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Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) MSc

What is Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) MSc?

Physiotherapy helps restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability’ (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, nd.)

As a physiotherapist you can make a valuable contribution to the health and wellbeing of people affected by illness, injury or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. The programme adopts a holistic, person-centred approach that places people at the centre of decision making and empowers patients and their families through education and engagement.

On this course you’ll study the core areas of physiotherapy, drawing on the evidence-base in the discipline and apply them to a variety of  clinical situations and healthcare settings. These include clinical placements in a variety of NHS and private providers to help you prepare for your future career as a physiotherapist. You’ll also build up valuable experience supporting long-term condition management programmes and a musculoskeletal clinic at the university or in the local area. You’ll use facilities such as– treatment rooms, rehabilitation spaces, a demonstration hospital ward, a skills laboratory, a strength and conditioning suite, fitness suite and a simulated ‘home’ environment.

The course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and validated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). On completion of the course you will be eligible to apply for membership of the CSP (Chartered Status) and HCPC Registration, to practice as a Registered Physiotherapist.

Study style

Your academic year will be split into blocks of taught delivery interweaved with internal placement and blocks of placement activity. Teaching and placement activity will run Monday to Friday throughout the academic year – and may include placements in other counties within the UK. In keeping with many preregistration programmes, the academic year for the MSc Physiotherapy is longer than that of a typical undergraduate degree with teaching and learning activities, including placements, extending into the summer months. 

Methods of teaching and learning include:

  • lectures & seminars
  • group work & discussions
  • tutorials
  • skills practice in the clinical skills laboratory
  • Practice-based learning (placements)
  • reflective logs
  • case based discussions
  • assessment of competencies
  • self-directed study.

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Entry requirements

    • You will have completed an honours degree in the last five years, achieving a 2:1 or 1st class award or be predicted to achieve this grade if nearing the completion of a relevant degree programme. Your previous degree should be in biological sciences, sports science / therapy, or a healthcare course with significant anatomy and physiology components.

    • GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade 4 (C) or above, or an equivalent qualification.

      If you don’t have a traditional GCSE, get in touch with our admissions team who will be able to advise you.

    • You will need to demonstrate and discuss your work experience in physiotherapy, ideally within the NHS or hospital setting, and demonstrate an understanding of the scope and breadth of the profession. This can be evidenced in a personal statement that forms part of the application process and will be discussed during interview.

    • If you meet the entry criteria detailed above you will be offered an interview with an academic member of staff either in person or online. You will have the opportunity discuss your knowledge of the Physiotherapy profession and how you would uphold the values of the NHS constitution and demonstrate your suitability for a career in physiotherapy.

    • If English is not your first language, you are required to provide a language test certificate as evidence of proficiency. This needs to be at Academic IELTS at 7.0 with no element below 6.5 in all sections of the test.

    • In order to study this course, offer holders will need to complete a satisfactory DBS and Health Clearance check.

    • If you are offered a place on the programme you will be required to complete a ‘Fitness to Practice’ health declaration, declaring your health status and immunisation records. The cost of this is met by the University and managed by local NHS Trusts occupational health team (Working Well). When offered a place on the programme study you can initiate the screening and vaccinations through Working Well.

Course modules


Fees and costs

Students applying for this course may be eligible for the NHS Learning Support Fund, which provides a non-repayable training grant of £5,000 per academic year, plus an additional £2,000 for students who have parental responsibility. An additional £1,000 allowance is available for students studying a specialist subject. Contact our Money Advice Team for further information.

Postgraduate students in England applying for this pre-registration course will have access to the same student loans system as undergraduate students. This means you’ll be able to apply for student finance that will help to cover your tuition fees and living costs for each year of study.

Start date Location Course code Total Fee (UK) Total Fee (international)
Sep 2023 Oxstalls, Gloucester £9,250 TBC
Sep 2024 Oxstalls, Gloucester TBC TBC

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can work in:

  • in-patient hospital care
  • GP surgeries or A&E
  • musculoskeletal
  • neurology
  • paediatrics
  • rehabilitation
  • elderly care
  • women’s health
  • sports injury
  • community rehabilitation
  • hydrotherapy
  • health promotion
  • a community setting such as a school, hospice or leisure facility
  • private practice
  • a university in research or education
  • the military
  • leadership and health service management.

Industry links

Through our excellent links with local healthcare partners, you’ll have access to a variety of high quality placements throughout your studies. We also act as an NHS ‘hub’, with some rehabilitation programmes being delivered on campus, providing regular placement experience for students. And we’re developing an internal musculoskeletal clinic to support clinical education for Master’s students.

Train in state-of-the-art facilities

You’ll put theory into practice with a clinical skills laboratory, hospital ward, exercise testing and biomechanics laboratories – where you can get ‘hands-on’ with your learning.

Help patients to manage their own health

Health promotion and patient self-management are at the heart of the course. You’ll become experts in advising and supporting individuals to manage their own health and prevent injury and illness.

Become an innovator of future health care

You’ll learn to act with care and compassion, developing a culture of care where all levels of staff have the ability to facilitate service change – which is needed for a sustainable, future-proof NHS.


You’ll undertake clinical placements in a variety of NHS and private settings to give you a diverse range of experience. You’ll also support long-term condition management programmes and a musculoskeletal clinic at the university or in a local clinic.

"This course is very practical"

“I joined the University in 2006 from a background of working in the NHS as a Physiotherapist. I believe students learn best when they have the opportunity to gain experience alongside their studies.”

Eve Scarle, Academic Subject Leader (Allied Health Professions)

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