School of Health Professions

MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration)

Become a fully qualified Physiotherapist in two-years with this full-time accelerated course for graduates. The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) approve this course. Upon successful completion of the course, you will be eligible to register as a Physiotherapist with the HCPC and eligible for full membership of the CSP.

This two-year accelerated programme will develop your clinical, leadership, management, and research skills allowing you to graduate armed with the skills and experience to treat complex patients and which promote progression within your Physiotherapy career.

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Careers with this subject

You will be a fully qualified Physiotherapist with eligibility for registration with the HCPC. Career opportunities in Physiotherapy are diverse. You could find yourself working in a hospital, health centre, private practice, charitable organisation, military rehabilitation centre, sporting organisation, or in University research and teaching. Varied opportunities exist both in the UK and internationally.

Key features

  • Study full time over two years and gain an MSc as your entry qualification to the profession.
  • Cover the required 90 weeks of pre-registration study in two years, instead of the usual three years, on the full-time accelerated programme, to qualify and gain employment quicker.
  • Our enquiry-based learning approach develops your learning, clinical reasoning, and leadership skills to develop you as an autonomous practitioner.
  • Develop your own independent research project supervised by academic staff conducting internationally recognised clinical research.
  • Graduate armed with the skills and experience to find employment in a variety of environments both in the UK and internationally.
  • Join an enthusiastic team of Physiotherapists, undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students who are pushing forward the boundaries of knowledge on Physiotherapy and rehabilitation research.

Course details

  • Module overview
  • To successfully complete the programme and be eligible to apply for a professional registration as a Physiotherapist you must complete a specified number of practice placement hours along with your theoretical study. This is a requirement of the Health and Care Professions Council. As such, you will only be able to take personal holidays during specified leave periods. You are expected to attend all taught sessions, including induction week. You will experience inter-professional learning and explore your role in preparation for placement or as a potential leader and manager in future practice. You will develop the core understanding of Physiotherapy practice and skills, underpinned by the ability to appraise the evidence-base and the applicability of a wide range of research methods. Placement opportunities will enable you to develop professional practice skills in a variety of service settings under supervision.

    • Practice placements 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    • Preparation for practice
    • Movement in health and disease
    • Physiotherapy assessment and management
    • Project design for research
    • Current concepts in rehabilitation and preventative health
    • Contemporary leadership
    • Research dissertation
    • Integrated physiotherapy practice

    Core modules
    • PHYP501 Practice Placement 2

      This is the student’s second of two Year 1 placements comprising of a placement education experience. The student will be in direct contact with patients / clients under the supervision and guidance of a placement educator. The module includes pre and post-placement timetabled briefing sessions.

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MSc Physiotherapy Pre Registration Programme Specification 2020 21 6936

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

  • A degree from an Institution of Higher Education normally at 2:1 or above. The degree would normally have been completed within the last 5 years. Relevant subject areas include biological sciences, behavioural sciences, sport and exercise sciences, sports therapy, sports rehabilitation, and nursing.
  • Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. 
  • Applicants should demonstrate evidence of their interest in Physiotherapy and the seeking of work experience in Physiotherapy is encouraged.
  • Satisfactory disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) or equivalent for overseas applicants.
  • GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above, will normally be expected.

International Application Deadline
Due to this programme requiring applicants to have an interview and meet non-academic conditions, the deadline for international applications is 30th June 2021 for September 2021 entry.

Fees, costs and funding

The UK is no longer part of the European Union. EU applicants should refer to our Brexit information to understand the implications.

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Additional costs

Please be aware that there may be additional costs to undertaking your studies relating to printing of course materials, parking charges if you are studying at PAHC, and requirement for an initial outlay for travel and accommodation in respect of practice placement. If you have any questions regarding these costs please contact

If you are studying on a programme where placements are integral to your study there are costs associated with travel and accommodation. Please speak with the programme admissions tutor to find out more.

Alumnus loyalty reward for postgraduate study

The University applies a discretionary alumnus reward where alumni meet certain criteria on particular postgraduate taught courses.

  • A 20 per cent discount on home tuition fees.
  • Or a £2,000 discount on international tuition fees.
  • A 10 per cent alumni discount is available on the following programmes: MSc Advanced Psychology, MSc Clinical Psychology, MSc/PgDip Psychology and MSc Occupational Therapy.

For further details, programme exclusions and contact information, please see our alumnus discount policy.

Postgraduate Merit Scholarship for international students

Scholarship value: £2000 off your tuition fees in year one.
You may also receive:

  • 10% off the successive years tuition fee if an overall grade of 60% or above is maintained
To be eligible you must:

This scholarship will be offered automatically, providing you meet the eligibility criteria. A separate application will not be required.

Further information about Scholarships for international students

How to apply

When to apply

Most of our taught programmes begin in September. Applications can usually be made throughout the year, and are considered until programmes are full.

Before you apply

Familiarise yourself with the information required to complete your application form. You will usually be required to supply:
  • evidence of qualifications (degree certificates or transcripts), with translations if not in English, to show that you meet, or expect to meet the entry requirements
  • evidence of English language proficiency, if English is not your first language
  • a personal statement of approximately 250-400 words about the reasons for your interest in the course and outlining the nature of previous and current related experience. You can write this into the online application form, or include it as a separate document
  • your curriculum vitae or résumé, including details of relevant professional/voluntary experience, professional registration/s and visa status for overseas workers
  • proof of sponsorship, if applicable.
If you require further information take a look at our application guidance.

Disability services

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by University of Plymouth, please visit our Disability Services website.

International students

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

Submitting an application

Once you are happy that you have all of the information required you can apply using our online postgraduate application form (the blue 'Apply now' icon on this page).

What happens after I apply?

You will normally receive a decision on your application within four weeks of us receiving your application. You may be asked to provide additional information; two academic/professional references, confirming your suitability for the course; or to take part in an interview (which in the case of overseas students may be by telephone or video conference) and you will be sent a decision by letter or email.

We aim to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Admissions and Course Enquiries team is on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail.

If you would like any further information please contact the Admissions and Course Enquiries team:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 585858

Admissions policy

More information and advice for applicants can be referenced by downloading our Student Admissions Policy Prospective students are advised to read the policy before making an application to the University.

University pre-registration programmes for health professionals are required to select their applicants using a ‘values based’ approach. As part of this process, in your interview you will be asked about your personal commitment to NHS values. These are:
  • working together for patients
  • respect and dignity
  • commitment to quality of care
  • compassion
  • improving lives
  • everyone counts.
For further information see the NHS constitution

Applying for postgraduate study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Admissions and Course Information team are on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. The Doctoral College is also available to answer any queries on our postgraduate research degrees.

Submitting an application

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by the University of Plymouth, please visit our Disability Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office.

If you would like to speak to one of our course information advisors, please contact us:

Telephone: +44 1752 585858


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Hands-on experience

Placements are an integral part of our Physiotherapy programme providing you with the opportunity to develop and apply the theoretical knowledge and skills you have learnt to a range of clinical settings and graduate with a broad range of clinical placement experience. Learn to work in diverse practice settings, including neurological, respiratory, musculoskeletal, and sports rehabilitation, in a variety of health care settings. Our innovative, enquiry-based learning approach means that you learn from ‘real-life’ clinical scenarios that reflect conditions that Physiotherapists see.


Learn at the purpose built Peninsula Allied Health Centre (PAHC), the home of the School of Health Professions. As well as having two fully equipped lecture theatres, seminar rooms, state of the art movement and analysis laboratory, and computing facilities, you will have access to modern, purpose built specialist skills laboratories and excellent research facilities. The centre is in close proximity to Derriford Hospital, Plymouth’s main hospital, and to the our medicine and dentistry facilities. There are regular bus links between the city centre and the PAHC building, subsidised by the university.

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