Northumbria University

Northumbria University, Newcastle

Physiotherapy (pre-registration)

This physiotherapy pre-registration, two-year degree has been designed to allow graduates from related subject areas to develop the skills to become competent physiotherapy practitioners. Clinical placements occur in both years and are usually between 2 and 6 weeks' duration. The course also reflects the Government's commitment to inter-professional learning in health and social care. The two year physiotherapy course allows students to explore the physical, biological and behavioural sciences that underpin physiotherapy practice and develop critical, analytical, reflective and practical skills that can be applied to a wide variety of clinical situations. Previous undergraduate experiences enables student's to engage in practice with a strong enquiry-based approach. Some shared learning with students from other health and social care professions introduces physiotherapy students to 'team' working in the NHS. Central to this Physiotherapy course is the development of clinical reasoning and the critical appraisal of evidence-based practice particularly with respect to complex health and social care situations utilising a multi-disciplinary focus. Through critical analysis, contemporary legislation on policy, structure and function of health and social care organisations are considered in addition to how these impact on physiotherapy practice. Students complete a research project supported by an experienced academic research supervisor which draws together much of the critical thinking and has strong links to local clinical practice. All aspects of the course are learned through an Enquiry-Based Learning approach (EBL), in which students work together and individually to further their comprehension, analysis and application of the material that underpins physiotherapy. Assessments include traditional examinations, poster presentations, group assignments, written assignments, practical assessments and videos. Graduates find employment in an increasingly diverse range of healthcare settings including the NHS, the private sector, sports clubs and voluntary organisations. In line with the principles and values which underpin the NHS constitution, the University expects all students undertaking programmes which lead to registration as a health professional to demonstrate the NHS values.

Entry requirements

MSc: Candidates must have a minimum of an Honours degree with a 2.1 classification in a subject related area (such as sports science, health science, physiology, psychology); or hold a physiotherapy qualification as an overseas trained physiotherapist with qualifications at higher education (HE) diploma level and a minimum of 1 years clinical experience. English language requirements: IELTS 7, TOEFL (575 paper-based, 90 internet-based) or equivalent. MSc: Applicants should normally have: A minimum of a 2:1 degree in a related subject area (such as Sports Science, Health Science, Physiology, Psychology) Or a non-UK physiotherapy qualification at HE diploma level and a minimum of one year of clinical experience. International qualifications: If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit English Language requirements International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with 6.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*). Plus one of the following: International/English Language Requirements: International applicants are required to have one of the following English language qualifications, with grades as shown below. - A British Council International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7.0 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 6.5 - Pearson Academic score of 62 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51 The University also accepts many other English language qualifications and if you have any questions about our English language requirements, please contact the International Admissions Office and we will be glad to assist you Additional: A suitable DBS Enhanced Certificate and satisfactory health checks are required. You must meet the Health and Care Professions Council's suitability for registration requirements. *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit

Course modules

For a full list of the modules on your course, please access the course pages at

Assessment methods

Your tutors will use a variety of teaching methods, which may include lectures, seminars, problem-based workshops, case discussions, practical activities, group work and tutorials. Teaching is backed up by a well-designed support system that will underpin your learning journey. You will have access to a Guidance Tutor with whom you can discuss any academic issues. Extensive feedback from both tutors and peers is built into the course.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time January 2019 - 2 Years
MSc Full-time January 2020 - 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Coach Lane Campus NE7 7XA North East

Get in touch

Remember to mention TARGETpostgrad when contacting universities.

Key information

Admissions Office
Telephone number: