Physiotherapy Degree MSc

MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration)

1. Overview

This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to practice physiotherapy via an accelerated programme which builds on prior learning and experience.

It is a two year course with an exciting and varied mix of academic and clinical learning.

2. What you will study

There is a firm emphasis on the development of clinical reasoning and practical skills throughout the course.

Academic modules have been developed to allow students to develop strong core assessment and treatments skills and a deeper knowledge of core areas such as exercise prescription and health improvement theory. Integrating the core practice areas of cardiovascular respiratory, neurology and musculoskeletal encourages students to think holistically about their patients to embed this in their practice.

Year 1

  • Foundations Of Physiotherapy Practice
  • Exercise And Health
  • Clinical Education 1
  • Physiotherapy Practice 1 & 2
  • Clinical Education 2

Year 2

  • Clinical Education 3
  • Physiotherapy Pathways
  • Physiotherapy Research Project
  • Clinical Education 4 & 5
  • Enhancing Service and Practice
  • Clinical Education 6

Read more about the MSc Physiotherapy Modules

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our Course Disclaimer for more information.

3. Entry requirements

Applicants typically possess a Bachelors undergraduate degree in a science subject, such as biological, or sports science, and should contain human anatomy and physiology with a 2:1 or above classification, or a minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 Scale, or equivalent.

Experience of the research process is also an essential requirement for the course. Relevant work experience in the field of Physiotherapy and healthcare would be desirable.

A Doctorate of Physiotherapy (DPT) qualification is now the minimum requirement for licensure and practice in the USA. The DPT course at RGU has different entry requirements, please see the course page for details.  PLEASE NOTE: There is no transfer option onto the DPT course at RGU once enrolled for the MSc (Pre-registration) Physiotherapy Course.

Applicants from the USA may be eligible to undertake a transitional or ‘top-up’ (DPT) within the USA following this course but this is not guaranteed. Any applicant from the USA will also be required to demonstrate that they have undertaken all the prerequisite subjects in accordance with recommendations adopted by the Educational Section of the American Physical therapy Association. Further information: MSc Physiotherapy - Applicants from the USA

Applicants from other countries should hold an equivalent award in a relevant subject.

Applicants with a non-science or health related background are welcome to apply, and may be required to complete pre-requisite study in anatomy and physiology prior to commencing their studies on the MSc programme. These applications will be dealt with on an individual basis. All places upon the course are subject to interview.

All international students, for whom English is not their first language, are required to have an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 7.0 or an appropriate equivalent, on application to the course.

English Language Requirements

4. Placements and accreditations

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

Students undertake six placements which are spread over the duration of the course. The final placement is an elective which is arranged by students themselves; this can be undertaken in any country if the required conditions are met. 

Please note if you are a student from the USA who is planning to apply for a Federal Loan, none of your placements can take place in the USA. This is in order to comply with the requirement of the FERPA.

More information on the US Federal Loan

Find out more about Health Professions Placements & Professional Links

5. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2016/2017

UK/EU Students

  • £8,600 per academic year

International Students

  • £16,100 per academic year

For Academic Year 2015/2016

UK/EU Students

  • £8,300 per academic year

International Students

  • £15,500 per academic year

For Academic Year 2014/2015

UK/EU Students

  • £8,040 per academic year

International Students

  • £15,000 per academic year

For Academic Year 2013/2014

UK/EU Students

  • £7,800 per academic year

International Students

  • £14,400 per academic year

For Academic Year 2012/2013

UK/EU Students

  • £7,500 per academic year

International Students

  • £13,850 per academic year

For Academic Year 2011/2012

UK/EU Students

  • £7,325 per academic year

International Students

  • £12,200 year (2010-11 starts)

Disclaimer

All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. Published fees apply to the course's mode of delivery. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages

 

6. How to apply

You should apply directly to the University for all Postgraduate courses, through Apply online.

All applications are screened and if suitable, will be offered an interview. Interviews are held face to face in locations in North America, in April and August of each year, and in the UK, at the RGU campus in May and September. If invited to interview, attendance is mandatory to be considered for a place on the course.

If you have any queries, please contact our Admissions Office:

If you are an International Student and would like further information and application advice:

7. Prospects

Students who complete their MSc (Pre-registration) Physiotherapy degree at RGU and wish to pursue working within the United States are welcome to apply to upgrade their MSc to a Doctorate of Physiotherapy (DPT).  

Learn more about the upgrade DPT programme at Northern Arizona University (NAU).

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Start date

January

Course length

2 years

Mode of Attendance

Full-time

Academic school
School of Health Sciences
Accredited By
Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Health and Care Professions Council

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