Why study this course?
Choose physiotherapy at Birmingham and take the opportunity to develop into a qualified competent practitioner of physiotherapy. The programme offers a challenging and stimulating learning experience for graduates wishing to contribute to evolving healthcare needs through the practice of physiotherapy. You will become autonomous, competent and capable graduates that will make a significant contribution to future healthcare services. The programme is based on a philosophy of patient-centred care and respond appropriately to the needs of all different groups and individuals in a non-discriminatory and inclusive manner.
The MSc in Physiotherapy (pre-registration) programme spans two years full-time, starting in September and finishing in August. The aim of the programme is to provide a 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 Master’s degree and gives you eligibility to apply for registration with both the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Health and Care Professions Council.
This programme is designed to train graduates to become practising physiotherapists and is not suitable for qualified Physiotherapists.
Students will develop their clinical reasoning and decision-making skills informed by evidence-based practice and critical evaluation of these sources. They will understand the value of a reflective practice which will enable them to develop greater self-awareness and independence in learning. The programme will continue to be responsive to changes in the socio-political environment and promote communication, teamwork, innovation and flexibility as key skills underpinning effective personal and professional development.
This two-year Physiotherapy master’s programme is modular and is equally divided between university and clinically based care settings.
Year One modules aim to develop physiotherapy practice and clinical reasoning in key 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.
Year Two of the programme allows students to develop capability in managing more complex presentations and includes a greater proportion of practice-based modules. At the beginning of year two, the research project is introduced, which will become the main focus as the year progresses.
Practice Education Placements
The Practice Education Placement modules are an important aspect of the education of a physiotherapist and are continued throughout the two years of the programme.
Practice education placements comprise 34 weeks of the programme and are organised into six modules, two of which take place in year 1 and four in year 2, to complete a minimum of 1,065 hours of supervised practice. This practice reflects the four pillars of advanced and consultant practice including clinical, leadership, education and research.
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 placement settings across the West Midlands. 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. Community placements may be undertaken in contemporary locations working with a wide variety of healthcare professionals. Advanced practitioners will support you to develop effective leadership skills, engage and participate in clinical research and contribute to a lifelong education culture.
Why study this course?
Simulation and Interprofessional Learning: The programme offers a unique blend of simulation and interprofessional activities. Students benefit from learning alongside peers from the College of Medical and Dental Sciences and Life and Environmental Sciences. This collaborative approach prepares students to work in multidisciplinary teams, enhancing their understanding of holistic patient care.
Diverse Practice Placements: The Practice Education Placements, grounded in the four pillars of advanced and consultant practice: clinical, leadership, education, and research, span 34 weeks. These placements offer a variety of experiences across the West Midlands, from treating patients and working in diverse clinical environments to participating in awarded research projects and case conferences and leadership projects with external organisations.
Extracurricular Activities: University of Birmingham offers a plethora of activities both on campus and in the wider community. Examples include pitch management for sports events and initiatives promoting exercise in local communities, allowing students to apply their knowledge in real-world settings and make a tangible difference.
Research Opportunities: The University of Birmingham is renowned for its research-driven ethos. Students have the privilege of engaging in high-quality research placements and projects, both on campus and in affiliated hospitals. They learn from experts in the field, gaining invaluable insights before embarking on their research projects
Emphasis on Core Values: The MSc Physiotherapy programme at Birmingham is deeply rooted in a philosophy of patient-centred care, inclusivity, non-discrimination, and a strong commitment to Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion. Aligned with the values stated in the NHS Constitution, the programme ensures students are not only skilled but also compassionate, ethical, and advocates for equity in healthcare.