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Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) PgDip/ MSc

Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) PgDip/ MSc

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.

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.

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. Exit Award: MSc (180 credits, plus 60 credit Dissertation, plus 105 credits at SCQF Level 10)/ PgDip (120 credits plus 105 credits at SCQF level 10).

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date



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

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Year 1: £8,900; Year 2: £8,900 + £1100 (dissertation fee).

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Year 1: £16,600; Year 2: £16,600 + £3080 (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).