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Master of Science in Physiotherapy
  •  Masters
  •  2.541 Per CH
Master of Science in Physiotherapy

Program Goals
The aims of the MSc program in Physiotherapy are:
A. To provide graduates with the ability to evaluate and provide interventions across musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, pulmonary, and integumentary systems in a safe and effective manner that adheres to the standard of excellence in education set by the University.
B. To train students to provide culturally competent care to all patients or clients in order for them to assume their roles as skilled, qualified health care providers within the health care system.
C. To improve the students’ level of critical thinking and analytical thought that adds to scientific knowledge in order to aid in health related research relevant to local and regional needs.
D. To enable the graduates to demonstrate growth in their clinical skills and address health care related issues particularly having local and regional impact.
E. To train graduates to be role model for others by demonstrating delivery of physical therapy care that considers the whole patient, and in turn fulfilling the human resource needs of the country.
F. To teach students to share their new knowledge and facilitate optimal physical therapy care in their practice environments and facilitate learning, research and community service.
G. To enable students to demonstrate sufficient communication skills and writing patient records to interact effectively in a team that allows personal growth in order for them to be leaders in their chosen career paths.
Program Learning Outcomes

By the end of successful completion of the Master program students will be able to:
1. Utilize knowledge of biomedical, social and clinical science into the safe and ethical delivery of physiotherapy services in diverse and dynamic settings.
2. Critically analyze information to plan, implement and evaluate physiotherapy practice.
3. Select physiotherapy interventions relevant to the needs of clients using reflective and evidence-based practice.
4. Use effective and respectful strategies for communication with diverse stakeholders and local community.
5. Use relevant technologies as part of contemporary physiotherapy practice
6. Apply physiotherapy skills in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of clients and in health promotion and disease prevention.
7. Conduct and disseminate relevant research to improve professional knowledge and influence direction of future practice.
8. Implement effective cross-cultural capabilities as part of respectful interactions in physiotherapy practice.
9. Apply professional skills for working independent and collaboratively in physiotherapy practice and within inter-professional teams.

Admission and Transfer
Program Admission Requirement
Conditions of admission to the Master of Science in Physiotherapy program include the followings:
A. The student must hold a bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy from a recognized university from the MOHE at the UAE with a minimum grade of Good and a CGPA of 3 on a 4-point scale. Students with a CGPA of 2.5 to 2.99 may be admitted conditionally provided that they register up to 6-9 credit hours in the first semester of their study and obtain a “B” average. Otherwise, the student will be expelled from the program.
B. English language requirement
1. The student must obtain 550 points on the TOEFL test or 6 on the IELTS.
2. Native speakers of English shall be exempted from the TOEFL Test if the language of instruction in the first degree was English, and the degree was obtained from a country where English is the formal language. Exempted are also students who graduate from academic institutions where English is the medium of instruction provided that they have scored a minimum of 500 points on the TOEFL Test or equivalent upon joining the undergraduate program.
C. Although clinical experience is not required, applicants with clinical experience will have advantage.

Transfer within the University
A student may transfer from a Master's program from within the University to if he/she satisfies admission conditions by a decision of the Council upon a recommendation of the Graduate Studies Committee in the Department and through regular admission procedures subject to the following:
a. Must fulfil the admission requirements for the program in terms of CGPA and availability of seats and any.
b. The Graduate Studies Committee in the Department may recommend to the Dean that no more than 12 credits of relevant courses be transferred provided that such hours be included in the student’s new CGPA.
c. The student’s registration has not been cancelled or he/she has not been expelled from the university.
d. The period the student spent in the program he/she is transferring from shall be counted in the time limit for graduation, and the period shall be calculated as one semester for each 6-9 credits.

Transfer from another University
A student may transfer from a Master's program from outside the University if he/she satisfies admission conditions by a decision of the Council upon a recommendation of the Graduate Studies Committee in the Department and through regular admission procedures subject to the following:
a. The Graduate Studies Committee in the Department may recommend to the Dean that no more than 9 credit hours of corresponding courses be included provided that the student’s grade therein is not less than Very Good or (B) (3.0 out of 4.0) or equivalent. Such grades shall not count in the student’s new CGPA.
b. The student has not been expelled from the university he/she is transferring from
c. One semester for each 6-9 hours shall be subtracted from the time limit for obtaining the degree.
d. A maximum of four years have elapsed since he/she had studied the courses counted as such.

A student who has joined the program may request a postponement for a period of no more than two consecutive or separate semesters by a decision of the Dean upon a recommendation from the Graduate Studies Committee in the Department, provided that this is done in the first half of the semester.

Course Descriptions

Compulsory Courses
 0505611 | Biostatistics

This course is designed to address the statistical concepts and techniques that are applied frequently in rehabilitation research. This course aims to introduce advanced methods of statistics, which are needed by allied health care professionals. Identification of objective reporting and decision making statistics;  application  of  descriptive and inferential methods,  as well  as illustration of   elementary

parametric and non-parametric techniques in hypothesis testing; and, demonstration of the fundamentals of data processing will be discussed.


0505621 | Motor Control and Learning

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the motor system, current understanding how movement is controlled by the nervous system, and how motor skills are learned and relearned. The course will introduce different models of motor control theories and how they relate to understanding human performance in health and disease. In addition, motor learning theories related to neuronal and muscular plasticity will be introduced and discuss as they inform and are applied in clinical practice.


0505612 | Advanced Clinical Reasoning

This course aims to introduce students to the thinking processes that physical therapy practitioners use when planning and undertaking their work and making professional decisions. It emphasizes the importance of both concrete experience and critical reflection upon that experience in developing competence as a physical therapist. Students will be required to use description, information gathering, analysis and reflection in order to facilitate learning and understanding based on their fieldwork experiences.


0505613 | Research methodology and Protocol Development

This course is designed to in-depth knowledge of the theoretical underpinnings of clinical research and skills in research methods relevant to different types of research in a range of contemporary clinical practice settings. Students will learn how to write a research proposal for their thesis topic. It will introduce students to a number of research methods in addition to "Systematic Literature Review and Meta-analysis", during which students start learning how to critically and systematically assess literature. Throughout the course .Attention will be given to research ethics and research integrity.


0505622 | Advanced Clinical Practice 1

Students placement in selected clinical facilities to integrate advanced knowledge, skills, and professional behaviors into real life clinical situations. They will be able to apply evidence based guidelines to identify client's problems and make informed decisions regarding the interventions in area of his/her minor specialty by utilizing updated outcome measures autonomously.


0505711 | Advanced Clinical Practice 2

This course is aimed at qualified physiotherapists to improve their practice by further developing their assessment skills and clinical reasoning. Ways to measure the effectiveness of clinical practice and issues such as collaborative practice and engaging patients will be explored. A holistic and integrated approach towards patient care will be encouraged. This course will help to improve employment prospects for students enabling them to lead in clinical settings or work in research.


0505712/21 | Thesis (Dissertation)

The purpose of this Master's thesis course is to enable students to explore in depth a particular substantive area in relation to their area of physiotherapy practice. The course provides an opportunity for students to gain research experience and promotes the ability of critical thinking when interpreting results. The student will conduct a scholarly piece of work that yields information related to physiotherapy practice. The course is based on utilizing at least one particular research design, which may involve primary data, use of secondary data, or systematic literature review.


Elective Courses

0505650 | Advanced PT for neurological conditions

This course aims to equip physiotherapists with current knowledge and skills required in neurological rehabilitation to operate at senior and strategic levels in today's health care services. The course pursues the integration of the principles of neurological rehabilitation as applied to complex neurological conditions. Emphasis is on evidence-informed and research-based practice, interdisciplinary and client-centered care as well as health promotion and prevention of secondary conditions pertaining to neurological conditions. This problem-based course fosters clinical reasoning skills for physiotherapy assessment and treatment of complex problems and multiple handicaps encountered by adult patients with neurological conditions. The course provides a foundation for professional development upon which the individual can build their future success.


0505651 | Advanced PT for musculoskeletal conditions

This course aims to develop advanced theoretical knowledge and practical skills in musculoskeletal physiotherapy in persons who have completed the undergraduate physiotherapy program. It will improve students' capabilities necessary for selecting appropriate physiotherapy management options utilizing an analytical approach and critical thinking to practice in musculoskeletal conditions.


0505652 | Advanced PT for Geriatric conditions

This course aims to advance the educational and clinical foundations of physiotherapists working with older adults and to promote concepts of successful aging based on physiotherapy evaluation and intervention. This course will also focus on the evidence based management of the geriatric client and practitioner- patient relationship. The prospective student will be guided through formal higher education in geriatrics to address self-identified weaknesses in specialized knowledge and/or skills, and assist self-reflection to move from intermediate practice in geriatric physical therapy toward expert and/or specialist practice. In addition to the principles of gerontology emphasis will be laid on psychological processes and social aspects of aging as pertinent to physiotherapists.


0505653 | Advanced PT for Pediatric conditions

This course aims to provide an advanced study of both acute and chronic pediatric conditions that disturb the development of motor skills and limit the potential for functional independence in adulthood. Knowledge in psychomotor development, movement education and control and adaptations to growth are some of the aspects that will be taught in order to design effective therapeutic strategies and help the child's motor skills reach their full potential.

0505654 | Advanced PT for Women's Health

This course is designed to advance and validate the educational and clinical foundation of physiotherapists working with women. Women's health issues from adolescence to post-menopause will be explored including pregnancy, postpartum and gynecological disorders. This course will also provide a means through formal higher education to address self-identified weaknesses in specialized knowledge and/or skills, and assist prospective students to move from novice or intermediate practice in women's health physical therapy.


0505655 | Advanced PT for Sport injuries

This course will provide an in-depth approach to the physical examination and utilization of a comprehensive baseline examination augmented by tests and measures with the highest diagnostic utility for different sport injuries. Special emphasis on applying treatment principles and techniques consistent with the evidence based practice for benefit and best clinical practice will be also covered.


0505656 | Advanced PT for Cardiopulmonary conditions

This course aims to develop an advanced approach in the area of physiotherapy management of cardiac and pulmonary conditions across the lifespan and in different work settings. It builds on the foundation in cardiopulmonary physiotherapy acquired through undergraduate education, and facilitates lifelong learning to develop advanced knowledge, skills and attitudes in cardiopulmonary physiotherapy practice.