Postgraduate course

Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) MSc

Combine contemporary physiotherapy practice with practical research on our accredited MSc.

This qualifying Physiotherapy MSc is the perfect option if you're wanting to start a career as a professional physiotherapist. You will expand on the knowledge and skills learnt in your Undergraduate degree and be eligible to seek registration with the Health Professions Council and membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

  • Location – York campus
  • Duration – 2 years full-time | 3 years part-time
  • Start date – January 2020
  • School – Health Sciences

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2019-20 £9,250

    International 2019-20 £18,400

Course overview

This course will help you develop as a reflective, person-centred physiotherapy practitioner by setting the core skills of physiotherapy within an evidence-based context. You will apply and analyse contemporary practice, whilst using evidence to determine the effectiveness of physiotherapeutic interventions in order to solve clinical problems and improve service user outcomes.

You will gain first-hand,practical experience of physiotherapy. Each year of the course includes a professional placement module. The course offers the opportunity to learn leadership skills and engage in service development projects. Through these learning experiences you will be prepared for a long and rewarding physiotherapy career, equipped with the skills to move beyond entry level positions.

The ability to adapt to the changing needs of service user and changing health and social care provision in the 21st century is embedded in the curriculum of this innovative programme.

Upon successful completion of the Physiotherapy MSc you will be eligible for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council to practice as physiotherapist. You will also be eligible to apply for membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy granting you the protected title of Chartered Physiotherapist.

Course structure

Modules include:

  • Physiotherapy Practice 1 (60 credits)
  • Research in Practice 1 (20 credits)
  • Physiotherapy Practice 2 (40 credits)
  • Research in Practice 2 (40 credits)
  • Leadership and Service Development (20 credits)

Teaching and assessment

The programme is delivered using a blended-learning approach. This means there is a mixture of face-to-face and on-line learning, self-directed study and experiential learning. The blended-learning approach lets you take control of your learning. It is an inclusive approach, suitable if you have different learning needs, have caring roles and responsibilities, part-time jobs or if you need to travel long distances from home to university.

The assessment strategy has been designed to encourage critical thinking and creativity. It will challenge you to develop new concepts and thoughts on contemporary physiotherapy practice. The course deliberately utilises a wide range of assessment techniques to reflect how you will use your knowledge once in employment. For example, you will be able to demonstrate your ability to problem solve, clinically reason, utilise evidence to formulate treatment plans, deliver presentations, and write reports.

Entry requirements

Qualifications and experience

You must meet the University’s general entry criteria for Postgraduate study. In addition, you must have:

First or upper second-class BSc honours degree in a human biology/behavioural science/sports science/health-related profession plus experience of Undergraduate level research skills and a project/dissertation.

Applicants presenting with a lower second-class degree in a relatable subject or a BA honours degree may be considered if you are able to evidence significant academic or professional experience which is judged to be acceptable by York St John University.

Insight into the physiotherapy profession and work shadowing experience with physiotherapists is required as is evidence of study within the last three years.

Applicants whose first language is not English should have IELTS grade 7 with no component lower than 6.5 or another acceptable English language qualification (or an equivalent qualification accepted by the University - see our English Language Requirements page.

If you do not have traditional qualifications, you may be eligible for entry on the basis of Accredited Prior (Experiential) Learning (APL/APEL). We also consider applications for entry with advanced standing.

Offers are conditional not only on academic results but also on:

  • A satisfactory Medical Health Questionnaire
  • A satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Performance to a satisfactory standard in Physiotherapy selection tasks, demonstrating that your individual values and behaviours align with NHS Constitution
  • Satisfactory reference(s)

Terms and conditions

  • Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for a Postgraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

From 1 August 2018 Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) MSc students will have access to the same student loans system as Undergraduate students. This applies to new students on pre-registration courses (those which lead to registration with one of the health professional regulators).

When applying for student finance you will need to apply as an Undergraduate student, you will be able to find your course by searching MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-Reg) – SLC code 629676 . The course attracts Undergraduate funding and not Postgraduate so students are not eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan.

Students on this course are not eligible for Postgraduate Scholarships, however are entitled to the 10% discount applicable to all York St John University undergraduate Alumni (subject to a minimum of 120 credits and achievement of a recognised award) undertaking Postgraduate level study (excludes PGCE).

Additional financial support is available via the NHS for this course through the Learning Support Fund. For more information about the eligibility of this fund, please visit Learning Support Fund.

Tuition fees

Home/EU students

The tuition fee for 2019 entry to this Postgraduate course is £9,250 per year for full-time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Overseas students

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to this postgraduate course is £18,400 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

All places are self-funded unless subject to governmental change in policy.

Funding your course

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You can apply directly to the course via our Apply Now links. Please select the variant of the course that you intend to undertake (e.g. full-time or part-time) as the link will take you to a customised form for the specific course. You will need to create a login and password and complete the online form. Please contact two referees in advance of submitting your application as an automated request will go out as soon as you submit, and your application will not be reviewed until both references are in place.

Applications will close once we have received 100 complete applications. 

We have now received the first 100 applications. You are welcome to apply for a place on the waiting list. 

If after the first 100 applications have been reviewed there is space we will contact those on the waiting list. 

Please note you may be contacted at any point from July 2019 to January 2020 and invited for an interview. 

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How many places are there?

The programme is validated for 20 students. 

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