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Boost your career with 1000 hours of clinical placement on this Health and Care Professions Council accredited course

The deadline for 2024 applications has now passed, however we may consider late applications once all applications received before the deadline have been considered.

2 years Full Time, 45 weeks per year
Bishop Otter Campus (Chichester)

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NHS Funding

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.

The Course

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.

Practice Based Education 1

This module exposes you to real-life environments.

You will be fully integrated members of a department or team, within differing contexts and environments. Your emphasis for development here is demonstrating professional behaviour and developing communication and team working skills.

  • You will be expected to demonstrate awareness of aspects of professional practice, under direct supervision from a qualified Physiotherapist.
  • You will draw upon previous observational experience and attempt to integrate theoretical knowledge and skills learnt in academic modules.
  • You will document your understanding and examples of the value in practice as part of their reflective portfolio and discuss these with an academic tutor post-placement.

Cardio-Respiratory Physiotherapy

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.

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 1 (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 2 (Upper Quadrant)

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

Physiotherapists will encounter patients suffering from neurological conditions arising due to illness and injury. This module introduces you to a systematic and evidence-based approach to the assessment and treatment of a range of conditions of a neurological nature.

Physiotherapy in Health and Society

This module introduces the professionalism, values and behaviour you will need as an allied health professional.

You will

  • Develop a patient-centred understanding of the physiological, psychological and social issues influencing physiotherapy management.
  • Explore the structure and function of health and social care in the UK.
  • Discuss challenges associated with physiotherapy as you explore UK health legislations and policies.

You will be assessed by a health and safety: moving and handling test, coursework and an online exam.

Principles and Practice of Public Health and Physical Activity

This 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 Performance

During this module you will learn and apply innovative and cutting-edge methods of analysis evident in physiotherapy literature.


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MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration)
"The University of Chichester offers very good learning resources and facilities. My lecturers are very approachable and knowledgeable and are able to deliver very engaging classes both in theory and practicals. Because of their 100% support, I am now very confident in doing research projects and really excited about going to my clinical placements to apply what I have learned at University in the real world. I feel very positive about the future in securing employment after graduation. I chose to study at Chichester because of its size I felt it could offer me many opportunities to get to know people, both among students and lecturers. I was told by many friends that the University is a very safe and high community-spirit level university that really focuses on students learning experiences and personal development, and equally all staff are very friendly and helpful too. Plus from the campus, it is so convenient to go and visit some of the historical cities and towns, the sandy beaches nearby, and the most breath-taking rolling-hill countryside landscapes in West Sussex amongst South Downs National Park!"

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 Costs

Course Fees 2023/24

UK fee
£9,250 per year

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

To find out about any additional costs on this course, please see our Additional Costs page.

NHS Funding

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.

Entry Requirements

Typical offers (individual offers may vary):

2:1 (Upper second class)
in a related field is required such as 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. You must also have practical experience relating to Physiotherapy, such as shadowing, work placements or healthcare work experience.
with no element lower than 6.5, in line with the recommendations of the CSP (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy) and the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council).

Application Process

Applicants will be contacted after the Friday 1st March application deadline. Successful applicants will be invited to attend an interview in March 2024.

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.



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