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Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) MSc

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Subject area: Physiotherapy
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2-years full-time

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Brunel University London campus

Postgraduate Open Evening: 22 May 2019

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Webinar: Find out more about this exciting course by viewing our recent Physiotherapy Online Webinar and Q&A delivered by Steven, a current postgraduate Physiotherapy student.


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.

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Contact our Enquiries team.
Course Enquiries: +44 (0)1895 265599 (before you submit an application)
Admissions Office: +44 (0)1895 265265 (after you submit an application)

Course content

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.

Core Module 

  • Anatomy 1 & 2
  • Rehabilitation 1 & 2
  • Continuing Professional Development
  • Musculoskeletal 1&2 - The Lower Quadrant & Upper Quadrant 
  • Respiratory
  • Neurorehabilitation
  • Cardiovascular Health
  • Critical Care
  • Approaches to Research
  • Professional Development
  • Principles And Practice Of Evidence Based Healthcare
  • Clinical Placements
  • Dissertation

        1. Paediatrics
        2. Ageing Studies
        3. Women's Health and Men's Health
        4. Oncology and Palliative Care
        5. Falls Services
        6. Mental Health

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.


  • 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
    • Military
    •  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.

» More about Employability

Entry criteria 2019/20

  • A UK first or 2:1 Honours degree, or equivalent internationally recognised qualification, with a preference for a science subject, 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 High School equivalent) in biology with evidence of informed insight into the profession of physiotherapy.
  • 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.

It may be possible to arrange a Skype interview for applicants who are based outside the UK.

Please note this programme is not suitable for qualified physiotherapists. Please contact the HCPC for further information if you wish to acquire 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)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason.

We offer our own BrunELT English Test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options at the Brunel Language Centre.

Teaching and learning

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
    • Practical      
    • Forum theatre
    • Patient interaction groups
  • Clinical placement
  • Blackboard Learn
  • Panopto online lectures
  • ASK
  • DDS
  • Hospital visits

Assessment and feedback

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)

Special features

  • 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.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2019/20 entry

Overseas Scholarships

For 2018/19 applicants, the Dean's Physiotherapy (Physical Therapy) Scholarships are available for International Students.

UK/EU students: £9,250 full-time

International students: £16,850 full-time

Some courses incur additional course related costs. You can also check our on-campus accommodation costs for more information on living expenses.

Read about funding opportunities available to postgraduate students

Read more about accessing loans for new postgraduate pre-registration nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students from the Student Loans Company.

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).