Physiotherapy (pre-registration) MSc

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Choose physiotherapy at Birmingham and take the opportunity to develop into a qualified competent practitioner of physiotherapy, which will not only give you the ability to play a significant part in most healthcare teams but also be involved in the maintenance and/or restoration of movement and function in a range of client groups.

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Course fact file

Type of Course: Continuing professional development, taught

Study Options: Full time

Duration: 2 years full-time

Start date: The next planned intake for this programme is September 2015 (subject to approval). Closing date for home applications seeking a funded place is 23 January 2015. Closing date for overseas applications seeking a self-funded place is 20 February 2015. Only completed applications will be considered.

Details

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 September and finishing in August (subject to approval). The aim of the programme is to provide a challenging and rewarding educational experience that enables students to develop as competent, evidence-based and patient-centred physiotherapy practitioners, capable of making a valuable contribution to the workplace. We are looking for applicants who can meet our academic requirements and demonstrate personal qualities that are compatible with the values stated in the NHS Constitution. Find out more on the NHS Constitution webpages.     

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 and Care 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 Sep 2015 start

Home applications - 23 Jan 2015
Overseas applications - 20 Feb 2015

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 6-week blocks.

Year One
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. Professional and practice aspects of physiotherapy will also be considered. Towards the end of the year you will start a research project which is an important aspect of Masters study.

Year Two
Year Two of the programme allows students to develop capability in managing more complex presentations and includes a greater proportion of practice-based modules alongside the research project.

Clinical Placements
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.   

Why study this course

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 and Care Professions Council.

Modules

Fees and funding

Fees 2014-15

  Home/EU International
  Full time only Full time only
(MSc) Physiotherapy (pre-reg) Exempt from tuition fees, may be eligible to apply for NHS bursary £15,525

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. 

Entry requirements

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 personal statement along with the University application form. The purpose of the personal statement is to support your application to the programme. The personal statement 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. We are looking for knowledge and experience of a broad range of physiotherapy practice. Other  experience such as membership and involvement in organisations, voluntary work and other work experience and qualifications may be relevant to your application to help show how your personal qualities are compatible with the values identified within the NHS Constitution.  

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 and will explore personal values and attitudes to ensure suitability for admission to a registered healthcare profession.

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) 
  • A personal statement expressing your interest in the MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration) programme and the profession  including reflection on any physiotherapy experience and evidence supporting relevant personal qualities (three A4 pages maximium)
  • 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)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 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).

Non-academic conditions of entry:

  • A satisfactory health declaration, including evidence of appropriate immunisations, and other regulatory checks (such as DBS - see below) are required from accepted candidates before registration for the programme. 
  • Students will be required to complete a successful Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before admission to the programme. For healthcare profession courses no convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings are considered “spent”, this includes those that may have been received when a minor (i.e. under the age of 18). Declaring any matter likely to be recorded on your enhanced CRB disclosure does not automatically rule you out from becoming a physiotherapist. However, you will have to provide information about this to enable us to make a decision about any offer made. 
  • All students will be required to sign the subject-specific Fitness to Practise Code of Conduct on entry, details of which will be forwarded with an offer letter.

Applicants with disabilities

We take a positive view of what candidates with disabilities can achieve as future healthcare professionals and take seriously our obligation to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that all students with disabilities can successfully complete their studies. All applicants will be assessed up to and including the interview on the basis of the criteria outlined here regardless of any disability. If you declare a disability we will invite you to work with us together with the disability team, clinical colleagues and specialist services (RNIB, for example) to explore how best we can support your studies

Learn more about entry requirements

Standard English language requirementsapply. 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.

International students:

We welcome applications from international applicants for the places available on a self-funded basis. A growing community of international students is here to help you settle in and support you during your studies.  

Academic requirements

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 7.0 ( with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).

How to apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Learning and teaching

As a Birmingham student, you will be joining the academic elite and will have the privilege of learning from world-leading experts, as well as your peers. From the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself.

This programme is delivered via block sessions of 3 or 5 days. You will participate in a range of teaching styles such as lectures, small group tutorials, presentations, peer group learning, self-study etc.

You will have access to a comprehensive support system that will assist and encourage you, including personal tutors and welfare tutors who can help with both academic and welfare issues.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed in a variety of ways, and these may be different with each module that you take. See individual modules for further details.

Employability

Physiotherapy graduates have entered careers both in the NHS and private sector. They work in hospitals, in the community as well as sports clubs and the military. An increasing number of Physiotherapy graduates are working on a freelance basis alongside their work in the NHS. Some choose to pursue further studies in education, research or undertake further training.

Find out more about Physiotherapy career opportunities

Careers Support for Postgraduate Students

Careers Network – We can help you get ahead in the job market and develop your career

We recognise that as a postgraduate student you are likely to have specific requirements when it comes to planning for your next career step. Employers expect postgraduates to have a range of skills that exceed their subject knowledge. Careers Network offers a range of events and support services that are designed for all students, including postgraduates looking to find their niche in the job market.

Here are just a few ways in which we can help postgraduates to get ahead:

  • Careers Networking opportunities
  • Effective careers strategy toolkit
  • Year planner for all postgraduate students
  • Masters Career Coaching Workshops
  • One to one careers guidance

The Careers Network also have subject specific careers consultants and advisers for each College so you can be assured the information you receive will be relevant to your subject area. They also have a dedicated careers website for international students where you can find useful resources and information.

Quotes

“We have hired some fantastic Birmingham graduates and postgraduates in the past, and believe that they have the experience and intelligence to understand the challenges of working with Procter and Gamble.”

In an independent survey, over 75% of employers regarded a postgraduate Masters-level qualification as ‘essential’ or ‘preferred’ when recruiting. ‘Talent Fishing: What Businesses want from Postgraduates’ A CIHE Report for Department of Business Innovation and Skills, March 2011.

For more information visit the Careers Network website.