Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) MSc

The MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration) is a qualifying programme for those who wish to pursue a professional career in physiotherapy. Students will consolidate knowledge and skill from previous Honours degrees and are encouraged to be critical thinkers with the ability to seek and use a range of resources and evidence to improve effectiveness of physiotherapeutic interventions in order to solve clinical problems and improve service user outcomes.

York St John University
Course fees
Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £18,000 per annum. All places are self-funded unless subject to governmental change in policy.
Full time over two years and six weeks
Start date
January 2019

Course overview

The MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) is a two-year and two-month long, accelerated qualifying programme for students with a suitable first degree. Graduates from this programme will be eligible to seek registration with the Health Professions Council and membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

The ability to adapt to the changing needs of the service user and changing health and social care provision in the 21st century is embedded in the curriculum of this innovative programme. The aim of the programme is to train reflective, person-centred practitioners by covering the core skills within the areas of musculoskeletal cardiorespiratory and neurological physiotherapy and integrating them within an evidence-based context. Students will develop independent learning and problem solving skills using enquiry based learning. There is the opportunity to learn leadership skills and engage in service development projects. Hands on skills and clinical reasoning skills acquired in university will be developed further through a range of clinical placements.

Course structure

The course is full time over two years and six weeks commencing January each year. There are no part-time or distance learning options.

The award for the programme is: MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration)

The interim awards are:

  • MSc Health Studies (without the placement component)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Health Studies
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Health Studies


Year 1: Professionalism

Modules include:

  • Long-term Conditions: You will explore and evaluate psychological, sociological and therapeutic approaches to the care of patients with a long term condition.
    (30 credits)
  • Physiotherapy Practice: You  will be encouraged to research the underpinning literature to support Musculoskeletal interventions and evaluate the physical and psychosocial benefits of a variety of contemporary clinical skills in this field.
    (30 credits)
  • Rehabilitation Practice with Health Promotion: You will acquire a range of rehabilitation and health promotion knowledge and skills within an evidence based context. The module will take a client-centred, problem solving approach, demonstrating clinical reasoning and critical reflection applied to rehabilitation in a range of settings across CardioVascular Respiratory and Neurological contexts. (30 credits)
  • Physiotherapy Professional Practice Placements 1 and 2: These placements will provide you with the opportunity to begin to apply their understanding of anatomy, physiology and pathology of the musculo-skeletal system, neurological, cardio-vascular and respiratory systems and to develop and put into practice the clinical reasoning skills required in the management of physiotherapy patients in differing settings of health care delivery. (Pass required)

Year 2: Management/Leadership

Modules include:

  • Audit Research and Service Evaluation: This module is designed to introduce a global appreciation of the research process to include audit, service improvement and primary research to students. You will develop a research proposal with potential to link the work from this module into the Research in Physiotherapy Practice module where they will be allocated a supervisor and data collection and interpretation can begin. (15 credits)
  • Patient Management: This module uses a student led, case study approach focusing on the patient experience (e.g. journey, pathway and management) within hospital, community, social care and work related environments. (15 credits)
  • Leadership and Service Development: This module will explore the role of clinical leadership to facilitate achievement of a high level of self-awareness, develop autonomous skills to challenge existing practice, and promote effective team working. (15 credits)
  • Physiotherapy Professional Practice Placements 3 and 4: These placements will introduce you to a broad range of patient problems across the number of physiotherapy specialities. This will be based in a range of primary and secondary care environments allowing you to experience differing settings of health care delivery.
  • Research in Physiotherapy Practice: You are encouraged to reflect on the feedback from the proposal and collect, collate, analyse and evaluate data as appropriate to your own research question (or staff project) with supervisor support. The research will have a relevance to clinical practice and dissemination of the findings is actively encouraged in the assessment strategy. (30 credits)
  • Contemporary Practice: You will be able to explore more complex areas of practice and contemporary approaches to management at a local, national and international level. The content will remain flexible to reflect the contemporary issues in practice and improve employability in order to be responsive to service need. (15 credits)
  • Physiotherapy Professional Practice Placement 5: You will have the opportunity to work with an emphasis on the holistic treatment of patients with complex problems across a variety of conditions.  This will be based in a range of primary and secondary care environments allowing you to experience differing settings of health care delivery.  (Pass required)

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

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Entry Requirements

Qualifications and experience

Applicants will have at least a 2:2 in a related subject. Examples of this would include human biology/behavioural science/sports science/health-related profession in which the foundation sciences (human anatomy and/or physiology/psychology) were completed at honours level. Applicants would also be expected to have experience within an honours degree of undergraduate level research and a project/dissertation.

Insight into the physiotherapy profession and work shadowing experience with physiotherapists is required as is evidence of academic study within the last three years by January of the intended year of entry.

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.

Admission to the programme is dependent upon completion of the following selection processes:

  • Academic entry criteria being met
  • Satisfactory application form including personal statement
  • Successful interview
  • Satisfactory references (two are required one of which must be an academic reference)
  • Receipt of a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check
  • Satisfactory medical screening

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2019 / 20

The tuition fee for 2019 entry to this postgraduate course is £9,250 per annum for UK & EU students.

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

Please note: this change applies only to new postgraduate students from 1 August 2018.

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

Current members of the Professional Football Association may be eligible for Professional Football Association funding. Please contact Toni Bailey for further details on E: or T: 01904 876420.


Overseas 2019 / 20

The tuition fee for 2019 entry to this postgraduate course is £18,000 for international students.

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How to Apply

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. 

How many places are there?

The programme is validated for 30 students. 

Applications are now closed for January 2019. Applications for January 2020 will open in April 2019.


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