Physiotherapy PGDip


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PGDip Physiotherapy
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 following English language qualifications before they can register on an academic programme. Please note that should you require registration to the HPC the English Language proficiency standard required is IELTS score 6.5 (with at least 6.0 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.
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
Nottingham City Hospital
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.


This course is for therapists and related healthcare professionals looking to enhance their clinical skills, professional knowledge and critical appraisal abilities as part of their career development.
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This PG Diploma 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 course.

Please note: The PG Diploma 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 is completing a single module, postgraduate certificate or diploma. We also offer a full masters degree.

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

The PG Diploma can be completed over two to four years part time, 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 120 credits in total, split across taught modules.

Your time commitment

Modules are delivered through a highly flexible mix of intensive full-time sessions or part-time lessons over several weekends or on given weeks 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.  



Core modules:

  • Evidence for Health and Social Care (30 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)
  • Advanced Practice in Physiotherapy (Neuromusculoskeletal Disorders) (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)
  • Contemporary Practices in Manual Therapy I – Upper Quadrant (30 credits)
  • Contemporary Practices in Manual Therapy II – Lower Quadrant (30 credits)
  • Movement Science-Based Approach to Stroke Rehabilitation (30 credits)
  • Innovations in Neurological Rehabilitation (30 credits)
  • Leadership in Health and Social Care (30 credits)

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.



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 International Office provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, scholarships, 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 2015, 93% 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.* 

* Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2014/15. 

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 University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service.   

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

* The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research.


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