Veterinary Physiotherapy (Postgraduate Diploma / MSc)

The University of Liverpool’s Postgraduate Diploma / MSc in Veterinary Physiotherapy is a specialist programme aimed at Chartered Physiotherapists who wish to translate their knowledge and skills developed on humans into practice on animals.

The programme is recognised by the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy (ACPAT) as an upgrading route for ‘Category A’ membership.

PgDip Programme Structure

In order to be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy, candidates must successfully complete the following six modules over one year full time, or two years part time:

Principles of Veterinary Physiotherapy & Approach to the Animal Patient

Anatomy & Biomechanics for the Veterinary Physiotherapist

Orthopaedics of the Common Domestic Species for the Veterinary Physiotherapist

Neuromotor System in Performance & Disease

Veterinary Physiotherapy Practice 1

Advanced Veterinary Physiotherapy Practice

MSc Programme Structure

In order to be awarded the MSc in Veterinary Physiotherapy, candidates must successfully complete the above six modules, plus a Research Project. The programme is only available over one year on a full time basis.

Method of Teaching 

The modules are delivered as part of a fully-taught, structured blended learning programme, with modules delivered online supported by practical periods in the form of residential schools and clinical placements. During online modules, candidates are encouraged to work with their cohort with assessed and informal online meeting opportunities. There are regular asynchronous learning opportunities with fellow students and academics online via discussion boards and scheduled synchronous evening journal clubs and meetings.

The virtual learning environment also includes access to the University of Liverpool's online library.

Candidates attend a total of 4 weeks or 20 days practical training at the University of Liverpool's Leahurst campus, 20 practical days with a clinical educator and an additional 10 days in veterinary practices over the two-year programme. The 50 days of practical training provide candidates with the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills learned on the programme.

Some practical training may be completed abroad for candidates studying from non-UK countries.

Assessment 

Assessment is on-going throughout each module and feedback is provided by module tutors. 

Fees 

  • Part time PgDip
    • £9,000 UK students payable £1,500 per trimester
    • £10,800 Non-UK students payable £1,800 per trimester
  • Full time PgDip
    • £9,000 UK students payable £3,000 per trimester
    • £10,800 Non-UK students payable £3,600 per trimester
  • Full time MSc
    • £12,000 UK students payable £4,000 per trimester
    • £15,000 Non-UK students payable £5,000 per trimester

Candidate Pre-requisites

Part time PgDip:

  1. Eligibility for registration with the Health Professions Council (or equivalent Physiotherapists Registration Board for international delegates).
  2. One year’s recent experience working as a physiotherapist
  3. References from a veterinarian and a physiotherapist (human or animal) in support of the applicants suitability for the programme.
  4. If the applicant is from a country where English is not the first Language they will be required to show evident of attainment of English at a minimum IELTS score of 7 or equivalent.
  5. Recognition of Prior Learning Policy arrangements will be applicable, as long as the prior learning represents equivalent modules and learning outcomes. APL or APEL from non-veterinary or animal physiotherapy or non M-level programmes (e.g. sports science, science, equine science) will not be considered.

Full time PgDip/MSc

  1. Academic achievement of 2.1 or 2.2 with supporting academic references.
  2. Eligibility for registration with the Health Professions Council (or equivalent Physiotherapists Registration Board for international delegates)
  3. References from a veterinarian and a physiotherapist (human or animal) in support of the applicant's suitability for the programme.
  4. If the applicant is from a country where English is not the first Language they will be required to show evident of attainment of English at a minimum IELTS score of 7 or equivalent
  5. Recognition of Prior Learning Policy arrangements will be applicable, as long as the prior learning represents equivalent modules and learning outcomes. APL or APEL from non-veterinary or animal physiotherapy or non M-level programmes (e.g. sports science, science, equine science) will not be considered
  6. Recommended work experience: One year clinical physiotherapy practice.

How to Apply

Click here for further information on how to apply.

Please note the application deadline for the cohort starting on 29 August 2022 is 28 February 2022.