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Physiotherapy MSc (Pre-Registration)


This programme provides an accelerated 2-year route to qualification in physiotherapy for graduates with a first degree in a related field. There is also an option to study this course at BSc (Hons) level or as an Integrated Masters

Students will develop the knowledge and skills to become an effective and resourceful physiotherapist, able to work within a rapidly changing healthcare environment. Physiotherapists play an increasingly key role in enabling people to improve their health, wellbeing and quality of life by helping patients to manage pain and prevent disease. They use a broad range of treatment approaches focused on restoring movement and function, often following illness or injury.

Our course has strong links with physiotherapists working in health and social care as well as private sector and social enterprise settings across the Greater London area. We utilise the expertise of clinicians to contribute to the course design, teaching sessions and provision of practice placements.

The MSc in Physiotherapy (pre-registration) is a clinically-orientated study programme. Practice based learning will be central to the programme delivery. Students will spend at least 1,000 hours in clinical practice during the programme. Practice placements are skills based to facilitate the transfer of skills across clinical areas. The range of practice settings/placements covered will offer students the opportunity to meet the learning outcomes.


Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
2 years
Start Date
Southwark Campus


Modules are assessed by a variety of approaches, including practical assessment, presentations, written examinations, reflective case studies and clinical placements assessments, will be used in order to balance the assessment methods and to promote different skills/abilities whilst reflecting the nature of the module of learning.

Year 1

  • Human science (foundation)
    This module will combine the study of functional anatomy and kinesiology alongside human physiology and pathophysiology to facilitate a sound understanding of the effect of key aspects of trauma and disease on the human body and how it impacts physiotherapy practice.
    The principles of pathological change and of healing are considered alongside a consideration of the effects of development of common illnesses and disease and their impact on the normal physiological processes, physiotherapeutic interventions and patient-centred management.
  • Rehabilitation
    This module introduces the concept the clinical practice of physiotherapeutic rehabilitation in its widest sense. It focuses on the rehabilitation of common disorders, disease and dysfunctions.Contemporary physiotherapy practice is considered in relation to a range of clinical environments, pathways and teams to inform and guide the acquisition of clinical and practical skills related to rehabilitation.
  • Fundamentals of clinical practice 1
    The module develops the knowledge and skills around contemporary physiotherapy practice related to assessment and management of key diseases, conditions and presentations across the whole of the lifespan in relation to the core domains of physiotherapy clinical practice. It considers in a range of clinical environments. It supports an understanding of the physiology and pathology of common conditions that need assessment, treatment or management as acute and chronic illnesses or disease across the lifespan and the development of the skills to support this in practice.
  • Clinical application of physiotherapy 1
    3 x 5 week placements. The practice placement provides practical work-based experience with patients/clients. You  will apply the theoretical knowledge and skills learnt in academic module/s, in the practice environment and utilise their transferable cognitive, affective and practical skills.

    This practical placement module involves three, five week practice placements in a speciality area of physiotherapy. Speciality areas may include care of the elderly, neurology, orthopaedics, respiratory, medicine, outpatients, amputees, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics or community.

    Year 2

    • Fundamentals of clinical practice 2
      The module builds upon Fundamentals of Clinical Practice 1 to further develops the knowledge and skills around contemporary physiotherapy practice assessment and management models, tools and frameworks. It considers in an extended range of clinical environments as clinical experience develops. It explores the political, socioeconomic, regulatory and policy agendas on contemporary physiotherapy practice.
    • Clinical application of physiotherapy 2
      The practice placement component provides practice based experience in the treatment/management of patients/clients. Learners build upon prior practice placement experience; integrate theoretical knowledge and skills learnt in academic modules into the practice environment and utilise transferable cognitive, effective and practical skills.This practical placement module involves three, five-week practice placements in a speciality area of physiotherapy. Speciality areas may include care of the elderly, neurology, orthopaedics, respiratory, medicine, outpatients, amputees, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics or community.
    • Optimising clinical and therapeutic outcomes
      This module focuses on wider determinant of health and key opportunities that exist in contemporary physiotherapy and health care practice to optimise clinical and therapeutic outcomes. It develops an understanding of pharmacology, nutrition, and homeostasis in relation to impact on human performance, function and recovery. Models and frameworks supporting patient management are explored alongside the development of specific knowledge and skills that support the effectiveness of interventions for individual service users.


            First year modules deliver the basic science underpinning physiotherapy practice and is an essential starting point from which to develop the knowledge skills and understanding of contemporary physiotherapeutic practice. A broad holistic understanding of the human body is facilitated early in the students’ development and will facilitate broad knowledge and skill sets applicable to contemporary physiotherapy practice.

            Second year studies facilitate learning and development for to prepare students as graduate physiotherapists working across a range of services and with a wide range of client presentations. Practical skills development will equip graduate students with the necessary skills to assess and treat patients. The modules will support the development of fundamental clinical knowledge and skills to enable contemporary and effective practice

            Physiotherapists play a key role in enabling people to improve their health, wellbeing and quality of life. They use a broad range of treatment approaches focused on restoring movement and function, often following illness or injury. Physiotherapists often work within a multidisciplinary team and may do this in a variety of clinical environments such as outpatient clinics, inpatient wards, in the patient's home or in a sport or performance setting.

            You could work as a physiotherapist in a range of clinical settings, in research, management, or lecturing. In the NHS, starting salaries are £20,000 to £27,000, and depending on career progression you could earn up to £65,000.

            LSBU Employability Services

            LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

            • direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
            • Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
            • mentoring and work shadowing schemes.


            This course is planned to ensure that you complete the necessary number of hours in both theory and practice (no less than 1,000 hours in assessed clinical practice). Practice learning opportunities will be through placements in local NHS organisations and community, private and voluntary sector agencies. Speciality areas may include care of the elderly, neurology, orthopaedics, respiratory, medicine, outpatients, amputees, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics or community.

            There are a variety of theory and practical assessments assess and grade learning throughout the course. You must achieve the necessary number of academic credit and specified practice hours and competencies in order to be eligible for the appropriate academic award and professional registration as a Physiotherapist.

            Academic and clinical blocks are structured to enable effective theory practice links to be established. The course is designed to build theory and knowledge across a complexity and range of contemporary physiotherapeutic environments.

            Year 1: 3 X 5 week clinical placements (this equates to maximum total of 562.5 hours across 3 placements)

            Year 2: 3 X 5 week clinical placements (this equates to maximum total of 562.5 hours across 3 placements)


            You’ll benefit from an array of outstanding facilities, providing the perfect environments for you to practice and develop your skills. Some of the facilities you’ll have access to include:

            Clinical  skills labs 

            We have a variety of skills labs which replicate real-life work environments, and provide an ideal setting for simulation learning using the latest technologies. Facilities include adult wards, physiotherapy suite, and critical skills lab.

            Human Performance Centre 

            Equipped with modern technology, the Human Performance Centre enables word class research in the fields of sport, health, physical activity and exercise science.

            Academy of Sport 

            You'll have access to a range of facilities and equipment within the Academy of Sport, including a fully equipped fitness suite with SMART Centre Technology, a Functional Training Zone, Free Weights Room and Sports Hall.

            You can explore these facilities further, including viewing virtual tours of some of the areas, by selecting the links above.

            Teaching and learning

            There is a blended approach to learning which provides a range of learning formats and teaching delivery styles. This facilitates an individualised approach to student learning, providing you with some flexibility in your preferred learning style.

            Interactive lectures will introduce key subject matter. Practical sessions, small group teaching and demonstrations will be used to facilitate skills development.

            A range of other approaches will be incorporated into students’ learning which can include online worksheets, guided independent study, e-learning, peer group learning, and group discussions.

            Assessment Methods

            A variety of approaches will be used in order to balance the assessment methods and to promote different skills/abilities whilst reflecting the nature of the module of learning.

            The main rationale for choosing the assessment method is helping students in the development of a wide range of professional knowledge and skills. The types of assignments demonstrate progression of skills and abilities as students’ progress on the course.

            Typical Assessments include written examinations, written assignments, verbal (case study) presentation, practical examination and clinical assessments.

            Student Support Available

            Student services support students' educational, personal, career and spiritual needs in a variety of ways whilst studying at the University (including whilst on practice placement). It is appreciated that many factors can impact on student success and so a suite of services are offered that students can rely on.

            Find out more about our student services.

            Physiotherapy students will also have regular meetings with your personal tutor who will provide pastoral support and academic guidance throughout the course.

            Entry requirements

            2:2 UK Honours degree in a subject related to science or health, such as biology, sport science, physiology, behavioural science or health science, ideally with human anatomy and physiology content

            Personal qualities and values in line with those expected by the NHS Values

            Personal statement

            Please provide a concise personal statement that provides evidence of  the specific skills, qualities, values and attributes that you believe demonstrate your;

            • Motivation to become a Physiotherapist
            • Specific personal skills, qualities and attributes that you bring to the courses and the profession.
            • Ability to work independently and in small groups within an accelerated professional programme at master’s level.

            Assessment and Interview

            If you are shortlisted you will be invited to complete an interview. The interview panel consists of LSBU staff, lecturers, service users and clinicians.

            English language 

            Those whom English is not their first language must achieve a minimum score of 7.0 overall or equivalent with not less than 7.0 in the listening and reading sections and not less than 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections for the International English Language Test Score (IELTS) at the time of application.

            How to apply

            International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

            Instructions for Home/EU applicants
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            Full-time/part-time postgraduate students and research students apply through the UK Postgraduate and Statistical Service (UKPASS). Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

            Postgraduate applicants are required to provide up to two references as part of their application.


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            For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

            Possible fee changes

            Current regulatory proposals suggest that institutions will be permitted to increase fee levels in line with inflation up to a specified fee cap. Specifically, LSBU may be permitted to increase its fees for new and existing Home and EU students from 2017/18 onwards. The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

            The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4 per cent.

            Postgraduate loan (PGL) for Masters study

            At the current time, no details have been published regarding the Postgraduate Loan Scheme for 2017/18. The arrangements for 2016/17 are shown as a guide, but should not be relied upon. Details will be updated as soon as they are published by Student Finance England.

            If you are starting a postgraduate course, studying for a Masters-level qualification either full- or part-time from 1 August, you may be entitled to apply for a £10,000 postgraduate study loan. Find out more at our postgraduate fees and funding section.

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            We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct Tuition Fee discounts.

            Overview of scholarships and fee discounts for postgraduate students. Key scholarships and discounts below.

            Vice-Chancellor Scholarships

            Students holding an offer of a place on a postgraduate course will be invited to apply for a Vice-Chancellor Scholarships.

            LSBU Graduate Loyalty Scheme

            This scheme gives eligible undergraduate students and alumni a discount of their taught postgraduate tuition fees when they enrol on one of our postgraduate taught courses starting this year. Read more about the Graduate Loyalty Scheme.

            International students

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            Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

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