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.

Programme Structure

In order to be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy, candidates must successfully complete the following six modules:

Year 1:
Anatomy & Biomechanics for the Veterinary Physiotherapist
Principles of Veterinary Physiotherapy & Approach to the Animal Patient
Orthopaedics of the Common Domestic Species for the Veterinary Physiotherapist
Year 2:
Veterinary Physiotherapy Practice 1
Neuromotor System in Performance & Disease
Advanced Veterinary Physiotherapy Practice

In order to be awarded the MSc in Veterinary Physiotherapy, candidates must then go on complete a Research Project in year three (subject to performance in years one and two and approval of research proposal). See the Veterinary Physiotherapy Delegate Handbook for more information. 

Method of Teaching 

Postgraduate Diploma modules are delivered as part of a fully-taught, structured e-learning programme, where students receive support and guidance from subject specialists. Candidates do not work in isolation but as part of a teaching group, with regular contact with fellow students and academics online via evening journal clubs and discussion boards.

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

In addition, 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.


The Postgraduate Diploma is completed on a part-time basis, in 16-week modules, over 2 years.


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


  • Years 1 & 2: For UK students £4500 per year (this fee includes tuition for practical workshops at Leahurst and clinical educator placements and is payable £1500 per semester)
  • Years 1 & 2: For non UK students £5400 per year (this fee includes tuition for practical workshops at Leahurst and clinical educator placements and is payable £1800 per semester)
  • Year 3 (Research Project): For UK students £2000
  • Year 3 (Research Project): For non UK students £2400


How to Apply

Candidates who are Chartered Physiotherapists and registered, or eligible to register, with The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), or equivalent, and have a minimum of one years' experience in practice post graduation at the next start date of 30 August 2021, may apply for a place on the Veterinary Physiotherapy programme.

Click here for further information on how to apply.

Please note the application deadline is 28 February 2021.