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Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration)
Postgraduate course
MSc

Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration)

Applications for January 2019 are now closed. Applications for January 2020 are now open and will close on Thursday 30 May 2019 at 4pm.

Overview

With accreditation from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Health & Care Professions Council, your course will provide you with the necessary expertise and skills to become a qualified physiotherapist.

As a physiotherapist, you will help people of all ages to manage pain and dysfunction. Covering the core areas of neuromusculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and neurological physiotherapy, you will learn how to think independently and problem solve in a clinical capacity. You will acquire comprehensive hands-on experience through a selection of diverse clinical practice placements, which could be based in primary, community care or hospital settings.

You will carry out a minimum of 1,000 hours of clinical placement experience under the supervision of experienced physiotherapists. A combination of campus-based learning, independent study and clinical practice will enhance your interprofessional relationships.

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Our course will prepare you for work as a physiotherapist through a combination of University based modules and clinical practice placements. You'll study the core areas of physiotherapy practice - neuromusculoskeletal physiotherapy, cardiorespiratory physiotherapy and neurological physiotherapy.

Practice placements will take place in a variety of environments, including primary and community care and hospital based settings. A key benefit of our course is the use of inter-professional working, and you will share many aspects of learning with students on our MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration) course. Our problem-based independent learning approach will develop you to become an autonomous practitioner and lifelong learner.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

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Play MSc Physiotherapy - Rachel Davis & Amy Turner Students Video
MSc Physiotherapy - Rachel Davis & Amy Turner Students
Play Msc Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) - Dr James Milligan, Course Leader Video
Msc Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) - Dr James Milligan, Course Leader

Entry Requirements

Requirements


Applicants should normally have at least an upper second class honours degree completed in the last five years in the cognate subjects of Biological or Behavioural Science, Sports Science or a Health related profession. Your first degree must also have had a research training component. Applicants should include the following in their applications:
  • A high level of interest and research into the profession, including an awareness of the breadth of the profession and the core specialities
  • Appropriate work experience/shadowing
  • Excellent communication skills
  • The ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
Applicants who do not have English as their first language are required to have IELTS 7.0 with no skill below 6.5 or an equivalent award. Satisfactory health and enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course, these will be in line with professional body membership and HCPC registration requirements. All applications should be supported by two references, a template can be accessed at this link. Please note references should be accompanied by a covering letter on headed paper or emailed directly by the referee. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link Students will be recruited on the basis that their values align with those of the NHS Constitution, as well as having the right skills and aptitude, in accordance with Value Based Recruitment, (Health Education England, Value Based Recruitment Framework, October 2014) click here and if selected will need to attend an interview. At interview you will be tested on the values which promote quality care and a positive patient, staff and student experience. Applicants are advised to read the guidance booklet available at this link
Enhanced Criminal History Checks:
Satisfactory enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course, (processed through the University only). The University is unable to accept DBS checks obtained through another institution (this includes those registered with the DBS Update Service); the checks undertaken by the University are appropriate to the course of study and relevant regulated activity placements. For important information on the UK Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check process click here.
Self Declaration
You will be asked to complete this online form as part of the DBS check process. You will be asked to identify on the self-declaration form if you have any cautions/convictions that would not be filtered out on a DBS certificate. For details on filtering, please click here. The form will also ask if you have resided outside of the UK after the age of 16, to establish if an Overseas Police Record check may be required.

Overseas Police Checks/Letter of Good Conduct

The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks. International applicants; those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency of 12 months or more after the age of 16; therefore, require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country(ies) prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will also be required prior to enrolment; the DBS team will send you guidance on how to apply following your offer of a place. The application process and timeframes for Overseas Police checks can differ from country to country and so it is recommended that you start the process as soon as possible after you have been made a conditional/Unconditional offer to ensure you have enough lead in time to obtain the check prior to enrolment. For some countries, an individual can only apply in person and so it is preferable for those applicants still resident in the relevant country, to apply before entering the UK.
Health Checks:
For certain Professional Body courses, Occupational Health checks are also part of the entry requirements. Applicants will be asked to complete an on-line Health Questionnaire and sent guidance and links on how to complete this following your offer of a place.
IELTS:
IELTS 7.0 with no skills below 6.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu. If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website. Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

Rachel Davis

Careers

Teaching and learning

James Milligan
Dr James Milligan
Head of Subject
James Milligan gained fifteen years of clinical experience in a variety of acute hospital and community settings in West Yorkshire before taking on the role of Senior Lecturer. His main interests lie in neuromusculoskeletal therapy. He is currently Course Leader of the MSc Physiotherapy course and mainly teaches undergraduate and postgraduate routes for physiotherapy and sports therapy.
The accelerated physiotherapy programme involves campus-based learning and clinical placements to gain the skills necessary to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council to work as a physiotherapist.
Play MSc Physiotherapy - Rachel Davis & Amy Turner Students Video
MSc Physiotherapy - Rachel Davis & Amy Turner Students
Play Msc Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) - Dr James Milligan, Course Leader Video
Msc Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) - Dr James Milligan, Course Leader

Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2019/20 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation. See further information on financing your studies.

Work placement travel expenses - Upto £250 Variable for non NHS bursary students. Travel expenses to placements may be reimbursed if student is eligible for bursary. Please note this is only available to UK/EU students only.

Tuition fees

Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.

The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Access to the Rehabilitation Science Labs, state-of-the-art facilities allow for the practical application of anatomy, mobilisation, electrotherapy, massage, heat therapy, cardio vascular and respiratory testing, physiology, anthropometry, rehabilitation and first aid
  • Access to the Clinical Skills Suite with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment

Additional costs

In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Placements

Placement locations and experiences will vary throughout the course. International students are responsible for any additional travel or dual accommodation costs.

Physiotherapy placements are predominantly In West Yorkshire, mainly in the Leeds NHS Trusts but experiences are also offered across Yorkshire and the Humber and in Private Independent and Voluntary Organisations. Students choosing to undertake placements overseas are required to pay the additional travel and accommodation costs.

Course essentials

  • You are able to choose your own research projects. Most students undertake projects that do not have any associated costs, or conduct them in a cost-effective manner. Depending on the research methodology chosen there could be costs associated with data collection.

Course-specific optional costs

  • You might choose to purchase a student membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (Approximately £39.99 per year).

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

 

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.


The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2019/20 is £14500. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course. See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Work placement travel expenses - Upto £250 Variable for non NHS bursary students. Travel expenses to placements may be reimbursed if student is eligible for bursary. Please note this is only available to UK/EU students only.

Tuition fees

Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.

The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Access to the Rehabilitation Science Labs, state-of-the-art facilities allow for the practical application of anatomy, mobilisation, electrotherapy, massage, heat therapy, cardio vascular and respiratory testing, physiology, anthropometry, rehabilitation and first aid
  • Access to the Clinical Skills Suite with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment

Additional costs

In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Placements

Placement locations and experiences will vary throughout the course. International students are responsible for any additional travel or dual accommodation costs.

Physiotherapy placements are predominantly In West Yorkshire, mainly in the Leeds NHS Trusts but experiences are also offered across Yorkshire and the Humber and in Private Independent and Voluntary Organisations.

Course essentials

  • You are able to choose your own research projects. Most students undertake projects that do not have any associated costs, or conduct them in a cost-effective manner. Depending on the research methodology chosen there could be costs associated with data collection.

Course-specific optional costs

  • You might choose to purchase a student membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (Approximately £39.99 per year).

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

 

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.


Facilities

  • Rehabilitation Science Labs
    Rehabilitation Science Labs

    Our state of the art facilities allow for the practical application of anatomy, mobilisation, electrotherapy, massage, heat therapy, cardio vascular and respiratory testing, physiology, anthropometry, rehabilitation and first aid.

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Clinical Skills Suite
    Clinical Skills Suite

    The £1 million suite has been designed to meet the learning needs of a range of health professionals, with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Location

City Campus

City Campus

It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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