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Our MSc in Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) is a qualifying course for graduates with a relevant first degree. It provides the opportunity to undertake a physiotherapy course leading to registration at master’s level. 

We use an interprofessional approach to learning, with some modules shared with other health and social care students.  

You will need to have the academic ability to work as an autonomous practitioner. And be able to reason through individualised healthcare needs. You will also need:

  • to show personal qualities and values which underpin the overall care you give
  • strong communication and team-working skills
  • a compassionate and caring nature. 

Our lecturers are experienced in their specialist practice areas. They maintain excellent practice links with those areas locally or across the region. They are able to provide a global perspective on Physiotherapy.

We welcome applications from home, EU and international students.

Learning and teaching

We use an enquiry-based approach to learning and various teaching and learning methods are used such as:

  • practicals
  • peer-group presentations
  • group workshops
  • lectures
  • seminars.

You will:

  • learn in a friendly and stimulating environment
  • share your learning with other healthcare students
  • develop your teamwork skills
  • improve your understanding of the other roles which you will encounter in practice. 

Our excellent teaching facilities include:

  • dedicated clinical skills suites and simulation resources
  • a well-equipped movement laboratory
  • a family of computerised simulation manikins (including a simman, simbaby and birthing mother)
  • a broad range of anatomy models.

You can access an extensive range of learning resources through 'Brookes virtual'. This is an online repository of lectures, handouts, information and learning exercises. 

Learning and assessment

You will be taught full-time over two years. This is alongside the well-established and highly-regarded BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy three year course that we offer.

Working at masters level, you will focus on developing your knowledge of physiotherapy, which is evidence-based and underpinned by research.

You will be provided with the knowledge and skills to be:

  • research minded in your attitude to knowledge and the evidence base to physiotherapy
  • self motivated, proactive and equipped to make informed judgements in clinical practice
  • experienced in multi and interdisciplinary working.

In Year 2 your modules broaden to evaluate current health drivers for example, the public health agenda and the increased focus on pre-habilitation and integrated community working. Collaborative practice education is one of the themes in the practice modules. This is further explored in the shared leadership module. Blocks of practice placements continue in Year 2. You will also complete your dissertation.


We use a range of assessment methods across the academic modules to enable you to demonstrate how you have achieved the learning outcomes. These include:

  • practical examinations
  • vivas
  • written assignments
  • presentations
  • online examinations
  • your dissertation project. 

Clinical placements are assessed as pass/fail. Formative feedback is provided by your clinical educator to help your development as you progress through the programme.


The Centre for Movement Occupational and Rehabilitation Sciences (MOReS) brings together research, education and care. 

It is underpinned by a strong, well-published research group, the movement science group

Within the Centre, staff, students and alumni across the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences are engaged in a number of research projects.

Career prospects

On completion of the course, physiotherapists may work in units with expertise in:

  • neurology
  • respiratory care
  • orthopaedics
  • musculoskeletal conditions
  • care of the elderly
  • paediatrics.

There are also employment opportunities in professional sport, industry and private practice.

Physiotherapists are employed in an increasing range of settings in acute hospitals and in primary care settings in the community. They have the opportunity to care for a wide range of individuals, from newborn babies to elderly members of the population.

Visit the Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) - MSc page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!





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