self-directed learning needs and the learning outcomes at MSc level.

You will be expected to develop an autonomous learning style and become self-directed as a learner.

Assessment Strategy

Your learning will be assessed through the use of a range of different assessment techniques which may include one or more of the following approaches:

  • Written assignment
  • Reflective case study
  • Development of a reflective portfolio
  • Completion of set competencies
  • Completion of a set number of clinical observations
  • Video analysis exam
  • Practical examination (OSCE/OSPE)
  • Computer based Multiple Choice Question examination
  • Computer based open book examination
  • Seminar presentation
  • Written project report
  • Completion of a dissertation
  • Research paper/executive summary

Some of these teaching and assessment strategies may change over time and through the ongoing development of the programmes.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees

See the Fees and Financial Support website for 2018/19 module fees.

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

Funding for eligible staff within the region will be reviewed by Health Education England (HEE) in the coming months for the 2017/18 academic year. We advise all applicants to apply as normal for 2017/18 courses and further information will be provided as soon as it is available.

How do I find out more?

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

The easiest way to apply is online.

This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.

If you are unable to apply online, please email to request a paper application form.

We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:

  • Degree certificates/transcripts
  • Research proposal (if required)
  • Two references (including one academic reference)
  • Evidence of English language level (if required)
  • A copy of your passport

Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.

You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.