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Postgraduate course

Physiotherapy (pre-registration) MSc

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

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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 and Care Professions Council and membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, granting you the protected title of Chartered Physiotherapist.

  • Location – York campus
  • Duration – 2 years full-time | 4 years part-time
  • Start date – January 2020
  • School – Health Sciences

Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:1 in a relevant subject

    Insight into the Physiotherapy profession

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU £9,250

    International £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 professional placement modules. 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. While studying, you'll learn to adapt to the changing needs of service users and changing health and social care provision.

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.

Course Structure

Level 1

Modules

Credits: 60

Compulsory module

This module takes a client centred, problem solving approach. You will demonstrate clinical reasoning through the physiotherapeutic management of cardiovascular, respiratory, neurology and musculoskeletal systems. You will acquire rehabilitation and health promotion knowledge and skills while evaluating the physical and psychosocial benefits for the patient.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Through this module you will develop a global appreciation of the research process in health care. This includes audit, service improvement and research methods. You will learn to recognise and develop investigative skills in relation to clinical practice and service delivery.

Credits: 0

Compulsory module

On your placements you will apply your understanding of anatomy, physiology and pathology of systems in the human body. You will develop and put into practice the clinical reasoning skills required in the management of physiotherapy patients. You will do this across different health care delivery settings.

Credits: 40

Compulsory module

Evaluate psychological, sociological and therapeutic approaches to the care of patients. You will do this with a combination of respiratory, neurological and Spinal MSK pathologies. Explore the interdisciplinary management of complex multisystem conditions using case scenarios, current research evidence and government policy.

Credits: 40

Compulsory module

Following on from Research in Practice 1, you will be encouraged to reflect on feedback from the proposal. Collect, collate, analyse and evaluate data as appropriate to your research question (or staff project). A supervisor will support you throughout this module.

Credits: 0

Compulsory module

These placements will introduce you to patient problems across various physiotherapy specialities. They will be based in a range of primary and secondary care environments allowing you to experience different health care delivery settings.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

You will develop the skills to lead health and social care services proactively. A high level of self awareness will be required to challenge existing practice and promote effective team working. In the contemporary health and social care environment clinical services are constantly developing and changing. This module will prepare you for this.

Credits: 0

Compulsory module

You will develop the skills to lead health and social care services proactively. A high level of self awareness will be required to challenge existing practice and promote effective team working. In the contemporary health and social care environment clinical services are constantly developing and changing. This module will prepare you for this.

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 on 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

Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:1 in a relevant subject

    Insight into the Physiotherapy profession

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.

Criteria

You would normally require a first or 2.1 degree in human biology/behavioural science/sports science/health-related profession plus experience of undergraduate level research skills and a project/dissertation.

If you have a 2.2 degree in a relatable subject you may be considered if you are able to demonstrate significant academic or professional experience.

 

Insight into the physiotherapy profession and work shadowing experience with physiotherapists is required, this could be in any setting that a physiotherapist works in, or in another healthcare environment that provides an insight into healthcare practice. There is no specified amount of work experience that is required and where work shadowing experience is difficult to obtain an insight into the depth and breadth of physiotherapy can be obtained through online research. Evidence of study within the last three years is also required.

You will need to demonstrate performance to a satisfactory standard in physiotherapy selection tasks, to show that your individual values and behaviours align with NHS constitution.

 

If your first language is not English you should have IELTS at grade 7 (with no component lower than a 6.5) or another acceptable English language qualification.

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.

You will need a satisfactory DBS Enhanced Disclosure and medical health questionnaire.

APEL policy

If you can't meet these minimum requirements it may be possible to take into account evidence of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) as an alternative method of meeting the programme’s entry requirements. In such a case, appropriate references and records of employment might be presented to support the applicant’s case for admission.

Fees and funding

UK & EU 2020 - 21

The tuition fee for 2020 entry to this postgraduate course is £9,250 for full-time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

For UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students studying part time, the tuition fee for 2020 entry to this postgraduate course is £4,625 per year.

Full-time students

Full time Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) MSc students will have access to the same student loans system as undergraduate students.

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.

Part-time students

Part time students will need to apply for the postgraduate loan. Find out more about postgraduate funding opportunities.

When applying for a master's loan you will need to apply as a postgraduate student. You will be able to find your course by searching: MSc Physiotherapy with no reference to 'Pre-registration'.

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU £9,250 per year

    International £18,400 per year

International (non-EU) 2020 - 21

The tuition fee for 2020 entry to this postgraduate course is £12,750 for international students.

For international students studying part time, the tuition fee for 2020 entry to this postgraduate course is £6,375 per year.

Due to immigration laws, international students on a Tier 4 visa must be studying full-time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

More information about funding your studies is available on our International Fees and Funding page. 

Alumni Scholarships

All York St John University alumni are eligible for a 10% reduction on their postgraduate course fees regardless of when you graduated.

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.

Additional costs and financial support

COURSE-RELATED COSTS

Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

ACCOMMODATION AND LIVING COSTS

View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

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