As a physiotherapist, you can make a real difference to the way people function physically, socially and psychologically. Physiotherapy aims to make the most of an individual's abilities through health promotion, preventive healthcare and rehabilitation.
The School of Health & Social Care has impressive purpose-built physiotherapy facilities simulating practice environments and social care settings. See how our physiotherapy students benefit and prepare for practice.
Note: this course is closed for January 2017 entry.
Through this course you build on your prior learning to develop a critical understanding of contemporary physiotherapy practice. You gain the skills to be a safe, reflective, autonomous, professional practitioner able to manage clients across their lifespan in a variety of settings. Core skills underpinning physiotherapy include manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and functional movement analysis. Appropriate intervention is underpinned by sound clinical reasoning and problem solving within the context of an evidence-based approach to clinical practice.We take a problem-based approach to learning, which includes opportunities to share aspects of learning with students from other allied health professions to promote teamwork and an appreciation of how other disciplines contribute to healthcare. Successful completion of the course provides eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
Students studying this programme who obtain an NHS bursary can't also apply for a postgraduate loan from the Student Loan Company. From September 2017 funding for this programme will change. The website will be updated once this has been confirmed.
On successful completion of the course you'll be eligible to apply for membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.
In Stage 1, you study the core sciences underpinning physiotherapy practice. You are introduced to a range of physiotherapy interventions which are responsive to client need and underpinned by evidence-based approaches to practice. You also explore professional issues in health and social care. During this stage you complete three clinical placements where you assess and treat your own patients under the supervision of qualified physiotherapists. You may be allocated placements within paediatrics, elderly care, learning disabilities and mental health services in addition to acute, medical, musculoskeletal and neurological areas. Clinical placements are arranged by academic tutors and you should be prepared to travel for some placements.
In Stage 2 you complete three more clinical placements. You must complete 1,000 hours of satisfactory clinical practice to meet the requirements of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. You also develop your knowledge of the sciences underpinning physiotherapy and further explore the professional development of the physiotherapist and research methods.
In Stage 3 you complete your dissertation.
This module develops your functional anatomical and physiological knowledge, establishing the dynamic relationships of neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Biomechanical principles underpinning normal human movement and function are presented and applied in the context of physiotherapeutic practice.
Within this module you develop the underpinning knowledge and skills to be able to assess, safely apply effective physiotherapy interventions and evaluate their effectiveness for managing individuals with cardiovascular and respiratory, musculoskeletal and neurological dysfunction across the lifespan. The module also focuses on the promotion of health and wellbeing of individuals with cardiovascular, respiratory and neurological dysfunction.
You undertake 13 weeks of practice placement within this stage. You will undertake a three week placement in June/July. This foundation placement primarily focuses on your development of interpersonal and communications skills and basic skills of assessment, treatment and evaluation.
In the autumn term, following your summer break, you will undertake a further two five-week practice placements. You further develop your skills of communication, assessment, clinical reasoning and management of service users within the core areas of physiotherapy practice.
Within this module you explore the role and scope of the physiotherapist within the multi-agency management of clients in promoting individuals’ health and wellbeing. It also develops your understanding and awareness of the principles underpinning professional behaviour in practice, and to facilitate critical reflection of your own personal and professional attitudes, values and beliefs, and how they might impact on the therapist/client relationship.
The module explores a range of concepts and issues to assist in preparing you for post-qualify practice and to enhance your employability. Within this module you explore contemporary health, statutory and professional policy, principles of business and enterprise and theories underpinning continuing personal development to help you prepare for post-qualifying employment within a variety of settings.
This module enables you to develop a systematic and detailed knowledge and understanding of the integrated physiotherapy management to promote the health and wellbeing of people with long-term or life limiting conditions. This includes children, older people, women’s health, people with a learning disability or mental health problem and people requiring end-of-life care.
Within this stage you undertake a further two five-week placements at Level 6 to further develop your management of clients across the lifespan in a variety of settings. You are expected to demonstrate greater autonomy in relation to your practice and learning with due consideration of the physiotherapy scope of practice and your own limitations.
Within the practical research methods module you develop a critical understanding of the evidence used within physiotherapy with particular focus on evidence-based practice, and an understanding of primary and secondary research methodologies to assist in developing a research proposal which you will take forward to the Major Project in Stage 3.
You undertake a substantive piece of either primary or secondary research developed from the research module in Stage 2. This is primarily an independent piece of research in a physiotherapy or related area with guidance from a member of the physiotherapy or research institute teams.
Modules offered may vary.
Various learning and teaching methods are used throughout the course and include keynote lectures, seminars and small-group work as well as practical laboratory sessions. You are encouraged and supported to engage in self-directed learning to prepare for practical sessions and seminars.
Assessment is varied and reflects module learning outcomes. You are assessed by written assignments, oral presentations and practical examinations. In the interests of professional safety, you must complete all modules successfully. Essential competencies for this course include:
Clinical placements are assessed at undergraduate level.
Opportunities are available for employment within the NHS, private sector or charitable trusts – in hospitals, GP surgeries, schools, industry and in the community. You could also consider a career working in clinical research or teaching, in the UK or overseas.
We are unable to reconsider unsuccessful applicants in the same application cycle, however you can reapply in the future and you will be required to meet the criteria as if you were a first time applicant.
You should normally have:
Admission to the course is dependent upon:
You are assessed at interview on your ability to demonstrate:
During the course and on completion you must declare any convictions, cautions or allegations to the University and relevant professional body prior to application for registration.
If you are successful in shortlisting and interview you receive a conditional offer subject to the following:
Until the steps above have been successfully completed the offer of a place on the course remains conditional.
For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section