Routes into physiotherapy

There are various entry routes to becoming a physiotherapist. Regardless of academic level, each route provides you with a high-quality learning experience and the knowledge and skills required to register and practice as a physiotherapist in the UK. 

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Physiotherapy is a profession that works with people to identify and maximise their ability to move and function, through a range of interventions, services and advice.

If you have good interpersonal skills and enjoy motivating others to achieve, physiotherapy could be the career for you.

Is this your first degree?

If this will be your first degree, you may want to consider the following undergraduate routes:

Bachelor of Science Degree (BSc)

BSc degrees are typically three years full-time (or four-years full-time in Scotland) of study and during this time you will have a combination of lectures and practical learning at your universities, and 1000 hours of placements at various physiotherapy settings.

Tuition fees for BSc degrees are up to £9250 per year for UK full-time undergraduates (2021 academic year). Tuition fees for international students will vary. Find out more about financial support for students.

Entry requirements will vary with each university, and you are advised to visit individual university websites for more details. Have a look at the full list of universities offering physiotherapy programmes.


BSc Degree Apprenticeship 

BSc Degree apprenticeship is a route that allows you to work as an apprentice in a physiotherapy setting, as well as study at university to complete your BSc Physiotherapy programme. You'll have a combination of lectures, practical learning and assessments at your university, and also 1000 hours of practice-based learning. Apprentices are normally employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week, including training time away from the workplace.

You will need to apply for a physiotherapy apprentice position with a health care employer or be offered one with your existing health care employer. There are no tuition fees, and you will earn while learning. Have a look at the full list of universities offering physiotherapy apprenticeship programmes.


Integrated Masters

Integrated Masters are four-year full-time undergraduate degrees enabling you to gain enhanced skills in areas like research, leadership, management, which would be beneficial to those wishing to advance to said career areas. Like BSc degrees, you will have a combination of lectures, practical learning and placements, in addition, part of your study will be set at the masters level.

Integrated Masters are undergraduate degrees and therefore are up to £9250 per year for UK full-time undergraduates (2021 academic year). Tuition fees for international students will vary. Find out more about financial support for students..

Entry requirements are usually set higher than BSc degrees due to the masters level learning and each university will vary with each university. You are advised to visit individual university websites for more details. Have a look at the full list of universities offering physiotherapy programmes.


Do you already have a degree?

If you already have a degree that is not in physiotherapy you may want to consider the following postgraduate pre-registration routes:

Master of Science Degree (MSc pre-registration)

Pre-registration routes are programmes that enable you to register and become a physiotherapist. Master's degree (pre-registration) programmes are an option for applicants with a previous degree in a relevant subject, such as biological science, psychology or sports science. Like undergraduate programmes, you'll have a range of lectures, placements and assessments but within 2 years.

Entry requirements, fees and funding options will differ at each university – it's advised to check directly with the universities for more details. Have a look at the full list of universities offering physiotherapy programmes.


Pre-registration Physiotherapy Doctorate

Pre-registration doctorate programmes are another route for applicants with a degree in a relevant subject. Like MSc (pre-registration), these programmes have a mixture of lectures, placements and assessments, enabling you to gain a physiotherapy qualification. Additionally, doctorate programmes include additional time for you to complete a period of supervised postgraduate research at a post-registration level and gain a physiotherapy doctorate. The duration of a pre-registration doctorate is usually 3.5 – 4 years. 

Entry requirements, fees and funding options will differ at each university – it's advised to check directly with the universities for more details. Have a look at the full list of universities offering physiotherapy programmes.


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