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MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration)

MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration)

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Study mode

Full time


2 years

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

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Course Summary

If you’re an ambitious graduate, the University of Bolton’s pre-registration Master’s in Physiotherapy offers you the skills and knowledge you’ll need for a successful career leading and delivering interventions to help people affected by injury, ageing, illness or disability. Combining University learning, practice-based learning and ongoing professional skills development, our expert team will support you as to learn to promote the mobility, function and quality of life of individuals.

Course Details

The University of Bolton’s MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) degree focuses on supporting you to develop the core expertise, knowledge and skills demanded of physiotherapy professionals in a number of different clinical settings and environments. The global demand for qualified physiotherapists means that career opportunities are excellent in the UK and further afield.

You’ll spend a total of 1000 hours of your time in physiotherapy practice-based learning environments across the primary care, private and voluntary sectors, helping to prepare you for the changing environments you’ll encounter during your career. The rest of your studies will be based at the University, increasing your theoretical understanding and practical knowledge in a way that complements and enhances your learning in the workplace.

Career Opportunities

Physiotherapy is the treatment and prevention of injury, disease and disorders through physical and psychological methods (such as exercise, massage, manipulation and other treatments) over medication and surgery. As a Physiotherapist, you’ll provide treatment for people of all ages suffering from physical problems that restrict their mobility and independence or cause pain. These may arise from injury, disease, illness or ageing, and include functional problems resulting from back and neck injuries; sprains, strains, and fractures; arthritis; amputations; and neurological disorders, such as stroke or cerebral palsy. This master’s programme has a particular emphasis on the treatment and management of woman’s health and paediatric conditions, preparing you to contribute to these essential but currently under-represented specialisms in physiotherapy.

As a graduate, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to improve a person's quality of life by using a variety of treatments to alleviate pain and restore function or, in the case of permanent injury or disease, to lessen the effects of any dysfunction. Interventions and programmes can include exercise; training in functional movement, and equipment such as using canes, crutches, wheelchairs, and walkers; and special movements of joints, muscles, and other soft tissue to improve movement and decrease pain. As well as treating people, you’ll promote good health and advise people on how to avoid injury.


Developing the knowledge and skills required to practice as an effective and autonomous physiotherapist, this module will explore the legal and policy frameworks governing physiotherapy. Exploring the concepts of leadership and the development of innovative and effective practice. This module will seek to consolidate the knowledge, skills and behaviours developed through previous modules to enable students to critically evaluate and demonstrate effective physiotherapy practice in both acute and long-term conditions. This module will also seek to develop critical skills in Pre-hospital Immediate Care to prepare practitioners for working independently in environments outside of a hospital or healthcare setting. In preparation for entering the employment market, students will engage in Personal Development Planning to reflect on their learning to this point and plan their future career choices and lifelong learning. This module provides the learner with the key graduate attributes: Lifelong Learner and Self-Aware

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

This course is not available for International students.

Entry requirements

You should have at least an upper second class honours degree (2.1) in a relevant subject (or equivalent), as well as relevant work experience. Examples of relevant subject areas include social, medical, or sport sciences, health and social care, nursing or healthcare practice, education, psychology or counselling. Examples of relevant work experience include working or volunteering in a healthcare setting such as physiotherapy service, GP practice or with other allied health professionals (AHPs). We may consider applicants with a lower second class honours degree (2.2) in certain circumstances.