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Undergraduate programme

Why choose Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a diverse and exciting profession. During your studies you will develop knowledge and learn skills relevant to practice in a variety of health care settings including:

  • Acute NHS hospitals
  • Private healthcare providers
  • Community hospitals
  • Health centres
  • GP surgeries
  • Schools
  • Nursing homes
  • Sports centres.

Why choose Brunel Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy at Brunel will provide you with an education that is second to none. Our BSc course is endorsed by our graduates who voted us number one for student satisfaction in London for this subject area (National Student Survey 2016). Our highly skilled staff are clinical experts and active researchers covering all major specialities of practice. Purpose-built facilities, the opportunity to live and study on a single campus, an incredible array of clinical placement opportunities, plus excellent evidence based teaching and research are all part of the great student experience that awaits.

We are extremely proud that despite physiotherapy being a demanding course requiring focus and dedication many of our students combine their studies with fantastic achievements in sport and the arts. Awards are available and tutors go out of their way to ensure you can arrange training, fixtures and performances while staying on top of your physiotherapy studies.

The UG Physiotherapy Academic Scholarship is available for up to 10 students starting Physiotherapy in 2017/18 entry.

What we teach

The course content is developmental, and over the three years you build on previous modules to progress your problem solving skills as an increasingly independent practitioner.

Level 1 

This first year is about developing basic knowledge and skills. You cover applied anatomy and rehabilitation through principles of exercise, movement analysis and working with clients to maximise their engagement and meaningful progress. You also begin to apply this knowledge through pathologies relating to the respiratory and musculoskeletal systems and an understanding of the scope of physiotherapy practice.

Level 2 

Year two continues the development of your skills in assessing and treating neurological and musculoskeletal dysfunction. You also focus on cardiovascular pathologies, the role of physiotherapy in health promotion and how to engage with research. Further modules consider specialist areas such as falls and elderly care and paediatrics. Critically though, this year prepares you for your first two clinical placements with a module specifically designed to support you in that transition from university to clinic. 

Level 3 

In your final year you begin the transition from student to autonomous clinician. Your studies focus on specialist areas such as critical care, women and men's health, oncology and palliative care, mental health and emerging areas of practice. You discuss and debate the role of team work and leadership within clinical work and are prepared for those all important job interviews. You also design and present a research proposal in a topic of your own choosing. There are three further placements in this year which complete your rounded profile.


The ethos of our department is one of collaboration in your learning. That extends to shared experiences of University life. We organise staff/student sports events and fun days, opportunities to be involved in research, extra-curricular courses and lectures to enhance your time with us. This is complemented by the vast array of clubs and societies hosted at the University.