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Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration), MSc

University of Portsmouth, the United Kingdom

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About Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration), MSc - at University of Portsmouth


Our MSc (Pre-registration) Physiotherapy programme offers you the opportunity to turn your undergraduate science degree or clinical experience in to a Master’s degree. The course is designed to provide you with a well-rounded knowledge of contemporary physiotherapy practice, which puts service-users at its core. While you study, you'll get extensive clinical experience on a series of work-based placements in both NHS and private physiotherapy settings so you'll be ready for whatever kind of physiotherapy career you have in mind.

At the University of Portsmouth, we keep our student cohort smaller than some other programmes, enabling you to bond with peers and teaching staff, which fosters a close and productive working community. When you successfully complete the course, you'll be able to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) – which is a requirement for all practicing physiotherapy professionals in the UK – and work towards chartered status under the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

To give you an extra advantage as you embark on your new career, we'll also pay for your first year of professional accreditation with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Course highlights

  • Explore how physiotherapy can transform the lives of people affected by injury, illness or disability
  • Understand how to prescribe rehabilitation exercise to improve patient mobility, manage pain and maintain health
  • Study applied anatomy and physiotherapy techniques across core areas including musculoskeletal, neurological, respiratory, paediatric, community care and professional sport
  • Work with other healthcare professionals and within busy multidisciplinary teams to get the best results for patients
  • Learn about the research shaping the future of physiotherapy practice
  • Become eligible to register with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a qualified physiotherapist
  • Receive your first year of professional accreditation with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) for free when you graduate

Careers and opportunities

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) – the professional, educational and trade union body for the UK's chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and support workers – predicts that the need for qualified physiotherapists is set to increase.

People are living longer, with more physically active lifestyles, and many are managing long-term conditions, recovery or rehabilitation, and will all contribute to this high demand for physiotherapy.

When you successfully complete this Physiotherapy Master's degree, you'll be eligible to register with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), which you need to practise physiotherapy within the UK.

To help prepare you for the workplace and stand out to employers, the University of Portsmouth will also pay for your first year of professional accreditation with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

As a qualified physiotherapist, you'll be able to practise in settings such as:

  • the NHS
  • private healthcare clinics and hospitals
  • sports rehabilitation clinics
  • occupational health
  • professional sports environments

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Entry requirements

A upper second-class honour degree (2:1), or equivalent, in a relevant subject or a master's degree in an appropriate subject. Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. Applicants are advised to have relevant work experience through voluntary or paid employment or shadowing in a physiotherapy or health care environment. All shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview.  All successful applicants will be asked to complete confidential Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Immunisation, and Occupational Health clearance.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.5.

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