MSc (Pre-Registration) Physiotherapy

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Our accelerated, two-year pre-registration course is approved and validated by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and aims to prepare you for work as a physiotherapist in modern practice.

Running over two years (45 weeks per year), our full-time, accelerated course supports students who have an undergraduate degree in a related subject to practise as a physiotherapist.

To fund your postgraduate pre-registration Physiotherapy degree, you'll be able to access standard student loans in line with undergraduate funding for pre-registration courses. Find out more about funding your MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration). 

Our taught masters degree helps you to integrate physiotherapy theory with practice and to develop your skills in critical thinking.

Some of the topics you'll study include the structure and function of the nervous system, cardiorespiratory system and musculoskeletal system. You’ll consider issues such as health inequalities, the legal and policy frameworks governing physiotherapy practice in the UK, and integrated care.

You’ll also have practical sessions where you’ll learn physiotherapy techniques such as manual therapy and exercise therapy. These typically take place in our specialist physiotherapy teaching rooms.

You need to achieve a minimum of 1000 clinical hours in order to gain registration as a physiotherapist. On our course, you’ll complete four, six week placements and one, five week placement. These are normally organised by the Practice Placement team and take place in a wide variety of clinical areas including the NHS and private practice, where you will be supported and work alongside experienced clinical educators who will facilitate and support your learning. The final elective placement can be in an area of your choice either in the UK or abroad.

Many of our teaching team are actively involved within research and clinical practice alongside their teaching commitments. Current research projects include community health screening in Hulme, Manchester, and specialist dance classes in Sheffield for people with terminal illnesses.

This course is for students who have an undergraduate degree in a related subject and wish to practice as a physiotherapist. If you are already a registered and qualified physiotherapist, please see our MSc in Advanced Physiotherapy

Features and Benefits

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Career Prospects

As a qualified physiotherapist, you could work in a range of settings, from sports clubs, community care settings or hospitals.

Many of our graduates begin their physiotherapy career within the NHS as a Band 5 Physiotherapist.

You could also choose to continue with further study to specialise in a particular discipline of physiotherapy such as musculoskeletal, neurological, women’s health or mental health.

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Entry requirements


You'll need to hold a UK undergraduate honours degree at 2.1 or above, or equivalent international qualification, in a relevant subject.

Relevant subject areas include: biological sciences, sports science, sports therapy or rehabilitation, chemistry, nursing and psychology.

Additional requirements:

The 'Personal Statement' section of the application form is for you to provide additional information to  support your application. Personal Statement guidance can be found via the link in the 'How to apply for this course' section. Your Personal Statement is limited to 700 words.

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

Course details

When you're in University, you'll undertake tutorials and practical sessions in a small teaching group.

We follow a problem based learning approach, using real patient case studies to facilitate the learning of essential skills such as clinical reasoning, manual skills, massage and exercise therapy. We create simulations where you can follow a patient’s journey and explore the options for management and recovery. This helps you to problem solve and work with other healthcare professionals, such as nurses, in order to do the best for your patient.

Some of the topics you’ll learn about include the structure and function of the nervous system, cardiorespiratory disease and how to deliver effective management, and biomechanics and tissue repair.

In year one, you’ll complete a one-week observational placement and two six-week practice placements, where your learning will involve working alongside a variety of clinicians and be supervised by a named clinical educator.

In year two, you’ll complete two further six-week practice placements. We organise your placements in both the NHS and private settings across the North West of England. Settings are varied and may include schools, hospitals, sports facilities, and health centres.

You’ll complete a final placement and it’s typically in the location of your choice (subject to approval).

You may choose to undertake this placement with a setting you see yourself working in in the future or an area of a specific speciality. You could also use links with local organisations to complete your placement, from sports clubs to community organisations.

In your final year, you'll complete a research project and submit a dissertation on a subject of your choice. 

In your first year of your course, you'll cover the following units:

  • Healthcare Delivery
  • Foundations in Physiotherapy Management
  • Research Methods
  • Patient Management 1: Musculoskeletal
  • Patient Management 2: Cardiorespiratory
  • Patient Management 3: Neurology
  • Practice Placement Preparation and Observation
  • Practice Placement 1

For the full unit descriptions, click read more about this year of study below.

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Core Units

Practice Placement 1

In this unit you'll undertake a supervised practice placement for five weeks. This will normally be organised by the Practice Placement team at a venue in the North West of England. Learning outcomes will be achieved by your own management of a caseload of patients with predictable pathologies. The Practice Placement unit does not attract any academic credit, but is graded pass/fail and must be successfully completed before you can progress on to the next placement. 

Healthcare Delivery (10 credits)

In this unit you'll develop critical skills essential for lifelong learning and engagement in professional practice. you'll also develop the skills to analyse how approaches to practice can be modified to meet the needs of individuals from diverse communities and in a variety of clinical contexts.

  • Two Strands: foundations in professional practice and health and social care (FIPP and HSC)
  • FiPP: Roles and functions of professional, statutory and regulatory bodies.
  • Continuing professional development and the life long learning agenda.
  • Diversity & cultural competence, promoting equality & people’s rights / responsibilities.
  • Evidence based practice, guidelines, protocols, and integrated care pathways.
  • Reflective practice, models of reflection, reflective writing and introduction to portfolio development.

There will be a focus on Health in terms of Rehabilitation – social, medical models; preventative (including introduction to health promotion), restorative, maintenance, palliative approaches of rehabilitation, major approaches to psychology and their relevance to health; psychological factors affecting health.

You'll also cover key characteristics of:

  • Primary care,
  • Secondary care,
  • Intermediate care,
  • Tertiary care,
  • Residential care,
  • Private health care,
  • Voluntary care,
  • Respite care,
  • Non-traditional healthcare environments,
  • Educational and occupational settings.
  • The multi-agency perspective including the role of carers.

Current health, social and educational policy relevant to the delivery of physiotherapy services. For example, NSF’s, evidence-based practice, clinical governance, guidelines, protocols, inclusion and reducing inequalities.

  • Health inequalities.
  • Person centred/patient centred/patient focused care
  • Teamwork – interdisciplinary, unidisciplinary, skills of team working.
  • Ethical practice.
Foundations in Physiotherapy Management (10 Credits)

In this unit you'll cover biomechanics, histology and tissue repair and physiology. The specific systems you'll consider will be the cardio-vascular and respiratory systems, the musculoskeletal system and the neuromuscular system.

You'll explore the structure and function of major systems of the body and relate their structure and function to human movement, including development, the effects of ageing, and response to exercise.

Physiology of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and neurological systems in terms of human movement will be the main focus of this unit and the required learning outcomes.

Research Methods

We've designed this unit to enable you to utilise and undertake sound and clinically relevant research. You'll gain an enhanced knowledge of the quantitative and qualitative research processes including statistical data analysis and will cover:

  • Ethical doctrines and ethical issues related to research
  • Critical appraisal of quantitative and qualitative research and systematic reviews
  • Quantitative and qualitative research designs and methodologies
  • Selection of measurement tools with reference to reliability, validity, sensitivity, specificity and utility
  • Data entry
  • Descriptive analysis
  • Parametric and non–parametric analysis
  • Content analysis and thematic analysis
  • How to write a research proposal
Patient Management 1: Musculoskeletal (20 credits)

In this unit you'll learn to apply the anatomical and physiological knowledge of the musculoskeletal system and the upper and lower quadrants. You'll practise and critically analyse safe and effective physiotherapy assessment and management techniques for selected conditions of the upper and lower quadrant.

The main principles in this unit are the integration, systematic understanding and application of anatomical and physiological knowledge to a range of pathologies of the upper and lower quadrants. This will enable you to clinically reason, justify and evaluate their clinical decisions.

You'll cover functional anatomy and physiology, surface marking, assessment, differential diagnosis and treatment of pathologies in the following regions: lumbar spine, pelvis, hip, knee, foot and ankle, cervicothoracic spine, shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand.

You'll also learn and critically evaluate physiotherapeutic techniques to treat a range of musculoskeletal conditions in the upper and lower quadrants. This includes manual therapy, massage therapy (including frictional massage), exercise therapy, electrotherapy and physiotherapy advice (including posture, ergonomics and pacing).

Patient Management 2: Cardiorespiratory (20 credits)

In this unit you'll consider the structure and function of the cardiorespiratory system and the pathophysiological changes that occur as a result of disease. You'll explore a range of pathologies including surgical, medical and vascular conditions. You'll also be able to select and deliver effective management, including palpation and therapeutic handling that can be modified according to disease severity and transferred to other clinical contexts.  This unit will teach you to justify your choice of valid and reliable outcomes measures to evaluate the effectiveness of their interventions.  You'll consider psychosocioeconomic factors involved in the care of patients with cardiorespiratory disease and consider the roles of other members of the multi-disciplinary team, in facilitating patient self-management. You'll use high-quality contemporary literature to support their clinical decision making.  

Patient Management 3: Neurology (20 credits)

We've designed this unit to cover essential patient assessment and management of selected conditions of the nervous system, you'll consider:

  • The structure and function of the nervous system
  • Application of safe, accurate and effective palpation and therapeutic handling; 
  • Cognitive and psychomotor skills of the student in the assessment and treatment of selected neurological conditions in primary and secondary healthcare settings;
  • Neurophysiology, functional and applied anatomy and principles of treatment of selected neurological conditions
  • Physiotherapy assessment and management of selected conditions  to enable students to clinically reason, justify and evaluate their clinical decisions
  • Neurological impairment in different age groups and consideration of the role of the physiotherapist in restorative, supportive and palliative care. Critical evaluation of relevant literature utilised in the management of neurological conditions.
Practice Placement Preparation and Observation

This is an observational placement that takes place in a healthcare setting during the first year of the programme. You'll arrange this placement within the UK and must be supervised by a physiotherapist. You'll also participate in sessions designed to prepare you for the practice environment before you go out on placement.

In your second year of your course, you'll cover the following units:

  • Practice Placement 2
  • Practice Placement 3
  • Practice Placement 4
  • Practice Placement 5 
  • The Autonomous Practitioner
  • Evidence-based Practice
  • Dissertation

For the full unit descriptions, click read more about this year of study below.

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Core Units

The Autonomous Practitioner

We've designed this unit to communicate the expectations of a registered professional within health and social care services. You'll develop a systematic understanding of the role of a Registered Practitioner who is autonomous and accountable in their practice.

Practice Placement 3

This unit is a supervised practice placement of five weeks duration.  The placement will normally be organised by the Practice Placement team at a venue in the North West of England. You'll be facilitated to achieve the learning outcomes by managing a caseload of patients with complex problems and conditions that do not necessarily respond in a predictable way.

This unit does not attract any academic credit. However, the unit is graded pass/fail and must be successfully completed before the student can progress on to the next placement.

Practice Placement 4

In this unit you'll undertake a supervised practice placement of five weeks duration.  The placement will normally be organised by the Practice Placement team at a venue in the North West of England. You'll be facilitated to achieve the learning outcomes by managing a caseload of patients with complex problems and conditions that do not necessarily respond in a predictable way.

This unit does not attract any academic credit. However, the unit is graded pass/fail and must be successfully completed before the student can progress on to the next placement.

Dissertation (60 credits)

In this unit you'll apply and integrate relevant aspects of knowledge, understanding, skills and experiences developed in previous units of the programme to produce a scholarly piece of work.

This unit will enable you to apply your skills in appraising, integrating and synthesising evidence to support clinical decision-making and the prescription of appropriate, evidence based interventions. Projects will be based on topics which have clinical and professional relevance.  The unit culminates in the submission of either a critical review of literature or a scientific paper and viva, which will be developed with the supervision from a member of the programme team.

Evidence Based Practice (10 units)

In this unit you'll undertake an Advanced Physiotherapy review of current literature. You'll receive the option of one study topic from a choice of three. The topics available will be influenced by National guidelines and policies related by health care provision, but by way of example areas may include neurodynamics, management of the acutely/ critically ill patient, management of soft tissue injuries.

Practice Placement 5 (10 practice credits)

This placement offers the opportunity for you to work in a setting and/or country of your choice and at a level of independent and autonomous practice appropriate to your imminent registration status. This placement is organised by you and may take place in the primary, secondary or tertiary state healthcare; in a Social Care setting; in education; in the voluntary/independent/private sector or in charitable organisations.

This unit does not attract any academic credit. However, the unit is graded pass/fail and evidence of successful completion must be submitted before the student is eligible to graduate from the programme.

Practice Placement 5 is intended to enable you to develop your skills in managing a mixed caseload, which may include patients with complex problems and conditions that do not necessarily respond in a predictable way. We'll provide learning opportunities to enable you to work in challenging environments where you may have to modify your practice in response to clinical, organisational and resource factors.

You'll relate theory to practice and should demonstrate an understanding of a complex body of knowledge and be able to apply problem solving skills to more complex situations and unpredictable circumstances. You should be able to evaluate evidence, arguments and assumptions to reach sound decisions and do this with the expectation of greater levels of autonomy than have been expected during previous units. You'll also be expected to contribute effectively to work undertaken as part of a team and acknowledge cross professional boundaries

Practice Placement 2

In this unit you'll undertake a supervised practice placement of six weeks duration. The placement will normally be organised by the Practice Placement team at a venue in the North West of England. You'll manage a caseload of patients which will allow you to apply physiotherapy theory and practice in real-world settings under the supervision of an appropriately qualified and registered healthcare professional.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:


Additional information about this course

Health checks - You will be required to complete an Occupational Health Assessment to ensure that your health does not constitute a barrier to the achievement of the programme learning outcomes or eligibility to apply for registration with the professional body. This will require the completion of a health questionnaire before or during the first few weeks of your course, followed by an occupational health screening appointment which will include the consideration of appropriate immunisations. Travel costs to appointments (which will be within the Greater Manchester area) will not be covered by the University. Professional Suitability - Students on programmes leading to professional qualifications are required to adhere to professional standards and codes of practice during their studies. Failure to do so may lead to exclusion from the programme on the grounds of professional unsuitability. Students will be briefed about the requirements at the start of their studies.Course specific regulations - Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies require students to achieve results that demonstrate their ability to practise safely. There are therefore some exceptions to the standard University Assessment Regulations for those students, for example limitations on resits and on compensation of failed marks.

Placement options

You’ll undertake five clinical practice placements.

Some of the areas you may work during your placements include paediatrics, specialist hand units, women’s health or private practice.

Your first placement is a week-long observation placement in any area where physiotherapists may work, this may be a private or NHS setting. You’ll observe physiotherapists and other members of the multi-disciplinary team working within their practices, managing and treating various patients. 

During your first year, you’ll also complete two six-week placements. You’ll have your own patient caseloads and you’ll work under the supervision of a chartered physiotherapist.

In year two, you’ll complete two further six-week placements. And, you’ll have the opportunity to choose your own location and setting in your final placement at the end of the course.

You can  go anywhere in the world for this additional placement, and choose the setting, from social care to education.

Wherever you choose, you’ll develop your skills in managing a mixed caseload and work at a level that’s suitable for your imminent registration as a physiotherapist.

Department of Health Professions

Our Department of Health Professions teaches subjects including physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, and nutritional sciences.

The department is committed to ensuring its courses stay relevant and up-to-date with current professional practice, by maintaining links with colleagues in clinical practice and research.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £18,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

0 to 100 depending on whether you already have suitable footwear and clothing for practice and skills sessions, and how much you want to spend

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing. Uniforms: Full uniform is provided free of charge when the course commences. If students wish to replace any item of uniform or secure additional items of uniform throughout the programme (e.g. because it has been damaged or no longer fits) then they must order and pay for this directly with the supplier. There are certain exceptions to this, for example if the student becomes pregnant. These are detailed in the faculty uniform policy. Students can choose to purchase non-standard items such as fleeces directly from the supplier. You will need to purchase suitable footwear for practice. NHS Trusts require shoes (not trainers) that meet health and safety requirements. Advice will be given on what to purchase. There is a loose dress code for practical skills sessions (trainers, t-shirts and tracksuit bottoms) which should be purchased at minimal cost (e.g. there is no need for designer brand trainers). We strongly recommend that you purchase a number of items at the start of term which you will find useful on the course (e.g. a stethoscope, tape measure, scissors and goniometer) but it is not mandatory. These can be purchased at the book fair in Fresher's week at reasonable prices (£20 - £30 in total).

Placement Costs

2 to 12 a day whilst on placement (costs will vary considerably)

You will need to budget for travel costs to your placement which could be up to 80 kilometres from the University. Travel costs to placement will vary considerably depending on where you live, the location of your placement and how you choose to travel. Information on public transport costs within Greater Manchester can be found at All NHS Trusts charge for car parking.

Professional Costs

0 to 135 depending on your status. Please go to our DBS webpage for more details /

DBS Checks Before starting on your course, you must undergo a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check (Enhanced Disclosure). At the time of going to press, you do not have to pay for your first DBS check. If you cannot attend a DBS session at the University before the start of the course, you can use the UK Post Office Document Certification Service, which costs approximately £10. If you are not a UK citizen, or if you have lived in one country outside the UK for six or more months in the last five years, you must, where this is possible, obtain a police clearance certificate from the country in which you resided, in addition to the Disclosure and Barring Service check. You must supply a certified translation if the certificate does not automatically include this. Costs vary and can include fingerprint and translation fees where required. Returning students, who have already had a DBS certificate from Manchester Met and who need a second DBS certificate, for example due to a suspension of study, are required to pay the DBS fee. Please go to our DBS webpage for more details and for current DBS fees: /. Chartered Society of Physiotherapy student membership costs £64 for a two-year programme of study. Details are available here:

Other Costs

The programme uses Moodle and each unit of study has a dedicated area. The programme team post resources/links to resources on Moodle and students are at liberty to print the resources in hard copy should they wish to. If printing is done using the university print services, the costs of a single sheet (black and white) is 5p (at the time of going to press). More information can be found here: The programme allows students to arrange their final placement (Placement 3) overseas if they wish. Costs associated with overseas study are variable but will include flights and other miscellaneous travel, insurance (travel and, in some cases, additional clinical liability insurance) and subsistence (food, shelter). There are companies (such as Work the World who undertake to arrange physiotherapy placements overseas. Costs incurred by students during placements 3 are not supported by MMU and the student must meet all costs. There will be many opportunities for extra-curricular activity (including community engagement) and travel to and from venues/parking at venues will be funded by the student. Other qualifications (sports massage, sports taping, pitchside first aid) are periodically available but are optional, not mandatory. If students wish to gain these additional qualifications there will be additional cost.

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