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    02 May 2019

This course will allow you to become a confident and proficient Physiotherapist with a strong grasp of integrated working.


This new course is designed for graduates who wish to qualify as a Physiotherapist with eligibility for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) through an accelerated two-year route.

The course has been developed in collaboration with Occupational Therapy and Social Work programmes and will prepare you to work within the complex and rapidly evolving environment of health and social care. 

Physiotherapy-specific modules will prepare you for clinical practice, through development of your theoretical understanding, critical thinking skills, and application of knowledge and skills to physiotherapy practice. The course will make use of scenario-based learning opportunities, simulation and will involve service users in teaching, learning and assessment, giving you ‘real-world’ experiences. 

As well as undertaking discipline-specific modules, you’ll undertake collaborative inter-professional modules, where you’ll work closely with students from the other disciplines in health and social care to develop your skills in communication, innovative thinking, clinical reasoning and team working. 

The course will prepare you to enter the workplace as a confident, proficient and autonomous Physiotherapist, with a strong understanding of current service provision and the graduate skills to lead and innovate in shaping future delivery in a rapidly changing sector to effectively meet the needs of service-users.

Please note: The programme has been validated by the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)

This course is now closed to applications for January 2019 entry. Applications for January 2020 entry will open in February 2019.

Course details

This course is designed around a series of inter-professional and discipline-specific themes, which can be summarised into a focus for each of the two years of the programme: Developing a foundation for practice (Year 1); and Advancing practice and shaping the future (Year 2). These themes will allow you to become a proficient and versatile practitioner, working with other disciplines in health and social care from the outset.

From the start of your studies you’ll be sharing many aspects of learning with Occupational Therapy and Social Work students through collaborative modules. This will allow you to develop a deep understanding of the roles of not only these other professions, but also your own, and provides the opportunity to enhance communication skills and partnership working. 

Year 1: Developing a foundation for practice

The first year of the course focuses on facilitating your development of the foundation skills and theoretical knowledge which underpin Physiotherapy practice. You’ll explore and apply assessment and intervention approaches to a range of commonly encountered clinical scenarios. In addition, you’ll develop your understanding of professionalism and the regulatory and professional requirements for Physiotherapists. You’ll have the opportunity to develop and apply your practical skills within simulation settings and through engagement with service users.  

In addition to Physiotherapy-specific modules you’ll undertake collaborative modules, which run across the two years of the programme, together with Occupational Therapy and Social Work students. Through these collaborative modules you will learn and work together as an inter-professional student group so that you can develop confidence in your own role as well as developing a deeper understanding of the roles of others. In the first year you’ll be introduced to working with students from other disciplines as key partners in promoting health and wellbeing within an integrated health and social care context. You’ll develop your communication skills within a team, placing the service user and families at the centre of their care. 

Year 2: Advancing practice and shaping the future

In the second year of the course you’ll develop your skills in critical reflection, clinical reasoning and your ability to critically evaluate evidence for practice, within complex scenarios. This will include working with people who have complex health and social care needs and learning within specialist areas of Physiotherapy practice. In addition, you’ll explore Physiotherapists’ roles in promoting wellbeing and physical activity and in undertaking exercise prescription. 

Through your inter-professional modules you’ll explore risk and uncertainty within health and social care practice, developing assessment and management strategies. You’ll be asked to take a global perspective, and, along with your peers in Occupational Therapy and Social Work, develop the entrepreneurial capacity and skills required to lead innovation in a changing health and social care environment. Your research experience will be enhanced, culminating in the production of a dissertation, which will include the opportunity to undertake an original data collection project. You’ll then undertake two final eight-week placements which will enable you to make the transition into the workplace as a competent, confident and autonomous Physiotherapist.

Subjects include

Year 1

  • Working Together in Health and Social care Contexts (Collaborative)
  • Foundations of Physiotherapy Practice (Physiotherapy-specific)
  • Working with Individuals Families and Communities (Collaborative)
  • Research Approaches in Health and Social Care
  • Introduction to Physiotherapy Practice (Physiotherapy-specific)
  • Physiotherapy Practice Placement 1
  • Physiotherapy Practice Placement 2

Year 2

  • Risk Uncertainty and Complex Decision-Making (Collaborative)
  • Optimising Health and Wellbeing through Physical Activity and Exercise (Physiotherapy-specific)
  • Leading Innovations in Health and Social Care (Collaborative)
  • Physiotherapy in Advanced and Complex Areas of Practice (Physiotherapy-specific)
  • Dissertation
  • Physiotherapy Practice Placement 3
  • Physiotherapy Practice Placement 4

Work placement

Each year, after two trimesters of university-based studies, you'll undertake two full-time eight-week placements. On completion of the course you’ll have undertaken more than 1,000 hours of clinical practice in a range of health, social care and third sector settings. 


The course aims to develop Physiotherapists who are skilled in their own profession, with a strong professional identity and the ability to work in effective collaboration with other disciplines to put service-users at the centre of their care. 

You’ll be enabled to work effectively in a range of settings from traditional environments to contemporary integrated health and social care teams, third sector organisations, private providers, performance sports or any other environment in which Physiotherapists commonly practice.

Visit the MSc Physiotherapy: Pre-Registration page on the Edinburgh Napier University website for more details!




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