MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration)

Key features

This two-year programme has been designed around three core areas; the management of neurological, cardio-pulmonary and neuromusculoskeletal dysfunctions, with knowledge from the biomedical and psycho-social sciences recruited as required. Clinical education is spread across both years in six-week blocks.

Year One

Year One modules aim to develop physiotherapy practice and clinical reasoning in the core areas of practice. An important aspect throughout the programme is the critical analysis and evaluation of physiotherapeutic concepts, skills and treatment approaches. Professional and practice aspects of physiotherapy will also be considered. Towards the end of the year you will start a research project, with the opportunity to work with experienced researchers in the School.

Year Two

Year Two of the programme allows students to develop capability in managing more complex presentations and includes a greater proportion of practice-based modules, alongside the research project.

The aim of the programme is to provide a challenging and rewarding educational experience that enables develop students to develop as competent, evidence-based and patient-centred physiotherapy practitioners, capable of making a valuable contribution to the workplace. We are looking for applicants who can meet our academic requirements and demonstrate personal qualities that are compatible with the values stated in the NHS Constitution.

This programme is delivered via a mix of face-to-face university-based, independent and practice-based learning. Attendance varies dependent on modules being studies.  You will participate in a range of teaching styles such as lectures, small group tutorials, presentations, practical skill and laboratory-based sessions, peer group learning, self-study etc.

You will have access to a comprehensive support system that will assist and encourage you, including personal tutors and welfare tutors who can help with both academic and welfare issues.

Clinical Placements

The Clinical Education modules are an important aspect of the education of a physiotherapist and are continued throughout the two years of the programme.

Clinical education comprises 36 weeks of the programme and is organised into six clinical practice modules spanning both years to complete a total 1,080 hours of supervised clinical practice.

You will be seconded to a range of diverse and exciting placements, where you will gain a variety of experiences with a wide range of client groups, under the guidance of skilled clinicians. Each student will gain experience of physiotherapy within various clinical settings. With the support of clinical educators, students will treat patients, observe experienced clinicians and participate in all aspects of care including case conferences, ward rounds and home visits.   

Entry requirements

Prospective candidates should have evidence of study in a relevant discipline and will normally be expected to possess an honours degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. Physiology, Psychology) at 1st or 2:1 classification.


For more information on entry requirements please see www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/taught/sport-exercise/physio-pre-reg.aspx

How to apply

Please contact the Postgraduate Team for information about how to apply.
Contact Information:
The Student Recruitment Team Tel: +44 (0)121 414 8327 Email: pgt-physio@contacts.bham.ac.uk


Application process:
All candidates offered a place will have been interviewed. A CRB check is requested as a condition of your offer if your chosen programme includes a placement(s) in which you may come in contact with children and/or vulnerable adults