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Physiotherapy (pre-registration) MSc

Course Description

Choose physiotherapy at Birmingham and take the opportunity to develop into a qualified competent practitioner of physiotherapy, which will not only give you the ability to play a significant part in most healthcare teams but also be involved in the maintenance and/or restoration of movement and function in a range of client groups.

The MSc in Physiotherapy (pre-registration) is a qualifying programme for graduates with a suitable and relevant first degree. It spans two years full-time, starting in January and finishing in December. The aim of the programme is to develop students with the knowledge, attitudes and skills required to design, specify and implement wide-ranging, evidence-based physiotherapy programmes for a variety of patients. You will be able to evaluate progress, respond flexibly and promptly to advances in practice and implement research and audit programmes.

Successful completion of this programme awards you with a Masters degree and gives you eligibility to apply for registration with both the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Health Professions Council.

This two year Physiotherapy masters programme is modular and is equally divided between university and clinically based settings. It has been designed around three core areas; the management of neurological, cardio-pulmonary and neuromusculoskeletal dysfunctions, with knowledge from the biomedical and psycho-social sciences recruited as required. Clinical education is spread across both years in equal proportions.

Year One

Year One modules aim to develop physiotherapy practice and clinical reasoning in the core areas of practice. An important aspect throughout the programme is the critical analysis and evaluation of physiotherapeutic concepts, skills and treatment approaches. The Contexts of Physiotherapy Practice module introduces the professional and practice aspects of physiotherapy. Towards the end of the year you will start a research project which is an important aspect of Masters study.

Year Two

Year Two of the programme sees the completion of the clinical-based modules and the project. The Advancing Physiotherapy module introduces aspects of lifelong learning and the second Neuromusculoskeletal Practice module covers different approaches to physiotherapy management.

Clinical Placements
The Clinical Education modules are an important aspect of the education of a physiotherapist and are continued throughout the two years of the programme.

Clinical education comprises 36 weeks of the programme and is organised into six clinical practice modules spanning both years equally to complete a total 1,080 hours of supervised clinical practice.

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 clinical settings. 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.

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open day (Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Visit the Physiotherapy (pre-registration) MSc page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You should present evidence of study in a relevant discipline and you should normally hold an honours degree in a relevant discipline at 1st or 2.1 classification. If you are unsure of whether your degree is relevant, you are very welcome to send us your degree transcript so that our Admissions Tutor can take a closer look at what you have studied before you submit an application for the programme.

Course Fees

Home £8,320; Overseas £18,760. Contact the school for latest fee information.

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