MSc in Physiotherapy (Pre-registration)

General

Program Description

You want to problem-solve in a clinical capacity, think independently and practice as a chartered physiotherapist – and you’re ready to get there fast. Our accelerated MSc Physiotherapy is the programme for you.

At GCU, programmes are both highly relevant to your career – and focused on creating meaningful change that contributes to the common good. You’ll gain the expertise and knowledge you need to apply for membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and become a practicing physiotherapist.

You’ll develop new insight in the areas of neuromusculoskeletal, cardiovascular and respiratory therapeutics and neurorehabilitation – combining traditional study with comprehensive hands-on experience in clinical placements. And you’ll have the support of a thriving, friendly and diverse GCU community as you learn.

Graduate prospects

Whether you pursue a career with the NHS, go into private practice or get involved in clinical research, you’ll leave our pre-registration MSc Physiotherapy programme prepared to make a positive impact on your own life and beyond. With a supportive global network and a world-class reputation, GCU graduates go on to rewarding roles throughout the UK and internationally.

What you will study

Neuromusculoskeletal 1 and 2; Health Promotion; Health Related Activity and Fitness; Cardiovascular and Respiratory Therapeutics; Practice Education; Inter-Professional Context of Practice; Neurorehabilitation; Working in Organisations: Interprofessional and Critical Perspectives; and Dissertation.

Entry requirements

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Typical entry requirements

UK first class or upper second class Honours degree (or equivalent) in a science discipline related to physiotherapies, such as physiology, human biology, biochemistry, sports science or medicine.

The Honours degree must have contained a substantial element of human physiology within its programme of study. Experience of the process of research is essential.

A diploma or degree in physiotherapy is not appropriate.

Additional requirements

Before applying to the programme, it is recommended that you are aware of the diverse nature of physiotherapy practice.

Relevant visits to hospitals, voluntary work or part-time employment in an area where the impact of disability is experienced is desirable.

Selection will be based on your educational qualifications, academic references, medical fitness and interview performance.

Students must be able to undertake the role of physiotherapists from a fitness point of view. If applicants have queries in relation to this aspect they should contact a member of the admissions team to discuss their individual requirements. On commencing the course all students will have to undertake occupational health screening.

As a physiotherapist criminal records are not deemed as spent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) (Exceptions) Order 1975. If you have a criminal conviction we ask you to contact a member of the admissions team to discuss the impact on your suitability for eligibility to apply for registration with the regulatory body, and employability. All Students have to undertake a PVG check on commencing the programme. The cost of this process has to be met by the student. If you would like to discuss this please contact a member of the admissions team.

Additional information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognized professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

English language

Academic IELTS score of 7.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 6.5.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the English for University Study programme.

Fees and funding

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2018/19

  • Home: £6835
  • RUK: £6835
  • EU: £6835
  • International: £13600

If you commence your studies in September 2018 or January 2019, these are the annual or module fees that apply to the duration of your course; however, fees are subject to change. For full details on how fees may change read our fees and refund policy.

Additional costs

In addition to course tuition fees, you may encounter additional costs during your time at University.

Scholarships

We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.

If you have any questions or inquiries regarding scholarships available for 2018/19, please feel free to contact the student inquiries team.

Accreditation

With approval from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) this programme allows you to gain the expertise and knowledge to become a practising physiotherapist.

International student start dates

For new international students, orientation events start on 14 September 2018. This extra time is specifically designed to assist new international students in settling into the UK and GCU prior to the start of general student induction and teaching.

There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus and city tours, as well as welcome events where you can meet other international students.

Assessment methods

We use a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure that you have both the necessary knowledge and understanding of business and management and a portfolio of intellectual and personal skills.

Each module on the programme uses its own learning, teaching and assessment strategy to achieve learning objectives. Assessment methods vary between modules and may include unseen examinations, class tests, essays, management reports, case studies, presentations, and group work.

Teaching methods

The learning and teaching methods we use ensure that our programme is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our approach is student-centred, practical, participative and relevant to the needs of employers.

We've moved away from the traditional teacher-centric learning to a more independent learning approach, where you are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills.

Last updated July 2018

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