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MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration)*

Course length: 45 weeks per year (2 years)

*Closed for 2021 entry

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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

45 weeks per year (2 years) Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

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).


2021/22 UK fee: £9,250 per year (2 year programme)

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

NHS Funding: You will receive at least £5,000 a year, with up to £3,000 further funding available for eligible students. To find out more you can download the FAQs about the funding.

Deadline for applications: 14th February 2021


Student view

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!

Course content

This programme 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 workplace 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 your 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.



This course starts in September 


Request a postgraduate prospectus.


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.


A sports injury clinic and rehabilitation space 

Physiotherapy and 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

Students practising on dummy head

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 

A top of the range Lano sand-dressed astro all completely compliant to International Hockey federation standards.

  • 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


Where this can take you

On completion of this programme you will be eligible to apply for registration as a Physiotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

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.


Course accreditations

Indicative modules


Musculoskeletal (MSK) Physiotherapy (Lower-Quadrant) 

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 skills to perform evidence-based assessments and treatments in their management.  

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (Upper-Quadrant) 

Gain 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 skills to perform evidence-based assessments and treatments in their management.  

Neurological Physiotherapy 

Gain an understanding of the patho-anatomy of a range of neurological conditions including stroke, Parkinson's disease, Multiple Sclerosis and many more) and develop skills to perform evidence-based assessments and treatments in their management.  

Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy 

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. The module will cover both long-term and acute care of conditions including the intensive care environment.  

Physiotherapy in Health and Society 

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). 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 Health 

Receive a broad introduction to the subject matter of public health and physical activity, developing an 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  

Learn and apply innovative and cutting-edge methods of analysis evident in Physiotherapy literature. 

Research Dissertation 

Design, conduct and communicate independent research in an area of interest with relevance to Physiotherapy practice. 

Practice Education  

Gain practice-based experience in a range of environments and disciplines of contemporary Physiotherapy practice. 

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

Include Additional Costs: 

Course specific costs

  • One uniform will be provided but you are likely to require additional uniforms for practical lessons and placements, costing in the region of £30
  • The University will pay for an occupational health assessment, however, you may need to pay for immunisations if they are not covered by your GP
  • You will need a pair of suitable comfortable shoes while on clinical placement and studying in our simulation settings (estimated cost £40-£60)
  • You will need to purchase some of your own clinical items, for instance, a stethoscope (estimated cost £10-£30)
  • You will need to be able to travel to your placement
  • Student membership to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the University's Physiotherapy Society will be strongly recommended