Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy
Faculty of Health, Education and Society
Physiotherapy (pre-registration) MSc
2 Years full-time
Year 1: £9,250
Year 2: £9,250
Year 1: £16,200
Year 2: £16,200
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MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration) programme is now closed for new applications for January 2022 start. Any new application will now be processed for September 2022 intake.
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.
- Accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)
- 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.
Studying Physiotherapy (pre-registration) 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 (pre-registration) 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 and inclusion. 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.
Practice placement 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 placement modules will vary in length from 5-7 weeks . There will also be opportunity to experience role-emerging placements and placements aimed at social innovation and collaboration with local organisations.
Module information can be found on the Award Map.
Interprofessional Education (IPE)
Module code: FHS_IPE20Status: Compulsory
Developing Professionalism and Collaborative Practice (10 Credits)
Module code: PHY3001Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to introduce students to the Physiotherapy Profession the core values beliefs and professionalism which are underpinned by the concepts of inter-professional and evidence-based practice. An emphasis will be applied to the concept of life-long learning and reflective practice a patient-centered approach and the importance of collaborative practice. Students will understand the legal and ethical requirements of physiotherapy practice.The theoretical principles are then applied to practice and students will reflect upon the application of professionalism and the core values and behaviours to create an action plan for their next placement.
Foundations of Professional Practice (10 Credits)
Module code: PHY3002PStatus: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to serve as an introduction to the Physiotherapy profession. The module enables the student to recognise and develop their sense of professionalism and the behaviours and attitudes that characterise a physiotherapist within the clinical practice setting. The students will apply the theoretical and background knowledge to clinical practice in a patient-centred and holistic manner. Students will develop their communication skills and with support effectively assess apply clinical reasoning to develop an intervention plan and implement treatment plans to achieve patient goals.
Development of Professional Practice (10 Credits)
Module code: PHY3003PStatus: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to enable students to develop their application of evidence-based practice through clinical reasoning processes to demonstrate a justification for their chosen approaches. The module will enable students to assimilate and demonstrate application of new knowledge in the assessment and treatment of routine patients in a patient-centered and holistic manner. Students will continue to develop their professional identity communication skills time-management and inter-professional collaboration.
Evidence-based Neurological Practice (20 Credits)
Module code: PHYM001Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to introduce students to the complexity involved within neurological assessment and management. Through critical exploration of the evidence base and the biopsychosocial factors influencing patient-centered care students will develop a clinically reasoned approach to the assessment and management of individuals presenting with neurological conditions.The module aims to provide the student with the knowledge and skill level in preparation for their first clinical placement with an emphasis on their consideration of a patient-centered and critically evaluated synthesis of research into practice approach.
Evidence-based Cardiorespiratory Practice (20 Credits)
Module code: PHYM002Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is for students to apply anatomical and physiological knowledge in a problem-based approach to the assessment and intervention/management of cardio-respiratory conditions. Students will critically review and justify the approaches to contemporary physiotherapy management for a patient requiring acute and longer-term management. A strong emphasis on the synthesis of research into practice will be applied to cardio-respiratory physiotherapy.
Evidence-based Neuromusculoskeletal Practice (20 Credits)
Module code: PHYM003Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to apply anatomical biomechanical and physiological knowledge to the assessment and management of neuromusculoskeletal conditions. To critically evaluate recent research and directives in the physiotherapy intervention provided for acute and chronic conditions. A bio-psychosocial approach within an evidence-based context will be emphasised.
Managing Complexity throughout the Lifespan (10 Credits)
Module code: PHYM004Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to expand upon the students knowledge of physiotherapy assessment and management within the `core? areas of physiotherapy and consider situations patient groups and conditions that are potentially more complex in nature. This module further develops clinical reasoning skills by critical consideration of the multi-factorial elements from a biopsychosocial poitical and ethical perspective associated with patient-centered care.
Enhancing Professionalism and Collaborative Practice (10 Credits)
Module code: PHYM005Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to enable students to critically reflect upon factors influencing their personal and professional development. This module will provide further theoretical underpinning for aspects of communication ethical and legal situations collaborative practice long-term condition management and factors influencing person-centered care. Students will utilise reflection community engagement and a critical approach to the evidence-base combined with analysis of the wider health and social care systems to critically analyse factors influencing long-term condition management and the promotion of health and well-being.
- Interprofessional Education (IPE)
- BSc degree in a sport, health and science related programmes 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 (pre-registration) 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,
- evidence of COVID vaccinations*,
- satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) report,
- successful interview by the University.
* From 1 April 2022, in accordance with the UK Government legislation it will be a requirement that all students enrolling on this course will be required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. All those working in NHS settings and other health care settings including students that have to undertake a placement as part of your course, will need to be fully vaccinated.
This means that we will require you to demonstrate proof of full Covid-19 vaccination to enable you to enrol on your course. Our Occupational Health providers will be undertaking this check on our behalf. Please be ready to provide this proof of full vaccination or medical exemption as part of your Occupational Health appointment.
2022/23 Tuition Fees
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 22/23 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
- UK – Full Time: £9,250 (Year 1), £9,250 (Year 2)
- International – Full Time: £16,200 Year 1 as part of a 2 year programme*
*may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
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 (Year 1), £9,250 (Year 2)
- International – Full Time: £14,750 Year 1 as part of a 2 year programme*
*may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
What facilities are there to support my learning?
MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration) 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. Practice placement experience is an important aspect of the qualifying programme and allows the completion of 1000 hours of practice experience required by our professional body, 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.