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MSc (Pre-registration) Physiotherapy

The MSc (Pre-registration) Physiotherapy 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 degree (or equivalent) in a related field is required. Related degrees include medical, sport, and biomedical science, and science degrees such as biology, biochemistry, chemistry, and physiology. Other degrees will be considered on an individual basis.

In addition to the above, candidates are required to have practical experience relating to Physiotherapy. Such as shadowing, work placement or healthcare work experience.

Applicants with extensive relevant industry experience with a 2.2 in a relevant field, and applicants with a first or upper second classification in a non-specified field with work experience in a relevant environment will be referred to the Programme leader for consideration.

Demonstrable & evidenced care-based experience. Interviews offered to applicants demonstrating understanding of the profession, empathetic nature and 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 and the HCPC.

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

Over the past few years, we have redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available as you study for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.  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. The Tudor Hale Centre for Sport incorporates a suite of state of the art sport science laboratories, a sports injury clinic, a strength and conditioning room and a fitness suite.  In addition, there is a sports hall used for basketball, netball, trampolining, badminton, volleyball, cricket, soccer, table tennis, hockey and ultimate frisbee.   Located beside the Tudor Hale Centre for Sport you will find our brand new Sports Dome, incorporating four indoor tennis courts, our all-weather astro turf pitch, and grass rugby pitch.

  • 5 x Kistler force plates
  • 1 x RS Scan pressure plate
  • 3 x EMG systems
  • 14 camera Vicon T-Series motion capture
  • Integrated Visual 3D analysis
  • Quintic video based kinematic analysis
  • Cybex Norm isokinetic dynamometer
  • Brand new Sports Dome, with four tennis courts, three netball courts
  • Sports hall
  • 110m synthetic athletics track
  • Modern fitness suite
  • Strength and conditioning room
  • Two multi-purpose gymnasiums
  • Indoor and outdoor climbing walls and climbing boulder
  • Grass football and rugby pitches
  • Outdoor netball and tennis court
  • Floodlit synthetic Astro Turf pitch
  • Two seminar rooms
  • Cricket nets

Sport science laboratories:

  • Four dedicated psychology labs
  • Two dedicated biomechanics labs
  • Five dedicated physiology labs
  • An environmental chamber to simulate heat, altitude, etc
  • A sports injury clinic and adjoining rehabilitation space

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

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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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