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Please note: Applications for January 2019 entry are now closed.

This course is for people who want to help others to improve their movement – despite physical difficulties caused by illness, injury, disability or ageing.

In the UK all physiotherapists must be registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). Our course has been approved by HCPC and enables you to fulfil HCPC requirements. Employability rates following the course are excellent.

The course lasts for two years so that there is sufficient time for you to undertake six placements. In total you will accrue 1,000 hours of experience in a range of settings and contexts. 

The advantages of this course include the breadth of our healthcare expertise, the variety of our placement opportunities, and the strong commitment to our values-based philosophy. Student satisfaction rates are exceptionally high.

Personal Statement Guidelines

When writing your personal statement please consider the following areas:

  • Justification for wanting to enter profession – what attracts you to this profession? Is it the values, characteristics, behaviours &/or variety of roles and responsibilities?
  • Why does this profession stand out for you compared to other health and social care professions?
  • Investigation of Physiotherapy as a career – to be able to make an informed career choice you must investigate some of the diversity of the profession ideally through direct observation of physiotherapists in diverse areas of practice
  • Evidence of additional skills, knowledge, experience – Transferable skills – how do your personal attributes, values, characteristics, behaviours and experiences relate to or prepare you for this challenging academic programme and a future career as a physiotherapist.
  • Evidence of engagement with research process/enquiry based learning (EBL) – you need to describe your personal understanding of the research process and experience undertaking research or your engagement with EBL

Structured Personal Statement

1. Tell us the reason you have chosen to study Physiotherapy. Within this answer you can tell us what motivated you to become a physiotherapist, and what you find interesting or inspiring about the profession. We would like you to show that you understand the role of the physiotherapist in different areas of clinical practice and the skills, values and qualities that are needed. Additionally, describe why this health care profession suits you personally. We expect you to give examples that show you have a caring attitude.

2. Describe the roles and responsibilities of physiotherapists. In this section you should tell us about your investigation into the physiotherapy profession, particularly discussing experiences you have had of physiotherapy. Although receiving physiotherapy yourself might have been your introduction to the profession we expect applicants to explore further than this. This must include work experience or placements within a physiotherapy setting, the opportunity to talk to physiotherapists about their role and evidence of reading around the subject or accessing information on the internet. Rather than simply providing a list, please expand on what the experience taught you about the profession. Physiotherapy is very varied profession, working with different populations in different settings; you should demonstrate an awareness of this.

3. Tell us about skills, knowledge and experience you have and explain why this is relevant to a future career in Physiotherapy. Please use experiences from previous learning, work, volunteering, hobbies, sport, music and any other activities you think relevant. Again, rather than a list of achievements please explain the specific skills or values demonstrated and how this has helped prepare you for study and a future career as a Physiotherapist. It may be useful to look at the NHS Constitution Values as this discusses the values and behaviours important for working in health care in the UK. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-nhs-constitution-for-england/the-nhs-constitution-for-england

4. Tell us about your engagement with research. Please describe any opportunities you have had of being involved in or using research, this might range from your ability to critically appraise research, learning about research methods to carrying out or being part of a research study. Research is integral to the MSc programme so this allows you to show us how you are prepared for that aspect of the programme.

Please note: Applications for January 2019 entry are now closed.

This course is for people who want to help others to improve their movement – despite physical difficulties caused by illness, injury, disability or ageing.

In the UK all physiotherapists must be registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). Our course has been approved by HCPC and enables you to fulfil HCPC requirements. Employability rates following the course are excellent.

The course lasts for two years so that there is sufficient time for you to undertake six placements. In total you will accrue 1,000 hours of experience in a range of settings and contexts. 

The advantages of this course include the breadth of our healthcare expertise, the variety of our placement opportunities, and the strong commitment to our values-based philosophy. Student satisfaction rates are exceptionally high.

Personal Statement Guidelines

When writing your personal statement please consider the following areas:

  • Justification for wanting to enter profession – what attracts you to this profession? Is it the values, characteristics, behaviours &/or variety of roles and responsibilities?
  • Why does this profession stand out for you compared to other health and social care professions?
  • Investigation of Physiotherapy as a career – to be able to make an informed career choice you must investigate some of the diversity of the profession ideally through direct observation of physiotherapists in diverse areas of practice
  • Evidence of additional skills, knowledge, experience – Transferable skills – how do your personal attributes, values, characteristics, behaviours and experiences relate to or prepare you for this challenging academic programme and a future career as a physiotherapist.
  • Evidence of engagement with research process/enquiry based learning (EBL) – you need to describe your personal understanding of the research process and experience undertaking research or your engagement with EBL

Structured Personal Statement

1. Tell us the reason you have chosen to study Physiotherapy. Within this answer you can tell us what motivated you to become a physiotherapist, and what you find interesting or inspiring about the profession. We would like you to show that you understand the role of the physiotherapist in different areas of clinical practice and the skills, values and qualities that are needed. Additionally, describe why this health care profession suits you personally. We expect you to give examples that show you have a caring attitude.

2. Describe the roles and responsibilities of physiotherapists. In this section you should tell us about your investigation into the physiotherapy profession, particularly discussing experiences you have had of physiotherapy. Although receiving physiotherapy yourself might have been your introduction to the profession we expect applicants to explore further than this. This must include work experience or placements within a physiotherapy setting, the opportunity to talk to physiotherapists about their role and evidence of reading around the subject or accessing information on the internet. Rather than simply providing a list, please expand on what the experience taught you about the profession. Physiotherapy is very varied profession, working with different populations in different settings; you should demonstrate an awareness of this.

3. Tell us about skills, knowledge and experience you have and explain why this is relevant to a future career in Physiotherapy. Please use experiences from previous learning, work, volunteering, hobbies, sport, music and any other activities you think relevant. Again, rather than a list of achievements please explain the specific skills or values demonstrated and how this has helped prepare you for study and a future career as a Physiotherapist. It may be useful to look at the NHS Constitution Values as this discusses the values and behaviours important for working in health care in the UK. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-nhs-constitution-for-england/the-nhs-constitution-for-england

4. Tell us about your engagement with research. Please describe any opportunities you have had of being involved in or using research, this might range from your ability to critically appraise research, learning about research methods to carrying out or being part of a research study. Research is integral to the MSc programme so this allows you to show us how you are prepared for that aspect of the programme.

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
2 years full-time

Department
Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location
Coach Lane Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
January 2019 or January 2020

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Learning in practice is an integral part of the course. There are a total of six Clinical Practice Placement (CPP) periods, adding up to 1,000 hours in the workplace.

Your tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including enquiry-based approaches in which you will be an active participant in your learning. As with other master’s degrees there will be a major element of independent learning and self-motivated reflection.

Our assessments are designed to promote academic development and professional practice. Methods include written assignments, presentations and assessments of placements.

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This course is delivered by a team of enthusiastic lecturers and clinicians who are actively engaged in research. We have extensive knowledge and expertise relevant to contemporary person-centred physiotherapy.

Practice educators will support your learning during each of your Clinical Practice Placement (CPP) periods. While on campus, you’ll also learn from visiting professionals who will share their insights into the rapid changes in healthcare in a technology-driven age.

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Tutor Profiles / Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) MSc

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The facilities at Northumbria University are some of the most advanced in the country. They help ensure our courses keep evolving in accordance with the latest developments in healthcare.

You will have access to our University library which was ranked joint first in the UK for student experience (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2015/16).

Technology is embedded throughout all aspects of the course. For example you’ll receive ongoing support through our innovative e-learning platform, Blackboard, where you can access a wide range of academic resources.

Facilities

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As a Masters student you’ll develop your research and enquiry skills to a new level. The Research Project module will enable you to plan, develop, manage and appraise an original piece of research.

Throughout the course you’ll be an active participant in the on-going research agenda that’s at the heart of Northumbria University. Our academic events include research conferences that explore healthcare topics from interdisciplinary perspectives.

Research

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Based on your particular interests, you can choose one of your placements in a clinical area and location that reflects your career aspirations. For example you could undertake a placement in another country in order to gain experience within a fresh culture and healthcare system.

Our curriculum is designed not just to meet academic requirements but also HCPC Standards of Proficiency. In addition the course is approved by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, which further reflects its relevance to contemporary professional practice.

Throughout the course you will maintain a Personal and Professional Development File that will inform and support future employment opportunities. It will also provide a foundation for your continuing professional development after you leave Northumbria.

Book an Open Day / Experience Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) MSc

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Physiotherapy at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

On completion of this course you’ll be ready to seek professional registration with HCPC so that you can work as a physiotherapist with the NHS, local authorities, charities or private sector employers. Well over 90% of our students are in employment or further study within six months of completing the course.

If you choose to continue your studies to a higher level, your experience of postgraduate research will provide an excellent foundation.

Whatever you decide to do, you’ll have the transferable skills that employers expect from a master’s graduate from Northumbria University. These include the ability to tackle complex issues through conceptualisation and undertaking research, the ability to contribute to new processes and knowledge, and the ability to formulate balanced judgements when considering incomplete or ambiguous data.

Book an Open Day / Experience Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) MSc

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Physiotherapy at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

Course in brief

Your course in brief

Year 1

Year one Year one will introduce core concepts and skills for physiotherapy, physiotherapy for the promotion of movement and health, and physiotherapeutic management of rehabilitation.

Year 2

Year two Year two will explore empirical and practice projects, systematic appraisals, education, measurement and outcome for physiotherapy, integrated physiotherapy practice and leading and developing physiotherapy practice.

Who would this Course suit?

This course is for people who want to become registered physiotherapists.

Entry Requirements 2018/19

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:1 degree in a related subject area (such as Sports Science, Health Science, Physiology, Psychology) Or a non-UK physiotherapy qualification at HE diploma level and a minimum of one year of clinical experience.

International qualifications:

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language requirements

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with 6.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications.

 

 

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

     

    International applicants are required to have one of the following English language qualifications, with grades as shown below.

    - A British Council International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7.0 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 6.5

    - Pearson Academic score of 62 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

    The University also accepts many other English language qualifications and if you have any questions about our English language requirements, please contact the International Admissions Office and we will be glad to assist you

  • Additional:

    A suitable DBS Enhanced Certificate and satisfactory health checks are required. You must meet the Health and Care Professions Council's suitability for registration requirements.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:1 degree in a related subject area (such as Sports Science, Health Science, Physiology, Psychology) Or a non-UK physiotherapy qualification at HE diploma level and a minimum of one year of clinical experience.

International qualifications:


If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language requirements

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with 6.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

Plus one of the following:
International/English Language Requirements:
 

International applicants are required to have one of the following English language qualifications, with grades as shown below.

- A British Council International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7.0 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 6.5

- Pearson Academic score of 62 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

The University also accepts many other English language qualifications and if you have any questions about our English language requirements, please contact the International Admissions Office and we will be glad to assist you

Additional:
A suitable DBS Enhanced Certificate and satisfactory health checks are required. You must meet the Health and Care Professions Council's suitability for registration requirements.

 

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications.

Fees and Funding 2018/19 Entry

Full UK Fee: £14,000

Full EU Fee: £14,000

Full International Fee: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

Throughout your studies you will be required to undertake a placement, depending on the location and duration of your placement you may incur additional costs for travel and accommodation.

FUNDING INFORMATION

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Click here for UK/EU Masters tuition fee information.

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Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

Full UK Fee: TBC

Full EU Fee: TBC

Full International Fee: TBC

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

FUNDING INFORMATION

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Click here for International Masters funding and scholarships information.

Click here for UK/EU Masters tuition fee information.

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Click here for additional costs which may be involved while studying.

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Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

PT0606 -

Physiotherapy Professional Practice Studies 1 (NC, 20 Credits)

This module introduces you to the Physiotherapy profession seeking to re-contextualise your previous study and life experiences and explore how these can be applied and developed through an individualised learning approach. Through enquiry-based learning, you will explore the fundamental skills of Physiotherapy. Orientated around professional and key analytical skills, you will develop your abilities in the assessment of function, understanding of movement and professional communications and conduct.
Working to meet the standards necessary for professional registration, you will have the opportunity to further progress your skills in the practice environment through clinical practice placement-based learning periods across the year. During these periods, you will have the opportunity to integrate your learning from co-requisite modules to evaluate and further advance your communication, collaborative and inter-professional working abilities and develop and safe and effective practice in the “real world”.

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PT0705 -

Assessment & Rehabilitation for Movement & Function (NC, 20 Credits)

This module will provide you with the opportunity to build on the knowledge, skills, values and behaviours introduced within ‘Physiotherapy professional practice studies 1’ to critically explore the pathology, assessment, management, and practical intervention for people within the core areas of cardiorespiratory (spontaneously breathing person), musculoskeltal (peripheral joints), and neurology (stroke) physiotherapy.

You will be introduced to the concept of health, movement, health promotion and rehabilitation and the role of physiotherapy applied within an applied health (International Classification of Functioning) model (WHO, 2001). Framed by this model, you will develop assessments skills necessary to work with people with pathologies (including long term conditions) and injuries of the a) shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle and foot b) obstructive and restrictive lung conditions, and cardiac dysfunction c) stroke.

You will practice and develop skills in the application of therapeutic exercise to address common identified problems experienced by these groups of people, along with an introduction to relevant electrotherapy and manual therapy approaches.

Thus the module will provide you with a firm foundation for practice within these areas of physiotherapy towards developing your knowledge, skills, values and behaviour required to meet professional standards of proficiency with an emphasis on a person-centred approach to physiotherapy that will provide you opportunities to gain insight of the influences of dimensions of health on professional practice and your own identity as a physiotherapist.

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PT0706 -

Research in Health & Social Care (NC, 20 Credits)

This module will provide you with the opportunity to engage with academic writing, a range of research methodologies, both quantitative and qualitative and consider these in the context of physiotherapy practice and wider health and social care to contribute to your development as an evidence based healthcare practitioner. Systematic review methodology will be introduced and considered in the context of an MSc project option. In this module you will have the opportunity to engage with research ethics and research methodology theory and to also participate in data collection and analysis, including the integration and development of some skills and concepts considered in your profession specific modules in the context of research. Public health related to physical activity will be reflected within this module; both from an individual, personal perspective and development of this to relate to the wider population. This will support development of critical discussion and as a vehicle for data collection and analysis. The end product of this module will be a project proposal. This module is linked with your MSc project; with the aim prepare you for involvement in data collection and analysis or systematic appraisal to provide you with a firm foundation for undertaking research as part of your MSc.

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PT0707 -

Movement for Function & Participation (NC, 20 Credits)

You will have the opportunity to develop a repertoire of critical, analytical, reflective and practical skills to provide safe and effective interventions within the context of the core areas of musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and neurological physiotherapy, with a focus on complexity and long-term rehabilitation. The module will build on interventions previously developed focussing on service-users with more complex conditions and introducing models of care with an emphasis on movement to promote function and empower service-users to self-manage and improve participation.

You will be introduced to theories of clinical decision-making and behavioural change to inform safe and effective practice for person-centred physiotherapy. This will support the development and application of skills in relation to assessment, electrotherapy modalities and manual therapy, as well as the further development of your practical skills related to therapeutic exercise (introduced at the module Assessment & Rehabilitation for Movement & Function ) and pertinent educational strategies that support self-management for people with complex, long-term conditions.

Thus the module will provide you with the opportunity to continue developing your knowledge, skills, values and behaviour required to meet professional standards of proficiency with an emphasis on a person-centred approach to physiotherapy that recognises the complexity of individual experience of a continually changing health condition and the potential for physiotherapy to impact positively on quality of life.

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PT0710 -

Pre-reg MSc Occupational Therapy & MSc Physiotherapy project (NC, 60 Credits)

In this module you will develop the necessary skills to plan, develop, implement, and critique of a research project relevant to professional practice. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to plan for dissemination of your research to a wider audience via conference presentation or publication.
With support from your academic supervisor you will undertake your own research project; this may involve primary data collection, analysis of existing data, or a synthesis of the literature on a specific topic.
More specifically, depending on your choice of methodology you will develop
• Project management skills including time management skills
• Knowledge and skills required for quantitative or qualitative data collection and/or systematic literature searching
• Knowledge and skills required for qualitative or quantitative data analysis, and/or data synthesis
This is a valuable and exciting learning and development opportunity that will enhance your employability and future career opportunities as a contemporary autonomous professional.

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PT0708 -

Physiotherapy Professional Practice Studies 2 (NC, 20 Credits)

In this module you will explore how physiotherapy supports people in vulnerable circumstances across the spectrum of acute and critical care, rehabilitation and long term supported management. You will consider the needs and values of individuals who are acutely unwell as well as the complexities of multi pathology, and how these apply to physiotherapy practice. You will be criticially examined on your ability to adapt your therapeutic approach to meet individual needs across physiotherapy specialities, with the expectation that you develop your skills in supporting people with physical, mental, cognitive and emotional needs.

The module will facilitate development an integrated, person-centred approach that will enable you to further develop the practical and clinical decision-making skills to support effective physiotherapy practice that will be further evidencd across your periods of clinical practice placement learning.

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PT0709 -

Innovation and Change for Physiotherapy (NC, 20 Credits)

Within this module you will have the opportunity to complete your pre-registration learning and development in understanding your unique qualities that will contribute towards your successful registration, employment, continuing professional development (CPD), and your role as a leader and change agent for service development. Through your understanding of contemporary physiotherapy, health and social care and your current position as a potential registrant, you will identify and negotiate module learning outcomes that reflect and critically review your decision-making, communication, and CPD skills developed across the programme and apply them in the development of key themes:

• Autonomous practice, learning and development
• Employment and employability
• Contemporary and emerging areas of physiotherapy practice and delivery
• Leadership and management of change
• Contemporary health and social care policy
• Business and entrepreneurialism

Interactive workshops with module staff and external experts will provide a dynamic format to critically explore your professional identity and maximise your exployability and future development as a registered physiotherapist. The clinical areas of Learning Disabililty, Mental Health, Elderly Care, Paediatrics, and Palliative Care amongst others can be negotiated, as you are provided with the exciting opportunity to shape your learning.

In summary, you will examine service provision and development in the context of individuals in receipt of physiotherapy (and health and social care), families, cultures and contemporary society in general with an emphasis on (new) partnerships that hold potential in offering diverse solutions to challenges and opportunities provided for individuals having greater control over their own care and experience of physiotherapy.

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PT0710 -

Pre-reg MSc Occupational Therapy & MSc Physiotherapy project (NC, 60 Credits)

In this module you will develop the necessary skills to plan, develop, implement, and critique of a research project relevant to professional practice. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to plan for dissemination of your research to a wider audience via conference presentation or publication.
With support from your academic supervisor you will undertake your own research project; this may involve primary data collection, analysis of existing data, or a synthesis of the literature on a specific topic.
More specifically, depending on your choice of methodology you will develop
• Project management skills including time management skills
• Knowledge and skills required for quantitative or qualitative data collection and/or systematic literature searching
• Knowledge and skills required for qualitative or quantitative data analysis, and/or data synthesis
This is a valuable and exciting learning and development opportunity that will enhance your employability and future career opportunities as a contemporary autonomous professional.

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