Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) MSc
Physiotherapy Msc or BSc provides an evidence based approach to contemporary physiotherapy, promoting a commitment to autonomy, research and clinical excellence. Continued professional development is an integral part of the programme facilitating the development of essential communication and team working skills. Successful completion of the programme provides eligibility to apply for statutory registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and full membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
"I continue to hold the opinion that the BSc Physiotherapy programme at Brunel University London is guided by high standards and effective assessment processes that are rigorously employed at all levels of the programme. These standards are congruent with (and have been noted to surpass) the standards established for physiotherapy education in the UK"
(Comments from an external examiner for the Brunel Undergraduate Physiotherapy programme.)
Our Physiotherapy Master's course is an exciting and innovative modular programme, delivered full-time over two-years. The programme is delivered 46 weeks per year.
- Anatomy 1/2
- Rehabilitation 1/2
- Anatomy 2
- Rehabilitation 2
- Musculoskeletal 1 - The Lower Quadrant
- Approaches to Research
- Professional Development
2. Ageing Studies
3. Women's Health and Men's Health
4. Oncology and Palliative Care
5. Falls Services
6. Mental Health
- Clinical Placement 1/2
- Clinical Preparation
- Musculoskeletal 2 – The Upper Quadrant
- Cardiovascular Health
- Critical Care
- Principles And Practice Of Evidence Based Healthcare
- Research Dissertation
- Clinical Placement 3/4/5
- Clinical Education
Clinical education is an integral and invaluable component of the programme. It is strongly embedded within the course structure. Preceding campus-based studies provide the skills and knowledge which students require in order to be prepared for their placements.
Continuing modernisation of the NHS has seen a move away from a focus on non-acute health interventions being delivered in hospitals to the delivery of care in the community. Experience gained on all clinical education modules throughout your undergraduate training aims to reflect these developments by providing you with a broad range of experience across a variety of settings including acute NHS hospitals, private healthcare providers, community hospitals, health centres, GP surgeries, schools, nursing homes and sports centres etc.
Regardless of location or specialty students are expected to adopt a holistic approach towards their patient/client, taking into account individual psychological, social, cultural and economic factors, whilst embracing the principles of health promotion and health education.
All clinical placement modules are organised on the student's behalf by the clinical co-ordination team. This allows us to provide you with a balanced clinical experience both in terms of the specialties/patient groups you have worked with and the range of health care setting you have worked in. It is important that you are exposed to a variety of health settings, which are reflective of current clinical practice.
In total students will complete in excess of 1,000 hours of clinical experience in order to complete the programme. Clinical education occurs in six-week blocks which gives you time to "find your feet" and have a highly valuable learning experience at the same time as providing you with plenty of opportunity to demonstrate your learning and develop as a clinician.
It is anticipated that whilst on clinical placement you will be working a 34-hour week minimum, (compared to full-time workers this effectively means you have one half-day off per week). However, the number of hours you work and the time at which you start and finish work is subject to negotiation with both college and the supervising clinical educator.
Whilst on placements you will be supervised by physiotherapists registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Students will be assessed on placement by their supervising clinician(s), using a standardized assessment tool – the Clinical Assessment Record (CAR form). The assessment score from clinical placement modules will contribute to your final degree classification
Most clinical placements are located within the Greater London area, ie within the M25, but a few could be further away necessitating "staying over on placement" during the week. You should anticipate the need to "stay over" on at least one or two occasions.
We are sympathetic to your needs when we assign clinical placements. However, we are unable to guarantee that any student will be located close to their home or term-time address and you may have to commute or live away from home for the duration of a placement or two. We do try to give special consideration to students whose personal circumstances fall within specified criteria, ie they have young children, are a main carer, or have a declared disability etc.
If the NHS is paying your university fees, your travel costs (in excess of the expense you normally incur between home and college) and if necessary the costs of alternative accommodation can be reclaimed from the NHS. However you should note that they is always a delay between paying out money and being reimbursed which can create temporary cash-flow issues.
Read more about the structure of postgraduate degrees at Brunel
and what you will learn on the course.
- The College of Health and Life Sciences is located in the Mary Seacole Building offering a state of-the art, purpose clinical environment for physiotherapy education.
- Our academic teaching is delivered in-house by experienced physiotherapy lecturers with specific specialist clinical knowledge and skills
- There is an excellent range of sporting and leisure facilities on campus and Brunel featured in the London 2012 pre-Olympic and Paralympic games training camp guide. See http://www.brunel.ac.uk/services/sport for further details.
- Patient focused shared learning with other allied health students and clinicians provide opportunities to engage in inter-professional learning reflective of clinical practice.
- Clinical placements begin at the end of the first year by which time students are fully prepared to engage with clinical practice and benefit from direct hands-on experience.
- Six specialist study blocks have been incorporated into our programme to develop awareness of specialist and emerging areas of physiotherapy. These small study blocks support our students to develop a wider perspective on healthcare provision and the physiotherapy profession.
- PebblePad software is used to deliver and monitor Continuing Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) activities, preparing students for the transition to qualified physiotherapist.
Facts and Figures
- Physiotherapy at Brunel has an outstanding record. The Physiotherapy BSc has been consistently rated very highly in all of the National Students' Surveys.
- Physiotherapy BSc has been rated first in London since the National Student Survey began in 2010. Unistats.
- Our students are extremely highly rated by clinicians in the South East; 96% of Brunel students were rated as excellent or very good on their final clinical practice placement.
- Excellent student clinical performance is reflected in our employment rates which are between 95 and 100%. 100% of the 2013 cohort found employment within four months of graduating.
- Brunel is an established campus-based University, with all programmes delivered on site. Campus-based accommodation is guaranteed to all first years in our well-equipped, modern student halls.
Teaching and Assessment
Academic teaching is delivered in-house by experienced physiotherapy lecturers with specific specialist clinical knowledge and skills. Diverse teaching approaches are used to deliver an evidence based curriculum to provide a solid foundation for lifelong learning. The curriculum is delivered in many formats including:
- Keynote Lectures
- Small group teaching maximum 24 students
- In-depth academic study
- Forum theatre
- Patient interaction groups
- Clinical placement
- Blackboard Learn
- Panopto online lectures
- Hospital visits
A variety of assessment tools are used to assess knowledge and skills including:
- Written exams
- Practical vivas
- Practical exams
- Written assignments
- Clinical placement assessment record (CAR form)
- 100% of MSc pre-registration graduates were employed as physiotherapists within 6 months of completing the programme
- Brunel physiotherapy graduates are working world wide in healthcare sectors including:
- Prestigious London teaching hosptials
- Primary care
- Private practice
- Elite sport
- Charities and voluntary sector world wide
- Special schools and clinics
At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.
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Fees for 2016/17 entry
UK/EU Students: £9,217 plus a placement fee of £2,000 over two years
Brunel’s Physiotherapy Masters course offers 28 UK students an NHS bursary, which will cover all course fees and which also includes a small means tested maintenance allowance for general living purposes.
Students who have not previously been awarded a student loan may apply for a student loan. They may do so even if NHS-London is paying their fees, although the size of the loan will be reduced.
Unfortunately if you have already had a student loan and are still in the process of paying it back you will not be eligible for a further student loan.
Please refer directly to the student loan authority for confirmation of this information: www.slc.co.uk
UK students not awarded an NHS fees paid place will be required to self-fund.
EU students resident in the UK for a minimum of a three year period immediately prior to the start of the programme may be considered for an NHS bursary award. Proof of residency may be required.
EU and Overseas Fees
Students designated as EU citizens not resident in the UK for at least three years immediately prior to the start of the course will be subject to tuition fees at a UK/EU rate.
Students from outside the EU will be required to self-fund at the international rate. Currently these fees are approximately £17,200 per year. There will be a fee of £2,000 for self-funding students (Home/EU and International students) to cover placement costs, spread over the duration of the course. Applicants should budget for the fact that the fees can increase annually.
The DoH Funding Reforms have proposed that from entry 2017/8, students on Allied Health Professional pre-registration Masters programmes in England will not receive the former bursaries and tuition fees. Instead they will be eligible to apply for the standard PGT £10,000 loan which is a one off loan to cover fees and living costs for the entire length of the programme. We recognise this is insufficient. Through the current consultation on the funding reforms, we are requesting that postgraduate students receive the same financial support opportunities as undergraduate students. The outcome is likely to be known by the Autumn of 2016. Please see here for the undergraduate student proposed finance arrangements:
Future changes to fees from 2017
Read about funding opportunities available to postgraduate students
UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.
Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).
Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.
Entry Criteria 2016/17
- A UK first or 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification with a preference to a science discipline with extensive anatomy and physiology as an integral component (Chiropractic, Osteopathy and Nursing degrees cannot be considered). All applicants must hold a B Grade at A-Level (or international equivalent) in biology with evidence of informed insight into the profession of physiotherapy will be considered on an individual basis.
- Evidence of academic achievement in the last four years will be required.
Applicants will be required to attend a full day selection day which includes an interview.
Please note this programme is not suitable for qualified physiotherapists. Please contact the HCPC for further information if you wish to require UK state registration rights.
Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.
International and EU Entry Requirements
If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions
This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.
English Language Requirements
- IELTS: 7 (min 6.5W, 6.5L, 6.5R, 6.5S)
- Pearson: 64 (58 in all subscores)
- BrunELT: 70% (65% in all areas)
Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.
However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.
Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.
Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a number of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.