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MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration)

The MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration) is a full time programme that is normally completed over two years and gives you an accelerated route into the profession.

It is a pre-registration programme and following successful completion you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council; registration is required if you wish to practice as a Physiotherapist in the UK. The programme is not designed for qualified physiotherapists, however there are postgraduate courses that the Faculty offer for those who wish to further their qualifications.

During the programme you will undertake practice placements to give you the hands-on experience you need to begin your career.  You will also study the sciences and be taught practical techniques that underpin physiotherapy.

 

Introducing your course

This pre-registration course provides a masters degree in the science that underpins physiotherapy as well as eligibility to apply to register as a physiotherapist. The course is research-led, bringing together internationally recognised experts in research, education and clinical practice and provides an exceptional student experience.

Overview

Level: 7

Duration: 2 years (full-time)
Start date: January
Intake: To be confirmed

At the core of this physiotherapy masters degree course is the exercise of clinical judgement and informed interpretation.

You will be mentored to become a better clinician, educator, evaluator and manager throughout your time with us.

You will be based at our multidisciplinary faculty, where there is a strong emphasis on collaborative learning.

There you will have the opportunity to learn from a wide range of clinical experts, as well as those who specialise in physiotherapy.

You will also be encouraged to learn both independently and also from your colleagues in order to develop your knowledge and skills.

In addition, your learning will be supported by close contact with our Rehabilitation and Health Technologies research group; giving you access to the latest scientific discoveries.

View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

To apply for the MSc Physiotherapy programme please complete an online application form.

You will also need to complete the 'Additional Questions' document available from the "Useful Downloads" section at the bottom of this page.

Further information and guidance regarding your application and interview dates can be found in the "Additional Questions" document. It is highly recommended that you read this document in full before beginning your application.

Applications are deemed fully complete only when they include all of the following:

  • Completed application form – you will be assessed on your entire educational profile, so a complete application includes details of all previous qualifications (to be recorded in the “Other Relevant Qualifications” section).
  • Two references (please see 'Additional Questions' for further information).
  • Completed ‘Additional Questions’.
  • Your degree certificate (if you have already completed your degree) and transcripts (from all years studied).

Incomplete applications will not be considered and will be withdrawn after 30 days if they remain incomplete. Detailed guidance on deadlines can be found in the 'Additional Questions' document in the useful downloads.

For enquiries please email PGapply.FHS@southampton.ac.uk or call 023 8059 8305

Programme Structure

This MSc Physiotherapy is a demanding programme of core modules; all of which must be completed successfully in order to pass.

You will also need to successfully complete practice placements, under the supervision of a qualified physiotherapist.

Finally, you will be required to devise and complete a research study, which you will write up in the style of a journal paper.

Key Facts

We also offer a BSc Physiotherapy for students without a previous degree.

Funding

If you are a UK or EU applicant you must be eligible for NHS funding to be considered for this programme. To check your eligibility status please visit the NHS Bursary website https://apps.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/SBCalcs/ic/form/Personal%20Eligibility%20Calculator/new

If you are an international applicant you must either be self-funding or privately funded to be considered for this programme.

 

Key Dates

The application window for entry to the January 2017 programme will open on 11 January 2016 and will close on 13 March 2016.

Applicants who meet our entry criteria will be invited for interview. We intend to hold interviews on the following dates in Southampton:

  • 13 April 2016
  • 11 May 2016
  • 15 June 2016

We aim to always give at least two weeks' notice if you are invited to interview, however, we recommend that you make a note of these dates in advance.

Please note we only offer Skype interviews to applicants classed as international.

Useful Downloads

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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Selection process

You will have a sound educational background that will include a recent 2:1 honours degree (or higher). This will have been awarded within the last 3 years in a human biological or behavioural science, sports science or a health related profession. Ideally human sciences/anatomy and physiology should have been included within the final year of your programme.

If your most recent degree was awarded more than three years prior to your application, you will need to show evidence that you have been working in the intervening period at an appropriate academic level. This might include working as a research assistant, publishing research from your undergraduate degree or undertaking additional relevant degree level study.

Your first degree must also have had a research training component and you will have completed an empirical undergraduate research study from inception to completion, including writing this up.

If you are an International or EU applicant we require evidence of your English language proficiency equivalent to an overall IELTS of 7.0 or above with no less that 7.0 in each component. Please use the following link for further information: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/studentadmin/admissions/admissions-policies/language.page

To support masters level studies you will bring, or demonstrate an ability to develop during the initial module of the programme, knowledge and understanding of the following that will be the intellectual base on which you will build:

  • An Honours level knowledge of human anatomy, physiology and psychosocial sciences.
  • An Honours level understanding of research methods and an ability to critically evaluate research findings.
  • The ability to undertake, write up and present an honours level research study.
  • Evidence of e-learning, group learning and self-directed study skills.
  • An insight into physiotherapy, either through work experience and/or by researching the profession.

It is important that you are physically and mentally well on entering this masters in physiotherapy programme as you will be working with physically and psychologically vulnerable people,. You will be required to undertake a health screening process and may need to update your immunisation status as well as undertaking and completing mandatory and statutory training before undertaking clinical placements.

You will be subject to a check by the Disclosure and Barring Service (previously the Criminal Records Bureau) and any police cautions, civil or criminal convictions will be revealed. You must disclose any police record and discuss it, in confidence, with the Programme Lead. Having a record will not necessarily prohibit an applicant from entering this physiotherapy masters.

All places are conditional on satisfactory academic achievement, health and criminal record checks.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

This MSc Physiotherapy masters commences in January of each year to coincide with the start of a University semester and will graduate physiotherapists following a period of two years full time study of 45/46 weeks per year. Embedded in the programme are clinical placements of at least 1050 hours, resulting in a total of 91 weeks of study in two calendar years.

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

View the full list of course fees

Funding

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

Explore funding opportunities

Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

TypeDescription
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationary items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile. Calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentLaboratory Equipment and Materials: Physiotherapy suggested generic statement: A number of essential items for use in the Centre for learning Anatomical Sciences will be provided to you e.g.: safety goggles; examination gloves; plastic aprons. Please see clothing below. Medical Equipment and Materials: Fob watch; stethoscopes; A number of essential items for use in practical sessions will be provided to you e.g.: goniometers; tape measures; electrotherapy consumables; examination gloves; plastic aprons. However you will need provide yourselves with a fob watch; stethoscope (advice will be given at the appropriate time regarding which models) for use in the practical classes and whilst on clinical placement.
ClothingLab Coats: Laboratory equipment above, you will need provide yourselves with laboratory coat for use in the Centre for learning Anatomical Sciences. These can be purchased from any source.
Printing and copyingIn the majority of cases, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. A list of the University printing costs can be found here: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/services/copying_for_students_and_visitors/faq.php#594
PlacementsAccommodation: This programme involves mandatory placements in all years. The placements are organised by the University and will take place with regional healthcare providers; as such students will need to travel to placements/arrange accommodation. Costs incurred are reimbursed for students who are in receipt of a bursary (all Department of Health funded courses). Insurance for students on placement and the necessary immunisation/vaccination is provided by the University. For further information please see http://www.southampton.ac.uk/alps/ Insurance This programme involves mandatory placements in all years. Insurance for students on placement and the necessary immunisation/vaccination is provided by the University. For further information please see http://www.southampton.ac.uk/alps/ Travel costs: This programme involves mandatory placements in all years. The placements are organised by the University and will take place with regional healthcare providers; as such students will need to travel to placements/arrange accommodation. Costs incurred are reimbursed for students who are in receipt of a bursary (all Department of Health funded courses). For further information please see http://www.southampton.ac.uk/alps/. Immunisation/Vaccination Costs: This programme involves mandatory placements in all years. Insurance for students on placement and the necessary immunisation/vaccination is provided by the University. For further information please see http://www.southampton.ac.uk/alps/
Conference expenses Accommodation: Conference attendance is not normally expected as part of the Physiotherapy programme. If you decide to attend conferences then you will normally be expected to cover the cost of accommodation, travel and admission. Travel: Conference attendance is not normally expected as part of the Physiotherapy programme. If you decide to attend conferences then you will normally be expected to cover the cost of accommodation, travel and admission.
OtherOptional Visits: Some Physiotherapy modules may include optional visits to specialist healthcare facilities, etc. You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Learning & Assessment

Study locations

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