University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

Physiotherapy (pre-registration)

The aim of the programme is to develop students with the knowledge, attitudes and skills required to design, specify and implement wide-ranging, evidence-based physiotherapy programmes for a variety of patients.

Entry requirements

Applicants should present evidence of study in a relevant discipline and should normally hold an honours degree in a relevant discipline at 1st or 2.1 classification. Applicants will be interviewed prior to admission to the programme and will be required to present a full University transcript of their studies to ascertain suitability of their degree. In some cases a further period of study may be advised. In addition, applicants will be asked to submit a resume along with the University application form. Those candidates who demonstrate via their application that they meet the programme admission criteria will be invited to interview prior to a decision regarding admission to the programme. The admissions process will identify and examine the potential of the student to cope with the multiple demands of the programme. English to IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component) or TOEFL Internet based 88 overall with no less than no less than 21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking, 21 in Writing.

Course modules

Year 1: Modules aim to develop physiotherapy practice and clinical reasoning in the core areas of practice. An important aspect throughout the programme is the critical analysis and evaluation of physiotherapeutic concepts, skills and treatment approaches. The Contexts of Physiotherapy Practice module introduces the professional and practice aspects of physiotherapy. Towards the end of the year you will start a research project which is an important aspect of Masters study. Year 2: Sees the completion of the clinical-based modules and the project. The Advancing Physiotherapy module introduces aspects of lifelong learning and the second Neuromusculoskeletal Practice module covers different approaches to physiotherapy management. Clinical Placements The Clinical Education modules are an important aspect of the education of a physiotherapist and are continued throughout the two years of the programme. Clinical education comprises 36 weeks of the programme and is organised into six clinical practice modules spanning both years equally to complete a total 1,080 hours of supervised clinical practice.

Assessment methods

Students are assessed in a variety of ways, and these may be different with each module that the student takes.

Sponsorship information

All successful applicants classified by the University against national criteria as home students are exempt from tuition fees for this programme and may be eligible to apply for an NHS bursary.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 18,765 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Edgbaston Campus Birmingham B15 2TU West Midlands

Key information

Postgraduate Enquiry Service
Telephone number: 
0121 414 5005