Physiotherapy (pre-registration) MSc
2 Years full-time
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On successful completion of the MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration) programme, you will be eligible to apply for registration with both the Health and Care Professions Council and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. The academic team are specialists within their field and have strong links with practice. Teaching and learning is enhanced through sessions with specialist practicing clinicians and with the involvement of the service user and career group.
- Provides a unique approach, through active blended learning, to develop Physiotherapists with skills to become effective critical thinkers and practical problem-solvers, utilising an evidence-based approach.
- Provides the opportunity for clinical practice experience across all sectors and specialities, with further opportunities to drive social impact.
- An innovative approach to inter-professional education, simulation and digitally enhanced teaching framework, with a focus on the holistic approach to patient-centred care.
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Studying Physiotherapy at the University of Northampton will equip you with the knowledge, skills and attributes to be a competent Physiotherapist. Studying at MSc level will develop your critical thinking capabilities and application of evidence-based research that underpins Physiotherapy practice. You will benefit from a unique teaching approach of active blended learning which fosters a community of enquiry, collaboration and development of practical problem-solving skills with an emphasis on patient-centred care.
The University is an AshokaU Changemaker campus, with a strong vision for social innovation. Therefore, the Physiotherapy programme will be aligned to the Changemaker values, providing multiple opportunities to engage with local communities and will enable you to develop your employability skills through the employability framework.
The structure of the programme ensures that all theory and practice is underpinned by a high-quality evidence-based approach. All material is contemporary for current service needs, as well as allowing the growth of innovation and leadership skills.
There is a variety of assessment strategies utilised throughout the programme to ensure relevance to professional requirements upon entry to the profession, to develop critical thinking skills and the application of theory into current Physiotherapy practice and to aid equality. Assessment methods may include practical exams, presentations, essays, reflections, producing digital medium and critical reports. Methods of peer feedback and assessment, group and individual work will all be utilised.
Level 7 – Year One (80 credits)
The first semester will concentrate on developing physiotherapy practice and clinical reasoning in the core areas of Physiotherapy. The second semester will enable students to develop their ability to manage more complex patient presentations. The core values of person-centred care, life-long learning and evidence-based practice are embedded throughout.
Level 7 – Year Two (100 credits)
The enquiry-based project is the main focus of the second year. Students will further develop their critical thinking regarding physiotherapy practice and their leadership skills as health care professionals of the future.
Clinical Practice Experience
The MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration) programme has strong links with clinical practice and there will be opportunity for experience within a variety of settings, sectors and specialisms. This will include the NHS, private, voluntary and charity organisations. The clinical practice modules will vary in length from 4-7 week blocks. There will also be opportunity to experience role-emerging placements and placements aimed at social innovation and collaboration with local organisations.
- BSc degree in a relevant sport or health related subject at first or second class degree classification.
- Knowledge and awareness of the scope of physiotherapy practice and motivation to complete all requirements of the course.
English Language Requirements
If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your English language capability:
- The level required for study on MSc Physiotherapy is IELTS 7.0 (or its equivalent) with no lower than 6.5 in each individual band (reading, writing, speaking and listening).
All offers of a place on the programme are subject to:
- successful Occupational Health Screening and
- satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) report.
2021/22 Tuition Fees
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
- UK – Full Time: £9,250
- International – Full Time: £14,000 Year 1 as part of a 2 year programme*
*may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
2020/21 Tuition Fees
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
- UK and EU Full Time: £9,200 Year 1 and £9,200 Year 2*
- International: £14,500 Year 1 and £14,500 Year 2*
*may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
Please note: Postgraduate loan is not available for this course.
What facilities are there to support my learning?
MSc Physiotherapy programme has purpose-built facilities with specialist equipment for teaching and learning to enable practical and simulated sessions. All students are fully provided with the technological support required to study in an active-blended learning format.
How will I be assessed?
There will be two assessed practice modules in year 1 and three assessed modules in year 2. Clinical placement experience is an important aspect of the qualifying programme and allows the completion of 1000 hours of clinical practice experience required by our professional bodies, to allow the transference of theory into practice and enhance learning opportunities. They are completed under the supervision of skilled clinicians and supported by the academic team.
Careers and Employability
On successful completion of the MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration) programme, you will be eligible to apply for registration with both the Health and Care Professions Council and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
Provides a unique approach, through active blended learning, to develop Physiotherapists with skills to become effective critical thinkers and practical problem-solvers, utilising an evidence-based approach.
Completion of the MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration) programme will prepare students to pursue their chosen pathway into the Physiotherapy profession due to the variety of clinical placement opportunities and the core values of lifelong learning, digital fluency, communication, social innovation and leadership development being embedded throughout the programme.