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Please note: due to a high volume of applications we are not currently accepting applications for Physiotherapy. However, this may change when we have had a chance to interview all candidates. To be notified if we re-open 2022 applications for any reason or for when we open applications for 2023 please register your interest.

Alternatively, you may be interested in applying for one of the following Master's degrees:

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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Course lead

Julie MacKie headshotJulie MacKie
Course Lead - Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) MSc

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.


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 (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

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 4th January 2022.

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 least 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 4th January 2022.

In January the Physiotherapy Team will review all eligible applications and select those to invite to interview. Interviews will take place from the middle of January through to April.

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.

Course content


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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.

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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.



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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

September 2022

  • Year one: £9,250
  • Year two: £9,250
  • Year one: £13,950
  • Year two: £16,450 (includes £2,500 placement fee)

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.


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.

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.

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

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

Home and International students may also be eligible for external sources of funding. Please visit our alternative postgraduate funding webpage for more information about external scholarships and grants for postgraduate taught and postgraduate research programmes.

International Students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

Additional costs

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

Teaching staff

  • Shaza Abo
    Lecturer - Physiotherapy
  • Sarah Ali
    Senior Lecturer
  • Rachel Chan
    Lecturer - Physiotherapy
  • Clare Gibson
    Course Lead - Physiotherapy BSc (Hons)
  • Dr Leanne Griffiths
    Interim Dean of Sport, Allied Health and Performance Science
  • Julie MacKie
    Course Lead - Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) MSc
  • Dr Dimitrios Sampanis
    Subject Lead - Allied Health (inc Public Health and Chronic Disease Management)
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Further information