Choose physiotherapy at Birmingham and take the opportunity to develop into a qualified competent practitioner of physiotherapy.
This will not only give you the ability to play a significant part in most healthcare teams but also be involved in the maintenance and/or restoration of movement and function in a range of client groups.
The MSc in Physiotherapy (pre-registration) is a qualifying programme for graduates with a suitable and relevant first degree. It spans two years full-time, starting in September and finishing in August (subject to approval). The aim of the programme is to provide a challenging and rewarding educational experience that enables students to develop as competent, evidence-based and patient-centred physiotherapy practitioners, capable of making a valuable contribution to the workplace. We are looking for applicants who can meet our academic requirements and demonstrate personal qualities that are compatible with the values stated in the NHS Constitution.
Outlined below are the admissions procedures:
You should present evidence of study in a relevant discipline and you should normally hold an honours degree in a relevant discipline at 1st or 2.1 classification. If you are unsure of whether your degree is relevant, you are very welcome to send us your degree transcript so that our Admissions Tutor can take a closer look at what you have studied before you submit an application for the programme.
You will be interviewed prior to admission to the programme and you will be required to present a full University transcript of your studies to ascertain suitability of your degree. In some cases a further period of study may be advised.
In addition, you will be asked to submit a personal statement along with the University application form. The purpose of the personal statement is to support your application to the programme. The personal statement should contain information about your previous experience in Higher Education with particular focus on areas of study and experience relevant to the MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration) programme, as well as research activity. We are looking for knowledge and experience of a broad range of physiotherapy practice. Other experience such as membership and involvement in organisations, voluntary work and other work experience and qualifications may be relevant to your application to help show how your personal qualities are compatible with the values identified within the NHS Constitution.
Those candidates who demonstrate via their application that they meet the programme admission criteria will be invited to interview prior to a decision regarding admission to the programme. The admissions process will identify and examine the potential of the student to cope with the multiple demands of the programme and will explore personal values and attitudes to ensure suitability for admission to a registered healthcare profession.
Before your application can be processed you must submit the following items:
Completed application form
Copy of degree certificate (if you have already completed your degree)
Transcript - official University document detailing modules covered & marks awarded
Two references (at least one academic)
Clear evidence of Physiotherapy experience (e.g. signed letters from clinical managers confirming dates and types of experience)
A personal statement expressing your interest in the MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration) programme and the profession including reflection on any physiotherapy experience and evidence supporting relevant personal qualities (three A4 pages maximium)
Summary of research training (e.g. in your own words please describe any research experience you have and research modules taken. Do not send module descriptors or a copy of your dissertation)
If English is not your first language you must provide evidence of proficiency in English to IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 6.5 in any band).
Non-academic conditions of entry:
A satisfactory health declaration, including evidence of appropriate immunisations, and other regulatory checks (such as DBS - see below) are required from accepted candidates before registration for the programme.
Students will be required to complete a successful Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before admission to the programme. For healthcare profession courses no convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings are considered “spent”, this includes those that may have been received when a minor (i.e. under the age of 18). Declaring any matter likely to be recorded on your enhanced CRB disclosure does not automatically rule you out from becoming a physiotherapist. However, you will have to provide information about this to enable us to make a decision about any offer made.
All students will be required to sign the subject-specific Fitness to Practise Code of Conduct on entry, details of which will be forwarded with an offer letter.
English to IELTS 7.0 ( with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).
Advancing Physiotherapy Practice (20 credits)
Clinical Education 1 (10 credits)
Clinical Education 2 (10 credits)
Clinical Education 3 (10 credits)
Clinical Education 4 (20 credits)
Clinical Education 5 (20 credits)
Clinical Education 6 (20 credits)
Contexts of Physiotherapy Practice (20 credits)
Developing Evidence Based Cardiorespiratory Practice (20 credits)
Developing Evidence Based Neurological Practice (20 credits)
Developing Evidence Based Neuromusculoskeletal Practice 1 (20 credits)
Developing Evidence Based Neuro-Musculoskeletal Practice 2 (20 credits)
Project (60 credits)
The modules listed on our website may occasionally be subject to change. For example, as you will appreciate, key members of staff may leave the University and this might necessitate a review of the modules that are offered. Where a module is no longer available, we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.
Physiotherapy graduates have entered careers both in the NHS and private sector. They work in hospitals, in the community as well as sports clubs and the military. An increasing number of Physiotherapy graduates are working on a freelance basis alongside their work in the NHS. Some choose to pursue further studies in education, research or undertake further training.
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