Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration)

The MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) programme has been developed as an accelerated route for graduates wishing to practice as chartered physiotherapists. It aims to produce graduates who are fit for purpose in terms of physiotherapy practice for now and for the future.

The programme of study addresses the main areas of contemporary physiotherapy practice, namely neuromusculoskeletal, cardiovascular and respiratory and neurorehabilitation. You will learn to think independently and problem-solve in a clinical capacity.

On successful completion of the MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration) programme, graduates will be eligible to apply for membership of the CSP as well as registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.

UK & EU Students

Course Details

Classification:MSc

Course Duration:2 Years

Course Start Date:06 January 2014

Course Mode:Full Time

Subject Area:Health and Social Care

Location:GCU

Course Fees

Students from England, Wales or Northern Ireland

Year Fee Description/Notes
2013/14 £6510.00 n/a

Students from Scotland and the rest of the EU

Year Fee Description/Notes
2013/14 £6510.00 n/a

Minimum Entry Requirements

Essential Entry RequirementsUK honours degree 2:1 (or equivalent) in biological exercise or related sciences. Qualification must include coverage of human physiology and experience of the process of research. A diploma or degree in physiotherapy is not appropriate.

Before applying to the programme, it is recommended that you are aware of the diverse nature of physiotherapy practice. Selection will be based on your educational qualifications, academic references, medical fitness and interview performance.
Additional RequirementsA thorough background knowledge of physiotherapy. Desirable: relevant visits to hospitals, voluntary work or part-time employment in an area where the impact of disability is experienced.
English LanguageInternational students whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate evidence of satisfactory competence by completing an Academic IELTS test with a score of at least 7.0 or by holding another recognised qualification.

Non UK/EU Students

Course Details

Classification:MSc

Course Duration:2 Years

Course Start Date:06 January 2014

Course Mode:Full Time

Subject Area:Health and Social Care

Location:GCU

Course Fees

Year Fee Description/Notes
2013/14 £12000.00 n/a
2014/15 £12000.00 n/a

Minimum Entry Requirements

Essential Entry RequirementsUK honours degree 2:1 (or equivalent) in biological exercise or related sciences. Qualification must include coverage of human physiology and experience of the process of research. A diploma or degree in physiotherapy is not appropriate.

Before applying to the programme, it is recommended that you are aware of the diverse nature of physiotherapy practice. Selection will be based on your educational qualifications, academic references, medical fitness and interview performance.
Essential Entry RequirementsNormally applicants to the programme will have attained a first class or upper second class honours degree (or GPA>3), normally in Biological Sciences.

The undergraduate degree must have contained a substantial amount of human physiology within its programme of study, and experience of the process of research is essential.

Applicants should have an understanding of the role of physiotherapy within the current health and well-being agenda.
Additional RequirementsRelevant visits to hospitals, voluntary work or part-time employment in an area where the impact of disability is experienced is desirable.
English LanguageInternational students whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate evidence of satisfactory competence by completing an Academic IELTS test with a score of at least 7.0 or by holding another recognised qualification.

Further Education Students

Course Details

Classification:MSc

Course Duration:2 Years

Course Start Date:06 January 2014

Course Mode:Full Time

Subject Area:Health and Social Care

Location:GCU

Course Fees

Year Fee Description/Notes
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International Student Start Dates

For new international students we have introduced an orientation week which starts on 9 September 2013. This extra week is specifically designed to assist new international students in settling into the UK and GCU prior to the start of general student induction and teaching. There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus and city tours, as well as welcome events where you can meet other international students.

Full details are available from our award-winning International Student Support Service or on our Welcome to GCU Facebook page.

Programme Description

The content of this programme addresses the main areas of contemporary physiotherapy practice, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, pulmonary and neuromuscular therapeutics. Students also undertake modules that relate to practice development and practice innovation. Two modules are delivered with other professions (Social Work and Occupational Therapy); these cover aspects relating to interprofessional practice that is essential to the provision of quality care.
 
University-based modules are interspersed with periods of practice education. Practice education is normally provided within a 30 mile radius of Glasgow. Practice placements occur in a variety of settings to ensure all students obtain a balanced level of practice exposure. Students undertake seven placements locally and one elective placement that can be outwith Scotland.

Programme Structure

Students start the course in January each year and the study period covers 25 consecutive months

Year 1: Neuromusculoskeletal Therapeutics

Interprofessional Context of Practice Cardiovascular and Respiratory Care
Practice Education 1 
Practice Evaluation
Neuro-rehabilitation
Neuromusculoskeletal practice 2

Year 2: Practice placements 2 and 3

Dissertation
Practice placements 4 and 5
Elective Placement
Organisation of Behaviour and Professional Practice
Practice placements 7 and 8

Assessment

A number of assessment methods are used in the programme, including coursework, practical examination, presentations and MSc Dissertation.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates have found employment throughout the UK in both the NHS and private practice and have also gained employment overseas. Some of our graduates have also become involved in areas of clinical research.

Our programme is internationally recognised and has achieved international equivalency in a number of countries. The Canadian Alliance view the MSc Physiotherapy course as "substantially equivalent" to a Physiotherapy course obtained in Canada. This means that on successful completion of the course, you are eligible to apply to sit the Physiotherapy Competency Exam.

We are currently one of a small number of UK physiotherapy courses that the Australian Physiotherapy Council (APC) has deemed substantially equivalent to a pre-registration physiotherapy course in Australia. Australian equivalency is assessed on a "course year" basis so the APC will look at your specific course.

Funding Information

For information about our scholarships, please visit: http://www.gcu.ac.uk/study/scholarships/

Placement Opportunities

Study within the university is interspersed with clinical placements where you will acquire comprehensive hands-on experience.

Programme Contacts

Programme Leader

Sharron Blumenthal

T: 0141 331 3238

E: Sharron.Blumenthal@gcu.ac.uk

Admission Tutor

Tom McCarron

T: 0141 331 8125

E: T.McCarron@gcu.ac.uk

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