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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MSc Healthcare Manual Handling Management (Sept 2010 onwards)

Academic Year: 2013/14

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department School of Business and Economics
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award MSc/ PGDip / PGCert
Programme title Healthcare Manual Handling Management
Programme code BSPT54
Length of programme The programme is normally offered on a part-time basis. The minimum period of study for the award of MSc is thirty-six calendar months. The minimum period of study for the award of Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma is twelve and eighteen calendar months respectively.
UCAS code
Admissions criteria

1.1 Entrance Requirements to the programme are: 

  •  possession of a degree or equivalent


  • possession of the academic requirements for corporate membership of

a British Chartered professional institution;


  •  hold any other relevant qualification or professional experience as determined by the Programme Director together with a reasonable level of formal academic education.

1.2 Candidates who were awarded the Loughborough University Postgraduate Certificate in Back Care Management prior to October 2005 may count 60 credits towards the award of Diploma.

1.3 Candidates who were awarded the Loughborough University Postgraduate Diploma in Back Care Management prior to October 2005 may count 120 credits towards the award of an MSc.

1.4 Candidates holding the following qualifications may be admitted directly onto the MSc programme and given a 40 credit transfer for their existing award.  Specifically candidates admitted under these circumstances would be given exemption from modules BSP630 and BSP631.

  • Diploma in Patient Moving and Handling (NorthumbriaUniversity)
  • Post-registration Back Care Advisors Programme (SouthamptonUniversity)
Date at which the programme specification was published Fri, 05 Jul 2013 09:14:29 BST

1. Programme Aims

The programme is intended for Manual Handling Managers within organisations and for independent consultants, who have responsibilities for assessing the risks involved in load movement and other work tasks and advising on the means of eliminating or reducing them.

The programme aims to:

  • Provide the knowledge and skills necessary for the multi-disciplinary role of effectively briefly assessing and managing the problems and risks associated with load movement, manual handling and posture at work
  • Establish qualifications which will give national recognition to the holders’ abilities.

The programme, which is part-time, is delivered by means of short courses.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

The programme is based on:

  • The Curriculum Framework for Back Care Advisors, jointly produced by the National Back Exchange, Ergonomics Society, Royal College of Nursing, College of Occupational Therapists and Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
  • The Manual Handling Training Guidance and Competencies for Manual Handling produced by the Royal College of Nursing.

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The principles of risk management and health & safety management
  • The law relating to manual handling
  • The major functions of the manual handling manager
  • The principles of biomechanical and postural assessment
  • The presentation and first line management of some common work place musculoskeletal problems
  • The principles of training, exercise and functional rehabilitation
  • Research techniques in manual handling management (M.Sc. only)

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:-

  • Analyse and apply the law to a range of manual handling situations.
  • Identify the major issues relating to the management of manual handling.
  • Analyse human movement via the application of anatomical and biomechanical principles
  • Assess manual handling and work task related needs
  • Analyse and evaluate models of the management of people and organisational and behavioural change.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:-

  • Analyse accident data in order to identify trends.
  • Apply basic ergonomics principles to both the evaluation of existing situations and new workstation designs.
  • Assess the appropriateness of manual handling equipment for a particular situation.
  • Produce comprehensive supporting documentation, including manual handling risk assessments.
  • Evaluate functional disability and design safe work activities for people with special physical and psychological needs.
  • Recommend appropriate handling techniques and work place modifications
  • Apply methods of fitness assessment and understand the principles relating to programmes of health promotion.
  • Apply the principles of organisational and behavioural change in the workplace.
  • Apply a systematic approach to the development and evaluation of training.
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Apply the skills of problem identification, specification and analysis.
  • Facilitate change in the workplace.
  • Prepare and deliver oral presentations.
  • Evaluate literature and evidence relating to the course content.
  • Construct written reports / presentations.
  • Acquire, analyse and evaluate information from a variety of sources.
  • Select investigative/research methods appropriate to a particular situation and apply them, to produce evidence-based practice.
  • Plan and manage a research project (M.Sc. only).

4. Programme structure

4.1  Compulsory Subjects




Modular Weight


The Role of the Manual Handling Manager






Assessment of Risk in Manual Handling Management






Equipment Provision, Competence Assessment and Training






Functional Capacity Evaluation and Report Writing and Expert Witness Skills






Managing Change




Research Methodology






4.2  MSc Subjects 


Masters Project


 by partial distance learning (>50%)


4.3 The choice of optional subjects will be made from those available.  Information on the up-to-date position is available from the School of Business and Economics. 

4.4 For full details of the specific assessment requirements for each module see the Module Specification.

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

5.1 In order to be eligible for an award, candidates must not only satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI but also:

5.1.1 To be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Certificate candidates must have accumulated 60 credits.  Specifically, candidates must complete BSP630 to BSP632. 

5.1.2 To be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma candidates must have completed modules with a total modular weight of 120.

Candidates, who having completed the full Certificate programme elect to transfer to the Diploma programme, will be required to complete a further 60 credits.  Specifically, candidates must completed BSP633, BSP634 and BSP656.

Candidates must also have accumulated at least 100 credits and achieved module marks of not less than 40% in further modules with a total module weight of 20.

5.1.3 To be eligible for the award of MSc candidates must have satisfied all of the requirements outlined in 5.1.2 and in addition must have achieved 60 credits from the modules listed in 4.2.

5.1.4 Holders of recognized qualifications as detailed below to be eligible for the award of MSc, must have accumulated 140 credits.  Specifically candidates must complete BSP632, BSP633, BSP634, BSP656 and BSP639:

- Diploma in Patient Moving and Handling (Northumbria University)

- Post-registration Back Care Advisors Programme (Southampton University)


5.2 Candidates who have the right of re-assessment in a module may choose to be re-assessed in the University’s special assessment period.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

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