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MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration)

The MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) is a 2 year qualifying course for graduates with a relevant degree, providing the opportunity to undertake a physiotherapy course leading to registration at master's level. This MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) course is validated, HCPC approved and has received CSP accreditation. Applications for January 2021 are now closed.

Course overview

This course aims to develop highly skilled evidence-based physiotherapists equipped to face the challenges of an advancing profession within the context of continuing professional development and life-long learning.

Be at the forefront of this advancing profession. Highly skilled physiotherapists are in great demand, and our new MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) course has been specifically designed to give you the training and experience you require to qualify as a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered physiotherapist to practice within this advancing field.

You’ll receive a challenging and rewarding educational experience, where you will develop all the skills necessary to practice as a competent, reflective, evidence-based and person-centred physiotherapist.

This course will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to make a valuable contribution to your chosen workplace. As part of this course, you will also develop a keen appreciation of people’s physical and mental health needs, so that you can provide high-quality treatment/rehabilitation for a variety of conditions across diverse specialities. Alongside this, you will develop key management and leadership skills and understand the importance of interdisciplinary working.

As part of the course, you will experience a wide range of placements including, NHS, voluntary and private, as well as our own on-site healthcare-focused clinic where you’ll gain a variety of experiences with a wide range of client groups. You’ll be working under the guidance of highly skilled clinicians and will treat patients, observe other practitioners and participate in all aspects of physiotherapy-focused care. You will also have the opportunity to participate in case conferences, ward rounds and a range of visits.

This MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) course is validated, HCPC approved and has received CSP accreditation.

This course is closed for applications for January 2021 start, for general questions on the MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) qualification or to register your interest in the course for next year, please use the contact form below.

Key Information

Course title:
MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration)
2 year full-time
Study mode:
Typical offer:
2:1 or 2:2 degree in a relevant subject
AECC University College

Course leader

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Dr. Caroline Belchamber

DProf, MSc, BSc (Hons), PGCE, FHEA, RFRSM - Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy and Course Leader.

Dr. Caroline Belchamber joined AECC University College in 2020, as Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy and is course lead on the MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) course in the School of Psychology, Sport and Physical Activity.

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Course details

Course location

School of Psychology, Sport and Physical Activity, Parkwood Campus

Why study for a MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) at AECC University College?

We offer an innovative curriculum designed to meet the needs of aspiring Physiotherapists. We have fantastic state-of-the-art healthcare education provision including on-site clinics, imaging services, treatment spaces and a pro-section laboratory. This, coupled with our expertise in training healthcare professionals, offers a fantastic environment in which aspiring Physiotherapists can train and develop.

Structure of study with key unit highlights.

We utilise a diverse range of delivery approaches to maximise learning in individual units. Delivery modes include seminars, workshops, practice sessions, manual therapy and practice labs, placement opportunities peer and expert observations, online learning and laboratory sessions.


The MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) course utilises a range of contemporary approaches to assessing learning, whilst also seeking to develop key applied skills and communication approaches. So alongside more traditional dissertation and essay assessments, students will also write blogs, produce short videos, engage with social media, write consultancy reports, engage in case conferences, role-plays and debates.

Unit breakdown

'This course is designed to develop the knowledge skills and expertise for aspiring Physiotherapists to make a positive contribution to society, and healthcare in particular’.

Entry Requirements

How do I apply?

Applications for our January 2022 MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) course will be open from early February 2021 via our online application system. You will need to provide your educational history, a personal statement and a satisfactory reference.

Please register your interest in this postgraduate course on the form below and when applications open for 2022 our admissions team will be in touch. 

What qualifications do I need?

Normally a first or second class (2:1 or 2:2) BSc (Hons) degree in a relevant science-based subject.

Examples of relevant subjects include sport and exercise science, sports rehabilitation, sports therapy, human biology, biomedical sciences, anatomy and physiology.


An existing qualification in nursing, midwifery or relevant Allied Health Profession (e.g: osteopathy or chiropractic). 

Is there anything else that is required?

To gain a place on the course applicants must also successfully undergo an interview process in which past experiences, motivations to join the profession, and future aspirations of applicants will be explored in further detail. More information about the interview process will be provided if/when applicants are invited to the interview stage.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, we would be looking for one of the following:

  • International English Language Test Score (IELTS): 7.0 (with a minimum of 7 in each component) or equivalent.
  • TOEFL overall score of 100 with minimum scores of 24 in listening and reading, 23 in speaking and 27 in writing
  • An undergraduate or postgraduate degree from a UK university
  • A completed undergraduate or postgraduate degree which has been taught in a ‘majority English-speaking’ country. These are: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand,  St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia,  St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United States of America


We may be able to consider other English language qualifications, so call or email our Admissions team and they will be happy to help. Try to book your language tests as early in the year as you can, just in case re-sits are needed. 

If you’re not sure about anything listed here, talk to our Admissions team by email or calling us on 01202 436200 and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have. For more information about our admissions policies and procedures, including our Admissions Complaints and Appeals Policy, please click here.


Course Fees

Our current course costs for the MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) course are per annum and are shown below.


£9,250 per annum


£16,500 per annum

Important information about the course, and the additional costs associated with this course can be found here.

Note: For students to be eligible for funding from Student Finance England, they must be studying on an eligible course at a provider registered with the Office for Students (OfS). AECC University College is registered with the OfS. You can view the register and search for our name.

Our tuition fees policy can be found here on our latest policies page.

Should you have any questions on course fees please contact our admissions team on the form below. 

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