Physiotherapy BSc (Hons)

Key information


The physiotherapy programme at the University of Liverpool teaches you how to diagnose and holistically treat a wide variety of clinical problems.

The curriculum is designed to reflect current practice with research evidence underpinning all aspects of teaching.

A broad range of learning opportunities ensures that learning is accessible to students expressing different learning styles and preferences. Alongside academic and professional skills you will gain an excellent range of practical experience in a wide range of settings. The programme at Liverpool will encourage you to become independent, resourceful and able to meet the exciting challenges of healthcare today.

Programme in detail

The programme adopts a modular approach to the delivery of content. It incorporates both university taught and practice-based components which have been designed together as an integrated whole.

In Year One of the programme you will develop the core skills and knowledge needed for physiotherapy practice in the key themes of musculoskeletal, cardio-respiratory and neuromuscular clinical science.

Year Two focuses more specifically on pathology and the practical application of evidence-based treatment techniques within each key speciality. In Year Three, you will have the opportunity to investigate the context of physiotherapy practice in more depth.

Clinical education is an integral part of the curriculum. The second half of the programme is arranged around blocks of clinical practice that enable you to reinforce and develop professional skills and knowledge in a variety of clinical settings. Our excellent network of local placements brings learning to life.

Key transferable skills are embedded into the curriculum at every level so that individuals are equipped to effectively manage their personal and professional development following graduation.

In the final year, the curriculum provides a variety of preparatory work for job applications assisting students in enhancing their employability. It may be possible to undertake a Year Three placement overseas at our partner institution in the University of Nebrija, Madrid through the study abroad programme. Studying abroad has huge personal and academic benefits, as well as giving you a head start in the graduate job market. For more information visit

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

322 Year One undergraduates in the School of Health Sciences in 2018

UK league tables

Ranked 5th for Nursing in the Guardian University Guide 2019 and 3rd for Occupation Therapy in the Complete University Guide 2020

National Student Survey

100% overall satisfaction for Orthoptics and Physiotherapy programmes (NSS 2018)

Why this subject?

Sound career prospects

A degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Liverpool provides the opportunity to experience a rewarding and challenging career in the National Health Service, Social Services or the private sector. When you graduate at the end of the programme, you will be qualified to work alongside other high-quality professionals in a range of clinical settings and to implement the advances in the diagnosis and treatment of disease and the understanding of health.

Furthermore, the Hong Kong Physiotherapists Board have confirmed that the University Of Liverpool BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy Programme will be included in their List of Quotable Qualifications.

Strengthen your career prospects through our practical and professionally focused programmes

You will benefit from our experience in delivering over 100 years of teaching across six undergraduate programmes of study in a dynamic research-led School. Our student satisfaction rates, which range from 93-100%, are testament to the School being a great place to start to your career.

Learn from experienced, registered, working practitioners

You will be taught by staff with a great deal of practical experience and academic knowledge, who foster an approach of continual professional development that will serve you well throughout your career.

Interact with leading healthcare organisations

You’ll be taught a curriculum that is developed and assessed by leading healthcare providers, such as The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Rosemere Cancer Centre, Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, Whiston Hospital, Aintree and Walton Centre for Neurology, Arrowe Park Hospital, Royal Preston Hospital, and the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust. Many such partners across the North West provide you with exciting placement opportunities.

Bring your learning to life through clinical experience

You will gain a breadth of patient-focused practical experience in a region that has a particularly diverse population, helping you bring your learning to life and providing an invaluable insight to future roles.

Prepare for practice by studying with professionals from across the Health Sciences

Supported by the very latest in technological facilities, you’ll benefit from the shared learning the School’s six undergraduate programmes facilitate. Inter-professional modules reflect the multi-profession, team approach that you will encounter in today’s healthcare settings.

Build relationships with committed and enthusiastic teaching staff

Our friendly, supportive staff will enable you to reach your full career potential, both as a graduate and a lifelong learner with the School.