Receive at least £5,000 a year of NHS Funding on this course, with up to £3,000 further funding available for eligible students. Find out more on the NHS website.
This MSc Physiotherapy degree is ideal for graduates with related first degrees who want to gain a professional academic qualification and start a career in the challenging and rewarding field of physiotherapy.
This accelerated two-year course follows evidenced-based practice principles and focuses on active learning and practical application. With a suitable balance of theory and practical experience, you will graduate a capable and confident physiotherapist.
As well as providing well-structured workplace learning, this course serves the physiotherapy profession by developing respectful, compassionate graduates.
This course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (pre-registration) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). When you graduate from this course you will be eligible to apply for registration as a Physiotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Teaching and Assessment
How you will learn
This course uses traditional theoretical and academic study alongside practical workshops and group work. You will attend small group sessions, seminars and lectures, and complete practical sessions. Your designated personal tutor will support you throughout your degree.
You will be assessed through a range of assignments including essays, examinations, portfolios, practical assessments, lab reports, and oral presentations.
Your placements are also assessed. You will receive feedback on all aspects of your placement elements from safety and effectiveness to professionalism.
What you will study
You will study a selection of core and optional modules in each year with each module worth a particular number of credits. Each module is delivered differently, depending on its content and focus of study.
This list is indicative and subject to change.
Select a year
Musculoskeletal (MSK) Physiotherapy (Lower-Quadrant)In this module you will gain an understanding of the patho-anatomy of a range of MSK conditions related to the lower-quadrant (lumbar spine, hip/groin, thigh, knee, lower-leg, ankle and foot) and develop the skills you need to perform evidence-based assessments and treatments in their management.
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (Upper-Quadrant) (Level 7)This module will give you an understanding of the patho-anatomy of a range of MSK conditions related to the upper-quadrant (cervical and thoracic spine, shoulder, elbow, forearm, wrist and hand) and develop the skills you need to perform evidence-based assessments and treatments in their management.
Neurological Physiotherapy (Level 7)In this module you will gain an understanding of the patho-anatomy of a range of neurological conditions including stroke, Parkinson's disease, Multiple Sclerosis and many more. You will develop the skills to perform evidence-based assessments and treatments.
Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy (Level 7)In this module you will gain an understanding of the patho-anatomy of a range of conditions related to the cardiovascular and respiratory systems and develop skills to perform evidence-based assessments and treatments in their management. You will cover both long-term and acute care of conditions including the intensive care environment. Aligned to the CIMSPA professional standards Long-Term Conditions.
Physiotherapy in Health and Society (Level 7)You will prepare for physiotherapy practice by gaining an understanding of standards of professionalism, behaviour, and ethics outlined by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). You will develop awareness of patient-centred care and the structure and function of health and social care in the UK.
Principles and Practice of Physical Activity and Public HealthThis module offers a broad introduction to the subject matter of public health and physical activity. You will develop your understanding of epidemiological measures and explore a selection of contemporary areas of physical activity research such as data modelling, physical activity in green/blue space, and health economics.
Research Methods for Health and PerformanceDuring this module you will learn and apply innovative and cutting-edge methods of analysis evident in physiotherapy literature.
Research Dissertation (MSc Physiotherapy)During your dissertation you will design, conduct and communicate independent research in a relevant area you choose.
Practice Education (Level 7)In this module you will gain practice-based experience accumulating over 1000 practice learning hours in a range of environments and disciplines of contemporary physiotherapy practice.
Learn in practical spaces
Physiotherapy clinical teaching space
Sport and Health Science Laboratories
Learning Resource Centre
Practice Learning Placements
Gain experience in industry
You are required to complete 1000 hours of clinical placement on this course as part of the accreditation. You will attend work placements provided by the course in a range of settings that reflect the contemporary role of physiotherapists.
Where you could go after your studies
When you graduate you will be eligible to apply for registration as a Physiotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Physiotherapy is traditionally seen in secondary care and acute settings for in and out patients, but there are a wide range of additional physiotherapy roles. These roles could include health promotion and work in hospices.
Your placement experience during the degree will expose you to many roles and types of work you could continue after graduation and prepare you for your healthcare career.
Course Fees 2022/23
For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.
For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.
You will receive at least £5,000 a year, with up to £3,000 further funding available for eligible students. Find out more on the NHS website.
Course specific costs
You will be required to have a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check costing £40 which needs to be paid for before the start of the course.
Typical offers (individual offers may vary):
Applicants must demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Physiotherapy as a career and would benefit from showing prior work experience (paid or voluntary) in healthcare, support work, or coaching capacities. We encourage applicants to demonstrate evidence of care/compassion, team-working, and communication skills.
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.
Competition for places can be high. Meeting the entry criteria will not guarantee you an interview, and receiving an interview will not guarantee that you will receive an offer.
You will be required to have a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check.
A satisfactory occupational health assessment is required.
Application deadline for September 2022 start: 13 February 2022.
Frequently asked questions
How do I apply?
Click the ‘Apply now’ button to go to our postgraduate application form.
When does this course start?
This course starts in September 2022.