School of Health Professions

MPhysio (Hons) Physiotherapy

Stand out from the crowd with an integrated Master’s degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Plymouth. Starting in September 2020 our full-time, four year programme will develop your clinical, leadership, management and research skills to better prepare you to treat complex patients and promote progression in your Physiotherapy career.

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This course is closed for international applications starting in September 2022

International applicants can join us in 2023.


Careers with this subject

Understanding where your degree subject could take you is an important first step in career planning. Due to the transferrable nature of the skills you gain from your studies, you may discover that there is a much wider range of opportunities open to you within this profession that you may first appreciate. Find out more about where your degree could take you.

Key features

  • Four year integrated masters programme.
  • Complete 1,000 hours of supervised clinical practice in varied clinical settings over the first three years.
  • Undertake a negotiated work-based experience in year four.
  • Work with a Physiotherapy team engaged in research at an international level to develop your own individual research project.
  • Learn to study independently and in small groups with our enquiry-based learning curriculum.
  • Develop your leadership skills and gain insight into Global health issues.
  • Become autonomous practitioners with enhanced clinical reasoning skills.
  • Benefit from research-informed teaching.
  • Graduate armed with the skills and experience to find employment in a variety of environments. You could find yourself working in hospitals, health centres, the local community, with the elderly, the disabled or for charitable organisations both in the UK or abroad
  • On successful completion of the course, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and apply for full membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Course details
  • Year 1

  • In your first year, inter-professional learning with students from other healthcare disciplines will give you an insight into what it is to be a ‘professional’. You will enjoy Physiotherapy modules relating to anatomy and physiology as well as the importance of health promotion and exercise. You will develop your understanding of applied movement science and evidence based Physiotherapy practice and embark on a rewarding clinical placement.

    Core modules

    • Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Well-being (PHY401)

      This module is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of human anatomy and physiology relevant for health and wellbeing to the professional practice of Physiotherapists. 

    • Applied Movement Science (PHY402)

      Students are introduced to understanding and assessing the biomechanics of human movement andon to the anatomy and physiology for health and well-being module. Using a mixture of learning and teaching methods, further areas of movement science and functional anatomy are explored, including kinematics, kinetics, posture, proprioception, neuromuscular control and gait in relation to common functional and postural deficits.

    • Principles of Physiotherapy Practice (PHY403)

      This module introduces the students to physiotherapy in the areas of cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal and neurological practice. Simulated case scenarios will facilitate the students’ learning related to specific patient problems encountered in these areas of physiotherapy practice. 

    • Evidence-Based Physiotherapy Practice (PHY404)

      This module introduces students to principles of evidence-based physiotherapy practice. This includes the identification, understanding and application of evidence in practice, following a patient-based approach through the use of clinical based scenarios for conditions commonly seen by physiotherapists. 

    • Practice Placement 1 (PHY405)

      This is the student’s first practice-based placement. The students will be in direct contact with patients under the supervision and guidance of a clinical educator. This module includes pre-placement preparatory workshops. 

    • Preparation for Practice (SOHP401)

      This inter-professional module will introduce students to professional practice and the inherent standards expected of them. The characteristics and identity of allied health professionals, as evidence based practitioners, will underpin learning.

  • Year 2

  • In your second year, you will learn about the rehabilitation of patients with cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. You will take increased responsibility in practice, utilising your theoretical knowledge and developing the confidence and personal skills required to be an autonomous Physiotherapist. You will undertake learning around research methodology.

    Core modules

    • Physiotherapy Practice 1 (PHY501)

      This module builds on the physiotherapy practice skills from year 1 and develops practical rehabilitation skills around management and recovery, with a primary focus on musculoskeletal conditions commonly seen by physiotherapists. 

    • Physiotherapy Practice 2 (PHY502)

      This module builds on the physiotherapy practice skills from year 1 and develops practical rehabilitation skills around management and recovery, with a primary focus on neurological and cardio-respiratory conditions commonly seen by physiotherapists. 

    • Readiness for Rehabilitation (PHY503)

      This module provides theoretical underpinning of rehabilitation practice, considering factors influencing rehabilitation and recovery from the context of the ICF. 

    • Living and Staying Well (PHY504)

      This module will provide practical rehabilitation skills focused around management of long-term conditions. The module will include a range of conditions, but will be organised into three overarching themes: Supporting people at diagnosis and early stage management, maintaing participation and optimising quality of life.

    • Practice Placement 2 (PHY505)

      This is the student’s first of two Year 2 placement education experiences. 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.

    • Practice Placement 3 (PHY506)

      This is the student’s second of two Year 2 placement education experiences.  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. 

    • Relevance of Evidence to Practice (SOHP502)

      This module is aimed at understanding the relevance of evidence based practice (EBP) to professional practice. The students learn how to use research to guide best practice. They will identify a question relevant to professional practice, analyse and evaluate the literature in the area

  • Year 3

  • In your third year you will study more complex case scenarios in the key areas of Physiotherapy practice. You will have the opportunity to develop an individual research proposal in an area of your choice. During your placements, emphasis is on the levels of professional mastery and fitness for practice that you will require for registration and employment.

    Core modules

    • Complex Case Management (PHY601)

      This module develops students’ critical evaluation of physiotherapy management within inter-professional teams across an array of patient pathways and settings (acute to community), building on knowledge from previous modules. Mental health and social reintegration aspects of complex case management will be explored and critically evaluated.

    • Contemporary Physiotherapy Practice (PHY602)

      This module develops students’ critical evaluation and application of emerging and contemporary physiotherapy practice to?improve prevention, diagnosis, treatment, monitoring and management of acute and long-term conditions. 

    • Public and Global Health (PHY603)

      This module will enhance students’ knowledge and awareness of contemporary UK public health and global health issues relevant to the physiotherapy profession. Students will explore the challenges affecting public and global health and the potential for physiotherapy to affect positive change.

    • Practice Placement 4 (PHY604)

      This is the student’s first of two Year 3 placements comprising 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-placement preparatory workshop and a post-placement briefing session. 

    • Practice Placement 5 (PHY605)

      This is the student’s final 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-placement preparatory workshop and a post-placement briefing session. 

    • Inter-professional Working in Health and Social Care (SOHP602)

      Students will explore, in depth, areas of inter-professional working to include quality enhancement of service provision and the patient experience.

    • Project Design for Research (SOHP604)

      Students will explore methodology and methods relevant to the development of a research project and by the end of the module will formulate a research proposal. The module will explore defining and refining a research question, selecting and appraising methodology, ethical considerations, selecting and appraising data collection and analysis techniques.  

  • Final year

  • In your final year you will focus on leadership skills, enhancing clinical reasoning and practice in Physiotherapy and undertake a negotiated work-based experience in a physiotherapy field of your choice. You will have an option to explore either innovations in healthcare or healthcare from an International perspective. You will have the opportunity to undertake an individual supervised research project in an area of your choice.

    Core modules

    • Innovation in an Ever Changing Marketplace - Entrepreneurship for Health and Social Care Professionals (ADV766)

      This is a distance learning module. Through a series of webinars and e-learning students will explore the concepts of marketing, entrepreneurship and innovation relating to independent practice, social enterprise, charitable organisations and the NHS. Students will examine and gain an understanding of law and policy related to their field of interest.

    • Enhancing Clinical Reasoning (PHYP705)

      The module will support students to build on their existing knowledge and skills to develop clinical reasoning and decision-making. Students will evaluate the contribution of key elements of practice which inform clinical reasoning, including assessment, evaluation of outcomes, goal setting and enhancing effectiveness.

    • Enhancing Physiotherapy Practice (PHYP706)

      This Master's level module consists of a period of negotiated experiential learning, allowing students to evaluate physiotherapy practice, within a chosen context relevant to contemporaneous practice. Practice based learning will be, supported by self-directed study, clinical and long-arm supervision appropriate to the setting. Students will be supported to deepen and enhance their practice through the application of clinical knowledge and skills, in accordance with professional and regulatory standards of proficiency, to achieve individual learning outcomes relevant to the chosen area of practice and their individual professional development needs. The module will provide the opportunity for students to reflect on their own professional development needs in preparation for becoming autonomous practitioners.

    • Contemporary Leadership (SOHP702)

      This module will enable students to explore and critically analyse the complex and dynamic nature of leadership within the context of personal, team, organisational, national and global professional practice.

    • Research Dissertation (SOHP703)

      Over the course of this module students will complete their dissertation as part of their Masters programme under supervision from the module team and a named dissertation supervisor.

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

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

MPhysio (Hons) Physiotherapy Programme Specification_6939

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the changeable nature of the situation and any updates to government guidance, we may need to make further, last minute adjustments to how we deliver our teaching and learning on some or all of our programmes, at any time during the academic year. We want to reassure you that even if we do have to adjust the way in which we teach our programmes, we will be working to maintain the quality of the student learning experience and learning outcomes at all times.
Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

136

UCAS tariff
136 points, usually with a minimum of 40 points in a biological science. These may be obtained from a range of qualifications, potentially in combination, to be assessed on individual applications. The below list of examples is not exhaustive:

GCSE Profile
A strong GCSE profile is expected. This is normally at least 5 GCSEs grade B/5 or above to include Mathematics, English and Science and usually obtained in one sitting. Preference is given to applicants who have obtained these grades on application. Equivalent numeracy and literacy qualifications may be considered, but usually if part of other qualifications/study.

A level
Typically AAB, which must include Biology, Human Biology, PE or Applied Science. Excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking. AS levels are not normally accepted.

International Baccalaureate
34 overall with Higher Level Grade 6 in Biology or Sports, Exercise and Health Science.
GCSE equivalence: Higher Level = 4, Standard Level = 5 in Maths, English, and Science.
If overseas and not studying English within the IB, applicants must have IELTS 7.0 overall with 6.5 in all elements.

Access courses
Pass Access (e.g. science, health, nursing, or combined science) with 45 credits at level 3, 36 at Distinction and to include 15 level 3 credits biological sciences. Remaining credits at level 3 must be at Merit.

BTEC RQF National Extended Diploma/ QCF Extended Diploma
BTEC National Extended Diplomas and Extended Diplomas are considered on an individual basis, depending on the units that are studied. They may be considered on their own or alongside A level biology, human biology, PE, or applied science, subject to the biological content of the BTEC units studied, which will be assessed on application.

Other qualifications
Equivalent qualifications may be considered, such as relevant Open University courses (e.g. SK299 Human Biology) if other academic points requirements are met, but not in an appropriate biological science.

Applications from recent graduates
Applications are welcome from graduates who have successfully completed, a degree, or foundation degree, have normally studied within the last 5 years and hold (or will hold) a minimum of a 2:2 classification in a relevant area. A degree in an unrelated area would still be welcome if combined with an additional biological science-based qualification, such as an A level or OU SK299.

Applicants who have not completed their studies in the English language:
IELTS: 7.0 overall with 6.5 in all elements. If you need to improve your English language to get onto a degree course at the University of Plymouth, you can book a pre-sessional academic English course.

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Extended entry requirements
  • In addition to the above, evidence of academic study within the last five years is required.
  • You must pass disclosure and barring service and occupational health checks satisfactorily in order to be able to start this course.
  • If English is not your first language and you do not have GCSE English grade C or above you will have to achieve an IELTS or equivalent qualification at the grades stated below.
  • Meeting the academic minimum is the first stage of an application being considered. Applicants must also submit a strong personal statement in order to be considered further.
Further information

Deferred entry

Unfortunately, we cannot permit deferred entry. However, if you have a query please refer to an experienced admissions administrator who will be able to explain the UCAS application process in more detail admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

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.

New Student 2021-2022 2022-2023
Home £9,250 £9,250
International To be confirmed To be confirmed
Part time (Home) To be confirmed To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances. For more information about fees and funding please visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/money.

Additional costs

Placements

All students within the School of Health Professions will spend time in placements away from university. The South West is a largely rural region, which often requires students to travel longer and further distances than may be expected when universities are in largely urban areas. In many cases students will stay away from home for the period of that placement time. Some students on these courses are eligible for reimbursement of additional travel and accommodation costs over normal daily travel costs. This support is part of the Learning Support Fund administered through the NHS Business Services Authority. However, this should be investigated by the student to make sure this applies to your chosen course of study.

It is difficult to give a precise estimate of placement costs for each individual programme, due to the geographical spread of placements, and duration. However it is recommended you attend an Open Day to find out more about what placement costs can be anticipated or discuss placement with a member of our admissions teams.

Despite these costs, clinical placements offer an excellent opportunity to learn from experienced clinicians and are recognised as an essential part of students' development towards becoming a registered practitioner.

Further information

More details of any additional costs associated with the faculty's courses are listed on the following page: Faculty of Health additional costs.

Undergraduate Merit Scholarship for international students

Scholarship value: £2000 off your tuition fees in year one. 
To recognise continued academic achievement, you may also receive:

  • 10% off the successive years tuition fee if an overall grade of 60% or above is maintained
  • 20% off the successive years tuition fee if an overall grade of 70% or above is maintained.
To be eligible you must:
  • achieve one grade above your academic offer.
  • meet our standard English Language requirements.

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
All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

Apply for this course on the UCAS website.

For more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

All NHS funded professional courses are required to select and interview their applicants using a ‘values based’ approach. As part of this process, your UCAS personal statement requires this additional information, which will demonstrate insight into your understanding of the importance of NHS values in your chosen professional discipline.

What are the benefits in choosing the four year course over standard three year alternative?

  • Increased choice for future career direction through either an International module or Innovations module and through the negotiated work-based experience.
  • Enhanced research journey through an individual research study that offers students: a greater understanding of the importance of evidence-based practice; the potential to undertake a career in research or education; a pathway to progression towards a PhD.
  • Enhancement of leadership skills and reflective practice, with the potential to progress to roles at higher managerial levels more quickly.
  • Increased ability to work within global contexts, such as Canada, who require MSc level training as the entry requirement for the profession.

Can I transfer to the Integrated Masters from the BSc?

Students forecasted to successfully complete year 2 of the University of Plymouth’s BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy programme, may apply to transfer to year 3 of the Integrated Masters programme. This will be subject to the following conditions:

  • place(s) being available on the Integrated Masters programme
  • average attainment across all academic modules of 60% and normally not including modules requiring resitting or resubmission
  • demonstration of consistent and appropriate professional behaviour across all modules, including placement

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