Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) MSc

Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) MSc

School of Sport and Health Sciences


Post- graduate





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University of Central Lancashire
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  • Duration:

    Full-time: Two years

  • Level:

    Postgraduate, Pre-registration

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  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

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Why study this programme?

This is an integrated course that prepares students for the breadth of contemporary physiotherapy practice in the continually evolving Health and Social Care sector. You will study in a small cohort where staff will get to know each student, you will start learning in the clinical environment from the first semester, and you will learn in a way that makes links between theory and practice from day one.

The structure of the course is innovative; there is one module for each of the six semesters, with integrated part-time clinical placements for four of the six modules. Approximately 2/3 of the clinical placements are part-time (1-2 days per week), and there is also a five-week full-time elective placements towards the end of the course where you can choose your own clinical placement location. You’ll be taught in our purpose built rehabilitation and assessment facilities, which includes a therapy clinic and movement analysis laboratory. We have excellent links with Physiotherapists working within the NHS and private practices across the North West. There are also links with charitable organisations and international institutions and hospitals, providing excellent opportunities for our students to gain experience of the breadth of contemporary physiotherapy practice.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants are expected to have developed an understanding of the various roles and responsibilities of a physiotherapist.

Undergraduate degree or equivalent

Applicants should hold a Bachelor degree (lower second class or above) in a relevant discipline and be able to demonstrate knowledge of scientific enquiry. Non-standard applicants will be considered on individual merit. All applicants must hold GCSE/O Level Mathematics and English Language at grade C or above.

International qualifications

We may accept qualifications gained in other countries. Enquiries of eligibility, including certified translations of qualifications into English, can be sent to

English language

If English is not your first language, you will require, in addition to the other entry requirements, International English Language Testing System (IELTS) of 7 with no element below 6.5.

Applicants who have qualified outside of the UK and whose first language is not English must be able to communicate in English to the standard equivalent to level 7 of the International English Language Testing System, with no element below 6.5.

All offers made for this programme are subject to a satisfactory values-based interview, enhanced DBS clearance and medical screening. Further details of the interview process will be provided to applicants who have successfully met the entry requirements. You will be guided through the DBS and medical screening process and the costs of these services are included in the course fees.


All offers made for this programme are subject to a satisfactory values-based interview. Further details of the interview process will be provided to applicants who have successfully met the entry requirements.

Please note the Application deadline is the 31 January 2020

Programme at a Glance

Year 1

The first year of study will include knowledge and skill development across musculoskeletal, cardio-respiratory and neurological domains, and students start integrating their capabilities into holistic patient assessment and management.

Semester 1: Integrated Physiotherapy Practice 1

  • 135 hours of clinical practice

Semester 2: Integrated Physiotherapy Practice 2

  • 180 hours of clinical practice

Semester 3: Integrated Physiotherapy Practice 3

  • 293 hours of clinical practice

Year 2

Students will continue to develop their assessment and management skills, including using exercise concepts and pain management strategies. The modules will offer students opportunities to develop core clinical capabilities, to ensure that each student is prepared for working in a variety of clinical settings.

Semester 1: Integrated Physiotherapy Practice 4

  • 255 hours of clinical practice

Semester 2: Integrated Physiotherapy Practice 5

Semester 3: Integrated Physiotherapy Practice 6

  • 188 hours of clinical practice

Further Information


Our MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) course will provide the opportunity for you to undertake various clinical placements during your time at UCLan, both in traditional and contemporary settings. Previous placements include Blackburn Rovers Football Club, Ministry of Defence, and overseas experiences. 

Graduate careers

We have excellent employability rates for students graduating from our BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy course, last year 100% of these students gained employment within 6 months of graduation. Through consultation with our clinical stakeholders we know that there is a demand for physiotherapists in the North West, and especially with Masters-level qualifications.

How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, you can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).

Please note the Application deadline is the 31 January 2020


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £10,500 per year (UK/EU)

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

DBS Checks

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.

Industry Links

We have strong links with clinical partners in the North West, in both NHS and non-NHS settings. We organise annual recruitment events where employers from the public (NHS) and private spheres attend and network with physiotherapy students.

We have excellent employment rates for physiotherapy graduates.

Professional Accreditation

The course is accredited by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). Successful graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC and for membership of the CSP.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Students will have the opportunity to test their knowledge and skills development through a range of assessment tasks. There is particular emphasis on ‘real life’ assessments that reflect the ways in which students will learn and practice during the course. Methods include practicals, vivas, presentations, assignments and clinical practice based assessment. There is a strong commitment to providing timely and constructive feedback for all assessments.

Interprofessional working is an important part of Physiotherapy and Healthcare. Whilst you are at University, you will have timetabled sessions where you will work in partnership with several professions, including Nurses and Occupational Therapists. Learning about, with and from students in other healthcare disciplines will help prepare you for real-world clinical settings. During your time on placement, you will work with a variety of professionals and will be a part of the wider multi-disciplinary team. This will further develop your skills in communication and collaborative working to provide optimal patient care and improve health outcomes.