Physiotherapy MSc


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Qualification name:Physiotherapy
Duration:1 year full-time
Entry requirements:A first degree in Physiotherapy or a related Health Care subject of at least a 2.2 classification or equivalent, with a minimum 2 years of clinical experience
Other requirements:International students whose first language is not English are required to have the CELE pre-sessional course final assessment of ‘Pass with Merit’ before they can register on an academic programme. Please note that should you require registration to the HCPC the English Language proficiency standard required is IELTS score 7 (with at least 5 in each element) or the equivalent. International students will be required to have occupational health clearance, supply a declaration of good character and health form certified by their current employer and undertake governance training in order to undertake insight/observational visits. Please note if vaccinations are required, these will be at the student’s own expense.
IELTS:6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
Part time details:2-4 years part-time
Start date:September
Campus:Nottingham City Hospital

Course Overview

This MSc Physiotherapy is open to all therapists and related healthcare professionals who want to enhance their clinical skills, professional knowledge and critical appraisal abilities as part of their ongoing career development. 

It is particularly ideal for those wishing to conduct clinically focused research without the commitment of undertaking a research-only degree.

Please note: The MSc Physiotherapy does NOT lead to registration as a physiotherapist.

Within a stimulating climate of evidence-based practice and internationalisation, the School gives you access to world-class facilities and a unique opportunity to learn from expert practitioners, educators and researchers.

The course is grounded in critical analysis and reflective practice, equipping you with the skills to evaluate contemporary professional practice. The various pathways include a strong emphasis on evidence-based practice, physiotherapy theory, research and specialist interests.

Postgraduate study is an essential investment in career progression and the pursuit of excellence in care delivery. We hope you will join us during this challenging and fulfilling stage of your career and we look forward to working with you to achieve your highest goals.

Please note: This is a postgraduate course requiring a minimum of two years' clinical experience. If you would like to train to become a physiotherapist, please see our undergraduate course.

For more information download the Physiotherapy flyer (PDF).

Key facts

  • Rated 4th in the UK for physiotherapy in the Complete University Guide 2015 and 7th for nursing and midwifery in the Guardian University Guide League Tables 2015
  • We are a leading environment for world class research according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014; 86% of our research activity is rated as world leading and internationally excellent with significant impact on people's health and wellbeing. We have also seen a 35% improvement in the quality of research undertaken in the past five years
  • Ranked 5th best in terms of research power in our unit of assessment, a measure which includes the quality of research and number of research active staff according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014  
  • 98% of students from nursing, midwifery and physiotherapy who participated in the 2013 Postgraduate Research Experience Survey were satisfied with the experience of their research degree programme
  • Our teaching team includes a number of Senior Fellows and Fellows of the Higher Education Academy
  • We have a community of over 3,000 students and around 280 academic and support staff

Course Details

The flexibility of this course means you can follow a route that suits your individual needs and professional interests. It also allows you to progress to a point you are happy with; whether that's completing a single module, postgraduate certificate, diploma or the full masters degree.

Individualised study pathways are developed in line with the course director before you begin your course.

The MSc can be completed over two to four years, allowing you the maximum flexibility to fit this qualification around your other commitments. 

The course has two semesters per year taught at the University's Clinical Sciences Building at Nottingham City Hospital. 

The course comprises 180 credits in total, split across 120 credits of taught modules and a 60 credit research dissertation, for the MSc.

Your time commitment

Modules are delivered through a highly flexible mix of intensive full-time sessions or part-time lessons over several weeks or on given weekdays throughout a semester. This means you can organise your studies around your existing work schedule. Work-based modules take place over 30 weeks. 

Academic support

Once you have been accepted on to the course, you will have the opportunity to discuss your needs with members of the course team and create an agreed plan of study. You will also be allocated a dedicated personal tutor who will provide academic and pastoral support throughout the course. 

International students

All international students who wish to undertake the module 'Movement Science Based Approach to Stroke Rehabilitation' will need to undergo occupational health clearance, supply a declaration of good character and health form certified by their current employer and undertake governance training in order to undertake insight/observational visits. Please note if vaccinations are required, these will be at the student’s own expense. If these documents and evidence of vaccinations are not provided before the module starts you will not be able to undertake the clinical element of the module.


Core modules:

  • Evidence for Health and Social Care (30 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional modules (90 credits from:)

  • Contemporary Practices in Injection Therapy Upper and Lower Limb (20 credits)*
  • Contemporary Practices in Injection Therapy Upper Limb (20 credits)*
  • Contemporary Practices in Injection Therapy Lower Limb (20 credits)*
  • Advancing NMS Practice (diagnostics) (30 credits)
  • Work-based Project in Professional Practice I/Work-based Project in Professional Practice II (10/20 credits)
  • Teaching and Learning in Health and Social Care (30 credits)
  • Movement Science-Based Approach to Stroke Rehabilitation (30 credits)
  • Innovations in Neurological Rehabilitation (30 credits)
  • Advancing Physiotherapy Practice (cardio-respiratory) (30 credits)
  • Advancing Neuromusculoskeletal Practice 1 (30 credits)
  • Advancing Neuromusculoskeletal Practice 2 (30 credits)
  • Leadership in Health and Social Care (30 credits)
  • Critical Perspective in Palliative and End of Life Care** (30 credits)
  • Adult Critical Care: Contemporary Care of Renal, Cardiac and Respiratory Disorders** (30 credits)
  • Continuing Management of the Traumatically Injured Patient** (30 credits)

*only available for HCPC registered students

**please note: these courses are delivered by Nursing and contain a nursing bias 


Home/EU students

Funded places are available to health and social care professionals working in the East Midlands (under certain conditions). These places are funded through Health Education East Midlands contract with The University of Nottingham. The only exception to this is the dissertation which may require self-funding or funding from another source. Once you have approval from your manager to apply for the course, complete the online application.

You can find out more detailed information about course fees, scholarships and funding on the School website.

If you have a question about funding please call +44 (0)115 823 1213.

The Graduate School website at The University of Nottingham provides more information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Applications for 2016 entry scholarships will open in late 2015. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.


The course offers you the opportunity to refine and update your skill set within a practical setting, which means that you should be able to maximise your potential for career development and promotion.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2014, 100% of postgraduates from nursing, midwifery and physiotherapy taught courses and research courses who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £24,070 with the highest being £45,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14.

Recent graduates have gone on to work for NHS trusts (eg. clinical specialists, advanced practitioners, modern matrons), universities (eg. lecturers and senior academics, lecturer practitioners, researchers) and in private practice.

Career prospects and employability

The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential. Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.  

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