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MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) 

The MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration)  allows you to apply for registration as a physiotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This course is also subject to accreditation by the professional body, The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

*Subject to approval for 2020 entry

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Entry Requirements and Fees

2020 UK fee: TBC

2020 international fee: TBC

Entry Requirements:

Home/EU: An upper-second-class (2:1) degree in a related field is required. Related fields include health, medical, sports and biomedical sciences. Science-based degrees such as biology, biochemistry, chemistry and physiology will be considered. Other degrees may be considered on an individual basis. In addition to the above, candidates are required to have gained practical experience relating to Physiotherapy, such as shadowing, work placements or healthcare work experience.

Applicants with a second-class degree in a relevant field or those with first or upper-second class degrees in a non-specified field, but who demonstrate extensive health-related industry experience, may be referred to the programme leader for consideration. Interviews will be offered to applicants who fulfil the entry requirements and demonstrate an understanding of the profession, an empathetic nature and a commitment to studying this professional course.

International: For students whose first language is not English, there is a requirement to achieve an IELTS tariff of 7 with no individual component below 6.5. This falls in line with the recommendations of the CSP (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy) and the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council).

Course content

Subject to approval for 2020 entry

It is ideal for graduates with related first degrees who wish to gain both a professional and academic qualification and start a career in this challenging and highly rewarding field.

The course offers an environment that prides itself on excellence in learning and teaching; employability and applied research. In combination with well-structured work placed learning, the University of Chichester course serves the Physiotherapy profession by developing respectful, compassionate graduates.

This accelerated two year course follows evidenced-based practice principles, with an emphasis on students' active learning, engagement, and practical application of skills and knowledge in the context of real life situations. Through this balance of theory and practice experience you will graduate a capable and confident physiotherapist. As a MSc Physiotherapy graduate trained at the University of Chichester you will be knowledgeable and committed in delivering high quality care within the NHS.

By the end of the course, students who successfully complete the taught portion will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council, and membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy as a qualified Physiotherapist*.

*Subject to CSP and HCPC accreditation

Our facilities

Campus Location: Chichester 

We offer you some of the best sporting facilities available to study for a degree. All of our facilities are designed for academic teaching, research, British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competitions and for your social/recreational use throughout the week and weekends.

The world-class Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is the focus of sporting activities both academic and recreational at the University. It incorporates a suite of state of the art sport science laboratories, a sports injury clinic, a strength and conditioning room and a fitness centre. In addition there is a sports hall. Located beside the Tudor Hale Centre for Sport you will find our Sports Dome, lano sand dressed astro turf and a grass rugby pitch.


Sports Dome

Four tennis courts which can be used for a variety of sports.

Blue flooring and blue curtains separating courts with student throwing javelins


Sports hall

Used for basketball, netball, trampolining, badminton, volleyball, cricket, soccer, table tennis, hockey and ultimate frisbee.

Fitness suite

Various membership levels available. Weights, resistance and cardio machines.

Weights, resistance and cardio machines

Indoor and outdoor climbing walls and climbing boulder

Available for any student to use after an induction and when Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is open.

Images showing external and internal climbing wall and external boulder

Grass football and rugby pitches

Students playing football and girl passing rugby ball

Floodlit lano sand-dressed astro turf (to be completed by September 2019)

Image below is for illustrative purposes only for colours. (not actual astro at Chichetster)  Line markings and surrounding layout will be different.

Blue and green astro - image of different institution to see style

110m synthetic athletics track

Strength and conditioning room

Two multi-purpose gymnasiums

Outdoor netball and tennis court

Two seminar rooms

Cricket nets 

Sport Science Laboratories:

Four dedicated psychology labs including a Virtual Reality Reader, Brain Imaging Unit and Observation Suite.

Student using software to track activity of body for sport psychology

Two dedicated biomechanics labs

Student running with rugby ball with sensor on past tracking posts

Five dedicated physiology labs

Used for testing on treadmills, bikes and various other pieces of equipment.

Physiology labs showing equipment used

An environmental chamber

Used to simulate heat, altitude, etc.

Envinronmental chamber in physiology lab

A sports injury clinic and adjoining rehabilitation space

Sports Therapy students use these spaces for practical sessions and run a clinic. It is open for students, staff and external visitors who require treatment also either from Sports Therapy students or staff.

Sports therapy clinic with beds and rehab room

Where this can take you

This professional course prepares you to work as a chartered physiotherapist in the UK, with professional and portfolio development running from course start to finish.

Graduates are equipped for careers in the NHS and the private health sector, both in the UK and abroad.

Many graduates secure employment in the local area by developing networks through their placements. After a period of work experience, you will also be given the opportunity to progress to PhD research programmes and contribute to the evidence base of the profession.

Work placements

There is a requirement to complete 1000 hours of clinical placement which will be provided by the programme in a range of settings reflecting the contemporary role of Physiotherapists.


Indicative modules

Year one (Sept >Sept or Jan>Jan)

Theme: Core principles in Physiotherapy practice & evidence based practice       

  1. Foundations of Healthcare
  2. Evidence-based Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 
  3. Evidence-based Neurological Physiotherapy
  4. Evidence-based Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy 
  5. Advanced research methods
  6. Practice placement 1 (6 weeks)

Year two (Sept>Sept or Jan>Jan)

Theme: Work based learning & critical inquiry (Research project)

  1. Research project  
  2. Practice placement 2 (6 weeks)      
  3. Practice placement 3 (6 weeks)
  4. Practice placement 4 (6 weeks)
  5. Practice placement 5  (6 weeks) 
  6. Elective Practice placement (6 weeks)

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Teaching and assessment

Physiotherapy classes may have up to 20 students and modules such as research methods and statistics will have up to 50 students, taught in small groups.

The course team has ensured that this course is characterised by an appropriate breadth and depth of content that includes the latest research, and a variety of teaching, learning and assessment methods. The teaching and learning methods used in the course reflect the wide variety of topics and techniques associated with physiotherapy.

Learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures and seminar led by academic staff or guest lectures;
  • Laboratory classes for learning and practising techniques;
  • Workshops for teaching a range of skills including research methods;
  • Seminar investigating specific topics including case studies.
  • Clinical case-studies

All modules will include formative assessment.  Formative assessment comprises feedback on students' performance, designed to help them learn more effectively and find ways to maintain and improve their progress. It does not contribute to the final mark, grade or class of degree awarded to the student.

Assessment for the course varies depending on the module. The different assessment strategies include objective structured.

clinical examinations (OSCE), Viva (oral examination), oral presentations, written examinations and portfolios, and clinical case studies. These assessments will enable the modules to support and build up the students’ practical, clinical, communication and written skills that they will need both for the clinical placement module and for a successful lifelong learning. All students complete a research project dissertation.

Additional Costs

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