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Respiration Through Life, Health, and Disease (distance learning)

The module reviews the normal development and functioning of the respiratory system and considers how disorders of respiration occur and the rational basis for treatment for these disorders. It aims to provide a sound understanding of the physiology and pathophysiology of the respiratory system.

Students will understand modern ideas on lung and airway functioning. Furthermore, they will understand the principles involved in maintaining adequate lung and airway functions when these are threatened by disease.

The module is a component of the MSc, Diploma & Certificate in Physiotherapy at UCL. It may be undertaken for CPD only, but if participants successfully complete the assessment after the module, 15 credits may be considered for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) if they are submitted for consideration within 5 years of undertaking the module. These can be used towards a UCL MSc, PG Diploma or Certificate in Advanced Physiotherapy or Physiotherapy Studies. This module is assessed by a 2-hour written exam, likely to take place on 19th December 2017

Delivery will be entirely distance learning, with interactive e-learning content on Moodle. Topics most frequently covered in this module include:

  • Assessment of lung function
  • Respiratory failure & Acid-base balance
  • Chemoreception & Central respiratory neurones & Neural control of the airways
  • Breathing during sleep
  • Control of breathing during exercise
  • Behavioural control of breathing
  • Pathogenesis of pulmonary diseases
  • Breathing during and after anaesthesia
  • Mechanical ventilation

Course requirements

Applicants should meet UCL’s usual criteria for studying at Masters level and hold an appropriate physiotherapy, clinical or health science qualification.

Applicants hoping to transfer credits to the MSc in Advanced Physiotherapy should have a BSc in Physiotherapy at a 2:1 or above, or an approved Diploma in Physiotherapy together with evidence of appropriate clinical and/or teaching experience. We expect students to have had at least 2 years post-qualification clinical experience and UK state registration is preferred (httpi/ We limit our student numbers so that we can provide high quality teaching, delivered by nationally or internationally recognized expert clinicians and researchers. You are advised to apply as early as possible.

Delegate costs: 
£900 / £950


Organiser name: 
Patricia John
Organiser telephone: 
+44 (0)207 905 2768
Organiser email:


Where & When

16 Oct 2017 - 17 Nov 2017
9am - 5pm
Institute of Child Health
Guilford Street
London WC1N 1EH
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