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Physiotherapy (Pre Registration) (MSc)

Course Description

About this course

This physiotherapy pre-registration, two-year degree has been designed to allow graduates from related subject areas to develop the skills to become competent physiotherapy practitioners. Clinical placements occur in both years and are usually between 2 and 6 weeks' duration. The course also reflects the Government’s commitment to inter-professional learning in health and social care.

The two year physiotherapy course allows students to explore the physical, biological and behavioural sciences that underpin physiotherapy practice and develop critical, analytical, reflective and practical skills that can be applied to a wide variety of clinical situations. Previous undergraduate experiences enables student's to engage in practice with a strong enquiry-based approach. Some shared learning with students from other health and social care professions introduces physiotherapy students to 'team' working in the NHS.

Central to this Physiotherapy course is the development of clinical reasoning and the critical appraisal of evidence-based practice particularly with respect to complex health and social care situations utilising a multi-disciplinary focus. Through critical analysis, contemporary legislation on policy, structure and function of health and social care organisations are considered in addition to how these impact on physiotherapy practice. Students complete a research project supported by an experienced academic research supervisor which draws together much of the critical thinking and has strong links to local clinical practice.

All aspects of the course are learned through an Enquiry-Based Learning approach (EBL), in which students work together and individually to further their comprehension, analysis and application of the material that underpins physiotherapy. Assessments include traditional examinations, poster presentations, group assignments, written assignments, practical assessments and videos.

Graduates find employment in an increasingly diverse range of healthcare settings including the NHS, the private sector, sports clubs and voluntary organisations.

In line with the principles and values which underpin the NHS constitution, the University expects all students undertaking programmes which lead to registration as a health professional to demonstrate the NHS values.

See the website https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/physiotherapy-pre-registration-msc-ft-dtfphp6/


Described as some of the best campus sport facilities in the country and rated Top 5 in the country by the recent Times Higher Educations Student Experience Survey 2014. We boast facilities for teaching & learning that rival any in the world. Predominantly housed in Sport Central, a new £30 million pound purpose-built sports building.


Northumbria is ranked in the top 30 for excellence in sport and exercise science research power, making it the best rated university in the North East in this discipline (REF 2014)

Who would this Course suit?

This course is for anyone looking to develop their skills to become a competent physiotherapy practitioner. You will have completed an undergraduate degree with relevant theoretical and practical skills. With our physiotherapy programme being rated #3 in the UK, you will be studying amongst one of the best here at Northumbria University.

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

Entry Requirements

Minimum 2.1 classification in a subject related area (such as: Sports Science, Health Science, Physiology, Psychology, or hold a physiotherapy qualification as an overseas trained physiotherapist with qualifications at HE diploma level and a minimum of 1 years clinical experience). Normally, all applicants should provide evidence of previous academic study related to the process of research & research methodologies.

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