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Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) MSc - Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs for prospective physiotherapy (pre-registration) students

Is the course accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)?

Yes, find out more about the CSP here.

Is the course accredited by the Health Care and Professionals Council (HCPC)? 

Yes, find out more about the HCPC here.

I currently reside outside of the UK - can I have a telephone interview? 

Yes, we can arrange telephone interviews or other alternatives, such as Skype.

My credits are international - do they count? 

Yes, as long as they are equivalent or above the UK requirements. To view the course entry requirements, please visit the course page.

What should I put in my personal statement? Is there a word limit? 

The word limit for you personal statement is 500 words. Some of the areas you may wish to talk about are:

1. Your commitment to the physiotherapy profession
2. Evidence of research and understanding of the profession (at pre-entry level)
3. Information on what you have gained from your previous study, work or other experience
4. Relevent work experinece e.g. in different settings
5. Information on personal strengths and areas for development

What do you look for when selecting applicants? 

Successful applicants tend to be those who meet the academic criteria and have some experience working with people with disabilities or from disadvantaged backgrounds. They'll have clearly researched physiotherapy and current health and social care issues and are able to articulate their knowledge.

I'm a mature student - can I still apply? 

Yes, we consider all students as long as you meet the entry critera. The age range, background and experience of individuals varies widely and we see this as a great asset to the learning and teaching experience, as does the broader physiotherapy profession.

I have a 2:2 - can I be considered for entry?

Unfortunately, we're unable to consider applicants who don't meet our entry critera. We require applicants to hold a minimum 2:1 Honours degree, or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in order to apply. 

What are the time commitments during Induction Week?

Induction week is full-time over five days. 

How many hours / days will be teaching and contact time? 

The MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) course is an exciting and innovative programme, delivered full-time over two years. Applicants should be aware that the programme is delivered over 45 weeks per calendar year. It's an intense course, the volume of learning is high and, in the first year, students should expect campus-based studies between 8am and 6pm, 4 to 5 days per week. This includes independent study time. In the second year, the volume of work remains as high but the focus shifts to more self-directed study. 

When will the practice placements be, how long and where? Is it compulsory to complete a certain amount of professional practice / clinical hours?

There are five block placements; all are six weeks long and you'll be on placement five days a week (normally 37.5 hours).

After I've completed the course, can I go straight into research? 

Graduates may choose to go straight into research according to the opportunity. Many NHS Trusts are involved in research, therefore, there may also be opportunities to combine clinical and academic work. 

Can I work with children straight after completing the course?

Yes, depending on job availability in the health, social and voluntary care settings. 

Whis is the current job market like and the future job demand? 

Currently, the job market is positive and competitive. There are opportunities in a wide variety of setting including hospitals, community settings, private practices and industry. Work preparation is embedded in the course content. 

Will I incur additional costs? 

All students should review the 'additional costs' details for the course - you'll find a link to this in your offer letter. 

Costs associated with placements

EU students may not be eligible to claim their travel and/or accommodation costs associated with their placement, this is determined by residency criteria and managed by the Business Services Authority - please visit their website for more information.

International students will be required to pay a placement fee of £1000 for each year of study (two years). You won't be able to claim reimbursement for travel and/or accommodation costs associated with your placement. However, we endeavour to minimise the travel and costs where possible.