Cardiff University

Our Physiotherapy BSc aims to help you become a physiotherapist who can practise using an evaluative and problem-solving approach. Throughout the course, you are given opportunities to develop knowledge and understanding of clinical sciences, in particular musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular and respiratory physiotherapy.

About us

The School of Healthcare Sciences is the leading provider of education and research for Health Professionals in Wales, and one of the leading Schools in the United Kingdom. The 2013 Times Good University Guide ranked the University as joint 4th in the UK for the quality of its healthcare programmes (‘Subjects Allied to Medicine’). Our students also rate their experience highly: the National Student Survey revealed an overall 99% satisfaction with the quality of the course in 2012.

Physiotherapists work in a variety of settings, treating patients with conditions ranging from breathing difficulties and neurological problems to muscle and skeletal injury. Working as independent clinicians, physiotherapists need to motivate, teach, reassure, and empathise. Our Physiotherapy BSc aims to help you become a physiotherapist who can practise using an evaluative and problem-solving approach. You will spend at least 1,000 hours on clinical placements throughout Wales applying your skills alongside practising professionals.

Approved by the Health & Care Professions Council and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, the BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy degree offers excellent career opportunities.

The School also provides pre-registration programmes recognised by the Health & Care Professions Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council, in Occupational Therapy, Operating Department Practice, Diagnostic Radiography and Radiotherapy & Oncology and Nursing and Midwifery. These professional strengths contribute to vibrant inter-disciplinary environment, with opportunities for shared learning and inter-professional education that are not available at many institutions.

A range of post registration and postgraduate programmes are also offered, supported by a rapidly developing research profile.

The School of Healthcare Sciences is committed to engagement within the community, with programmes such as 'Physiotherapists supporting athletes across all abilities', an all-Wales initiative which gave participants the chance to feed into a world-class volunteer support service provision for all international teams based in Wales prior to the 2012 Games in London, and established a legacy network of support for sport in Wales well beyond 2012. The School has also recently launched App Iechyd Da, a mobile app highlighting the importance of the Welsh language within allied healthcare in Wales, and providing information about a variety of Welsh language-specific initiatives such as demographic trends, political directives, economic influences and useful Welsh language communication guides. The app is freely available to all via the Apple App Store. Further investment in engagement is planned with the opening of a community children's play clinic as well as a physiotherapy clinic, both will be open to the public.