Musculoskeletal Medicine

Queen Margaret University


This flexible part time pathway towards a clinically-orientated MSc covers the assessment, diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of disorders of the musculoskeletal (MSK) system.

The overall pathway of the MSc is flexible, and so it supports continuing professional development in musculoskeletal practice at all stages. It is ideal for physiotherapists who are developing their career towards advanced or first contact musculoskeletal practice, and medical practitioners developing their ‘GP with Special Interest’ role.

The core modules will give you a grounding in research methods and help you apply the skills of research and enquiry to produce original work to contribute to your profession. You can choose two optional modules and tailor them to your professional development plan and your own particular needs (e.g. the theory and practice of injection therapy).

You can exit after stage 1 with PgDip Musculoskeletal Medicine

Entry Requirements

Relevant physiotherapy degree or medical qualification. You should be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or General Medical Council (GMC), and be able to provide eveidence of opportunities to practise musculoskeletal medicine.

You should also have successful completed: all of the assessment components of the core Foundation in Musculoskeletal Medicine module (60 SCQF Level 11 credits); courses provided by other orthopaedic/musculoskeletal medicine organisations, eg Orthopaedic Medicine Seminars, Orthopaedic Medicine International (Global) and European Teaching Group of Orthopaedic Medicine, with acceptance of a portfolio of evidence, which includes support for the student’s achievement of the learning outcomes of the core Foundation in Musculoskeletal Medicine module, through submission of a summative reflective essay and personal development plan.

Start Date



Postgraduate Master's

Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning
Part time (day)

Course Length

18-60 months


School of Health Sciences


Health Professions

SCQF Level



Career Area

Health and Medicine

Career Sectors

Alternative Medicine

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