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Physiotherapy (Pre-registration)


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What is Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) MSc?

As a Physiotherapist you can help people affected by illness, injury or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. You’ll take a ‘whole person’ approach to health – fully involving patients in their own care through education, awareness and empowerment.

On this hands-on course you’ll study the core areas of physiotherapy and apply them to clinical situations. These include clinical placements in a variety of NHS and private settings to help you prepare for your future career as a Physiotherapist. You’ll also build up valuable experience in supporting long-term condition management programmes and a musculoskeletal clinic at the university or in a local clinic. You’ll use state-of-the-art facilities – treatment rooms, rehabilitation space, a hospital ward, a skills laboratory, a biomechanics laboratory, physiology laboratories, a strength and conditioning suite, fitness suite and a simulated ‘home’ environment.

The course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and is being reviewed for approval by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). On completion of the course you will be eligible to apply to the CSP and HCPC 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 completing placements in other counties within the UK.

Methods of teaching and learning include:

  • lectures & seminars
  • group work & discussions
  • tutorials
  • skills practice in clinical skills laboratory
  • clinical 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 2:1 or 1st class award or be predicted to achieve this grade. Your previous degree should be in biological sciences, sports science / therapy, or a healthcare course with significant anatomy and physiology components.

    • You will need to hold GCSE or equivalent in English Language and Mathematics C grade or above (grades 4-9), or an equivalent numeracy and literacy qualification.

    • You will need to demonstrate and discuss your work experience in physiotherapy, ideally within the NHS or hospital setting. 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  that is at International English Language Testing System (IELTS) level 7.0 with no elements below 6.5

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

    • If you are offered a place on the programme you will be required to complete a ‘Fitness to Practice’ health declaration to ensure you declare 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

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2021 Oxstalls, Gloucester £9,225 £14,700

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.

Physiotherapy lecturer and student looking at model of human body

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.

Students in physiotherapy lab

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.

Physiotherapist looking at patients leg on bed


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)

Eve Scarle, Physiotherapy lecturer performing exercises

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