Physiotherapy MSc (preregistration)*

Physiotherapy human body model
Now recruiting for September 2021 start

Do you want to take your career to the next level and become a registered Physiotherapist? Physiotherapy is a science-based healthcare profession where practitioners use their skills to improve and manage a wide range of medical conditions.

Physiotherapists help people affected by illness, injury or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. Physiotherapists take a ‘whole person’ approach to health and fully involve the patients in their own care through education, awareness and empowerment.

On this course you will study the core areas of physiotherapy and apply these to clinical situations in this hands-on programme. Your study will include practice-based learning in a variety of NHS and private settings to give you a diverse experience to prepare for your future career as a physiotherapist. You will also build up valuable experience in supporting long-term condition management programmes and a musculoskeletal clinic at the University or in a local clinic.

The course benefits from using state-of-the-art facilities including 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 currently being reviewed for accreditation by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and 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.

Practise-based learning

An integral part of the programme is practice-based learning where you will gain experience in clinical settings under the supervision of experienced Physiotherapists. We aim to give you a varied offering of placement settings so that you have a broad experience of Physiotherapy roles and skills at the end of the two year programme.

Year One

You will undertake a year-long placement in long-term condition management at or close to the University campuses. You will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience of managing group rehabilitation programmes in cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation, arthritis management, cancer rehabilitation and other areas.

You will also undertake two 6-week placements at a hospital, clinic, community or other setting in one year.

Year Two

You will undertake a year long placement in musculoskeletal practice within the University's Physiotherapy Clinic and the local private practice settings. You will learn to assess, diagnose and treat musculoskeletal disorders under supervision.

You will also undertake a further two 6-week placements in at a hospital, clinic, community or other setting.

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Study style

Methods of teaching and learning will include:

  • Lectures & seminars
  • Group work & discussions
  • Tutorials
  • Skills practice in clinical skills laboratory
  • Practice-based learning
  • Internal
  • Reflective logs
  • Case based discussions
  • Assessment of competencies
  • Self-directed study
Students’ 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 require students to undertake placements in other counties within the UK.

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).
  • In addition, 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
  • If you are offered a place on the course you will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prior to commencing the course. The current cost for this check is £54.40 which is undertaken by yourself. Disclosures on this record may affect your ability to obtain a place on the Physiotherapy programme.

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.


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  • Inpatient hospital care
  • GP surgery or A&E
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Neurology
  • Paediatrics
  • Rehabilitation
  • Elderly care
  • Women’s health
  • Sports injury
  • Community rehabilitation
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Health promotion
  • Work in a community setting such as a school, hospice, or leisure facility
  • Work in private practice
  • Work for a University in research or education
  • Work for the military
  • Progress into leadership and health service management

*This course is 'subject to validation' which means it is going through the final stages of approval. Courses do normally get approved, but if for any reason this course does not then you would be informed by the university and we would help you find a suitable alternative.

Industry links

The University has excellent links with local healthcare partners ensuring students have access to a variety of high quality placements throughout their course. In addition, the University acts as an NHS ‘hub’ with some rehabilitation programmes being delivered at the University campus providing regular placement experience for students. We are developing an internal musculoskeletal clinic to support clinical education for MSc students.

Eve Scarle

Staff Profile

Eve Scarle

"This course is very practical - I believe students learn best when they have the opportunity to gain experience alongside their studies."

Students using a model of leg muscle

State-of-the-art facilities

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.

Student smiling

Culture of care

Health promotion and patient self-management are at the heart of the physiotherapy education programme. Teaching students to become experts in advising and supporting individuals to manage their own health and prevent injury and illness.

Lecturer and student with mock leg bone

Developing innovators of future health care

Teaching students to act with care and compassion and developing a culture of care whereby all levels of staff have the ability to facilitate service change required for a sustainable future proof NHS.

School of Health and Social Care

Our School of Health and Social Care offers you access to the latest equipment, facilities and placements to bring learning to life and make you a confident practising professional. We will support you to care for yourself so you'll be more resilient and efficient when caring for others.

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