FAQ about Studying Physiotherapy in the UK

FAQ about Studying Physiotherapy in the UK

Frequently Asked Questions

Study in UK (SI-UK) would like to offer some answers to our most frequently asked questions about studying Physiotherapy in the UK. Read the answers below and if you have any more questions reach out to an SI-UK consultant, who will be able to help answer any further queries. 

Can I study Physiotherapy out of high school? 

Yes, you can! UK universities offer you the chance to study a BSc Physiotherapy undergraduate degree straight out of high school. Learn more about studying Physiotherapy at a UK university by speaking to one of SI-UK's consultants

How long does it take to complete a BSc Physiotherapy degree?

A BSc Physiotherapy degree takes 3 years to complete in the UK. Click here to learn more about BSc Physiotherapy courses in the UK.  

Will I qualify to practice with a BSc Physiotherapy degree from the UK?

Yes, a 3 year BSc degree will allow you to practice Physiotherapy in Canada. Upon completion of your degree and return to Canada, you will provide your academic credentials to the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR) who will review your qualifications and administer an examination to test your proficiency on behalf of provincial/territorial regulators. 

You can learn more about CAPR on our 'Returning to Canada with your UK Physiotherapy degree' page

How long does it take to complete an MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) degree?

An MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) degree takes 2 years to complete in the UK. Just as you would with a BSc Physiotherapy degree from the UK you will be required to follow the CAPR process upon your return to Canada. Visit our 'Returning to Canada with your UK Physiotherapy degree' page for more information. 

What is the difference between MSc Physiotherapy and MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration)?

MSc Physiotherapy is a 1-year programme and will not qualify you to practice Physiotherapy in Canada, whereas MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) is a 2-year program and includes the required practical experience and so is the only one that qualifies you to practice as a Physiotherapist. 

To learn more about the MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) program visit our dedicated page and speak to an SI-UK consultant

What qualifications do I need to study MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-reg) in the UK?

Applicants from North America will normally be expected to have achieved a minimum GPA equivalent to 60% (some will require at least 70%) in their undergraduate degree. Relevant experience is desirable such as shadowing, volunteering or visiting a clinic. 

Will I need to do an interview for Physiotherapy in the UK?

Yes, you will need to do an interview for the majority of UK Physiotherapy schools and SI-UK can help prepare you for this interview. Speak to one of our consultants for more information. 

What careers can a Physiotherapy degree lead to? 

Many Canadian Physiotherapy graduates from the UK will return to Canada to work at a Physiotherapy clinic. However, there are many other options for Physiotherapy graduates. 

A Physiotherapy degree opens the door for various health and sports science careers including sports fitness (for a professional sports franchise, fitness centre/club, senior care home or medical centre), specializations in pediatric, geriatric, orthopedic, cardiovascular, neurological and post-surgery physiotherapy and clinical researcher.

Speak to one of SI-UK's consultants to learn about further career options for physiotherapy graduates. 

My grades are not high enough to enter the MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) – what other options do I have? 

If your Canadian undergraduate grades are not sufficient to guarantee entry into the MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) program then we would advise that you apply for the BSc Physiotherapy program with your high school grades. 

You will be required to study for 3 years in a BSc program instead of the MSc’s 2 years but following graduation, you will have the qualifications to practice physiotherapy. 

How can SI-UK help me get into a Physiotherapy school? 

SI-UK offers a free and paid Physiotherapy Application Service to give you the best chance of securing an offer to a UK university. SI-UK will take you through the UK application process, help you to find the right accredited university for you, will help you to prepare for your interview and review your personal statement. 

Read what other Physiotherapy students have said about SI-UK’s services by clicking here

How much does a Physiotherapy degree cost in the UK?

The BSc degree costs approx 15,000 GBP per year (approx $25,000 CAD per year) and the MSc Pre-registration degree costs approx 17,000 GBP per year (approx $29,000 CAD per year). 

What scholarships are available for a Physiotherapy degree in the UK? 

Most physiotherapy schools offer scholarships between 10% to 50% off of tuition. There are a variety of scholarships available for international Physiotherapy students at UK universities. Speak to an SI-UK consultant to learn more about your scholarship options. 

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