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PgDip/MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration)

PgDip/MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration)

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Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas


Course type


Course Summary

This course offers an accelerated route for graduates from any discipline to gain a recognised qualification in physiotherapy practice. It includes a number of practice placements and is delivered full-time.

This course develops the theoretical, practical, analytical and evaluative skills necessary to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a physiotherapist. Our graduates are self aware, skilled, critical, analytical, reflective and evaluative, independent learners who actually contribute to shaping the future health and wellbeing of the individual and society.

Why QMU?

  • The employability of graduates from this course is proven both in the United Kingdom and abroad.
  • In relation to dissertation, there is a wide range of research designs available.
  • Some students have arranged their four-week elective placement in a foreign country such as Canada or Australia.

Course overview

Physiotherapists deal with human function and movement and help people to achieve their full physical potential. They use physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore wellbeing.

As a student on this course, you will complete a range of modules and periods of practice placement. You will learn how to synthesise evidence from current practice and research to develop an in-depth critical knowledge and understanding of the physiotherapy profession. Furthermore, you will be able to demonstrate a critical awareness of current issues within the provision of health and social care, and will be capable of demonstrating leadership in both personal and professional development.


To obtain a specific postgraduate award at QMU you must complete a number of credit-bearing modules. You can opt to study for the full MSc or a PgDip.

Teaching, learning and assessment

The year group is split into smaller groups for practical classes and some tutorials. This ensures that individuals receive excellent support and benefit from sharing their experiences with their classmates. There is a strong emphasis on student-directed learning.

A variety of assessment methods are used including written assignments, practical viva exams, presentations and reflective portfolios. Practice-based learning is a major component of the course, comprising more than 1,000 hours.

Links with industry/ professional bodies

On completion, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a physiotherapist. You will also be eligible to apply for membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.


The majority of graduates work as physiotherapists within the National Health Service - either in major hospitals or in the community. With further post-registration experience, graduates can choose to specialise in a particular area, which may include for example: sports, neurology, paediatrics, respiratory, orthopaedics or private practice. Some graduates choose to follow a research career path. A percentage of students on graduation will apply for overseas accreditation in countries such as Canada, Ireland and Australia.


Clinical Studies 3 Neuro (20 Credits)
Advancement of Physiotherapy Practice (20 Credits)
Introduction to Practice-based Learning H-level (10 Credits)
Dissertation (60 Credits)
Developing Innovative Physiotherapy Practice (15 Credits)
Foundations of Health Science (40 Credits)
Preparing for Practice as and AHP (15 Credits)
Clinical Studies 2 NMSK (20 Credits)
Research Methods for Health Professionals (15 Credits)
Clinical Studies 1 CRP (20 Credits)
Supporting Health and Wellbeing (15 Credits)

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Year 1: £9100 Year 2: £9100 Year 3: £1100 (dissertation fee).

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Year 1: £16,900 Year 2: £16,900 Year 3: £3190 (dissertation fee).

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a second class degree in any subject and can demonstrate knowledge of scientific enquiry. This course is not suitable for those already holding a physiotherapy qualification. Applicants from North America will normally be expected to have achieved a minimum GPA equivalent to 60% in their undergraduate degree. Relevant experience is essential such as shadowing, volunteering or visiting a clinic (NHS environment desirable).