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COURSE TITLE Master of Science in Physiotherapy









Second Cycle

Level 7

6 Semesters

Part-time (by Research)


Stephen Lungaro Mifsud

This programme of study is also offered on a full-time basis. Please consult the Registrar’s website for more information pertaining to courses offered by the University.

This programme aims to stimulate physiotherapy graduates to continue their studies and increase the knowledge and skill level in an area of physiotherapy. The main aims of this programme are to develop in the student:
• an in-depth understanding and advanced practical skills in a specialised area in physiotherapy;
the ability to apply research methodology in a particular area of research;
• heightened analytical and critical reflective capacity in the chosen specialised area of physiotherapy;
• an understanding of research designs and the ability to formulate research questions and draw conclusions from studies concerned with improvement of functions in persons with movement challenges;
• the ability to communicate the findings of studies to others concerned within the scientific community of physiotherapy; and
• a research and clinical skills base from which they can proceed to advanced professional employment or further studies in physiotherapy at doctoral level.

Applicants interested in pursuing a Master of Science in Physiotherapy (by Research) are strongly advised to refer to the instructions available here.

A list of potential research topics and potential supervisors for academic year 2017/8 can be accessed here.

It is also advisable for applicants to submit a completed Expression of Interest form, which can be found here, by the end of June 2017.
LEARNING OUTCOMES At the end of the programme students will be able to:
• Apply acquired research skills and knowledge to their clinical practice;
• Carry out a research project and produce results which are publishable; and
• Communicate and interact with clinical colleagues in physiotherapy and other professions
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY The Masters by Research in Physiotherapy will enhance employability in the graduate and is rightly considered as an intellectual award.

Students can further their studies in physiotherapy at doctoral level.
COURSE INTENDED FOR This programme is intended for:

(i) local graduates from our University's Physiotherapy degree programme;

(ii) locally based and registered physiotherapists wishing to undertake a short research project in their area of practice; and

(iii) physiotherapists interested in or preparing for subsequent study at Ph.D. level.
The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of one of the following qualifications:

(a) the degree of Bachelor of Science (Honours) obtained with at least Second Class (Honours) from the Faculty of Health Sciences in an area of study which should be directly related to the area in which the research is to be carried out or

(b) a Bachelor's degree obtained with at least a Second Class (Honours) in a discipline deemed by the Board as being closely related to the area of study in which the research is to be carried out or

(c) a qualification deemed by Senate, on the recommendation of the Board, to be equivalent to the qualifications listed in (a) and (b) above.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2017.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.


Last Updated: 1 September 2017
The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.

For applicable fees please check the link on the Finance Office webpage.
CPD Study-Unit - MNH4001 Child and Adolescent Mental Health

During Semester 2 of Academic Year 2017/8, the Department of Mental Health shall be offering the study-unit MNH4001 Child and Adolescent Mental Health to registered professionals in possession of a first degree, currently working with children or adolescents.

Applications shall be received between the 27th November and the 1st December 2017.


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