University of Leeds
Musculoskeletal Medicine PGCert PgCert
University of Leeds

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Musculoskeletal medicine (MSK) is a rapidly growing and developing area practiced by a range of clinicians from phyisotherapists, doctors and allied health care professionals. Our part-time online musculoskeletal medicine PG Cert is aimed to meet the needs of those wishing to work or working mainly in primary care, community or interface clinics. The programme has been developed by some of the UK’s leading MSK professionals, ensuring it provides you with the skills and knowledge to work in a range of specialist MSK settings.

Programme topics will provide you with essential information largely missing from undergraduate degree courses that will facilitate effective practice and enhance employability.

Course highlights

  • This is a unique programme aimed at creating exceptional MSK practitioners.

  • Our programme offers flexible learning with instruction delivered by expert clinicians.

  • Academic and careers related support is provided by our team, alongside a dedicated educational supervisor.

  • Our individual topic experts, specifically selected from around the country for their expertise.

  • Our course is aligned to the national FSEM Diploma in MSK exam.

Our department is home to four of the UKs’ consultants in SEM, GPs with an extended role in musculoskeletal medicine and a number of the UK’s leading physiotherapists in MSK medicine and elite sport. Dr Richard Collins in our team was one of the lead clinician’s on developing the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine’s (FSEM) Diploma in MSK professional exam. While this course is a stand-alone and covers above and beyond the syllabus of the FSEM Diploma in MSK, it does prepare any of our students wishing to sit the professional exams post-course.

Our academics and lecturers Our PG Certificate is delivered via the University of Leeds renowned Sport and Exercise Science Department and includes a variety of world-leading MSK clinicians, each with their own specialism. Below are just a few of our leading academics that teach on our programme:

Dr Richard Collins MBBS MRCGP MSc DipSEM(UK) FFSEM | Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine| GP with Special Interest in MSK | Author of the national syllabus FSEM Diploma in MSK

Dr Dane Vishnubala MBBS PGCME MRCGP MSc DipSEM(UK) FFSEM FHEA | Clinical Lead | Consultant in SEM | GP with Extended Role in MSK

Dr Craig Zalecki MBBS MRCGP MSc DipSEM (UK) FFSEM | Clinical Tutor | Consultant in SEM | GP with Special Interest in MSK

Sarah Hattee BSc MSc | MSK Physiotherapist

Dr James Hamilton– MSK Radiology Lead | MSK Radiologist

Dr Camilla Nykjaer BSc MSc PhD FHEA | Programme Lead | Lecturer in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Public Health.

Jack Marsh MCSP MSc | Advanced Practice Rheumatology Physiotherapist

Val Jones MCSP MSc | Extended Scope Physiotherapist | Upper Limb Physio with specialist interest in Elbow

Jo Gibson MCSP MSc | Extended Scope Physiotherapist |Upper Limb Physio with specialist interest in Shoulder

Mr Simon Boyle MBBS MRCS (Eng&Ed) MSc FRCS(Tr&Orth) | Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Nick Knight BSc (Hons) MFPM RCPS | Podiatrist

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees taught
    • no components less than 6.0
    • 6.0
    • Graduate Degrees research
    • no components less than 5.5
    • 6.0
    • Undergraduate Degrees
    • No components less than 5.5

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
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Applicants should normally have at least a 2:2 honours degree. Currently, we are accepting candidates with degrees in medicine, physiotherapy, sports therapy, or sports rehabilitation/training. Appropriate professional registration should also be held with the GMC, Health and Care Professions Council, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy or British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers or equivalent.

Visa Requirements for International Students

Visa requirement

All international students (including citizens from EU countries) intending to study this or any other academic programme for more than 6 months in the UK require a Student Visa.

International students younger than 18 years require a special Child Student Visa. Exceptions from this general rule may apply to holders of other UK work visas, British National Overseas visa, family member visa and recognised refugees or asylum seekers.

Permission to work while studying

University of Leeds is listed by the UK government as an institution licensed to sponsor migrant students.

Student visa holders from licensed institutions are entitled to work during their full-time bachelor's, master's or Phd studies for
- 20h/week during the term
- Full-time outside term time (e.g. vacations, work placements, once course ended)

After completion of a bachelor's or master's programme of at least 12 months Student Visa holders of licensed institutions can convert their visa into a Graduate Visa which entitles graduates to work for 2 years in the UK.

Costs

Average student cost of living in UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
  
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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