Advanced Musculoskeletal Assessment (Imaging)

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Course overview
(Postgraduate Diploma) Postgraduate Diploma
Advanced Musculoskeletal Assessment (Imaging)
University of Essex
University of Essex
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (School of)
Southend Campus
Postgraduate Diploma
By credit accumulation

Professional accreditation


Admission criteria

In order to apply for a place on this degree pathway you will need to have:

  • A relevant professional qualification and current registration with the relevant UK professional body.
  • A minimum of four years post-registration experience.
  • A relevant first degree or relevant professional experience and qualifications that demonstrate ability to study at level seven.
  • You will also need to be:

  • Currently employed in a relevant field of practice.
  • Able to demonstration existing specialist competencies in musculoskeletal practice.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) code

For non-native speakers of English an IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 450/200.

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Course qualifiers


Rules of assessment

Rules of assessment are the rules, principles and frameworks which the University uses to calculate your course progression and final results.

Additional notes


External examiners

Mrs Lorelei Maria Waring

Senior Lecturer and Musculioskeletal Ultrasonographer

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 27 January 2020 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.


Core You must take this module.
You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study.
You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Compulsory You must take this module.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Optional You can choose which module to study.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.

Year 1 - 2019/20

Exit Award Status
Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits PG Diploma PG Certificate
01 SE715-7-AU Introduction to Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Core 15 Core Core
02 SE714-7-SU or SE717-7-SU or SE718-7-AU Core with Options 15 Core with Options Core
03 Option(s) from list Optional 30 Optional Optional
04 Option(s) from list Core with Options 30 Core with Options Core with Options
05 SE716-7-FY Intermediate Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Core 30 Core Core

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

To provide students with critical understanding of the key concepts underlying advanced musculoskeletal practice

To provide students with the opportunity to acquire advanced musculoskeletal assessment and imaging skills beyond their normal professional scope of practice

To provide students with skills to access and critically appraise research findings to develop their own evidence-based practice

To ensure students acquire a range of transferable employment related skills

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A1: Advanced understanding of key concepts related to advanced musculoskeletal practice

A2: Knowledge of how to assess complex health needs (musculoskeletal), diagnose, prescribe and provide individualised care

A3: Knowledge of the relationships between diseases, psycho-social theories and individuals' responses to health and illness

A4: Knowledge of how to critically appraise research findings and apply research evidence to question routine practice

A5: Advanced understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methods.

A6: Understanding of how to conduct original research including relevant ethical and legal issues

A7: How to reflect upon ones own professional practic

Learning methods

A1-5 are covered in lectures and seminars, which introduce the material in a structured manner with opportunity for class discussion.

Many of the teaching sessions adopt an enquiry-based learning approach A1-5 are further supported by practical experience, portfolio development.

A6 is supported by small group tutorials and portfolio development A1-3 are further supported by the contribution of visiting lecturers who are leading practitioners in local health economy, informal small group and individual tutorials

Assessment methods

A1-4 are assessed by coursework and portfolio development

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1: Systematically gather and critically review evidence.

B2: Translate research evidence into practical activities in patient care (evidence-based practice)

B3: Write well-structured and well-argued essays.

Learning methods

B1-3 are explicated in seminars primarily and opportunities to practice imaging and assessment techniques

B2 is enhanced through the development of the work-based learning portfolio

B3 is on-going throughout the course and enhanced via formative feedback about coursework

Assessment methods

B1-3 are assessed through coursework

C: Practical skills

C1: Perform advanced and systematic search for information relevant to specific topics

C2: Critically apply theoretical understanding and research findings to the diagnosis, treatment and management of patients with musculoskeletal disorders

C3: Process and analyse data using a software package (e.g. SPSS or MaxQDA)

C4: Plan and present their work in an appropriate manner

Learning methods

C1-2 is supported by lecture, practical demonstrations and supported enquiry based learning

C3 is taught by lecture demonstrations followed by supported and structured laboratory-based work

C4 is ongoing throughout the course and is supported by structured feedback on formative and summative coursework

Assessment methods

C1-2 are assessed initially in coursework and then through the work-based learning portfolio.

C3 are assessed through an assignment consisting of practical exercises.

C4 is assessed by coursework

D: Key skills

D1: Students will be able to choose the appropriate method of enquiry in order to address a range of practical and theoretical problems.

D2: Students will be able to: Use the Internet; Use word processing packages; Use presentation packages;

D3: Students will be able to: Read and interpret tables of data and statistics; Use statistics to analyse data;

D4: Students will be able to choose the appropriate method of enquiry in order to address a range of practical and theoretical problems.

D5: Work in a team with others to agree and work towards goals; Work successfully with other disciplines; Practice reflectively and facilitate this in others

D6: Learn from feedback and respond appropriately and effectively to supervision and guidance; Work pragmatically to meet deadlines; Critically evaluate own performance and to practice reflectively

Learning methods

D1 is supported in small group class discussions

D2 is introduced in the pre-registration induction day.

It is covered in on-line teaching demonstrations and supported laboratory work.

D3 is supported in lectures and supported laboratory work

D4 is promoted through the extensive use of enquiry-based learning methods

D5 is supported by small group work with further support from the practice-supervisor in the workplace

D6 is supported by structured feedback on coursework, the enforcement of tight deadlines and the encouragement of reflection in the development of portfolio work

Assessment methods

D1 is assessed through essays.

D2 is assessed through the requirement to word-process essays and to cite references from internet sources in essays.

There is also a range of practical assignments to assess use of IT.

D3 is assessed through coursework including practical assignments.

D4 is assessed through coursework.

D5 and D6 are assessed through portfolio work that encourages experiential learning and reflective practice.


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