About this course
Physiotherapy Msc or BSc provides an evidence based approach to contemporary physiotherapy, promoting a commitment to autonomy, research and clinical excellence. Continued professional development is an integral part of the programme facilitating the development of essential communication and team working skills. Successful completion of the programme provides eligibility to apply for statutory registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and full membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
Patients, public and staff have helped develop this expression of values that inspire passion in the NHS and that should underpin everything it does. Individual organisations will develop and build upon these values, tailoring them to their local needs. The NHS values provide common ground for co-operation to achieve shared aspirations, at all levels of the NHS.
Our Physiotherapy Master's course is an exciting and innovative modular programme, delivered full-time over two-years. The programme is delivered 46 weeks per year.
Musculoskeletal 1 - The Lower Quadrant
Approaches to Research
2. Ageing Studies
3. Women's Health and Men's Health
4. Oncology and Palliative Care
5. Falls Services
6. Mental Health
Clinical Placement 1/2
Musculoskeletal 2 – The Upper Quadrant
Principles And Practice Of Evidence Based Healthcare
Clinical Placement 3/4/5
Clinical education is an integral and invaluable component of the programme. It is strongly embedded within the course structure. Preceding campus-based studies provide the skills and knowledge which students require in order to be prepared for their placements.
Continuing modernisation of the NHS has seen a move away from a focus on non-acute health interventions being delivered in hospitals to the delivery of care in the community. Experience gained on all clinical education modules throughout your undergraduate training aims to reflect these developments by providing you with a broad range of experience across a variety of settings including acute NHS hospitals, private healthcare providers, community hospitals, health centres, GP surgeries, schools, nursing homes and sports centres etc.
Regardless of location or specialty students are expected to adopt a holistic approach towards their patient/client, taking into account individual psychological, social, cultural and economic factors, whilst embracing the principles of health promotion and health education.
All clinical placement modules are organised on the student's behalf by the clinical co-ordination team. This allows us to provide you with a balanced clinical experience both in terms of the specialties/patient groups you have worked with and the range of health care setting you have worked in. It is important that you are exposed to a variety of health settings, which are reflective of current clinical practice.
In total students will complete in excess of 1,000 hours of clinical experience in order to complete the programme. Clinical education occurs in six-week blocks which gives you time to "find your feet" and have a highly valuable learning experience at the same time as providing you with plenty of opportunity to demonstrate your learning and develop as a clinician.
It is anticipated that whilst on clinical placement you will be working a 34-hour week minimum, (compared to full-time workers this effectively means you have one half-day off per week). However, the number of hours you work and the time at which you start and finish work is subject to negotiation with both college and the supervising clinical educator.
Whilst on placements you will be supervised by physiotherapists registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Students will be assessed on placement by their supervising clinician(s), using a standardized assessment tool – the Clinical Assessment Record (CAR form). The assessment score from clinical placement modules will contribute to your final degree classification
Most clinical placements are located within the Greater London area, ie within the M25, but a few could be further away necessitating "staying over on placement" during the week. You should anticipate the need to "stay over" on at least one or two occasions.
We are sympathetic to your needs when we assign clinical placements. However, we are unable to guarantee that any student will be located close to their home or term-time address and you may have to commute or live away from home for the duration of a placement or two. We do try to give special consideration to students whose personal circumstances fall within specified criteria, ie they have young children, are a main carer, or have a declared disability etc.
If the NHS is paying your university fees, your travel costs (in excess of the expense you normally incur between home and college) and if necessary the costs of alternative accommodation can be reclaimed from the NHS. However you should note that they is always a delay between paying out money and being reimbursed which can create temporary cash-flow issues.
Academic teaching is delivered in-house by experienced physiotherapy lecturers with specific specialist clinical knowledge and skills. Diverse teaching approaches are used to deliver an evidence based curriculum to provide a solid foundation for lifelong learning. The curriculum is delivered in many formats including:
Small group teaching maximum 24 students
In-depth academic study
Patient interaction groups
Panopto online lectures
A variety of assessment tools are used to assess knowledge and skills including:
Clinical placement assessment record (CAR form)
The College of Health and Life Sciences is located in the Mary Seacole Building offering a state of-the art, purpose clinical environment for physiotherapy education.
Our academic teaching is delivered in-house by experienced physiotherapy lecturers with specific specialist clinical knowledge and skills
There is an excellent range of sporting and leisure facilities on campus and Brunel featured in the London 2012 pre-Olympic and Paralympic games training camp guide. See http://www.brunel.ac.uk/services/sport
for further details.
Patient focused shared learning with other allied health students and clinicians provide opportunities to engage in inter-professional learning reflective of clinical practice.
Clinical placements begin at the end of the first year by which time students are fully prepared to engage with clinical practice and benefit from direct hands-on experience.
Six specialist study blocks have been incorporated into our programme to develop awareness of specialist and emerging areas of physiotherapy. These small study blocks support our students to develop a wider perspective on healthcare provision and the physiotherapy profession.
PebblePad software is used to deliver and monitor Continuing Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) activities, preparing students for the transition to qualified physiotherapist.
Facts and Figures
Physiotherapy at Brunel has an outstanding record. The Physiotherapy BSc has been consistently rated very highly in all of the National Students' Surveys.
Physiotherapy BSc has been rated first in London since the National Student Survey began in 2010. Unistats.
Our students are extremely highly rated by clinicians in the South East; 96% of Brunel students were rated as excellent or very good on their final clinical practice placement.
Excellent student clinical performance is reflected in our employment rates which are between 95 and 100%. 100% of the 2013 cohort found employment within four months of graduating.
Brunel is an established campus-based University, with all programmes delivered on site. Campus-based accommodation is guaranteed to all first years in our well-equipped, modern student halls.