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Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) MSc

Previous degree


Distance learning available


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2 years (full-time)

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Please note: due to a high volume of applications we are not currently accepting applications for our Physiotherapy master's. However, this may change when we have had a chance to interview all candidates. Please register your interest to be notified if we re-open 2024 applications or when we open them for 2025. Alternatively, you may be interested in applying for one of these master's:

Gain a comprehensive understanding of the human body using a modern curriculum to support health, injuries, illnesses, and disabilities through our intensive Physiotherapy master's.

This contemporary physiotherapy master's is designed for those with a previous degree who are interested and invested in pursuing a career in healthcare.

Our modern curriculum enables you to work at the forefront of physiotherapy, equipped with advanced clinical skills and evidence-based knowledge.

Our physiotherapy course provides:

  • a contemporary learning environment covering all aspects of physiotherapy
  • high levels of pastoral care
  • small cohorts
  • full-time course delivered over part time hours so you can work if needed
  • intensive learning concentrated into two years
  • very high employment levels post-graduation which differentiates us from the competition.

Our modern curriculum reflects the needs of the workforce. We help you develop:

  • the team working and collaboration skills to influence change
  • detailed clinical anatomical, biomechanical and physiological knowledge underpin advanced theoretical knowledge
  • clinical reasoning and evidence based practice are key components.

Exceptional teaching and support

Our small team of dedicated lecturers are all highly experienced practicing specialist clinicians. You’ll learn in highly supportive environment where small groups and wellbeing are prioritised, with personalised support to help you succeed.

Watch our student, Francesca, talk about how the course shaped her and her career path.

Technology-enhanced learning

Teaching occurs in specialised teaching rooms designed to help you enhance your clinical skills with cutting edge technology. Our innovative face-to-face plus approach embeds technology enhanced learning with key theoretical content to support flexible and student focused learning. Our state of the art facilities include:

Industry connections

We have close relationships with industry partners.

"MSc Physiotherapy students from St Mary's University were very professional and exceeded expectations at all times. They were very punctual with timings and proactive in asking questions and providing background preparation relation to EBP and showing signs of appropriate clinical reasoning." - Thamara Raju - Physiotherapist

"I was amazed with MSc Physiotherapy students from St Mary's in how they engaged in MDT meetings of complex TBI clients and how they were interested in the input provided from members of the MDT other than physiotherapists. They were taught in detail the importance of multidisciplinary approach towards achieving client's goals." - Dr. Robert Shore - Clinical Neuropsychologist

Practice placements: build real-life experience

You will complete 1,000 hours of physiotherapy placement work in a wide variety of settings within the greater London area to bridge theory and practice. You will work under the guidance of skilled clinicians in healthcare and clinical settings to experience the industry’s demands and explore career options. Our students are highly regarded on placement - over 50% gain employment from their placements.


Julie MacKie

Course Lead - Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) MSc

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Course content


For more information on course content, awards and student learning experience, please read the module overview and programme specification.

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

Entry requirements

An upper second class degree (or equivalent) in a related field is required.


Previous degree

Additional requirement information

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.

All shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by a panel consisting of a clinical Physiotherapist and an academic member of staff, who will take it in turn to ask questions.

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

If your application is successful you will have the option to become a student member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

DBS (Criminal Record Check)

As part of the registration process, you are required to undertake a criminal record check through the Disclosure & Barring Service. This is to ensure that you have not been barred from working with children and vulnerable adults and do not have criminal records that make you unsuitable for working with young people. This will be requested following a successful interview. 


All applicants will be required to attend a First Aid Training course during their induction week. The cost of this is estimated to be £85 but can be confirmed closer to the date.

International Requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in any section.

We now accept IELTS Indicator test results as proof of your English language level.

Application process

The application process for MSc Physiotherapy is multi-stage. When your application is received we make an initial assessment to check your qualifications and documents. If there are documents missing that we require, we will email asking you to upload these to your portal so we can complete our assessment. These must be uploaded by 2nd February 2024.

Applications that are incomplete after this date will be rejected and will not carry through to the academic review round.

We understand that some applicants may not have completed their degrees at this stage; in this case we will require an in progress transcript from your current university. All applications must be supported by the following documents in order to be considered complete:

  • degree certificate or in progress transcript
  • CV
  • personal statement
  • references: one academic (if you have been in education within the last five years) and one professional.

Please note: if your certificates are from outside the UK and not in English, we will require you to provide professionally certified translations.

We will close for applications on 2nd February 2024.

In January the Physiotherapy Team will review all eligible applications and select those to invite to interview. Interviews will take place online on January 16th-18th and February 6th-9th and 20th.

If you are offered a place you will need to accept your offer and pay a £500 deposit to secure your place on the course. A short deadline will be provided for when we need your decision. If you are offered a place but do not both accept and pay your deposit you will have your offer withdrawn and it will be passed to the next person on the reserve list.

Further Information

For more information about entry requirements please email

Fees & funding

September 2024





Funding Information

The tuition fees listed on this page are for each of the two years taken to complete the programme. This means for home students the fees for the full programme will be £18,500 and for international students £33,600. A non-refundable deposit of £500 is required for home/EU students to confirm their place.

Funding a Physiotherapy postgraduate course can be a big financial commitment. There are several ways that students can fund their studies.

Students are also able to apply for ‘undergraduate style’ funding for this course in the form of a tuition and maintenance loan as detailed in the Healthcare Education Funding for Postgraduate, Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy Students Policy.

Physiotherapy students are now eligible for a bursary of up to £5,000 per academic year as long as they are currently actively in study and receiving tuition fee or and maintenance support from the Student Loans Company. The bursary is paid in installments throughout the academic year.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme. Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken.

For further information about additional costs please see our additional costs webpage

Alumni discount

A 10% tuition fee discount is available for our alumni (undergraduate and PGCE) planning to study this Master's degree. Those studying for a PGDip of PGCert are not eligible for the discount.


You can check on the UK government website to see if you may be eligible for a loan of up to £12,167 to help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate programme.

Home and international students may also be eligible for external sources of funding. International students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

For more information, please look at our postgraduate funding page.

How the degree is taught

Assessment methods

Assessment for the course varies depending on the module, but always consist of at least two forms of assessment. 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 practice placements module and for a successful lifelong learning.

Career opportunities

There is a large demand for physiotherapists – an estimated 500 will be needed every year.

Our intensive physiotherapy master’s programme, helps you develop essential transferrable skills, such as communication, adaptability, and creative problem-solving. Our students are highly employable and compete strongly in the workplace – 97-99% are employed within 3 months of graduating every year. Around 70% find work in the NHS, 20% in sport and 10% work in private sector.

Our postgraduate Physiotherapy degree is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

The Careers Service has more information on graduate careers and part-time work available during your course.

Some examples of job roles and areas of work for graduates of Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) MSc include:

primary care settingscommunity-based-provisionlocal authority projectssportsrehabilitation centresprivate practicehospitalsmilitary

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