The MSc in Physiotherapy (pre-registration) is a qualifying programme for graduates with a suitable and relevant first degree. It spans two years full-time, starting in January and finishing in December. The aim of the programme is to develop students with the knowledge, attitudes and skills required to design, specify and implement wide-ranging, evidence-based physiotherapy programmes for a variety of patients. You will be able to evaluate progress, respond flexibly and promptly to advances in practice and implement research and audit programmes.
Successful completion of this programme awards you with a Masters degree and gives you eligibility to apply for registration with both the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Health Professions Council.
This course is designed to train graduates to become practising physiotherapists and is not suitable for qualified Physiotherapists. The University of Birmingham offers two MSc programmes that provide qualified Physiotherapists the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills:
Closing dates for Jan 2015 start
Home applications - 17 Jan 2014
Overseas applications - 25 Jul 2014
Late applications will not be considered
This two year programme Physiotherapy masters programme is modular and is equally divided between university and clinically based settings. It has been designed around three core areas; the management of neurological, cardio-pulmonary and neuromusculoskeletal dysfunctions, with knowledge from the biomedical and psycho-social sciences recruited as required. Clinical education is spread across both years in equal proportions.
Year One modules aim to develop physiotherapy practice and clinical reasoning in the core areas of practice. An important aspect throughout the programme is the critical analysis and evaluation of physiotherapeutic concepts, skills and treatment approaches. The Contexts of Physiotherapy Practice module introduces the professional and practice aspects of physiotherapy. Towards the end of the year you will start a research project which is an important aspect of Masters study.
Year Two of the programme sees the completion of the clinical-based modules and the project. The Advancing Physiotherapy module introduces aspects of lifelong learning and the second Neuromusculoskeletal Practice module covers different approaches to physiotherapy management.
The Clinical Education modules are an important aspect of the education of a physiotherapist and are continued throughout the two years of the programme.
Clinical education comprises 36 weeks of the programme and is organised into six clinical practice modules spanning both years equally to complete a total 1,080 hours of supervised clinical practice.
You will be seconded to a range of diverse and exciting placements, where you will gain a variety of experiences with a wide range of client groups, under the guidance of skilled clinicians. Each student will gain experience of physiotherapy within various clinical settings. With the support of clinical educators, students will treat patients, observe experienced clinicians and participate in all aspects of care including case conferences, ward rounds and home visits.
Full time only
Full time only
(MSc) Physiotherapy (pre-reg)
Exempt from tuition fees, may be eligible to apply for NHS bursary
All successful applicants classified by the University against national criteria as home students are exempt from tuition fees for this programme and may be eligible to apply for an NHS bursary.
The criteria defining Home status can be found here and the NHS Bursary eligibility criteria can be found at http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/Students.aspx.
All places on this programme are offered on a full-time basis.
Outlined below are the admissions procedures:
You should present evidence of study in a relevant discipline and you should normally hold an honours degree in a relevant discipline at 1st or 2.1 classification. If you are unsure of whether your degree is relevant, you are very welcome to send us your degree transcript so that our Admissions Tutor can take a closer look at what you have studied before you submit an application for the programme.
You will be interviewed prior to admission to the programme and you will be required to present a full University transcript of your studies to ascertain suitability of your degree. In some cases a further period of study may be advised.
In addition, you will be asked to submit a résumé along with the University application form. The purpose of the résumé is to support your application to the programme. The résumé should contain information about your previous experience in Higher Education with particular focus on areas of study and experience relevant to the MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration) programme, as well as research activity. You should consider experience of Physiotherapy, membership and involvement in organisations and other experience and qualifications they consider relevant to your application. A three-page (A4) summary should be sufficient.
Those candidates who demonstrate via their application that they meet the programme admission criteria will be invited to interview prior to a decision regarding admission to the programme. The admissions process will identify and examine the potential of the student to cope with the multiple demands of the programme.
Before your application can be processed you must submit the following items:
Completed application form
Copy of degree certificate (if you have already completed your degree)
Transcript - official University document detailing modules covered & marks awarded
Two references (at least one academic)
Clear evidence of Physiotherapy experience (e.g. signed letters from clinical managers confirming dates and types of experience)
Résumé of physiotherapy experience including a personal statement expressing your interest in the MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration) programme and the profession (three A4 pages maximum)
Summary of research training (e.g. in your own words please describe any research experience you have and research modules taken. Do not send module descriptors or a copy of your dissertation)
If English is not your first language you must provide evidence of proficiency in English to IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 6.5 in any band) or TOEFL Internet Based 100 overall with no less than 23 in any band.
Please note that admission to the programme will be contingent on an enhanced CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) clearance and satisfactory Occupational Health Report.
The contracting process for student physiotherapy training within Universities currently takes place on an annual basis and formal decisions confirming the funding for student places are often taken at times close to the start date of programmes. This means that final confirmation of any place offered to applicants may not occur at an early stage of the admission process. This situation is not ideal and is the same for all Universities. Negotiations at a national level are underway to improve things through the introduction of, what are hoped to be, standard five year contracts. In the meantime we will endeavour to keep you informed at all stages of the admission process.
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Standard English language requirements apply. Candidates whose first language is not English will need to meet the English language requirements stipulated for Medicine and Dentistry. IELTS – 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in each component.
TOEFL – 600 (paper based)/ 250 (computer based) plus TWE 4.0 or 88 overall with no less than 21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking, 21 in Writing (internet based).
We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.
English language requirements
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:
English to IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component) or TOEFL Internet based 88 overall with no less than no less than 21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking, 21 in Writing.