MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration)

MSc Physiotherapy in the UK

Career options, entry requirements and rankings for Physiotherapy.

Study MSc Physiotherapy in the UK

Physiotherapy Pre-Registration Courses in the UK

The MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration) is a full time programme that is normally completed over two years and gives you an accelerated route into the profession.

Following successful completion you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council; registration is required if you wish to practice as a Physiotherapist in the UK or in Canada. During the course you will undertake practice placements to give you the hands-on experience you need to begin your career. You will also study the sciences and be taught practical techniques that underpin physiotherapy.

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Careers in Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy graduates will find roles at private practices or companies, the NHS or with sports team and at sports centres. Specific roles will see you tend to the elderly, while undertaking orthopaedics, obstetrics, paediatrics and sports medicine. For students that already have an undergraduate degree (preferably in Scence) and would like to become a licensed Physiotherapist they will need to complete an MSc in Physiotherapy. Please see our MSc in Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) page.

MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) Entry Requirements

You will have a completed recent honours degree (or higher) with an average of at least 70%. This will have been awarded within the last 3 years in a human biological or behavioural science, sports science or a health related profession. Human sciences/anatomy and physiology must have been included within the final year of your programme.

To support masters level studies you will bring, or demonstrate an ability to develop during the initial module of the programme, knowledge and understanding of the following that will be the intellectual base on which you will build:

  • An Honours level knowledge of human anatomy, physiology and psychosocial sciences.
  • An Honours level understanding of research methods and an ability to critically evaluate research findings.
  • The ability to undertake, write up and present an honours level research study.
  • Evidence of e-learning, group learning and self-directed study skills.
  • An insight into physiotherapy, either through work experience and/or by researching the profession.

Please note that entry requirements vary for each UK university and if your grades are lower than this there is a possibility you can still enter the programme.

Where can I study a Master in Physiotherapy in the UK?

To learn more about the best Physiotherapy courses in the UK, find details on the top ten ranking Anatomy and Physiology universities in the Guardian University Guide 2017 below:

  1. University of Liverpool
  2. University of Leeds
  3. Glasgow Caledonian University
  4. University of Glasgow
  5. University of Leicester
  6. University of Bristol
  7. King’s College London
  8. Keele University
  9. Loughborough University
  10. Brunel University
  11. University of Keele
  12. University of Edinburgh

Returning to Canada with a Physiotherapy degree from the UK

Physiotherapy is a regulated profession in Canada. To work as a physiotherapist in Canada, students must register with The Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR) in the province they wish to work in. UK qualifications are checked by the CAPR’s Educational Credentials and Qualifications Assessment before students take the Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE). The PCE comprises a written test and a clinical exam to assess both a student’s knowledge and their practical application. Provincial regulators may have further requirements beyond CAPR

Working in the UK

After completing a Physiotherapy degree, students must register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to practice as a physiotherapist. Many physiotherapy graduates are employed by the NHS, but students can also enter private practice or social care. The industry, sport, and education sectors also provide potential career paths for physiotherapists. Graduates will work with patients of varying ages, but tend to specialise in an area such as sport injuries or stroke recovery, or work more generally in a hospital or clinical setting.

Credentialling and the PCE

For any students whose international qualification does not meet the requirements to be assessed as ‘substantially equivalent’ to Canadian programmes, Internationally Educated Physiotherapy Bridging Programmes are available. Physiotherapists in Canada are required to have completed 1025 hours of clinical practice before registration. This is slightly higher than the 1000 hours required in the UK, so students should make sure to make up these extra hours during their studies.

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