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Teaching methods

Years one and two of the course are taught in a similar fashion. Each week, new topics are introduced using a variety of methods including lectures, tutorials and practicals, supported by online resources.

A lecture lasts about 50 minutes, depending onthe module and, where appropriate, makes use of:

  • audio-visual material
  • key texts
  • web-based resources
  • guest speakers

Student support

With a small student intake we can foster an informal, friendly and open environment that is beneficial to students.

Personal tutors

On arrival, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will work with you for the whole of your degree programme. They will arrange regular meetings where you will have the opportunity to discuss your academic progress, including assessment feedback, or seek confidential support and advice on any other matters of concern.

Where appropriate, your tutor will also be able to help you find support from outside agencies. In addition to your personal tutor, you will be encouraged to seek tutorial help from lecturers as and when the need arises.

Additional support

Studying effectively

Practical and small-group teaching sessions

These study sessions are used to reinforce what has already been introduced earlier in that week. Here you will look at the material in greater depth, explore related issues, enhance understanding and apply practice to the theory. 

The teaching year

Although the teaching year is divided into two semesters for organisational purposes, this is fitted into the traditional pattern of three terms:

  • one before Christmas
  • one between Christmas and Easter
  • one after Easter

Typical timetable

In year one you will be expected to attend approximately 24 hours of lectures and practical sessions per week. In years two and three this will be less, but you will be encouraged to undertake more self-directed study. Placements will be full-time (36 hours per week) or equivalent part-time hours (for Sport Rehabilitation only).


Learning resources 

Greenfield Medical Library 

At Nottingham, you will benefit from access to an extensive collection of printed and online library resources. In addition, you will have both on and off-campus access to a wide range of databases, ejournals and ebooks.

Specialist physiotherapy and related texts are available in the Greenfield Medical Library at the Medical School, and  also the City Hospital Library close to the Clinical Sciences Building. 

At Greenfield Medical Library, you have access to group study rooms and silent study zones as well as dedicated computer areas. Students can also loan iPads and laptops for use in the library. 


Example timetable for first-year students

Example first-year timetable for physiotherapy and sport rehabilitation students










 Personal study       


 lecture   lecture lunch  practical and seminar sessions   


 personal study   no teaching - sport/leisure time    


 lecture  lecture practical and seminar sessions    lunch practical and seminar sessions  lecture  personal study 


practical sessions     lunch practical sessions   

School of Health Sciences

B236, Medical School
Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham, NG7 2HA

telephone: +44 (0)115 95 15559