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.

*This course is subject to revalidation

York St John University
Course fees
Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £18,400 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 2020

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 aim of the MSc Physiotherapy (Pre Registration) programme is to facilitate the development of those students with a previous degree in a relatable subject to achieve the status of physiotherapist in an accelerated manner and graduate with a Master’s degree. The Programme is designed to provide you with an outstanding education and training which, if successful, will enable you to apply for registration with the HCPC to practice as physiotherapist, and apply for membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy granting you the protected title of Chartered Physiotherapist on graduation.

The programme will run on a full time basis over 2 years and 2 months (a part time route is available over 4 years). Any individual student's period of learning must not exceed the length of the accredited programme plus two years and not exceeding six years.

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

The interim awards are:

  • MSc Applied Health Sciences
  • Postgraduate Diploma Applied Health Sciences
  • Postgraduate Certificate Applied Health Sciences


Modules include:

Physiotherapy Practice 1

This module takes a client centred, problem solving approach, demonstrating clinical reasoning, in the exploration of the physiotherapeutic management of cardiovascular, respiratory, neurology and musculoskeletal systems.  Students will acquire a range of rehabilitation and health promotion knowledge and skills within an evidence based context whilst evaluating the physical and psychosocial benefits for the patient. (60 credits)

Research in Practice 1

This module is designed to develop a global appreciation of the research process in health care at M level to include audit, service improvement and research methods to students. Students will recognise and develop their investigative skills making overt links to clinical practice and/ or service delivery. (20 Credits)

Physiotherapy Professional Practice Placements 1 and 2

These placements will provide you with the opportunity to begin to apply your 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)

Physiotherapy Practice 2

This module will support students to evaluate psychological, sociological and therapeutic approaches to the care of patients with a combination of Respiratory, Neurological and Spinal MSK pathologies. Students will explore the interdisciplinary management of complex multisystem conditions utilising a range of case scenarios, current research evidence and government policy. (40 Credits)

Research in Practice 2

Following on from Research in Practice 1, students are encouraged to reflect on the feedback from the proposal and collect, collate, analyse and evaluate data as appropriate to their own research question (or staff project) with supervisor support. (40 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. (Pass required)

Leadership and Service Development

This module aims to enable students to develop the skills to lead health and social care services both proactively, and in response to contemporary policy changes through the development of a high level of self awareness and development of autonomous skills to challenge existing practice, and promote effective team working. This module will also prepare students in their final year of study for employment in the contemporary health and social care environment where clinical services and practice are constantly developing and changing. (20 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)

*Subject to revalidation

Teaching and Assessment

Educational philosophy:

The programme is delivered using a blended-learning approach, in which there is a mixture of face-to-face and virtual or on-line learning, self-directed study and experiential learning.  The blended-learning approach offers flexibility of learning opportunities and is particularly inclusive for students with different learning needs, caring roles and responsibilities, students with part-time jobs and for students travelling long distances from home to university. 

The assessment strategy has been designed to encourage criticality and creativity and inspire you to develop new concepts and thoughts on contemporary physiotherapy practice. The programme deliberately utilises a wide range of assessment techniques to reflect what graduates will do in employment, for example the ability to problem solve, clinically reason, utilise evidence to formulate treatment plans appropriate to an individuals’ specific needs, presentations, and written reports.

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

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

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.

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.

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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 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.

Overseas 2019 / 20

The tuition fee for 2019 entry to this postgraduate course is £18,400 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. 

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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Thank you for bearing with us while our online application form has been undergoing maintenance. We are pleased to confirm that it is now up and running, and you can submit your application using the link above.

How many places are there?

The programme is validated for 20 students. 



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