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Physiotherapy MSc (Ahlia University, Bahrain)

Course code

PHYSIOMPAHEFTN (Musculoskeletal Practice); PHYSIONEUAHEFTN (Neurorehabilitation)

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Mode of study

2 years full-time


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This course will give you the opportunity to study a Brunel Physiotherapy MSc in Ahlia, Bahrain.

The programme will commence in September 2020 subject to HEC approval. If you would like to find out more, please fill in our Enquiries form. 

If you are a Physiotherapist wishing to progress to an advanced level in your career and you’re currently in the Gulf region or wish to study there, this Transnational Education (TNE) programme provides you with that perfect opportunity. You’ll be able to specialise in musculoskeletal rehabilitation or neurorehabilitation, and you’ll benefit from teaching delivered by the highly experienced and internationally recognised Physiotherapy lecturers from Brunel University London.

The course is led by a member of Brunel’s Physiotherapy Department who will reside in Bahrain. You’ll be taught in the Physiotherapy Department at Ahlia University and most of the teaching will be done by Brunel staff using a ‘Flying Faculty’ which means that a group of academics based in Brunel University London will visit Bahrain to teach. Brunel’s academics are also responsible for the academic standards and quality of your course. Your programme will be subject to rigorous quality assurance standards so you can be confident that your course is equivalent to Brunel’s UK postgraduate programmes.

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Course content

Two specialised pathways are available that will lead to either the award of Physiotherapy (Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation) MSc or Physiotherapy (Neurorehabilitation) MSc.

Throughout the programme there is a strong emphasis on the principles of clinical research and evidence-based practice to enable you to be a critical user of clinical evidence. You’ll also develop and apply business management skills for the delivery and enhancement of physiotherapy services.

Following successful completion of taught modules, you’ll undertake a Dissertation Research Project in an area relevant to your chosen specialism.

Compulsory modules (for both specialisms)

  • Rehabilitation Science
  • Quantitative Methods and Design for Health Science Research
  • Qualitative Research in Health and Social Care
  • Business Skills for health
  • Dissertation

Physiotherapy (Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation) MSc specialist modules

In these modules you’ll develop theoretical and practical knowledge of common musculoskeletal pathologies and the clinical application of that knowledge in terms of the assessment and management of patients with musculoskeletal conditions across the lifespan.

  • Contemporary Theory in Musculoskeletal Practice
  • Clinical Applications in Musculoskeletal Practice

Physiotherapy (Neurorehabilitation) MSc specialist modules

In these modules you’ll develop theoretical and practical knowledge of common neurological pathologies and the clinical application of that knowledge in terms of the assessment and management of patients with neurological conditions across the lifespan.

  • Contemporary Theory in Neurological Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Applications in Neurological Rehabilitation

This course can be studied 2 years full-time, starting in September.

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Careers and your future

On completion of this course you’ll be prepared to undertake a clinical leadership and management role within your specialist field of either musculoskeletal or neurological rehabilitation. You will be able to pursue a career as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner, a Clinical Lead, a Clinical Manager, a Clinical Academic or in Clinical Education.

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UK entry requirements

  • 2.1 or above degree in Physiotherapy or equivalent internationally recognised qualification

Applicants with relevant clinical experience are desirable

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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 7 (min 6.5W, 6.5L, 6.5R, 6.5S)
  • Pearson: 64 (58 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 70% (65% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 100 (min 20 in all areas)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of postgraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase. 

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Teaching and Learning

You’ll receive research-led teaching. The most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2014 is a system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. In this, Brunel was ranked among the UK’s top 20 universities for the percentage of academics submitting research.

Our academic team has specialists in every area of physiotherapy. Most of our academics currently work in hospitals and other clinical settings so they will be teaching you up-to-date scientific knowledge and patient-assessment skills.

You’ll be assigned a Personal Tutor from Brunel’s Physiotherapy Department and will have the opportunity to collaborate with Brunel academics as part of your MSc Research Project.

Our teaching approaches are diverse, and you’ll benefit from interactive lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions, workshops and individual supervision of your dissertation. You’ll also have access to Brunel’s online resources.

By studying your postgraduate degree with us you will be taught the most up-to-date clinical methods in a fast-moving field. Our team will teach you leading-edge research through practical experience.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

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Assessment and feedback

You’ll be assessed through a range of methods reflective of local clinical, organisational and professional needs. The assessment approaches include OSCEs, coursework and presentations focused on clinical practice.

Business Leadership and Management Skills are assessed through a conference presentation on service enhancement within your area of clinical practice.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.