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Rehabilitation Science (Physiotherapy) MSc

Course Description

This accelerated course enables graduates from biological sciences, behavioural sciences and other health professions to convert their first degree to a masters degree. The course consists of three, 15-week trimesters per year for two years. A similar accelerated course in occupational therapy (MSc Health through Occupation) enables students on both courses to share some aspects of learning.

Professional accreditation
On completion of the course, graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the Health Professions Council (HPC) as a physiotherapist and for membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

Course structure
Problem-based tutorials, subject specialist resource sessions and skills workshops make up the learning week for campus-based modules. Study focuses on real-life situations, integrating subjects such as anatomy, physiology, pathology, therapeutic skills, behavioural sciences and research methods. Completion of the Project Studies module and the submission of a dissertation lead to the masters award.
Areas of study

The course begins in April and consists of seven campus-based modules and five clinical practice modules. Year 1 is mainly campus-based with core modules in Cardio-respiratory Management, Neuromusculoskeletal Management and Neurology. Year 2 involves mainly clinical practice placements with the campus-based Dissertation Studies running throughout the year. Completion of all modules leads to the MSc in Rehabilitation Science award. Students who have completed all the first year university-based modules and all five clinical placement modules but not the dissertation are eligible to apply for membership with the HPC and CSP. Students who have obtained 120 or 60 credits from university-based modules may be awarded a postgraduate diploma or postgraduate certificate in Rehabilitation Science respectively (without eligibility to apply for membership with the HPC or the CSP as physiotherapist).


Year 1
Cardio-respiratory Management
Neuromusculoskeletal Management
Clinical Education (two one-week block placements)

Year 2
Clinical Education placements (five six-week placements)
Project Studies

Career and progression opportunities
The National Health Service Plan indicates the government's commitment to expand the roles of allied health professionals. Graduates are equipped for careers in the NHS and the private health sector, both in the UK and abroad. After a period of work experience, they can progress to PhD research programmes and contribute to the evidence base of the profession.

Visit the Rehabilitation Science (Physiotherapy) MSc page on the University of Brighton website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Undergraduate degree of 2:2 or above in biological sciences, behavioural sciences or other health professional education. Applicants invited to attend a selection event comprising a group discussion, written self-evaluation and an individual interview. Minimum of one week of work experience in a physiotherapy setting, preferably in the NHS. For students whose first language is not English, we require IELTS 7.0 overall, with no element below 6.5; or equivalent qualification.

Course Fees

Fees and ELQ status are calculated by University of Brighton Registry

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