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Physiotherapy - (Pre-registration) - MSc

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Our Physiotherapy (pre-registration) Master's degree will develop your clinical leadership knowledge and skills over 3 different practice areas; including musculoskeletal, cardio respiratory and neurology. You will learn in specially built clinical skills rooms, with specialist space so you can get the best training possible....

  • Level Postgraduate Taught
  • Study mode Full Time
  • Location City South
  • School School of Health Sciences
  • Faculty Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences

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Course is Full for 2024/25 Entry

Applications for this course are now closed. To start in January 2026, applications will open after January 2025.

Our Physiotherapy (pre-registration) Master's degree will develop your clinical leadership knowledge and skills over 3 different practice areas; including musculoskeletal, cardio respiratory and neurology. You will learn in specially built clinical skills rooms, with specialist space so you can get the best training possible.

The MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration) is a qualifying programme for graduates with a suitable and relevant first degree and gives you an accelerated route into the profession. It is not for those who have already completed a qualification in Physiotherapy.

This course is not open to International students.

What's covered in this course?

Development of key skills, including communication, research and professionalism will enable you to become a compassionate and competent practitioner who can deliver effective, evidence-based and quality-driven care. 

Accredited By

This course is accredited by:

  • HCPC

Why Choose Us?

  • Funding - Allied health profession students will receive at least £5,000 a year in additional funding for maintenance and associated study costs. Download the funding FAQs
  • You will study at the region’s largest provider of qualified health and social care professionals to the NHS, and upon successful completion of the MSc (Pre-registration) Physiotherapy confers eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
  • You will build your knowledge through a combination of academic and practice placement learning opportunities, blocks of practice placements - covering both traditional and emerging environments across multiple specialities, will enable you to be work ready for a diverse range of career opportunities within the physiotherapy profession
  • You will be taught in a small cohort by specialist lecturers who are practising physiotherapists and can provide a relevant, up-to-date research informed curriculum with real life case studies.
  • We work in partnership with service users and carers to inform the design of the programme as well as involving them in aspects of delivery, enabling you to directly interact with, and learn from, service users and carers
  • You will develop effective team working and communication skills through inter-professional learning, projects and placements enabling you to facilitate group education and to work within a multi-disciplinary team.
  • You will learn about business and innovation alongside clinical and health promotion topics, helping you to become an effective practitioner within the ever-changing healthcare environment
  • You will study in our latest development, the £41 million home for the School of Health Sciences, where you’ll have access to state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge resources including mock clinical environments and online simulation learning
  • Student loan finance - have you already studied an undergraduate degree but would like to do a second one in Physiotherapy? You may be eligible for funding


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Next Event: 24 November 2024

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Entry Requirements

Essential requirements

UK students

You must have an Honours degree with a 2:1 or above in a relevant discipline such as biological sciences, physiology, sports science, chemistry and psychology. This list is not exhaustive and applicants with other subjects will be reviewed on an individual basis.

Please note, we may need to ask to see your undergraduate degree transcript and in some cases, will request further details about the content of individual modules. 

You must also have GCSEs in mathematics and English at grade C or above.

International students

If English is not your first language, you must have an IELTS score of 7.0, with no element below 6.5.

Other requirements

DBS Disclosure: satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) report

If you have lived outside the UK for six months or more in the past five years, we will need to see a criminal record check from the country you were living in. For applicants living in the Republic of Ireland, we will need to see an Irish Garda clearance. 

Occupational Health Clearance: satisfactory occupational health clearance

A strong interest in working as a registered Physiotherapist with a demonstrated understanding of the role and the skills required to be a registered practitioner. It may be advantageous to have a caring capacity.

Any offer of a place is subject to satisfactory performance at interview.

Accreditation for Prior (Experiential) Learning (AP(E)L)

  • Accreditation for Prior (Experiential) learning (AP(E)L) is a process by which individuals can gain credit towards qualifications based on past achievements. This can be gained either through formal study - Accreditation for Prior Learning (APL) or by learning through experience - Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). Claims for accreditation should, where possible, be made prior to enrolment in the programme. Claims cannot be considered after the first six weeks of each stage of the programme. The responsibility for making the claim and providing the evidence rests with the applicant
  • It is important to be aware that any application for APL credit in respect of postgraduate studies must be based on prior learning or experience at a suitably advanced level. This means that it is not normally possible to accredit prior learning at level, even if the content may appear similar. Accreditation can be for entry onto a programme or credit for (s) within a programme
  • There are University Regulations which govern the amount of credit which can be allowed for any award. Therefore, in some cases, credit cannot be given even though you can provide evidence of appropriate prior learning. Staff in the Academic Development Department (ADD) will be able to advise on this: Tel: 0121 331 7011

If you have a qualification that is not listed, please contact us.

Fees & How to Apply

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  • UK Student
  • International Student

UK students

Annual and modular tuition fees shown are applicable to the first year of study. The University reserves the right to increase fees for subsequent years of study in line with increases in inflation (capped at 5%) or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament. View fees for continuing students.

Award: MSc

Starting: Jan 2025

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 2 years
  • £9,250 in 2024/25
  • Applications Closed

International students

Sorry, this course is not available to International students.

January 2025 applications

Please note: applications for this course will close on 31 May 2024.

If you're invited to attend an interview, you will be notified of the outcome by 31 July 2024.

Access to computer equipment

You will require use of a laptop, and most students do prefer to have their own. However, you can borrow a laptop from the university or use one of our shared computer rooms.


You will receive £5 print credit in each year of your course, available after enrolment.

Field trips

All essential field trips and associated travel costs will be included in your course fees.

Access to Microsoft Office 365

Every student at the University can download a free copy of Microsoft Office 365 to use whilst at university and for 18 months after graduation.

Key Software

You will be able to download SPSS and Nvivo to your home computer to support with your studies and research.

Key subscriptions

Subscriptions to key journals and websites are available through our library.

DBS check

If you are required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for this course, the cost for your first DBS check is included in your fees.

Specialist equipment (mandatory)

This course requires the purchase of specialist equipment, including a stethoscope at an estimated cost of £50.

Placement expenses (mandatory)

Placements are a compulsory element of this course. You'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst living or working away from home. The NHS Learning Support Fund can help with these costs. Information about what the fund covers and eligibility criteria can be found online.

Excess printing (optional)

Once you have spent your £5 credit, additional printing on campus costs from 5p per sheet.

Personal stationery and study materials (optional)

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £30 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials.

Placement expenses (optional)

If you choose to undertake a placement, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst living or working away from home.

Field trips (optional)

This course includes the option of additional trips that may enhance your experience, at extra cost.

Books (optional)

All module key texts will be in the University library, but in limited numbers. You may choose to purchase a copy. We suggest budgeting approximately £50 for this.

Memberships (optional)

You may wish to join a union or professional body related to this course, such as the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, at a cost of approximately £137 per year.

Subscriptions (optional)

You may wish to purchase subscriptions to additional journals and websites.

Accommodation and living costs (optional)

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

Applications for this course are now closed. To start in January 2026, applications will open after January 2025.

Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you and also provides evidence of a good command of written English. 

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address in order to be considered

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest? Tell us about your commitment to studying physiotherapy.

Career as a physiotherapist

Demonstrate an awareness of the breadth of the role of the physiotherapist and the skills required of a registered practitioner. Show us that you have an interest in and the ability to work with people in a caring role.

Work experience, physiotherapy shadowing and employment history

It is vital that you talk about any paid or voluntary work experience that is relevant to physiotherapy, highlighting and reflecting on the skills and experience gained and how this will be useful in your chosen career as a physiotherapist.

School/college or university experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college/university, eg summer schools, mentoring activities, society roles.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

All students studying this physiotherapy course will be expected to demonstrate the core values of the NHS Constitution. This will be assessed as part of the interview process (see below). 


Your application will need to be supported by two references.

Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational health

All offers made are subject to satisfactory health and enhanced criminal record checks.

After you accept the offer of a place, the link to download the Occupational Health form will be included in an email notifying you how to apply for DBS.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Checks

We expect all health and social care students to act in an honest and trustworthy manner and that your conduct, behaviour and attitudes are compatible at all times with your professional Code of Conduct. The Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) set criminal record checks as a requirement for entry to educational courses leading to an application for professional registration.

Before you commence on the course we will judge your good character through an enhanced DBS clearance. You are required to pay for the cost of this DBS check. No convictions or cautions are considered as ‘spent’ under the ‘exceptions’ allowed under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, 1974. There is no time limit to some parts of the record.

Once you have fully enrolled on your course you must inform us about any involvement you have had with the Police or Social Services, including motoring offences.

If you have lived outside the UK for six months or more in the past five years, we will need to see a criminal record check from the country you were living in. For applicants living in the Republic of Ireland, we will need to see an Irish Garda clearance. You are required to pay for the cost of obtaining this clearance. The cost varies by country. More information on DBS including EU/overseas applications.

Occupational Health 

The Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) set ‘good health’ requirements for entry to educational courses leading to professional registration. Good health is necessary to undertake practice and means that students must be capable of safe and effective practice with supervision throughout their course of study.

Expert advice to confirm good health will be received from the Occupational Health Department at Birmingham City University. If necessary, you will be invited for a medical examination and specialist advice may be requested. When students are required to attend Occupational Health for immunisations and vaccinations they will be asked to sign an agreement which states they will attend all required appointments. Failure to attend one or more appointment will result in additional costs to the student.

The health requirement is not a bar to registering for people with disabilities.

Once you have enrolled your course you are required to complete an annual declaration confirming that you continue to have at the point of re-enrolment.

The Interview process

Interviews are vital in ensuring your suitability for the programme in terms of your academic ability and understanding, evidence of oral communication skills, and motivation to pursue a career in Physiotherapy. It is also a way of finding out more about BCU and offers an opportunity to meet some of the programme team. Please allow sufficient time to participate in this event. Interview days will include both a group discussion and individual interviews and will involve input from clinical practice partners and service users.

Information about the group discussion

This will take the format of a group discussion based on a current and topical issue relevant to the healthcare sector.

Applicants will be randomly allocated to a group. All groups will contain physiotherapy and dietetic applicants.

Informal observation of the group will take place the interview team.

Information about the individual interviews

The individual interview will consist of a series of multiple mini-interviews. There will be 5 stations each with a different focus which may include:

  • Profession specific knowledge, skills, behaviours and values (2 stations) 
  • Practical activity
  • Understanding and application of NHS core values 
  • Reflection on group activity

Each station will be scored by the interview team.

Course in Depth

Level 7

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 180 credits):

Practice Placements

You will complete a minimum of 1000 practice placement hours across the programme to meet the requirements of The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), the professional body. This will be divided into weeks of practice placement time, with 12 being coordinated across the first year (2 X 6 week blocks) and 18 weeks (3x6 weeks) in the second year.

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This postgraduate physiotherapy degree course will be delivered full-time over two years, with each year comprising 45 weeks of learning – this is required to incorporate your practice based placements.

There will be a minimum of 1,000 hours in practice placements, ensuring that you have sufficient opportunity to achieve the required practice competencies, such that successful completion will ensure you can practice as an autonomous newly qualified practitioner.

We'll embed professional development throughout the course, ensuring that you are committed to the ethos of lifelong learning, and are prepared to meet the continued professional development requirements for the profession

Student Consent to act as a model during the programme

The development of practical and clinical skills is integral to your development as a physiotherapist. Participation in interactive practical classes (which involves the teaching, learning and practice of such skills) is therefore essential to your education as a physiotherapist. Students are asked to act as ‘models’ or ’service users’ for these teaching and learning processes, both in the university and during practice placements. Acting as a model may, by necessity, involve the removal of clothing that enables adequate observation and/or examination of the body. Therefore, before commencing practical classes, all students are given detailed information regarding this issue and are required to sign the relevant section of a consent form.

There are some circumstances in which it is possible for us to arrange for some students to work only with students of the same gender, in classes, but it is not possible to provide separate classes for the genders or to screen off sections of rooms to separate the genders. Please be assured that the programme team is willing to make any reasonable adjustments in order to overcome or minimise any concerns over such issues.

The issue of consent will be explained in more detail during the induction week and revisited throughout the programme. If you feel that there is an issue which may have an impact on your ability or willingness to act as a model, please contact the programme leader to discuss this. We will make every effort to put mechanisms in place to address your concerns.

Uniform and Equipment

You may be required to wear a uniform for practice placements. You will be fitted for the required uniform on commencement of your course. Given that your programme involves placement opportunities with the National Health Service (NHS), we wish to bring standard NHS advice to your attention with respect to dress code. For purposes of minimising the spread of infection and of cross contamination, this (dress) code includes the requirement that a short sleeved uniform is worn in many hospital and clinic contexts. Should you wish to discuss any concerns in connection to this prior to starting the course, please contact the programme lead in the first instance.

Additional costs that students may incur related to their studies are outlined below;

Student Membership of The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

BCU encourages all students on the programme to become student members of the CSP. Students are responsible for paying the student membership fee. The fee for student membership of the CSP is currently £39 per year. For further information regarding student membership including benefits and fees, visit the CSP website
Information regarding membership of the CSP will be provided during the induction week and so please do not join prior to attending the induction week.

DBS clearance

Costs associated with obtaining DBS clearance are payable by you. If you have lived outside the UK for six months or more in the past five years, you will also need to obtain a criminal record check from the country you were living in. For applicants living in the Republic of Ireland, we will need to see an Irish Garda clearance. You are required to pay for the cost of obtaining this clearance. The cost varies by country.


Students are instructed to wait until they have started the course before purchasing any books, as individual module co-ordinators may make particular recommendations and students may also be able to borrow books as required the University library.

Printing and photocopying costs

In addition to any book purchases, the MSc Physiotherapy programme utilises a range of bespoke teaching including worksheets, support notes and quizzes. All of this material will be available in electronic format, through Moodle sites. You will also be expected to access additional literature sources (i.e. scientific journals, government publications), as part of your directed and self-directed learning. You may wish to print some of this teaching material and literature and take account of the additional cost of doing so.

Costs associated with Practice Placement

You will be required to fund all costs relating to placements, for example travel to and from the placement site, car parking charges and accommodation costs (if you choose to seek more local accommodation). 

Health and Care Professions Council

This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council, and will give you eligibility to apply for registration if you successfully complete the course.


Enhancing your employability skills

Graduates will be eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC as a Physiotherapist. This will enable you to pursue careers within the NHS and private sector. Opportunities exist in hospitals, community settings as well as sports teams, uniformed services and the public or voluntary sectors.  


Physiotherapists practice in a diverse range of settings and your placements will designed to maximise your exposure to a wide range of physiotherapy practice. This may include both health and social care settings based within the NHS, the private sector or voluntary sector, placements within industry or specialised educational settings.  

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Facilities & Staff

We have invested over £400 million in our facilities, including an upgrade to our Skills and Simulation facilities at City South Campus. We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that you may come across in the workplace. These resources are essential in offering you a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice.

Skills Classroom

This room can be used to practise a variety of skills but is primarily home to our Anatomage tables. An Anatomage table allows you to investigate anatomy digitally, from organs and muscles to skeletal forms and blood flow, the software includes real-life MRI scan data to help you develop your understanding of anatomy.

Biomechanics Laboratory 

Our biomechanics laboratory is a long room with cameras mounted on the sides, and sensors in the floor. It’s used to record motion, evaluate people’s movements and analyse gait. It’s generally used by Sports courses and Biomedical Engineering.

Basic and Advanced Life Support

The Advanced Life Support area consists of four bays and was completed in the summer 2022. It is a high dependency unit with monitoring devices which can be attached to people or manikins with outputs shown on the digital screens. The Basic Life Support (BLS) area has dropdown tables which allow students to practice BLS on manikins. Manikins are connected wirelessly to tablets with software to allow the effectiveness of chest compressions to be measured. It’s intended that all Health, Sport and Life Science students will have access to BLS training going forward.

Sports Therapy Clinic and Practice Rooms

We have several small spaces for one-to-one practice and simulation of client sessions. We run a Sports Therapy Clinic on site for staff and students, where Sports Therapy students work alongside qualified staff to offer advice on injuries and sports massage.

The Fitness Suite

Designed specifically for sport students, the fitness suite contains industry-specification equipment, including a Technogym SkillMill curved treadmill and Olympic lifting platform, barbell and weight plates.

Sports Hall

This large space is used for teaching and recreational purposes, and has a range of sports equipment from pre-marked courts, basketball hoops, score boards, and large nets to individual items such as mats and balls. It is also used for social events and clubs such as yoga by the Students’ Union.

Sports Physiology Research Room

This room contains an antigravity treadmill that allows the user to control how much of their body weight they are using (which is great for athletes who want to return to training following an injury), and a DEXA scanner which measures fat, muscle and bone density.

Human Physiology Laboratory

The Lab is home to The Altitude Centre - a self-contained unit where the conditions can be specifically controlled, including temperature and air flow. This allows you to monitor how changes in environment can affect sporting performance.

Sports Therapy Rooms

We have a large, long room, as well as a smaller room, both with several therapy stations. It is one of the practical training facilities where you can practice working with clients in a larger group.

Nutrition Science Research Laboratory

This laboratory is used by staff or students doing specific projects such as analysing the chemistry of food in the later stages of their degree.

Nutrition Science Kitchen

Our kitchen has several workstations to allow you to wash, prepare and cook food. There are multi-coloured chopping boards (following food hygiene standard regulations) and a range of utensils and appliances. This space is used by a range of courses including Dietetics, Secondary Design and Technology and Sport. You may use this room to prepare certain meals for teaching basic cooking or baking skills to school children and exploring nutritional education, or protein high recipes for athletes.

Our staff

Jodie Bryant

Course Leader MSc (Pre-registration) Physiotherapy, Simulation Lead: School of Health Sciences

Jodie has been a HCPC registered Physiotherapist since 2006 after graduating from Oxford Brookes University. She has worked predominantly in NHS settings, completing the majority of her clinical work in London at Guy's and St Thomas’ NHS Trust. Jodie currently contributes to the teaching of all modules on the MSc Physiotherapy...

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