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MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration)

  • Study Mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Start Date: September 2024
Our MSc in Physiotherapy (pre-registration) programme is a challenging but rewarding course and will enable you to gain skills in evidence-based practice, research, and continuous professional development practice. You will be taught by academic staff with extensive clinical experience and guest lecturers who are experienced clinicians at the forefront of their subjects.
Our programme uses a modern and innovative integrated blended learning approach, using technology to support face-to-face teaching, so you will only be in university a maximum of three days a week.
On this course you will focus on clinical skills and problem-based learning. These activities are further supported by, lectures, e-learning, practical sessions, tutorials, and online and face-to-face seminars as appropriate.

Why study this subject?

This programme is designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills, and attitude required to become a highly competent registered physiotherapist able to work compassionately and creatively with various patient groups.

As a graduate of this course you'll be eligible to apply to register as a physiotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council and as a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

We have a well-established range of healthcare and nursing programmes, and we work closely with NHS and Primary Care Trusts across Buckinghamshire and it's surrounding areas.

You'll primarily be on clinical placements throughout year two in various settings like an acute hospital, primary and community stations, and outpatient clinics. This wide range of placements will provide you with the experience and knowledge you need to propel you into a successful career as a physiotherapist.

All eligible Physiotherapy students can apply for the NHS Learning Support Fund of at least £5,000 a year.


Physiotherapy session

What facilities can I use?

You'll be taught in purpose-built facilities, including well-equipped simulation clinics and rehabilitation teaching rooms, alongside the opportunity to participate in an active learning observational placement.

How will I be taught and assessed?

On this course you'll focus on clinical skills and problem-based learning. These activities are further supported by lectures, e-learning, practical sessions, tutorials, online and face-to-face seminars.

The blended learning programme and other learning activities experienced on the course will prepare you well for initial practice and will promote continued learning, enabling you to adapt to the opportunities you will face during your career journey.


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Each module has at least two forms of assessments in the following formats:

  • objective structured clinical examinations (OSCE)
  • viva (oral examination)
  • oral presentations
  • written examinations
  • portfolios
  • clinical case studies.

These assessments will support the development of practical, clinical and communication skills that you'll need for success not only on this degree programme but for your lifelong learning.

MSc Physiotherapy Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English language or literature, mathematics and a science subject

An upper-second-class degree (or equivalent) in a related field is required. Related degrees include medical, sport, health, and science degrees, such as biology, biochemistry, chemistry, and physiology. Other degrees are considered on an individual basis.

For students whose first language is not English, there is a requirement to achieve an IELTS score of 7 (with no individual component below 6.5); visit our international section. 

In addition to the above, candidates are required to have practical experience relating to Physiotherapy. Such as work shadowing, work placement or healthcare work experience.

Applicants with extensive healthcare experience (e.g physiotherapy assistant, healthcare assistants, care worker) with a 2.2 in a related field, or applicants with a first or upper second classification in a non-specified field but with work experience in a relevant environment will be referred to the Programme lead for consideration.

The government has said it will remove the proposed legal requirement to have Covid-19 vaccinations to work, or attend placements, in health and social care. We & our practice partners continue to encourage you to get vaccinated for your & others' safety.


This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Physiotherapy Professional Practice

Applied Anatomy and Assessment of the Neuromusculoskeletal System

Applied Pathophysiology, including paediatrics and older age

Research Methodology and design

Neuromusculoskeletal Management and Intervention

Neurological and Long-term Conditions Management and Intervention

Cardio-Respiratory and Pulmonary Conditions Management and Intervention

Year 2 Modules

Clinical Placement

Master’s Dissertation

What are the tuition fees


Home, Academic Year 2023 - 2024

£9,250 per year


Overseas/International, Academic Year 2023 - 2024

£16,750 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

What are my career prospects? 

Upon graduation you will have the knowledge and key personal skills and attitudes necessary to pursue a successful professional career as a physiotherapist in any setting.

Physiotherapists work in different areas of healthcare including acute hospitals, primary care settings, community, and out-patient clinics. The also work in professional sport industries and as a physiotherapist you can set up your own practice.

Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. 

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