University of Birmingham

Master in Musculoskeletal Ageing and Health - Máster en Salud y Envejecimiento Musculoesquelético

University of Birmingham
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  • Imparte:
  • Modalidad:
    Presencial en Birmingham
  • Precio:
    MSc £7,200/PGDip £4,800 (Home/EU students)
    MSc £16,350 international students (full time only)
  • Comienzo:
    Octubre 2017
  • Lugar:
    Birmingham B15 2TT
    Reino Unido
  • Duración:
    1 Año
  • Idioma:
    El Master se imparte en Inglés
  • Titulación:
    Musculoskeletal Ageing and Health MSc/Diploma


This course explores the biological basis of age-related musculoskeletal decline and associated pathologies, including factors influencing the decline and interventions to maintain good musculoskeletal health as we age.

With rapidly changing demographics, falling birth rate and increasing life expectancy, we are an ageing population. However, healthy lifespan is not keeping pace with increased longevity and people are living longer but not necessarily in good health.

A significant contributor to ill health in old age is physical frailty and poor musculoskeletal function and health. Osteoarthritis alone affects 6 million people in the UK and the health consequences of low physical activity, in terms of years of life lost, are more significant than those of smoking.


For all applicants: BSc/BA honours degree normally classified at 2(i) or above or equivalent in a life science or physiotherapy.

For applicants undertaking clinical practice in the UK as part of the Continuing Professional Development and Mentored Practice module:

Current registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy for physiotherapists (includes professional indemnity).
Satisfactory current Disclosure and Barring Service (previously Criminal Record Bureau) check.
Satisfactory health declaration and immunisation record.
For applicants undertaking observation and supervised practice (where legal and professional responsibility rests with the mentor) within the UK, as part of the Continuing Professional Development and Mentored Practice module:

Satisfactory current Disclosure and Barring Service check.
Satisfactory health declaration and immunisation record.
International students:

Academic requirements
We accept a range of qualifications.

English language requirements
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

by holding an English language qualification to the right level
by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students
English to IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).


The course is aimed at life science graduates interested in gaining an in depth understanding of the ageing process and how it specifically affects musculoskeletal function and health. It is suitable for those considering a research career as this Masters programme has a significant research component and the course is taught exclusively by active researchers in a national centre of excellence.


The modules available are all 20 credits (with the exception of the research project which is 60 credits):

Compulsory modules:

Research methods (distance learning)
The musculoskeletal system in health and disease
Maintaining mobility, fitness and function in health and disease
Research project
Optional modules:

Integrated body systems
Biology of ageing
Psychology of physical activity promotion
Nutrition and metabolism
CPD and mentored practice
Advanced musculoskeletal physiotherapy 1
Advanced musculoskeletal physiotherapy 2
Musculoskeletal anatomy and analytical methods
Students have to gain 120 credits for the PGDip using the 20 credit modules only.

MSc students have to gain 180 credits which must include a research project.

Salidas profesionales

We recognise that as a postgraduate student you are likely to have specific requirements when it comes to planning for your next career step. Employers expect postgraduates to have a range of skills that exceed their subject knowledge. Careers Network offers a range of events and support services that are designed for all students, including postgraduates looking to find their niche in the job market.

Here are just a few ways in which we can help postgraduates to get ahead:

careers networking opportunities
effective careers strategy toolkit
year planner for all postgraduate students
Masters Career Coaching workshops
one to one careers guidance

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