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Please note: applications are now closed for entry in September 2020. Details for applications for entry in September 2021 will be available in October.

This physiotherapy degree seeks to educate students in the management and care of individuals with a range of prolonged conditions or musculoskeletal injury.  

  • The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) estimates that the UK Health Services will need an additional 500 Physiotherapists a year for the foreseeable future to match demand. This creates excellent employment opportunities after graduation.
  • Large teaching team with a breadth of clinical experience in the varying field of Physiotherapy, Rehabilitation and Academia.
  • The blended learning approach utilised on this course uses technology enhanced learning for key theoretical content. This allows flexibility within year one of learning and gives students access to valuable resources whilst on placement.

Why study Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration)?

Our Master's degree in Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) provides you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to manage patients suffering from a range of conditions or musculoskeletal injuries, from the acute stage through to return to sport or activity. This includes working as part of a multidisciplinary team in the care of different patients.  

There is currently a high demand for provision of physiotherapists across all areas of knowledge working in different settings. This demand is from the NHS both in primary care settings and community-based provision, local authority projects, sports, and private practice. 

The MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) degree is a two-year taught programme with the addition of 1,000 placement hours that must be completed during the two years. The first year of the programme will contain the taught elements of the course with the placement starting in the second year.

Why St Mary's?

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

The degree is underpinned by a detailed understanding of physiological, biomechanical, anatomical and psychosocial principles. Our teaching staff have a vast amount of experience working with patients in a wide range of settings with various conditions. The structure of the course embeds placements into the programme, allowing you to bridge the gap between theory and practice.

The programme enables you to observe and work with healthcare professionals working in healthcare and clinical settings providing an insight into the demands of the profession and the roles you could fulfil upon graduating.

The Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) programme has specialised teaching rooms designed to provide students with the vast array of clinical skills required. In addition to this, there is a student clinic where experience can be gained under the supervision of experienced, qualified professionals.

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Entry requirements

2:1 Previous degree

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

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 be expected 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. Further information is available in the applicant guide.

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 (or equivalent).

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

Further information

For more information about entry requirements please email apply@stmarys.ac.uk.

Course content

Modules

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.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of the MSc in Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration), you will be eligible to apply to join the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), the professional body overseeing and regulating the practice of Physiotherapy in this country.

Graduates will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

For more information on career destinations please consult the CSP website

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

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

Modules are taught through blended learning activities including: lectures, practicals, seminars, placements and problem-based learning. This will be delivered during intensive teaching weeks spread throughout the academic year.

A wide variety of teaching approaches will be utilised, and students are expected to undertake a significant amount of work beyond the formal contact hours. Students are expected to actively engage in teaching sessions. Attention is given to the formative process that will encourage the development of key practical skills in assessment and critical thinking.

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 clinical placement module and for a successful lifelong learning.

 

Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

    Home/EU

    Year one: £9,250
    Year two: £9,250

    International

    Year one: £13,650
    Year two: £16,150

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 2020 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Funding

The tuition fees listed on this page are for the two years taken to complete the programme. A non-refundable deposit of £500 is required for Home/EU students to confirm their place.

Students are 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 below.

Government-funded loans of over £11,000 are available to many UK/EU postgraduate students.

For guidance about financing your studies, including information about the government-funded loans, please check out Fees & Funding section.

International Students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

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.

Additional costs

Information about additional costs for the MSc in Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) are listed in an additional costs document (PDF).

Facilities

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