Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) MSc

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 2 years  
  • Programme start: January 2024
  • Entry requirements: Graduates from across a range of disciplines eg biological sciences, physics, health sciences, sports based disciplines who have obtained a 2:1 in their degree. We will also consider those with a 2:2 with relevant experience or further study.
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This two year accelerated MSc Physiotherapy programme will provide you with an excellent educational experience both in the academic and clinical environments. It will support your development as a graduates with the ability and desire to make a meaningful contribution within the communities in which you live and work. More specifically it promotes your development as a physiotherapist who is a critical thinker, resilient, resourceful and capable of providing outstanding patient care in the current and future healthcare system.

The programme has been divided into three key themes, clinical, professional and evidence based practice which thread through the programme and have been connected horizontally and vertically to facilitate effective knowledge and skill integration. The themes transition across the two years, ensuring that learning is applied and developed continuously to facilitate growth at each level of study. Within the themes individual modules have been developed in parallel to ensure that you benefit from a planned and coherent learning experience with an appropriate spread of workload across each year. Practice based learning is an essential part of this programme as it will allow you to experience a wide range of clinical settings and integrate theory and practice developing clinical skills, professionalism and leadership.

Programme learning, and teaching methods are aligned to the University of Liverpool hallmarks of research-connected teaching and active learning. Every module incorporates activities and opportunities to stimulate, facilitate and progressively guide the learning process. A strong focus on case-based learning and enquiry-based learning (EBL). EBL encourages you to access and engage with content logically and meaningfully. EBL has been shown to enhance students' learning experience and support development of graduates who have the skills to engage in self‐directed, reflective learning and critical thinking. To assist with learning there are a wide range of electronic resources available which you can access on campus and also remotely. Authentic assessment tasks have been included across the curriculum. Assessment tasks demand that you demonstrate a meaningful and integrated application of relevant academic knowledge, skills and understanding. Many of these assessment tasks mirror the skills which you can expect to undertake as a registered physiotherapist.

Successful graduates will be eligible to apply for registration as a physiotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and to apply to become a professional member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy


Why Health Sciences?

Breadth of expertise

The School comprises of programmes in Diagnostic Radiography, Theraputic Radiography and Oncology, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Orthoptics and Physiotherapy and has a vibrant Postgraduate/CPD portfolio. The School is committed to delivering quality research to the highest ethical standards in order to improve knowledge and services for the health of the community. Our multi professional cohort of staff has a strong research profile and is committed to developing policy, practice and technology for the improvement of healthcare and service delivery.

Contributing to the advancement of health care practice

We offer taught modular postgraduate programmes, and higher degrees by research, providing extensive opportunity for in-depth study and development of advanced clinical skills in a range of areas and contributing to the advancement of healthcare practice, management and professional education.

Continuing professional development provision

The School also offers a wide range of accredited and non-accredited CPD modules and hosts a vibrant daytime and evening short course programme to maximise opportunity for attendance. The most up-to-date information about these activities is to be found on the School website.